Saturday, October 27, 2007

Scary Things Again


Since Halloween is coming up and I've already started a theme of things that scare me (bridges), I'm going to post another SCARY thing...STEAM ROLLERS!

The sight of a steam roller five or six times (or more) larger than myself would send shivers of fear down my whole body as the roller chugged across street pavement. I could picture myself, unable to run, being rolled right over the top. Even at six years, I knew I would not pop back up like a cartoon character.

The roller pictured above is a real antique (more so than myself even) - the steam rollers I am talking about are the super sized solid "steel" machines that haven't changed so much in the last 50 years or so.

Just think - you are six and standing in the curb - a steam roller comes slowly down the street - its roller looks like a mountain - what if it jumps the curb - what if it suddenly gets too much fuel - what if? Why can't I jump into my mother's arms, she is standing near to me - why can't I scream - ??????????

So, what is in the human nature that makes that old creeping electricity run up my body even now when I see a roller? Besides the obvious that is - my mind says run, but my body would not run fast enough - and would I look silly letting out a shrill scream and breaking into a slow trot at the site of a roller and in the street or parking lot?

5 comments:

Karen said...

Clowns scare the bejeezus out of me. Always have. I wouldn't recommended ever watching the movie "Killer Clowns from Outer Space". Sure it's probably one of the dumbest movies out there but those creepy looking killer clowns gave me nightmares for weeks.

Gardenia said...

karen - I have watched that movie - now that you've admitted it, I will too - ha ha, yes it is really scary - some horror movies are campy, but still scary! I too have a clown phobia - always have had - they are creepy -

Four Dinners said...

Frightened of steam rollers???

That is supurbly weird. Love it!!

Candy Minx said...

Steam rollers ar ecreepy...but they can be funny too..they are such a cartoon image.

do you remember in the movie A Fish Called Wanda...a steam roller plays in near the end predominantly...

Vicki said...

This is way too bizzare!! I have had the same dreams! However when it runs over my legs/me I can't feel it and the most scary thing about the dream is that I can't understand why it doesn't hurt!!
I have always wanted to operate one!! I could be a construction rat easily. I love the big machinery and can spend hours watching earth movers and cranes.
If you talk about having "house" dreams I am going to freak.