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By Paul Losch


Uploaded: 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.