Benitin y Eneas by Pierre S. De Beaumont and Bud Fisher

Benitin y Eneas

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  1. Shirttail Slim

    Shirttail Slim said, over 2 years ago

    Good morning, Vagabonds

  2. Shirttail Slim

    Shirttail Slim said, over 2 years ago

    Met a lot of snakes up there in the hills, not all rattlers.
    I’ll be looking forward to your snake story, David..
    Wonder if anyone else noticed it.

  3. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, over 2 years ago

    @DAVID, can you tell me how did you kill the snake? You are brave!
    I used to be afraid of snake – even those that were non-poisonous. I finally realized that it was because I thought they were slimy. Then a friend told me that they were no slimier than alligator shoes. After that, I would pet boa conscrictors that I encountered.

    When I visited a cousin in Virginia, I helped do a road cleanup and my cousin gave me a garter snake to play with. After playing with it it for a few minutes, I released it into the woods. Many snakes are useful: they control rodents (which I really hate) and insects.

  4. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, over 2 years ago

    I have 12 national Geographics left to read. After my roommate’s teenage brother finishes reading them, I must decide what to do with them. I can’t donate them to the library as I’ve torn out pictures to make collages with (I love Islamic and Far Eastern calligraphy as well as stain glass). I really hope someone in my building will show them to his kids.

    I did keep one that had an awesome Hologram on its front cover and I saved an article for the president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami. She wrote an amazing book titled “My Fifteen Grandmothers.” She was born a Cuban Catholic – her family was very Catholic. Somehow, she was drawn to Judaism against her family’s wishes. She converted and when her grandmother died, her mother gave her some of her grandmother’s keepsakes: Judaica that had been handed down over the generations. It turned out her ancestors were secret Jews since the time of the Inquisition and were always in-married. They lived in a town in Spain by a river that also flowed into Portugal. I saw an article in the NG about this same river and clipped it out for her as she did extensive archival research in that region

  5. davidf42

    davidf42 said, over 2 years ago

    Morning, Vagabonds!
    Actually, it was just a little one. Don’t know what it was. Maybe a foot or a foot and a half long. Pink, with these diamond shaped patterns on it. I was cleaning up the yard at the house I’m remodeling. The previous owners left their wooden fence in a huge pile of rotten lumber on the property line. I lifted a board and there it was, all curled up and taking a nap. But on closer inspection, I saw it was probably awake. I sent my wife back to the parsonage to get my ax. I have found over the years that an ax works best. Then I stayed there and watched it. I figured if it moved, I would hack it with my machete. When wife got back I severed its head from its body. Not a real exciting story, I’ll admit. Would y’all like to hear the story of how I killed 13 snakes in my yard in one year? That was the same year as the alligator.
    I appreciate Slim’s story of how he doesn’t bother them if they don’t bother him. That’s the way I feel when I’m out camping or whatever. But when they come into our territory, I consider them the invaders and I feel like home owners need to protect their property and their family members.

  6. Florchi

    Florchi said, over 2 years ago

    @Slim, Arye, & david:
    When my children were young, I discovered a snake in the backyard where they were playing and killed it with a shovel – I can’t recall what it looked like at this late date. This was here in South Florida (Broward County), which was still relatively undeveloped and I felt like a “pioneer woman.”

  7. Montana  Lady

    Montana Lady said, over 2 years ago

    Good Morning, Vagabonds,


    I feel the same way about insects in my house…………………this is MY house, and when they get into MY house, I kill them. They have the whole outdoors to squiggle around in, but not in MY house!!!! Spiders especially!


    We’re heading up to Great Falls today…….blood platelet donation time for My Mtn. Man.


    Bill, enjoy your last days in Tranquility! Your time at the lake sure sounds great!


    It’s warming up again, only got down to 29 this morning. :))

  8. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 2 years ago

    Good morning Vagabonds.
    One more snake story: We took a small troop of boy scouts camping in Northern California at the Tishtang campground on the Hoopa Indian Reservation about 25 years ago. One of the boys found an 18" dead garter snake on the road and all of the boys had great fun “posing” it on the scoutmaster’s truck as boys will do. When they had tired of their fun, I threw the snake into the ladie’s toilet (It was basically an old fashioned outhouse with concrete walls – a deep hole in the ground with a seat over it.) to get rid of it.
    The next morning I overheard a couple of women who had pulled into the campground during the night talking about the “6 foot rattlesnake in the toilet that had tried to jump up and bite her in the butt”. My only question would be why was she shining her flashlight down into the pit? That would have been the only way she could have seen that poor little garter snake.
    The visit was during moulting season for the rattlesnakes, and the danger of being bitten was very real.

  9. APersonOfInterest

    APersonOfInterest said, over 2 years ago

    @davidf42

    Don’t know for sure of course, but from your description I would guess that it was probably a harmless corn snake.

  10. Shirttail Slim

    Shirttail Slim said, over 2 years ago

    I am so glad the snake subject arose. Lots of stories. I need to learn the word that means “fear of snakes”, I’m sure there is a “phobia” name for it.
    >>>@ JanCin, re your Boy Scout excursion in Northern CA. I never heard of the Tishtang campground when I was working
    at the veneer mill in Willow Creek, but I’m betting the camp is close to the Trinity River. The Hoopa reservation is just north of Willow Creek. That is beautiful country up there, and I wish I could be there again.

  11. Shirttail Slim

    Shirttail Slim said, over 2 years ago

    Here’s a hint you can use when camping, and pass on to others, if you’re bothered by yellowjackets.
    >>>Yellowjackets are meat eaters, and I have found that they are partial to fish meat., so…. I was always camped beside a stream, either a river or a creek. They bweren’t a problem on Shirttail Creek, but they were a big nuisance on the North Fork.
    I was fishing one time, and had some fish smell on my hand.
    I felt a sharp sting on the hand holding my fishing rod, and looked down to see a yellowjacket cutting a piece out of my hand between the thumb and forefinger which were wrapped around the handle. Little sucker drew blood. Only happened once, but it gives you an idea of how voracious they can be.
    >>>>>>
    When I was camped on the river, I used empty tuna cans, the large size cans, half full of water at both, at both sides of my “kitchen & socializing” area. I’d hang a small piece of fish an inch or so above the water. Yellowjacket cuts a bit of fish to take to their nest, lets go and drops to fly away, only they land in the water. By the end of the day the water would be covered with dead bees.
    And every morning when I came down from my sleeping area, all those dead yellowjackets would be gone.
    But the “traps” would attract them, and they wouldn’t be flying around making people nervous. Their sting was very painful.

  12. Shirttail Slim

    Shirttail Slim said, over 2 years ago

    P.S. Any “bowl” shaped container will do.

  13. davidf42

    davidf42 said, over 2 years ago

    Here he is. I found him on Wikipedia. Exactly like this Southern Copperhead .

  14. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, over 2 years ago

    Wow@DAVID – That looks like a nasty critter

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