Like most 10 year olds, my son has a true fascination with any bizarre, unexplained or mysterious report. He is mesmerized by Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Guinness World Book of Records, the television shows “Amazing Animals” and “Myth Busters”, and National Geographic’s “Kids” magazine and its french counterpart “Les Debrouillards”.
I know every biggest, grossest, insane whatever that has ever been on the face of the earth and beyond.
I have heard about the oldest dog at 20 years old, the owl that rides a bike, the tallest snowman at 122 feet tall, the most expensive sneakers at $4,053.00, the largest hamburger weighing in at 185 pounds and the flying drones that will deliver pizzas by the year 2020.
I have been told to grow the biggest tomato, buy the smallest horse at 17.5 inches and ride my lawnmower for more than 14,594 miles, a record held by some nut from Maine who drove across the US in 260 days on his lawnmower.
I could try I guess to conquer some unknown feat but meanwhile my son is going for his own record. The longest living pet goldfish. Jack-in-the-Box has been with us for almost 5 years now. Weather loaches “Dojos” can live up to 10 years, grow up to a foot long and predict the weather; hence the name. They are peaceful, bottom dwelling, cold water creatures that just can’t be murdered. I mean that can’t be misunderstood. Oops, little slip there.
Although happier in groups of three and four “Jack” appears very content in his little tank alone with his skull mansion and a few bubbles. He is a highly trained creature who responds to his master’s knocking on the tank when dinner time approaches. He is a fearless competitor who stares down Shadow, the cat, when night time approaches whilst they both vie for their master’s attention.
Throughout the years he has managed to survive winters in the garage, two fish loving cats, four children, rapid changes of water, days without food and most recently, loud music below his apartment.
But, with all the adversity comes a stronger, more vibrant creature able to withstand any odds. I have a feeling Jack is going to be around for a long time. He has been put to the test (many times by me) and has survived.
Now beat that Guinness.