12/12/08 — Knowing me to be an avid rock climber, my oldest daughter, Kelsey, sent me the following:
The bridge shown below is on the Old Donner Pass Highway. It has some spectacular views of the Sierras and Donner Lake. A bear was walking across the bridge when two cars also crossing it scared the bear into jumping over the edge. Somehow the bear caught the ledge and was able to pull itself to safety.
Authorities decided that nothing could be done to help that night so they returned the next morning to find the bear sound asleep on the ledge.
After securing a net under the bridge, the bear was tranquilized, fell into the net, was lowered, then woke up and walked out of the net.
The moral of the story is that when confronted with a bad situation sometimes the best solution is to just sleep on it.
It can work for writing conundrums, too.