mysql updates kills mongrel instance

trying to troubleshoot an issue where 1 of the mongrel instances goes
haywire (99% CPU Util.) and i am forced to kill that PID and restart the
I have found that I can reproduce the issue at will by calling my update
method (code below). When I tail the log file, I see the update kicking
off and it never completes. I don't think there is anything special
about this code!!
I've also include my vhost config, as I'm not entirely sure that it is
correct. There seems to be a lot of different version/opinions on how
these should be set up.
Updated to the latest gems and at this point, I kinda outta ideas! This
is a joyent solaris box!
Hope somebody out there can help!

    @event = Event.find(params[:id])
    approved = Status.find_by_name("Approved")
    old_status = @event.status_id
    new_status = params[:event][:status_id]
    if @event.update_attributes(params[:event])
      if (new_status == and new_status != old_status)
        @event.approved_by_id = session[:user]

<VirtualHost *:80>


        DocumentRoot /var/www/apps/mysite/current/public

        <Directory /var/www/apps/mysite/current/public/>
                Options FollowSymLinks
                AllowOverride None
                Order allow,deny
                Allow from all

        ProxyRequests Off

        ProxyPassReverse /
        ProxyPassReverse /
        ProxyPassReverse /
        ProxyPassReverse /
        ProxyPreserveHost on

        <Proxy balancer://my_cluster>


        RewriteEngine On

        # Prevent access to .svn directories
        RewriteRule ^(.*/)?\.svn/ - [F,L]
        ErrorDocument 403 "Access Forbidden"

        # Check for maintenance file and redirect all requests
        RewriteCond %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/system/maintenance.html -f
        RewriteCond %{SCRIPT_FILENAME} !maintenance.html
        RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !\.(css|jpg)$
        RewriteRule ^.*$

        # Rewrite index to check for static
        RewriteRule ^/$ /index.html [QSA]

        # Rewrite to check for Rails cached page
        RewriteRule ^([^.]+)$ $1.html [QSA]

        # Redirect all non-static requests to cluster
        RewriteCond %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/%{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
        RewriteRule ^/(.*)$ balancer://my_cluster%{REQUEST_URI}

        # Deflate
        AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/plain text/xml
        BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4 gzip-only-text/html
        BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4\.0[678] no-gzip
        BrowserMatch \bMSIE !no-gzip !gzip-only-text/html