Texas Rattlesnake | A Picture | Amarillo TX


imagesWhen I worked at the Sycamore Ranch in New Mexico. I had to relocate a rattlesnake once. And it is really an easy job; you just scoop them up with a hand net.  It is also safe if you are careful.  But they grow big in Texas. I don’t know how I would have relocated this one: ( 9 Feet, 1 inch, 97 pounds)


They are supposed to be a good source of protein.

Recipe below

DEEP-FRIED RATTLESNAKE1 medium-sized rattlesnake (3-4 lbs.), cut into steaks
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup cracker crumbs
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt)
1 teaspoon salt
dash pepperMix dry ingredients. Whisk milk into beaten egg and use to dip snake steaks.
Then coat them with dry ingredients. Fry, uncovered, in 400 degree oil until brown.

This net is all you need (to relocate)


Claim: Photograph above shows a 9-foot rattlesnake caught in Texas. (9 feet,
1 inch – 97 lbs.)
Status:   Undetermined.
The proportions seem impossible. A nine foot snake weighing 97 pound would be ten pounds per foot and the appearance of the snake in the picture doesn’t seem to be that hefty. It also seems unlikely that the pole could support the weight and the man holding it could hoist 97 pounds so casually.
After some further investigation I found a page from a zoo that gives a formula for the length-weight relationship of rattlesnakes which states that a seven foot wild rattler would weigh about 15 pounds and an eight-foot snake would weigh 23 pounds. According to this formula nine-foot snake could not possibly weigh 97 pounds. Posted by google answers –czh-ga

Anyway, it is still quite a rattlesnake.

“Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”–John Wooden



For Whom the Bell Tolls | John Donne | W.J. Rayment

Everything is interconnected!

“No man is an island, entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were. Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”–John Donne

“As a product of the Renaissance, Donne was filled with certain ideals and the passage he wrote in “Meditation XVII” reflects this. He believed that all people were connected by community bonds as well as spiritual bonds. Every event in the life of one man had some influence on the life of all others. The very influence Donne had on authors that came after him is some evidence of the truth of his axiom”.

“When Donne writes of the tolling bell, he is, of course, speaking of the funeral bell. It was traditionally rung three times for a man and two times for a woman followed by a pause and then a toll for every year of age for the deceased. It is a solemn sounding bell as can easily be discerned from the descriptive poetry of Poe’s”

“Ultimately, the point of Donne’s “Meditation XVII” is more uplifting. Even though we all die a bit when someone else dies, the interconnectedness of humanity means that some part of us lives on even after we die”.

Excerpts from: For Whom the Bell Tolls

By W.J. Rayment

We are parts of the Whole. Our ‘individuality’ is just a projection, an interpretation.

Father’s Day | Dick Hoyt | Fatherhood

What will a father do for his son?

“One day the son asked his father, ‘Dad, let’s join the Ironman together?’”

“For those who didn’t know, Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever. The race encompasses three endurance events of a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii”.

Mexico Border Fence | Immigration | Another Berlin Wall?

imagesWe are building an incredible new fence. Is that the solution?

Mexicans cross the US border illegally in search of work because they don’t earn enough money in their own country to sustain themselves.  I can vouch for that. Is a fence going to stop them? I don’t think so.

We have to address the problem not the symptoms. They need a decent minimum wage.  They need schools and libraries. They don’t need a fence; they need a supportive government. If they would have that they wouldn’t even think about the United States. They have a beautiful country and a deep cultural background.

images 2We applauded when the Berlin Wall fell. Are we building another one?

What do you think?

“Be Kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”–Socrates

Mother’s Day | Gift Ideas | Anderson Cooper

There are really great suggestions in this video for a mother’s day gift. Enjoy!

Mindfulness | Mission Bay Park | San Diego CA

mbay1I visited Mission Bay Park today…in mindfulness.
People walking… seagulls flying…sailboats,…kayaks.
People fishing, a crow flying by and shitting…a fisherman looking up.
Girls and boys running…a man in crutches.
Wind blowing…palm trees swaying…rustling leaves.  
Blue skies…jumping fish…people having lunch…lifting weights…
Beautiful day!

Website Magazine | Twitter Image

I have been receiving website magazine for a few months and I find it enlightnening. They have educational articles on just about everything: blogging, marketing, search engine optimization etc. Here is a short article as an example:

The Importance of  Your Twitter Image:

“As Twitter continues to sweep the Internet, it only makes sense that users are adding more and more followers each day. And while services like TweetDeck can help manage all those incoming tweets, not everyone is using them. That presents a problem for those using Twitter to market their brands. How do you stand out amidst all the noise?

Twitter is an excellent tool for finding breaking news. As such, many users scan their Twitter accounts quickly to find something of interest. Pay attention to how you scan Twitter, and you might find yourself looking at users’ images more than the actual list of tweets. That’s because as you become accustomed to the value of a particular user’s tweets, you look for them specifically. It’s much easier to pick out an image of value rather than the entire tweet. Therefore, it’s important, as a brand, to have an image that is instantly recognizable – one that stands out. That way when users are scanning a long list of tweets, the chances increase that they will stop and read yours. That all depends, of course, on the value you are providing with each and every tweet associated with your image”.

You can subscribe at www.websitemagazine.com You can also follow them on Twitter.

“You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you”.–Barbara Sher

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