Yes, some of you are plagued by irrational fears. Heights, confined spaces, flying, dogs, birds, spiders. There are scores of things that terrify people — and you canÂ read about them all on the Internet. The oddest one I found is genuphobia, which is a fear of knees.
My irrational fear is not on the list: I worry about dropping my keys down the sewer.
Itâ€™s not like dropping your keys in the sewer is the end of the world. Youâ€™d call the department of public works and feel like an idiot while you watch them fish around in the muck. Most likely youâ€™d want to tip those guys; Iâ€™d say twenty bucks would be appropriate.
But the sewer thing? It may have started when I was a kid.
Our poor little poodle, Dondi, was hit by a car an somehow ended up tumbling into the storm drain. As I remember it, my father lifted up the grate and went down to retrieve our lifeless dog. It was tragic — but we eased the pain by joking heâ€™d committed â€œsewercide.â€
Your brain makes crazy conections that nobody can understand. Is this one of them? I donâ€™t know, but holdÂ on to your keys, and keep the dogs away from the sewers.