Ted (merovingian) wrote,
Ted
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Boojums

So, today is the start of my little vacation. I'm on a floating city a few miles off the coast of California. The buildings are all boats, which works nicely. The sidewalks between the buildings are not sidewalks at all. They're alligators. You walk across the backs of the alligators to get from place to place here.

(And who knew there were such things as salt-water alligators?)

It's not too hard to keep balance, because there are rope guidelines around, but it's a nervous sensation. I can't shake the feeling that I'm walking on the back of an alpha predator. Being able to say "It's okay, I've done this in video games" is minimally comforting at best.

I walked from my hotelboat to a caféboat today to meet some friends I met on the Internet (have you guys heard of this Internet thing? It's handy! You should try it!) and they were very charming and fun.

I mentioned to them that I couldn't shake the feeling of danger walking on the backs of alligators, but that I knew it must be safe if the whole city is built on it. They laughed.

"No, no, it's very dangerous, actually. Someone gets eaten just about every day. Usually after that, the alligator is full and leaves everyone alone, but still, it's very dangerous. You should be careful."

"But, if it's so dangerous, why does everyone still walk around on the alligators?"

"You get used to it!" my Internet friend said, "You just have to be careful and be aware of the immense and unpredictable risk. Once you get used to it, you hardly notice. Besides, we're proud of our alligator sidewalks. It's part of what makes our home town so distinctive. We love our alley-gators!"

My walk home was terrifying at best. Anyone know the safest way to walk on an alligator?
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