Monday, October 01, 2007
Attack of the Killer Amoeba
Now this freaks me out. Normally I don't get too caught up in various public scares, but a brain-eating amoeba found in warm water? I happen to live next to what could only be a breeding ground for these things, Utah Lake. It's shallow, it's prone to having sediment stirred up, it's warm, and it's got all kinds of nastiness going on. Okay, it's story time. One of my friends owns a boat. I know, it's a shocker. Anyway, (and this story is about 5 years old) he went out on Utah Lake to go skiing. That's not unusual either, as it's a popular recreation destination due to proximity and not necessarily quality. They were out on the water pulling one of his friends and when he crashed, he ran his leg through the carcass of a dead cow. Ugh. That pretty much sold me on never going back there again. The amoeba thing does too, because the winds churn up so much sediment from the bottom that I would consider Utah Lake more dangerous than Lake Havasu or some of the areas in Florida for getting this up your nose, especially in a water skiing crash.