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PCR #281  (Vol. 6, No. 32)  This edition is for the week of August 8--14, 2005.

"Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo"
 by Mike Smith
Midnight Movies: From Margin to the Mainstream
 by Andy Lalino
Crypto-Animals....The Black Wolf Of Clearwater
 by John Lewis
The Big 5.0....Cheater, Cheater, B. S. Eater
 by Matt Drinnenberg
Happy Birthday....Why Do They Call Them Funnies?...Makes Sense....Passing On....Say What?...Jaws: The Story, Part 29
 by Mike Smith
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Creature's Corner

Hello, Hello...Whoever You Are:
That should cover everyone (and everything). The "Castle" has been buzzing with activity lately since I've decided to talk about those things which do not exist...or do they? Things we see out of the corner of our eyes, things we see when driving old rural highways in the middle of the night, things we hear shuffling around in the shrouded silence that darkness brings. Well, here in the "Castle" things such as these live (or unlive, depends on your viewpoint), eat, sleep, and creep around in utter freedom. I just wish they'd help pay the rent once in a while.

Anyway, I'm talking "Crypto-Animals" things that are seen by many yet there is no concrete evidence or any evidence that science will accept. (SSSHHH!! Don't tell anybody; if science can't explain something they try to sweep it under the rug or throw it out with the morning trash. I know, I know... The Creature's really flipped his lid this time but I say thee "NAY!!"

Okay, here we go; the other night I was driving down a winding road in Clearwater that traversed an expanse of Upper Class Houses, a few wooded lots and a huge Golf Course. It was around 1a.m. and I was on my way home from a movie. I often use the route and rarely see anything on the road. That night was a different story. I was driving along and an armadillo meanders out in front of me. Being the courteous driver that I am I slowed to a stop while the animal decided which route it was going to take to wander across the street from a patch of brush to a neighborhood yard. I was tempted to get my movie camera out and shoot some footage but decided against it. What a fool I was (Patience, patience, I'm getting to it).

The Black Wolf of Clearwater
Anyway, the 'dillo crposses the road and I proceed. Around the next bend I was traveling by a lightly wooded golf course when I saw something that made me stop the car. There was a black, short-haired Wolf-like Dog standing on the side of the road. He just sat there and stared at me, his yellow eyes glowing. At first he is nervous and trots across the road from the neighborhood to the golf course and moves about forty feet onto the course before stopping. Then he/she/it turns and stares at me again. I slowly reach into the back seat to get the camera. I set it up for shooting and decided to see if I had any clear tape space. What I found was some shots I took the day before of a Roseate Spoonbill (A bird for all of my six fans out there) which is a fairly unusual find in Pinellas County. I began fast forwarding the tape as I did not want to record over the Spoonbill. The Wolf-Like Dog then wandered back out to the road about twenty feet in front of the car. I watched him sitting there, taunting me. I was cursing myself for not having any free tape.

The "animal then wandered off into the neighborhood backyards right about the time I came to an empty spot in the tape. I was now ready, he was gone.

Here is the lesson gleemed from this experience; Always have your camera in the car and ready to go on a moments notice. I'm still cursing myself for missing an opportunity to film the elusive "Black Wolf Of Clearwater."

More Cryptozoology (not Krypto Superman's dog either, shut up Gorblie. Doc, get him out of here) next week. Sorry about Gorblie's rude interruption.

See You in Seven! Oi!

The "Creature"  The Creature from Clearwater

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