Saturday, September 6, 2008

Reptile Show (relax, no snake pictures included)


We went to the North American Reptile Show in Anaheim today, which is said to be the "World's Largest Reptile Show". I accept that some of you freak out when you scroll through one of my posts and see a snake picture. So... I figured you'd much rather look at a picture of the Discovery Channel TV host Nigel Marven. There you go. My gift to you. Nigel was a super nice guy and would pose for pictures and sign autographs for anyone who asked. I didn't ask. Instead I just made Marshall take his picture paparazzi-style when he wasn't looking. Of course right after Marshall did his super-stealthy photo-taking, Nigel looked up at me, smiled and said hello. Marshall was looking down at his camera to see if his shot came out and of course missed the exchange and better photo opportunity. Not quite as exciting as Jeff Corwin would have been, but better than nothing, I guess. I'm such a Discovery Channel dork. Yes I cried when Steve Irwin died. Don't make me talk about it, or I might start crying again.
Anywho... like I promised... no snake pictures.

The reptile show was awesome! Non-venomous snakes of every variety, color and pattern. Turtles, tortoises (no they're not the same thing), cute little poison dart frogs (still tempted to get those one day), all types of lizards, spiders (ewwww), etc. Fortunately I did not spot the hissing cockroaches, which I assume were there. There was one point where Haven very urgently insisted that I not look to my right and I obeyed. I didn't ask, but I can only assume there were roaches there. Haven has learned by now that it's best if I not know if there are any roaches in the vicinity. No one wants to see me freak out... there's the screaming and the foaming at the mouth... ok, maybe no foaming at the mouth, but let's just say my reaction is not pleasant and leave it at that.

We did not, however, go home empty handed. Oh no. We got to pick up our newest pet snake (which if you're counting, makes snake #3 and pet #13) from my favorite homeschooling snake breeder, who had a table at the show. Severus Snake (A.K.A. "Professor Snake") is now officially ours.

One thing that I thought was absolutely hilarious (in my sick, sick sense of humor) is that they actually had "pinky" key chains. You know... the baby mice that you I feed to the snakes? Well they had little plastic replicas that were made into key chains. My husband can not tolerate the idea of feeding mice to snakes, so that's something I always have to do when he's not home. He even refused to take a picture of the pinky key chains the first three times I asked him. He couldn't stand to even look at them. Then I promised him that I'd never make him look at the picture, and I'd download it onto my computer directly from the camera and erase all evidence of it... and then he agreed to take the picture. So, uh, you wanna see the picture? See, I'm being nice and giving you the option. Click Here if you wanna see the cute baby mice. Hey, they're all sleeping. Ok, I'll stop.

So after we left the reptile show, the plan was to drop Professor Snake off in his new habitat at home and then go out to eat for lunch. But we ran into some serious traffic. Yes... I know, traffic on the L.A. freeways... what a surprise. And, well, it was already past 2pm and everyone was hungry. Leaving Professor Snake in the hot car was not an option. So... I slipped Professor Snake into my large Coach purse (still in his deli cup with the lid on) and we went to lunch. I put my purse next to me in the booth and we had a very nice lunch. Haven and I peeked in on him periodically to make sure he was nice and comfy in there.

Kind of makes you wonder what other people are hiding in their purses in restaurants.



29 comments:

  1. ei! Julie! I just posted snakes in my blog...and you gave me a much better idea how to do it! Thanks!

    Thanks for coming to visit my blog too!

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  2. OMGosh! What a funny thought. How interesting it would be to find out EXACTLY what oddities people carried in their purses.

    Too funny about the mice. Circle of life and all.

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  3. OMG, that's hilarious about the keyrings. And a wee bit disturbing. But funny nonetheless! Hope the latest addition settles in well!

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  4. Julie, what if they have roaches in their purses?

    It' just so much better NOT knowing!

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  5. hahahaha, Graceling beat me to the punch! ICKY!

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  6. that is so funny! Gross, but SO funny! (although I love the crocodile hunter too..for some reason when he was holding a snake it didn't freak me out..hmm)
    thank goodness for a thoughtful son to steer you clear of the creepies, that's great!

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  7. I'm not a snake person but the snake in the purse thing was pretty funny and yes, I think now I will wonder when someone peeks into their purse periodically. Too Funny!!

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  8. Those pinky key chains are MESSED UP!

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  9. Hey now graceling (and hauswife)... that's just uncalled for. Who in their right mind would put roaches in their purse? And thankyouverymuch by the way, for THAT visual. Ick! I'm going to go run and scream around the house now just at the thought of it.

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  10. So?! Are you finished with the saga?! What did you think?

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  11. We actually have a picture of Steve Irwin on our fridge and cried when he died as well. He was a truly wonderful conservationalist actually. And I named one of our dogs Bindi :)

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  12. Ugh .. me and my curious nature! I just had to go clickity clickity to see the mouse baby keychains.

    I'm going to go restart my heart, and brush the vomit taste out of my mouth.

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  13. Bless your heart for not sharing the pictures! I must say that roaches and more over, mice would push me over the edge... For some reason I cannot even look at mice/rats without shivering and getting bumps on the back of my neck - I'm thinking this is actually #14 isn't it??? I'm going to up my "dare" from 15 by years end to 16!

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  14. HAHAH they beat me to the roaches in the purse thing! LOL

    Those key chains are just to funny!

    We loved Steve too!

    Ok I want to see pictures of all those neat things you found at the Show! LOL

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  15. STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot stop laughing/freaking out about what folks are carrying with them in their bags. You really are a super mom.

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  16. I am deathly afraid of snakes. I can't believe you feed them. I think I would die. Loved ready your blog minus the snakes. Much Love -- Thanks for stopping by! I will be back!

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  17. Is anyone else wondering why they'd have cockroaches at a Reptile show? Are they reptile food? Regardless, what a well mannered son you have to steer you away. Or else he really understands mom goes temporarily psycho.

    Saw the pinkies...very clever marketing. Did they actually sell any? I'd expect it would be a certain demographic that those would appeal to.

    I really like snakes. Send me a pic!
    And for your info, I've carried baby bird parrots in purse for the very same reason.

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  18. It's those Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches... and I have no idea why they have them at reptile shows. Last I checked, they weren't reptiles. And yes, Haven has both been trained by Marshall AND has seen me go temporarily psycho in the presences of roaches.

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  19. Thank you for not including pictures of those creepy creatures! Though I can't complain too much...one time I posted a picture of a spider (which I don't like either).

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  20. Oh, Julie...
    I. Do. Not. Like. Snakes.

    But we can still be friends, 'cause it's hard rockin' that you carried a reptile around in your Coach purse. Again, you are my kind of people.

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  21. Whoa! The closest I've ever come to a reptile is my lizard-skin cowboy boots!

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  22. Are you sure that's not Robin Williams???!!

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  23. I could never relax with a snake in my purse! Eeeww. Those plastic mice are just plain awful. Why on earth would someone want one as a keychain?

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  24. Remind me to NEVER sit next to you.... that is just TOO scary!

    Robbin

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  25. Had to come meet the girl who said she had not seen L-hop (that's what we call Little House on the Prairie around our place--)Saw your comment over at 6byhisdesign--Now I've got to go hear about the purple house!
    Loving your blog and looking forward to perusing more of your posts!
    Blessings!

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  26. Reptile show - sounds like fun. Thanks for stopping by my blog for BATW.

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  27. I'm soo glad you didn't post photos. I am so not a snake person, but I'd rather do snakes any day over roaches!!!

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  28. My boys LOVE Nigel! How cool!!!!

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