Kickass, the doorstop dog, reports that the keeper, in agreeing to assist grandson-in-law Kyle Russell with a military reserve project to film veteran activities, had no idea that it would include his—the keeper, being helplessly mired in muck to the point that Kyle was faced with the choice of either rescuing the keeper or continuing his filming as the keeper disappeared beneath a cluster of dirty bubbles.
In fairness, it was the keeper’s idea to take the film-a-veteran-fishing project to University Bay, and it was his choice of the unfamiliar location where he waded out into the water 20 feet or so and then sunk into the stickiest, most foot-grabbing muck he has ever experienced. There was a real issue as to whether or not he would even be able to turn around, and it went through his mind that perhaps the nearby University Hospital helicopter might be needed.
To his credit, Kyle asked if the keeper needed to be rescued, but he did not stop filming as he posed the question.
It is no exaggeration to say that herculean effort was called for on the keeper’s part to finally extract himself from the quick-sand like muck and stagger to shore, as spent as a windshield bug.
The keeper thought that his military obligation had been met a long, long time ago in Korea, and he is telling Kyle that even a shooting war does not present a threat to compare with the University Bay muck. He—the keeper, must deserve some kind of a medal!