Saturday, November 11, 2006


About a month and a half ago one of our clown loaches disappeared, it was our bigger one named Bunsen. At first we took little notice because the species tends to hide a lot and that particular fish was no exception. Beaker, the smaller loach, hid a lot less and was always more outgoing. They both spend a lot of time in a little plastic rock cave thing and we figured the big one was just hiding in there. As time went by, we were a little curious as to why we hadn’t seen Bunsen but as they are nocturnal and hiders we just figured we missed it.

About a month later, neither Tony nor I had seen Bunsen. We hadn’t seen it come out to eat we hadn’t seen its tail when peering into the cave Bunsen was gone. We figured it swam up inside the little rock and maybe got stuck and died. Strangely though, there was no body. We have many scavenger fish, two catfish species (Maybe and Mr. Snodgrass), a flying fox (Jet Screamer), and Beaker. However, none of the fish seemed like the type that could eat an entire fish without us knowing. The only possible culprit was Beaker. If Bunsen had died in the cave Beaker was the only other one that went in there. It would have been a really big meal for Beaker though. Of course we had cleaned the tank while Bunsen was missing and had moved the little cave thing we didn’t see him. When we decided he must be dead, we did another tank cleaning and even took the rock out of the tank and shook it out over the toilet to try and get a body (or whatever was left of a body) out. Nothing came out and we saw nothing in the rock. We chalked it up to mystery.

Today, while watching TV, I saw a glimmer in the rock out of the corner of my eye. Beaker was swimming around and the rest of our fish don’t go in the rock. I told Tony I thought I saw Bunsen. He told me I was seeing things. But then he poked his head out of the cave. Tony saw it too it wasn’t just me. Then he came out and swam. The thing was just fine. We don’t know where he was, we don’t know how he got back in the cave, (if he ever left), we just know he is alive and well. I looked online and saw nothing about loaches hiding for that long. It’s a total mystery.

I'm leaving for that LGBTQ youth in DCFS conference in the morning so I will be absent until Thursday. Here are some tunes to remember me by.

1. Cars and girls are easy come by in this day and age,Laughing, joking, drinking, smoking,till I've spent my wage.

2. A pretty girl is like a minstrel show It makes you laugh It makes you cry You go

3. The world is spinning too fast I'm buying lead Nike shoes to keep myself tethered to the days I try to lose. 19-2000, Gorillaz. Identified by, Shadow Falcon

4. lying on the floor four stories high in the corridor between the asphalt and the sky I am caught like bottled water, the light daughter. Work Your Way Out, Ani DiFranco. Identified by Brooke.

5. I met him in a swamp down in dagoba where it bubbles all the time like a giant carbonated soda. Yoda, Weird Al. Identified by Mom.


Always on the Move said...

That's so insane...I'm so trying to figure out what had happened?!?! It's a True Mystery!
My room mate has about 12 fish tanks and he also had a HUGE fish go missing about 3 months ago, or so, and he looked every where for it, high and low. He looked behind the fish tanks, under it, and looked in his doggies mouths and luck! They even asked me if I knew what had happened! I laughed and said I cooked it, because I was craving fish (he didn't find that too funny, because he adores fishes)and we continued on with life. He even cleaned that tank several times, and moved the "meaner, but non-killer" fishes out of that tank and put nicer ones in there! He also moved their homes around and stuff...still nothing. But then one day, I was looking in that tank and there he was...skeletons and all! Or maybe I should say, there was his head and tail, in several pieces! Something 'had' happened to him!
I'm glad that your fishy decided to come back home and see you guys again and that he doesn't plan on hiding again in a long time!
Have a safe trip and can't wait to hear from you next Thursday or whenever!

CSG said...

funny story, it kept me reading in anguish until the end. Enjoy your fieldtrip.

ShadowFalcon said...

3 - Gorillaz 19/2000

enjoy your conference

Brooke said...

I am curious to hear about this conference.

#4. Work Your Way Out - Ani

csmc said...

Have fun at the conference!!

Mom said...

#5 Yoda by Weird Al Yankovic (not sure if I got the spelling right on the last name, but you know who I mean) "Y-O-D-A, Yoda, Yo-Yo-Yo-Yo Yoda!"

It's a take-off on the Kinks classic, Lola, of course. My sister was quite a Kinks fan in her youth, mostly (IMO) because of her friend Sherry who was Dad's friend Bryan's little sister (hence the cool musical tastes).

I read somewhere recently that Weird Al has just come out with a new album that is breaking all his previous sales records.

Jaclyn said...

My brother met Weird Al a few weeks ago...came into his restaurant for lunch. Bro said he was a really quiet, laid back guy.

Good luck on your trip Nat. I'm getting tickets to JC Superstar here in a few weeks...but nobody wants to go with me. Boo. Wanna come down to C-town? The original Jesus is in it (from the film).

hehe :)

CrimsonKing said...

The only explanation: your fish is a witch.

I knew #5 when I saw it but your mom got it first. *defeated*

Another Desert Rat said...

Hmmmm... clever fish. Very VERY clever... Glad he turned up safe and sound. Love the names (My cat is named "Maybe").

Enjoy the Carnival!

Skittles said...

Wherever he was, I'm glad he came back :) Happy Carnival!

Anonymous said...

Cute story. Well told. It's amazing that a fish can obscure himself like that. Anyway, wonderful post. Thanks for submitting it to the carnival.

Bond said...

Hi...I am walking down the midway at THE BESTEST BLOG CARNIVAL and enjoyed your attraction...I expect to hear the Twilight Zone theme