Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be, but first I need more coffee.

Month: May 2009 (Page 2 of 2)

Leaping Lizards!

I was driving home from dropping the dog off at the groomer. I’d gotten on to Via Soledad when I saw this big lizard crossing the road. OMG that’s a Gila monster. I stopped and pulled over. Got out my iPhone and got as close as I dared to take a few snapshots. I’ve cleaned and cropped these images below. Click on image for larger version.


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You don’t really get a sense of scale from this image. This lizard was at least a foot long maybe 14 inches. They can grow as long as two feet.


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They are venomous but slow. So long as you give them a wide berth they won’t bother you. It didn’t care too much for me taking his photo. I got as close as four foot away. It stopped, turned it’s head towards me and opened it’s mouth at me when I got too close.


gila monster

Even though they are venomous, it’s not fatal but very painful from what I’ve read. They don’t leap seven feet in the air, they don’t drop out of trees (or giant saguaro) onto your head, nor do they don’t spit venom. But if anyone asks you can add “as far as I know”.

And one more wildlife note. I saw my first bats last night. They were flying under the back porch overhang. I saw three or four swoop in like they were strafing the table. I still have not seen any rattlesnakes or coyotes or javalinas yet. Not in any hurry to see those.

Select Recent Tweets

OK. I thought I’d give it a try since I saw shadowhelm posting her tweets on LJ. Though I’m not using the same service. I’m doing copy & paste and I’m not posting all of my tweets for the day, just the ones I feel like.

Gauguin’ cut off Van Gogh’s ear? http://tinyurl.com/dyqepx

I’m being followed by @EthelTheFrog. We’ll see how long that lasts since frogs are going extinct.

Joe the Plumber: Republican’s expired jar of Baconnaise or freezer burned Jimmy Dean’s Chocolate Chip Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick? Bush-Cheney Regime epitaph: Never has so much been taken from so many by so few #p2 #tcot #jebus Special thanks to Phil Gramm

From the time I received the email that @ezMoneyMaker was following me on Twitter until the time I blocked it was 12 seconds. A record.

@cashewredneck you know how you can tell which Okla senator, Inhofe or Coburn, is more embarrassing? The one that’s talking. #p2 #tcot

RT: @MistaBell: Want To Avoid Swine Flu? There’s An App For That Too: http://bit.ly/udL3u

It’s #StarWarsDay. These aren’t the tweets you are looking for. Move along.

ManBirdPig Flu (Updated)

Just read in the paper this morning that the first cases of The Formerly Known As Swine Flu have been recorded on Tucson, AZ. They’ll announce actual numbers at a press conference later today.

I’m not too concerned.

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

Update

Have people gotten dumber? You cannot get swine flu from eating pork. I knew this way back in 1976 when I was in the 6th grade. Flus are named based on their origins either location or animal. Since it’s really a hybrid flu, perhaps they should have called in Mexico City Flu.

I see two upsides for me from this outbreak. I’ll be able to get better travel deals and discounts on bacon.

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