We've been entertaining the shell shocked hurricane
victims of the Gulf states for the past several weeks
and the following exchange occurred on the steps of the
Snake Show at a fair in MS.
As the three youths
approached me I noticed that the one in the lead
position was wearing heavy leather boots that laced up
to just below his kneecaps. They had obviously seen
heavy usage so this did not appear to be a fashion
The other boy and girl were also dressed in gear which
would appear to have seen substantial rough use but was
of sufficient toughness to have held up to it.
Kneeboots asked me if I really had a big snake up there.
His Cajun accent was unmistakable. I realized that
I was dealing with what we politely refer to as
a Genuine Swap Rat from Louisiana.
"Last time I checked." I replied.
handed me three bucks and they filed up the steps.
Several minutes later Kneeboots was heading down the
steps and saying over his shoulder to his companions
"That ol' snake was big enough to eat Draco!"
couldn't resist the impulse to throw my two cents in and
commented "Old Lucy wouldn't ever hurt no one!
She's always been a pet!"
This stopped them all and Kneeboots explained.
"You don't understand, friend. Draco was a four
foot monitor that thought he was the biggest lizard in
creation. He'd go out and bask on the front porch
and stare at the bayou like it was all his.
Then the water rose up from the hurricane and the bayou
came right up to the porch. Ol' alligator came up onto
the porch and Draco wouldn't put up with that.
run out there and was gonna chase that Ol'alligator off.
That damn 'gator ate poor Draco!"
"Did you shoot that gator?" I asked.
guess that 'Ol Draco will always be remembered as
another anonymous victim of hurricane Katrina who died
defending his property from looters after the storm.