Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wordy Wednesday #104

When I was 10 or 11, we were on one of our many forays to Bellows Air Force Station in Hawaii. The sole purpose of Bellows, as near as I could determine, was to provide military families with an incredibly low-cost resort vacation. Of course, my dad was stationed out of Hickam AFB on the other side of the island, so my life was already pretty much of a vacation.


[Come to think of it, aren't all kids' lives already pretty much of a vacation? Yes, damn it. So why are we flying out to Hawaii for a week with them? Shouldn't Pete and I just leave them at home and have our own vacation?]


Serious digression. Sorry.


The day I'm recalling included being stung by a Portuguese Man o'War. In my mind, a freakin' jellyfish, although Wikipedia informs me that it is, in fact, not a jellyfish. I had one hell of an allergic reaction, and I ended up having to immediately go to the doctor.


In my four years living in Hawaii, that was the only time I was stung by a jellyfish siphonophore. Once was definitely enough.


I guess now that I know they aren't really jellyfish, this lead-in to these photos, taken on Daughter's birthday outing at the aquarium in San Francisco, isn't relevant at all. But, as always, it's wordy.



3 comments:

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

The point of this post was to educate me and the masses because I always assumed the Man o' War was a jellyfish.

Or a Kentucky Derby-winning racehorse. ;)

Tara R. said...

When my husband was young, he and his family lived in Hawaii - his Air Force Sgt. dad was based there. His mom was stung by a Man o' War too. She still has a scar on her leg where the tentacles wrapped around her thigh. Whatever they are, they are wicked evil sea monsters.

Chris said...

I too was stung by a jellyfish (although a real jellyfish) when I was a sophomore in high school. But it was in the Virgin Islands and it was no where near the size or poison level of a Man O' War. I want to hear more how it all happened and how you were treated...

BTW- if a Man O'War is not a jellyfish, what is it?

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