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Close Encounters with the Wildlife Kind

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Holman Premier Realty

Tim Bedore, a first class stand up comic, has some interesting theories.  One is the Animal Conspiracy Theory that the animals are out to get us.  I am beginning to think he may be right.

If you do not listen to the Bob and Tom radio show or you do not follow stand up comedy religiously, you may not know Tim Bedore.  If you are curious, here is a link to his site.  www.vaguebuttrue.com

My husband thinks it is laughable that I can go out to show property and come home with an animal encounter story.

Last summer, I was out in the middle of nowhere, stomping around amongst some huge evergreen trees and tall vegatation when it happened.  There was a thunderous noise to my left, which, since I am in the middle of nowhere, gave me cause for concern.  More accurately, I was terrified and spun around to locate the source of this disturbance to the peace and quiet of being out in the middle of nowhere.   A small herd of deer had been laying down, and at the frightening prospect of some chick stomping through the middle of nowhere, caused them to leave their happy nap spot and run.   If you have never had this happen, let me assure you the racket that this makes is pretty darn impressive.  Although they were a safe distance from me and going the other way, running seemed like a good idea to me as well.  Did I mention I was amongst trees and vegetation?  I am not the most agile person, so when I attempted to jump downed log, the landing was a bit awkward, I tried unsuccessfully to fall down and kill myself.  Then I rethought the running thing and slowed my retreat to a walk, considering I could not see the fleeing deer, this proved to be a sound decision.

I have a bunch of wildlife stories, which my husband nods in disbelief when I regale him with my latest encounter.

And today it happened.  My husband was with me when I went to view a vacant house.  Lovely property on 1 1/2 acres, nice outbuildings, gardens that had gone back to nature.  As we were walking around taking it all in, this gorgeous buck darted out from between some buildings and right in front of us.  The buck stopped a short distance from us as if he was trying to decide between fight or flight.  I was trying to decide between scream and run.   After a brief assessment of his situation, the buck decided he could outrun us, certainly me.  The buck dashed off into the neighboring field.

My husband calmly resumed checking out the property, I doubt his pulse rate even blipped.  I blurted out "Did you see that?"  As if he could miss it.   Duh.  My heart rate was closer to the National Debt.

One of these days, the animals will get me.  At least Tim Bedore thinks so. 


Bill Ladewig
LoanOfficerSchool.com - Escondido, CA
Experience Is Your Advantage

Great story Darlene,  The only wildlife weencounter in Southern California are an occasional rabbit or coyote and every so often a guy wearing a bandanna and baggy clothes.

I'll take a herd of dear anytime.

Aug 01, 2009 06:37 AM
Eilean Foster
Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore - Egg Harbor City, NJ
Real Estate Agent

Darlene, I carry dog treats with me for the *just in case encounter* with someone's "child"!  From what you have written, now I have to figure out how to put a feed pail that will suit all discerning pallets in my truck!

I wouldn't be out-running anybody either!   LoL

Aug 01, 2009 06:37 AM
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Have you heard about the bird in San Francisco that is already out to get people? He hits unsuspecting pedestrians right in the head. Check it out on YouTube, its great.

Aug 01, 2009 06:45 AM
June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Realty - Columbia, MD
Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership

That is a great story.  I have lots of them myself from growing up on a farm in northern Ontario in Canada.  In hindsight I wish I had a camera attached to me all the time. 

Aug 01, 2009 07:18 AM
Darlene Humphreys
Coldwell Banker Holman Premier Realty - Klamath Falls, OR
I love my job!

Bill, I have seen coyotes, but apparently they don't care to confront me, yet.  =)

Eilean, treats are a great idea.  I have a not-so-wildlife story about showing a house where the dog came flying out of the doghouse, but she was very sweet.  Imposing, but sweet. 

Micheal, I'm off to youtube next!

June, I wish I could remember to carry my camera.  Today's encounter would have been the south end of a north bound deer pic though. 

Aug 01, 2009 12:27 PM