Intrepid Snake Killers

Monday, August 31, 2009

(This post interrupts my series on Religion and Politics)

It turns out the job of Gladney President is more multi-faceted than I expected.

A few days ago at about 5:30PM, I got a call from across the building in our Development and Accounting area. Several of the women spotted a snake under the equipment – a copperhead, they said. So when they called me, my first thought was “ok, deal with it”. But I didn’t say that. They said they needed a man to come over. My reaction then was “I’ll try to find one”. Much to my chagrin, I learned that they had already called Richard, Roland and Marshall. I was the last resort – what a blow to my ego.

Fortunately, I found Scott and we bravely walked over to do our manly duty. Scott was braver than I was. He got down low with a flashlight and flushed the sucker out and then I killed it by dropping a paver (large brick) on it.

It turns out it wasn’t exactly a copperhead. It was perhaps 18 inches long, not as thick around as a dime and light brown.

HOWEVER, in future retellings, it will grow – to, say, eventually 6 feet. Its color may change to black, red and yellow. And Scott and I went in, grabbed it by the tail and snapped its head off. In fact, now that I think about it, was Scott really there ?

5 comments:

nancy said...

Frank, You are an awesome snake killer! I only wish we had pictures of you and Scott dropping the paver on the deadly snake. Now I know who to call when I have a wasp in my window. Thanks for sharing a great story!!!

Susanna said...

Flashlight - $10.00
Paver stone - $100.00
Humorous story from the Gladney Pres - Priceless!

Nancylyn said...

I'm sure the safari regalia was quite fetching...

MollyB said...

Uncle Frank...
For the record…you were my first call when I found the scorpion in the upstairs closet in Austin!! What a dare devil...just you, an upside down dust pan, and a broom. While we didn't have a paver...that sandal worked very well against our intruder. Share that story with everyone...I bet you will be the first call next time a pesky garden snake (i mean cobra) makes an appearance!
Molly :)

CDIP said...

You neglected to state how many times you had to drop the brick before you hit the snake.