Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rain Of Snakes

Is a rain of snakes one of the Biblical signs of Armageddon? Then you might want to hold onto your butts.

  I was at home today because we were having a bit of a plumbing dilemma. Toilets were gurgling, and weird black water was popping up in the bathtub.

  The plumber had arrived and he was working in the backyard(moving towards finding a rather large collection of wipes-which we found out are not good to flush, even the self proclaimed "flushable" wipes, so it's back to tee-pee for my lovely daughter's delicate heiney) and I was running to and from the bathroom to report the situation and turn on water and such.

  On my second trip out through the screen door, I felt something strike me on the right arm between my shoulder and elbow. I took a couple of steps as I was saying,"What the hell was that?", I turned back to the door and glanced down, and there on the ground was...a...SNAKE! Now, it was not a BIG snake, I would guess it was about 10 inches to a foot long, but only about an inch or two around, maybe. What really kinda creeped me out was that it was bulged out in the center, which I guessed meant that it had just eaten(turns out it had just eaten a lizard-I'll explain how I know that soon).

  I walked over and reported to the plumber that the water was running down the bathtub drain. Then, I realized that I needed to get rid of the snake. You see, My Special Lady is a wee bit phobic of the snakes, and I realized that I could not tell her a story involving a snake landing on me in our backyard without ending it with the phrase.."and then I killed the snake."

  I went to the garage and grabbed the shovel that we bought as a snake defense system after our previous snake run-in. I came back, and the snake was in just about the same spot it had landed. I took the shovel and I cut the snake in half in one fell swoop...Okay, that's not true. I had to hit it a coupla times, and it turned at me and hissed and stuff. After I got it in half was when I saw that it was a lizard that the snake had eaten. This kinda freaked me out a bit, I'm not sure why, but it did. Though I did become kinda convinced that I was going to be next if I had not killed the snake.

   I put it in a bag and put it in the garbage. It felt a little weird, but I also knew that My Special Lady would have had a hard time relaxing knowing that the snake fell from either the roof or the screen door or whatever and was still out there. I looked at it as I did what I felt I had to do.

 Plus, a snake falling on you is just kinda icky.


B.E. Earl said...

Stuff like this doesn't happen in NY. Thankfully.

Jessica said...

ick! But you could have called animal control or some sort of rescue...he didn't have to die. :(

Paticus said...

Earl- Amen to that.

Jessica- That did not occur to me at all. Now I feel even worse, but I will keep that in mind for any future run-ins.

c2 said...

Oh man, I am sorry that happened to you. I would have the willies for at least a week if that had happened to me.