I found out a few hours ago that a dear friend of mine was attacked and beaten out in California. I can’t reach him, I suspect he’s sleeping the sleep of the Vicodin-ed. I’m sure that’s a good thing. The really good thing is that he’s going to be okay, I spoke to a mutual friend who did speak to him. But the thought of random violent teenagers (it was a group of them hanging out near a bar, apparently) hitting him in the face, creating a need for a full night in the emergency room getting things like stitches and MRIs, is going to stay with me for a good while.

He’s actually someone I enjoy looking after, so I deeply wish that I were there with him right now. All I can do is leave him a message overflowing with love and concern and affection, and I already did that. Once a few more days goes by, I’m sure I’ll think of something to mail to him.

But for now I will continue to sit here and watch a great nature show called “Wild! Life” It’s a tape I have from my CNN days. A naturalist set a bunch of traps in the jungle with night vision cameras. A passing animal triggers the trap and the camera takes a picture. The animal never knows anything happened, although I’m sure it hears the shutter click. They’re showing some amazing photos of howler monkeys, tapirs, pumas…

And now there’s a funny dorky naturalist lady doing an imitation of the sound a howler monkey makes.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Oh my god! Was it Joseph?


  2. No, it was Matt Yates.
    Sometimes I forget that a) people are reading this and b) those people know the same people I do.
    I wasn’t trying to keep his name a secret, I don’t know why I didn’t put it in there.


  3. Lucky?
    I’m glad he’s going to be okay.
    Fierce hugs


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