I was sitting in a park at the public swimming pool last night, talking with a classmate from 20 years ago. As we were talking, my friend looked over my shoulder, squinted and then told me there was a bear. I turned and was stunned and scared to death to see a large brown bear heading toward us. I grabbed my purse and we ran, which I’m sure wasn’t a brilliant thing to do, but when you are learning "bear safety" you don’t ever really believe you’ll encounter one. Especially in a public place. Well it does happen, and trust me, he wasn’t there for the class of ’88 reunion.