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Snake!

Original post made by Paul Losch, a resident of Palo Alto, on Sep 24, 2010

I walked out of my office late Thursday morning to go to the copying machine and duplicate some paperwork. Lying (or is it laying?) in my path was a juvenile Garter snake making its way along the carpet.

We are in a pretty typical industrial park, lots more concrete and steel than meadows and flora. I am baffled how this serpent managed to crawl across the asphalt parking areas, let alone gain entry to a building where all the doors were closed, but there it was.

On my second attempt, I was able to grab it at its tail end, march it outside and release it. The snake clearly was scared shitless, given what I had to do in the bathroom sink to cleanse my hands after letting it go.

A bucolic moment in a very commercial setting.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 24, 2010 at 4:47 pm

You activated the snake's defense mechanism, not its digestive tract. And good for you for taking it outside - it would have starved in the building.


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Posted by Susan
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 24, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Paul Losch, what is the issue? It did not have rattles on its tail, so end of story. Why is this a story, to you?


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Posted by Paul Loaxh
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 24, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Susan,

It's a "slice of life," nothing more. How many times have you at work in a commercial establishment had to deal with a snake? This was my first, although I encountered a few copperhead snakes, which are poinonous, when I mowed lawns in my youth in Houston. I did not pick those guys up.

I suspect that others who have lived here over the years have had encounters such as I had, thus my reason for the posting.

I appreciate that you read my blog.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

No story? When a contractor's truck ran over a snake they shut the BART to SFO project for a week, at a cost of 9 million dollars. Paul, you better hope that snake thrives.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm


It is a bad omen--someone put the evil eye on you--must be something you wrote about " bullies " in the Holy Land.

However--while the serpent does have an allegorical history--there are solutions.


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Posted by Paul Losch
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 24, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Sharon,

I appreciate that you read and post about my blogs.

Let's not get metaphysical about an unfortunate incident where a cleary confused, young animal found itself in a place it did not belong.

I kept my personal safety in mind, snakes do bite, poinsonous or not.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 24, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Hey-Paul

No worries

We have your back, you took a lot of very nasty flack for that post-in fact you were very fair and accurate-- see Web Link
not that that counts for much in that conflict--these days.
you were correct
You showed great courage in dealing with the topic in a forthright, fair manners-well done--
a snake is just a snake--unless one is a Freudian-- but that ideology has been discredited by clinical trials.


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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 26, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Paul,

What a surprise that must have been! Bless your heart for capturing and taking it outside.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 1, 2010 at 6:40 pm



Talking of snakes--
there are no reports of rattle snakes in Foot Hill Park this year-- the notices always used to shock our East Coast friends when we took them on hikes there, they thought they were in the Wild West.
We have seen the a species of "false rattler" there this year-- it is not venomous, is much smaller, and does not rattle.

A poodle in wolfs clothing.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 1, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Still tracking down the name of that resembling snake, RS ,
and whether it does really, in fact, exist in Palo Alto/Stanford, anyone know the facts about RS?

There was Black Mambas scare in Palo Alto years ago cute story-Web Link .
At least we do not have the python problem they have in Florida.


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Posted by The Real Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 2, 2010 at 10:29 am

Editors, please note Sharon's latest scurrilous attack on those that criticize her.
("Still tracking down the name of that resembling snake, RS ,
and whether it does really, in fact, exist in Palo Alto/Stanford, anyone know the facts about RS?)
I am sure you will leave her post as is and will certainly delete mine--after all Sharon is either a member of the PA staff and/or is reflecting the Weekly's editorial stance . You have already removed at least 5 postings I made criticizing her unrealted to this thread comments regarding the holy Land.