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How's It Going?: Snakes Edition

Steve Irwin
Steve Irwin
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Oh dear, it’s Monday again. Welcome back to our daily open thread.

This weekend I read Salvation on Sand Mountain, a book about snake handlers. It might be the first time I read about a religion without at least briefly wondering what my life would be like if I joined it. I haven’t seen a live snake in a very long time, which is perhaps a good thing. My sister and I used to catch garter snakes as kids, and I’ve seen a copperhead once (I fled in terror). I had some roommates who had a pet snake that I got to feed a freeze-dried mouse once, which was pretty cool. I do not think you should swing snakes around during church, but...to each their own?

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So this morning I’m thinking about how both nature and people are wacky. What are you thinking about? How’s it going?

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vwtifuljoe5
Vwtifuljoe

While on a 50 mile hike when I was in Scouts, I almost stepped on a rattlesnake. It was sunning itself on a rock, and it was practically invisible in broad daylight. I’m just trudging along with my pack and then I hear the tell-tale rattle. I stop and scan around me, finding the snake about 20 feet ahead of me on the trail. Rattlesnakes can strike about 2/3 of their body length, and in that context, 20 feet is not far away. Ended up giving the thing a wide berth, because I wanted none of that nonsense while 20+ miles in on a 50 mile trip.

Someone recommended a new position to me that is right up my alley. I’m feeling anxious about going for it, but I know these are pre-event jitters that I get in regards to a lot of things. I’m kind of thinking I want to wrap up my certification course before I apply, but I know that is a fallacy and I need to apply for it now before it disappears.