EL CAJON — A 16-year-old El Cajon girl is recovering after being bitten six times by rattlesnakes in a rural area of Jamul while she was distracted and looking at her cellphone for a connection.
A few years back, I stepped into the weeds for a moment of relief. I was running and listening to my iPod at the time. When I looked down, as one does, I noticed I was standing on a rattlesnake. Fortunately, it was early in the morning and cold, so the snake just looked up at me. If it could talk, I imagine it would have said "Dude". I stepped back, the snake lay back down, and all was well. Only slightly related is the fact that once, while hiking in the same backcountry, coming the opposite way I saw a young woman wearing only a small read bikini and an iPod. And sunglasses. I almost said something like, this is no place for a girl to be running around in a bikini, and it wasn't, but one is hesitant about these things. So we crossed paths with barely a nod. My suspicion was that she was the daughter or niece of local storefront preacher who rents a house near mine, and whose dog attacked Biscuit, causing serious injury. But I'm not sure, whose daughter she was, that is.--TS