BeanQuest

July 16, 2007

Mess with the bull, get the horns

Filed under: pointlessness, whatever — Brian @ 6:56 pm

A new crop of humans learns the lesson.

Have you seen the pictures? The one I’m thinking of is the bloodless one currently the most popular on Yahoo News photos – sent more than twice as many times as number two, which is a cute baby panther.

There’s nobody here I can talk about it with, so I’m telling you guys … man! What timing on that photo! Don’t you want to know what happened in the next half-second? How did he get down?

I certainly hope he turns out OK. According to the AP, his name is Christopher Neff, age 24, from Norway. Or Michael Lenahan, 23, from Philadelphia. They’re both going in my prayers tonight.

It’s easy to sit here and shake my head and question the intelligence of these guys, and wonder if they don’t get what they deserve. But these guys don’t really deserve that. Sure, it’s stupid to run in the street with wild animals. But most adults men I know only grew a brain after they or someone close to them had their own brush with mortality. Usually from something intentionally stupid. (Self included.)

Isn’t that why there’s an extra four or five boys born for every hundred girls? Because some of us kill ourselves off, going out of our way to do something stupid, while we’re young?

I’m glad his condition sounds improved. I hope he’s able to run again soon. And I hope he won’t do it with the bulls next time.

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4 Comments »

  1. Oh, that’s nasty. Eugh.

    Comment by jvjannotti — July 16, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

  2. Yikes. That’s a shrivel inducing photo, to be sure.

    I need to work on my attitude. I have a hard time convincing myself to devote prayer time to someone who does something like this. I’ve got enough innocent sufferers on the list. ;-)

    On the other hand, far be it from me to tell anyone where to draw the line between stupidity and exuberant self-challenge.

    Comment by Eric — July 17, 2007 @ 8:57 pm

  3. You make a good point, Brian. We’ve all done stupid stuff but yowsa! It’s gonna be hard to shake that image!

    Comment by gwynne — July 17, 2007 @ 9:18 pm

  4. Ack! I didn’t notice the picture on the news story.
    I meant not to link to it so as not to freak anyone out.
    Sorry about that…

    Comment by Brian — July 18, 2007 @ 6:35 pm


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