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.


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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