Monday, June 15, 2009

“Weeeeerrrrrr Off to See the Call of the Wild Deliverance.”

Ok I jammed three titles in there together but they all fit.

It was an exciting weekend. The fun started on Thursday evening when we had a really big storm blow through. I ran into the front yard yelling Auntie Em, Auntie Em but had to go inside because the storm was approaching. There was rain, lightening, strong winds and even hail just down the street. Thankfully though we didn’t get any hail because it would have ruined my tomatoes which are looking great by the way. We didn’t get any falling cows either.

In the middle of the storm, we heard a loud thump and I assumed that a limb must have fallen on the deck or that a house that landed on a Witch but it was too dark to tell. Shortly after that the power went out and it stayed out for several hours. Several hours without electricity is a bad thing when it is 85 degrees with 100% humidity. How did we ever survive without Air conditioning?

Friday my wife called me at work to tell me that the thump we heard was actually a tree that fell on our house. That is somewhere between the limb on the deck and the house on the witch so my assumptions were correct. Fortunately there wasn’t any damage but I did have to climb up on the roof in 95 degree weather and cut the tree off. It could have been a lot worse.

Saturday was another scorcher here in Charleston. The temperature was again in the high 90’s and it was very humid from all the rain at night. Sales were way off at the market but that happens sometimes. Funny thing happened though when I got home. I was out in my front yard, unloading the plants when I looked up and guess what was standing not far from me? A wolf! It was just standing there looking at me so I assumed that it wasn’t too mean. It had on a collar and was dragging a short chain.

So I called it and it came a little closer but it seemed a little shy. It was very old and appeared to be deaf but it wasn’t aggressive. So we gave it some water and then tied it up out front hoping that the owner would come looking for it. The darn thing started howling like a….well you guessed it, like a wolf. It was eerie. It reminded of the book I read once; The Call of the Wild. So my wife and son drove around trying to find the owner but no luck. Finally I found someone who knew where the wolf belonged so we were able to take him home. But that’s’ when the really scary part started. Now this is within a mile of our house mind you.

I pulled in the narrow driveway which was more like a primitive path through the jungle. To my left through the thick vegetation I could see an 8 ft high fence with signs on it saying “Danger High Voltage”. These were the same signs that were on the fence that kept T-Rex in Jurassic Park. I wondered if they had something that big in this fence.

All along the drive were broken down cars, most with bullet holes in them. Under some of the cars, I could see big eyes looking out at us and I started looking for that sign that said; “I would go back if I were you.” All in all there must have been 25 or thirty dead cars along this path to the house. Some of the cars were being strangled by vines and others had trees growing right through them. I started mumbling to myself; “I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks, I do, I do, I do.

As we stopped in front of the house, a cold chill ran up my spine. I told my son that if a toothless man with a shotgun appeared and said anything about a purdy mouth it was every man for himself. The shack had several nice new cars parked just outside along with more broken down ones. We knew someone was probably inside but no one came out when we honked the car. I think this was a blessing because I saw Deliverance and I swear I heard a banjo playing from somewhere inside.



I am guessing they were loading their guns and I wanted to be long gone before they got finished. We decided that it would be best of we just left before we stumbled upon a ”still” or who knows what else. After putting a little distance between us and the house, we stopped the car and released the wolf. I tied him to a tree right beside the drive way and he sat down like he knew he was home. Later on, we returned to make sure that someone had found him and he was gone. Perhaps the flying monkeys came and got him.

And you wonder why we don’t associate with many of our neighbors out here in the country.

Yall Aint from around here is ya!!!!

Have a great day,
Greg

27 comments:

My ADHD Me said...

Ha, I just made a great comment to this. Then I looked at some of the other comments and they said things like, "I like jelly myself????"

Ah, I SEE! (said the blind man)

I left my comment on the previous post.....so typical.

Jenny said...

You crack me up. My family in GA have neighbors like that.

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ChrisJ said...

WOW! What a story! You were brave to get close enough to tie the wolf up and even braver to transport him home! You are a great story teller.

We just got back from 3 weeks in Norway, so I have a lot of catching up to do. You have a good number of 'stories' for me to read.

Terri Tiffany said...

LOL I laughed all the way through! But I was wondering what kind of neighbor you might be running out in the yard yelling"Aunti Em!"

Chatty Kelly said...

You crack me up! You deliver a great story. Thanks for always being a bright spot in my day.

Scarlet said...

And I thought I had interesting neighbors...sounds like the beginning of a horror flick, wolf and all.

I'm glad you made it out alive before the flying monkeys showed up! :)

Carmen said...

You put a big smile on my face every single time. So glad the tree didn't cause damage..and that the wolf didn't bite...and that his owners didn't shoot you. All that in one day. I'd say you've met your quota of excitement for the week. Have a good one!

skoots1mom said...

i wish i could hear you tell that in person...
i loved the lion from oz and I could hear him as you said, i do believe in spooks...
rrrrrrrruuuuuufffffff!
i sure am glad it wasn't a mean wolf...do they usually come out during the day? i would have been scared to move

glad your house is ok
and that you made it off the roof without falling off

Suzanne Casamento said...

I watched Deliverance a few years ago and I was so disturbed by it that I had nightmares for two weeks straight.

CREEPIEST CREEPY STUFF I HAVE EVER SEEN.

And you had to post that picture! Now that creepy banjo kid is going to be stuck in my head all night!

If I post a question about nightmares tomorrow, you know why. ; )

sara said...

Oh my word, I laughed out loud at this!! yikes!!! I think you need to send that story into readers digest!!! that is just plain creepy!!

and I think I am glad I never watched deliverance!!

Angie said...

Oh am I glad that I came over to visit. You truly made me laugh out loud. I needed that.

I hear you though. We've had the storms and the heat.

Would love to have one of your tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and salt. mmmm

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

And I thought the guy across the street with the quonset hut was a little scary...

lailani said...

Man oh Man! I admire you first for taking the wolf, two, I saw deliverance also and I try to stay away from anything that is remotely similar! hehe

Wonderful story!

Debbie said...

Oh yeah. I know those people. I live very close to where Deliverance was filmed!

Susan Skitt said...

Oh man Greg, riveted to my seat, you are quite the storyteller to be sure! What crazy wierd wolf adventures you have down South. Do you have yellow brick roads too?

Marla said...

I don't think I would have ventured up the path or driveway. That wolf ran away for a reason! I hope he wasn't next weeks supper!

2Thinks said...

Crazy! Now see, in Michigan we don't have to worry about all that hot weather and rain ruining our tomatoes in June (no tomatoes in June here) But wolves- one never knows. Pure bravery on your part getting the wolf in your vehicle and all- whew!

Very interesting story.
Heidi

Edie said...

LOL!! Sorry, I just read ADHD-Jo's comment. She cracks me up.

Now I forgot what your post was about. Oh yes, a storm, a wolf, and other eerie stuff.

First I'm glad there was no damage to your house and that no houses fell on top of anyone.

That poor wolf! He finally escapes only to be brought back and tied up again. :)

My cousin used to have a wolf. He was domesticated but still a bit unpredictable. I think it was the owner's doing actually.

As always, I enjoyed reading about your experience. I think you should write a book.

B His Girl said...

You don't have to go 'fer' to see some things, do ya! I would have turned back at the warning. You better stay out of the wild or at least not be close enough to hear the music. B

The Dental Maven said...

Holy Smokes, Greg! You're a braver man than I am. First bombed out car sighting and I'da been gone!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I have to pass those people's house when I go visit Debbie and vice/versa! These storms we've been having almost every day have not been fun.

Wanda said...

Greg, if you have never read the book called "A Boys Life" you need too. You could have written it!!

This story is written like the book, and I couldn't lay it down until I finished it. This was years ago, and I don't know the author, but I'm sure you could google it!

Greg, you are such a wonderful story teller. I know you'll have a job doing that in Heaven, and I'll be in the front row.

LOL:Wanda

2Thinks said...

I forgot to tell you what camera I got in reply to your Q on my blog. So I came back, read the story again, cracked up and shuddered a bit at some parts- again and now I'm going to answer your Q.

Nikon, Coolpix, S550
I know it is a last year's model, but the sale price was just too good to pass it up for the this year's model of the same camera that was not on sale.

I am reading up on the scene mode and how to choose the best option for the scene I am trying to photograph. So far, though, when I tried to get a shot of my niece diving from the start block at her swim meet- I got a shot of water. I think I should've chosen sport mode, but I couldn't find it then. I think I know where it is now.

So, if you know cameras and have advice, I'm all ears, or eyes in this case.
Heidi

Sandy said...

wow greg, what a story!! I got lots of visuals with this one...whew! And your weather, wow, we have been so cool here...

Daisy said...

Wow!!! You're a brave soul to return Wolfie. I would have taken one look at that driveway and said nope, not goin down that road!

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