Friday, March 24, 2006

It's a Dassie!

When I was in High School I had a biology teacher who enjoyed the outdoors and green safari suits. He took us on long hikes in the Western Cape mountains. Great adventures. He would walk ahead of us leading the way into unexplored territory - at least for us. He had a habit of farting in step with his feet.

Anyway, he once got chasing me around our camp one evening and I scampered off across the precarious round boulders of the river we had hiked up. Impressed by my youthful agility he started calling me "Dassie". A Dassie is a little rodent-like creature about the size of a brick, related to an elephant somehow. But unlike a brick or an elephant, it is a very agile creature, appearing to bounce off the rocks in which it makes its home.

Mind you, I've heard that elephants are actually quite agile. Not to mention quiet! Are they still looking for that one in Knysna?

So, I sometimes call myself Dassie, because I hope that I can bounce. Sometimes I just hope.

People have been saying I should Blog, so here it is and for want of a better name, I'm calling it Dassies Bounce.


Jürgen said...

Who ever saw running down Platte Klip knows, that you are running like a Dassie...

Andrea said...

When your mom said you had a blog, I had to go check it out. And then I had to find this entry, since I didn't know what a Dassie was!

Interesting story. Keep up the good work.

Andrea Coutu
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