Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Getting off on the big foot

Please raise your right hand if you know what a "Ghillie Suit" is.

No, it's not the suit that they make you wear when you go to meet Marge and Nick Ghillie.  It's a camouflage outfit that makes the wearer look like a field of parsley.

You can see why being dressed like that could be helpful in trying to sneak up on people in vegetative surroundings.

Now, let's see right hands from everyone who thinks that putting on a Ghillie Suit and hanging around the local highway is a good idea.

Take that right hand and use it to pat yourself on the back if you didn't raise it this time.  Because, that practice proved fatal for one Randy Lee Tenley of Kalispell, MT, who donned his Ghillie and then positioned himself in the right-hand lane of Highway 93 not so long ago, and was promptly struck by two cars.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The trooper who investigated, Jim Schneider, said that Tenley "was trying to make people think he was Sasquatch so people would call in a Sasquatch sighting. You can't make it up. I haven't seen or heard anything like this before. Obviously, his suit made it difficult for people to see him."

It comes as a surprise to those of us who spend our days living our lives, working and earning, loving and learning, that we have others among us whose primary interest is dressing up like a gigantic hairy primate who lumbers around the woods of the northwestern United States and western Canada. Well, listen, it's like juggling chainsaws:  you can do it if you wanna, but you gotta be careful.

Or, you oughta.

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