A Picture does not tell a Thousand Words | The Fullerton Hostel

The tool shed

I am in Fullerton, CA at the moment. I visited the hostel where I used to work in the mid 90’s. The place was closed, the sign said, until June. It used to be open all year.

It was a gloomy, rainy day. I took a stroll to my favorite place but it wasn’t there. Another had taken its place, full of fallen branches and overrun by dry, tall mustard stalks leaning down to the ground, making it difficult to move around. The old eucalyptus and lesser friends were still there. I thought I saw the cat, but she must be dead now. So it must have been my imagination—the slinking black cat who stopped briefly to look at me and then vanished, perhaps stalking  a ghostly prey. Is she still there?

I saw everybody, although no one was there. They were just thoughts. But isn’t everything a thought, a dream? We are being dreamed. And we disappear. Who are we? Have you ever thought of that? Who are we really? 

The Entrance

Can you see Charlie the Coyote?

Beyond the veil.  

Charlie

More of Charlie at:  http://www.dailycoyote.net

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)
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Clarification

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

 

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