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Chased by a Lion
by Jay Scott
Now for a little story that went down a few years back,
Here is the true story: I used to be an editor for TV spots at a production company. Our office was at the Santa Monica Airport, which is a very cool place to work. Anyhoohaw. I'm outside near the tarmac smoking, like I always do. About 200 feet away is this corner that leads to some hangers. So, I'm by myself, smoking, and I see a LION. Yes, a fucking huge ginaormous African Lion turning the corner, full stride, running at me. Pissed off too. I just stand there.
The trainers got a hold of the chain and dropped him. So there I am still trying to figure it out, and then I just turn around, see about 40 people looking at me, and I, get this, shrug. Yup. They just stare at me, and I go back to my office. Then it hits me and I couldn’t walk for about an hour, I was just stunned. Buttttttt.. I was forever known as the guy who stared down a lion. Cause nobody knew I was just too stupid to run, or stunned. Now talk about fear, have a scared, pissed off lion come at you, with nothing but open space between it and you and see what happens.
Turns out they were shooting something in one of the hangers, and the lion was spooked by a jet and bolted. How nice for me. But, I didn’t run. Only because I was a deer in the headlights, it just worked out that nobody could see, and I looked cool standing there with a smoke…..