October 22nd, 2007
Man, what a busy one. Snake Removal stays busy well after the official end of the season on Oct 1, largely due to “summer” hanging on later and later each fall. Still plenty of activity, especially since most of the season’s baby snakes happen in August and September. People see one baby (actually the word is neonate, though juvenile will do) and they think that there must be twenty – and they’re not always wrong. Fact is, whether it’s the hatching of a clutch of eggs or a litter coming from a live-bearing species, the likelihood that more than one neonate is present is inversely proportional to your distance from ground zero. Mother is a verb, and for the most part, snakes don’t do it.
Meanwhile, I have the South Texas State Fair in Beaumont to do for Time Warner Cable (they’ve been a client since my early days doing Animal Planet promo shows) followed by a Halloween bash at the Houston Natural Science Museum. The 31st itself is another Halloween celebration at Science Spectrum in Lubbock. Bwwaaahahahaaaa.
The rest of the month’s gigs have been local birthday parties, which I still enjoy doing. To an eight year old, I’m a rock star. Actually, I’ve done all ages, from three year olds to senior groups. One man was turning 60 and his family bought him my show, but they didn’t tell him what it was, only that they had booked “an animal guy.” He was a little phobic about snakes and didn’t know what the show was about until I introduced myself. 45 minutes later he had my big python around him and was declaring it the best birthday present ever.