More sharks

I may need a “sharks” category for the blog at some point. Just talked to my sister Megan. She sounded in good spirits and surrounded by friends. She has a hard road of recovery ahead of her — the @$*&%$ fish apparently severed her quadriceps and calf muscles. But if there was a single word I would use to describe my sister, ever since she was little, it would be “resilient.” She is one tough, kick-ass woman, and I have no doubt that she will come through this better than fine. I’m also damned proud of how she handled herself out on the water, but I have always been damned proud of my siblings. Of course, Megan is out ahead in terms of — as Jia put it in earlier comments — legend-making among the Halavais at this point. I was trying to think of a way to get more hardcore than fighting off a Great White. Megan suggested I could arrange to be attacked by a pack of pit bulls. That might do it, but perhaps my most “extreme” days are behind me.

Update: There is a link here to a news conference with Megan and our mom, Mary.

As an aside, it’s amazing how many of these stories get the name wrong. The one linked in the update spells the name right once and wrong once. This one is my favorite, though, since it not only gets the name wrong, it gives a pronunciation guide — also wrong. “Real journalists” get the news wrong all the time, but you would think they would at least check the name.

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  1. Posted 10/21/2005 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    I saw her this morning interviewed on the “Today” show (I am not a Matt and Katie junkie, it was just on in the bedroom as I got ready for work).

    Megan’s demeanor and description were so vivid, she sounds very brave and full of life. I am not sure if I would reach out and grab the tail! I hope she’s okay and surfin’ safely soon.

  2. Posted 10/21/2005 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I saw what I assume was the same interview on Good Morning, America and was impressed by her spunk & how upbeat she seemed. I wish her a full & speedy recovery.

  3. Posted 10/21/2005 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    I just saw your sister on cnn. she was smiling much like your smile actually:) I think she’ll recover with that mindset.

  4. neil heidrich
    Posted 10/22/2005 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    i just read about your sister’s ordeal, and saw an interview. just wanted to say that megan is so awesome. what a brave and strong young woman!

    i am happy for her and all of you who love her…that she is going to be ok.

  5. Posted 10/23/2005 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    hey alex –
    best wishes for your sister’s speedy recovery. that’s a terrifying story; we certainly hope her healing is swift and painless.

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