Sensational Media Coverage of Shark Attack Season opened yesterday. A surfer was attacked off the coast here in CA and it was front page news in both the local paper, and on CNN.com. As covered in this space in September of 2001, your chances of being injured by lightning, buckets and pails, toilets, or squirrels are significantly higher than your chance of suffering a shark attack. If those in the media could spare us a summer of unnecessary hyperbole about shark attacks, I would appreciate it. After a few nice summer-like days, we're back to the usual here in the Bay Area. Today is cold, cloudy, and windy. Whee. Oh, well. I'm about to take off to take in a sand castle building contest on the beach here in Alameda.