Welcome to the inaugural post of the Bad to the Bone Awards. Cause sometimes you hear about something that's so stinkin' awesome, it's gotta be recognized.
The first time I ever thought someone needed a Bad to the Bone Award was in 2001 when I heard about the story of Jesse Arbogast. Jesse was a 7 year old boy that summer, who, while swimming at the beach, was attacked by a shark. The shark bit off his right arm--it was really a horrible incident. BUT GET THIS. Jesse's uncle, upon seeing what's happening in the shallow waters, wades into the ocean and wrestles the 7 foot long bull shark to shore. At that point, a ranger shoots the shark and they were able to retrieve Jesse's arm.
Jesse's life was miraculously saved, although the reports I could find online say that he has never fully recovered from his injuries. But I just have to say, HATS OFF to Jesse's uncle. Any dude who, in the midst of such trauma and panic, wrestles a shark onto the shore is seriously Bad to the Bone.
Today I read this story about an Aussie country doctor who saved a boy's life by drilling a hole in his head with a Black and Decker drill. Apparently, the 13 year old boy had been riding his bike without a helmet and fallen, hitting his head on the pavement. He seemed fine initially, but after awhile it was obvious to his mother that he wasn't well. She brought him into the local hospital, a rural one that isn't as equipped as one would be in a major city.
The doctor on duty, a GP named Dr. Rob Carson, recognized that the boy was bleeding on the brain and that the pressure needed to be relieved immediately or he would die. This hospital didn't have a neurosurgical drill so he went to the maintenance closet and got a regular old drill. Consulting a Melbourne neurosurgeon by phone, he drilled a hole in the boy's skull and a blood clot came out. The boy was up and about by the next day. Amazing!
Dr. Carson, you are truly Bad to the Bone. Good on ya!
Jason always tells about an old diving coach of his who, after diving from the tower, over-corrected and smacked the water on her back so hard that her swimsuit was ripped and she had welts everywhere. And then? Yeah, she got back up there. Serious badness quotient! And then there's the 86 year old granny on her way home from church who beat up a man trying to mug her.
TO THE BONE, Y'ALL. To the bone. Do you know anyone who is the Baddest person around? Maybe they didn't wrestle a bull shark, but whose badness level just blows you away? Inspire us!