Mystery Solved

Remember the mystery animal cracker that appeared out of nowhere on my parents’ front porch, leaving me and Tara befuddled and a little bit creeped out? We have an explanation, and sadly it involves neither ghosts nor aliens. My brother had texted me and said, “Hey, I think dad eats animal crackers all the time! Check with him.” So I did, and he does. Much to my chagrin. It didn’t take much sleuthing to figure out that he’d been eating them in his recliner, dropped one that fell between the cushions, and when we dragged the chair to the curb that afternoon because a stranger was on his way to pick it up, the cracker must have dislodged itself and fallen onto the welcome mat, which perfectly explains why it had not been there before. As proud as I am of our Sherlock Holmes deductive reasoning, I’m bummed that we debunked any possible paranormal activity. I always want the world to be weirder than it is.

Oh, well. The incident inspired me to write about synchronicity, a pretty interesting (and illogical) topic in its own right, so all was not for naught.

Speaking of synchronicity, I’m kind of amazed at the way dates are lining up for me. Not dates with other women – Tara might not approve – but rather, calendar dates. Our move is coinciding remarkably well with my 2011 road trip, and it’s completely unintentional. Consider the following:

  • I set out on the afternoon of June 22 and spent the first night in Spokane. We are setting out on the afternoon of June 22 and spending the first night in Spokane.
  • I drove from Spokane to Billings, MT on June 23 and spent the night there. We are driving from Spokane to Billings, MT on June 23 and spending the night there.
  • I arrived in Rapid City early in the afternoon on June 24 and checked into the Super 8 on Rushmore Road. We arrive in Rapid City early in the afternoon on June 24 and are checking into the Super 8 on Rushmore Road.

There were crazy thunderstorms a few hours after I arrived, so if this pattern continues, I guess we can expect to be greeted by some interesting weather. We shall see.


Still no change with Sydney: she just absolutely refuses to eat or drink. We are basically forcing her to swallow water through a syringe. Trust me, this is not nearly as fun as it sounds.

And yes, I know. It doesn’t sound fun at all.

The vet is still convinced it’s all stress related to the move. We told her we cannot afford to run any more tests, and she says doing so would be useless anyway, because they have all come back normal.

She still curls up on our laps, and purrs when we pet her. Other than giving us the stink eye after trying to force feed her – and the fact that she refuses all food and water in the first place – she seems okay.

So, we just don’t know. The vet is going to check in with us again on Friday.


When we decided to move to South Dakota and I began researching hiking opportunities, I was excited (and relieved) to learn there are no bears in the Black Hills. I have long been afraid of encountering a bear while hiking through the forests of the PNW, so I figured this was one less thing to worry about.

And then, a couple of days ago, some poor sap was golfing in Spearfish, SD, when he was bit by a rattlesnake and died.

Umm, what?!

prairie-rattlesnake-adult

Great. A new source of nightmares.

Turns out the prairie rattlesnake is common throughout South Dakota, including the Black Hills. Hmm…that was news to this former resident. Hikers are urged to exercise caution when out and about, especially this time of year.

I guess I’m trading in one phobia for another.

Countdown: 9 Days

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6 thoughts on “Mystery Solved

  1. Mark, the synchronicity of how the dates are lining up for you is UNCANNY!!! Isn’t is something how things sometimes all seem to run parallel with each other? And I think because you (like me) are so aware of stuff like that, we seem to notice it more.

    Sorry to hear about Sydney still not eating or drinking. Please keep us posted after you speak to the vet on Friday.

    “a couple of days ago, some poor sap was golfing in Spearfish, SD, when he was bit by a rattlesnake and died.”

    OMG!!!..that’s horrible. Florida is also notorious for poisonous snakes (and also spiders), so I was always cautious of them. I even heard of several people in Florida dying from spider bites.

    Great picture of the snake, BTW!

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    • I can’t take credit for the snake photo, Ron. THANK GOD that came off the internet. I don’t ever need to be that close to a rattler!!

      BTW, Sydney is doing much, much better, I’m happy to report!

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  2. Well, I was a bit freaked when looking at my reading list of blogs and I see a pic of that snake with the title, ‘Mystery Solved.’ Glad they were not related!

    I need to show you a picture I have somewhere of the snake warning sign at the Badlands. My oldest was NOT amused upon seeing it! It was a miracle she didn’t remain in the car.

    Hope Sydney gets hungry and thirsty today.

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    • HAHA. I sometimes forget about the photo associated with the post. I can see how that would give you pause! Sorry if it threw you into hissterics.

      Yeah. I went there.

      And I know exactly which sign you’re speaking of, because I took a pic of it myself when I visited there six years ago.

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