Yesterday, while mowing the lawn …
I was mowing the strip of “weeds” that is part of the property along the creek on the Pine Croft Road. I had my earbuds in and was listening to music to drown out the noise of the lawnmower.
Suddenly a plumber’s van pulled up and stopped. The drive unrolled the window and yelled at me to get my attention. He was clearly quite excited.
I killed the mower and pulled out an earbud so I could hear what he was shouting at me.
“Did you see that bear?” he asked excitedly.
“Which bear?” I inquired.
“That bear that just crossed the road. You nearly bumped into him when you backed up with the mower! He was huge.”
I just shook my head. “Nope, didn’t see him. I was watching where I was mowing.” Then I asked, “Did the bear have a collar on?”
“I think so,” the plumber replied. “It looked like he might have.”
“Oh! That old guy is around here all the time. He’s pretty old and harmless … never bothers anyone. Just passes through.”
The plumber just shook his head in disbelief and rolling up the van window, continued up the road.
Must have been this guy!