When I was 16, I was doing this shoot up in the mountains east of San Francisco, and one of the crew was pregnant. I mean she was a big. She was about to pop. She still insisted on doing everything she was used doing, though. She was lifting these heavy mikes, stringing cable, crawling all over the place. I tell you, she freaked us out. I mean it was obvious that she was going to have that baby any second.
One day we were doing this really tough scene with Ski-Doos and lots of stunts, really out in the middle of nowhere. And I'm on my rig, the thing is loud, I can't hear anything, and the next thing I know, everyone is running away from the set. I turn off the machine and hear this screaming. Well sure, I thought it was the pregnant girl, so I run over there too. No idea why. I mean, what the hell am I going to do while a girl is giving birth? Then again, what else was I gonna do?
So I get over there, and there's this big huddle of people--I hear somebody crying, there's snow crunching under all these boots, everybody is talking in hushed voices making little wisps of steam come out of their mouths, and then there's this screaming again. Everybody hunches up, like, all at once. I couldn't see anything. I guess that was okay. I mean, who wants to see that? I mean, I guess I was curious, but hell, I was 16. I don't know any 16 year-old boy that wants to see a baby getting born.
Well, I got bored. So sue me. I mean, you can only take so much waiting around and listening to screaming. So I took a walk. We were right next to the tree line, so after I got a ways from the group, I headed into the woods.
I was making sure I knew where I was--no sense getting lost--but I just went straight in. Finally came to a creek that was frozen over. I kinda tested it with my foot, but then decided not to risk it. I mean, you don't go getting yourself killed on a movie set if you can help it, right? The snow wasn't too deep in the forest, but it started getting deeper and I realized that the trees had thinned out next to the creek. It could be kind of slippery in places, so I was just starting to think about getting away from that creak when I heard something.
Yeah, it was that chick, and she had her baby with her. No, she hadn't followed me or anything. She was just there. I stopped moving--I don't know why, just thought I needed to be quiet. She was rocking that baby back and forth, and it sounded like she was singing, too. I tried to get a little closer, but she heard me, and waved. So I walked on over there.
She looked fine. I don't know when that baby came out. But they both seemed just happy as punch, or whatever. We stood there in the snow with that little baby for what must have been twenty minutes, and then just walked back on out of the forest and back to the set.
When we got there, an ambulance was pulling away. I almost wanted to ask who came to get, but for some reason I just didn't care at that moment. Never did find out.
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