Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Snakes At Work

The first time I ever heard anyone refer to a person as a "snake" was probably in the 4th or 5th grade when my aunt called it out on JR Ewing at the conclusion of an episode of "Dallas." I remember the scene specifically, as he was standing over John Ross' crib drinking bourbon and had just said or done something really heinous to Suellen. Who doesn't want him for their dad?

Subsequently I have used the metaphor many times. Sometimes in social circles, sometimes professionally, and then there are times when it's literal: snakes at work. Because I apparently cannot plan an event surrounding the opening of a mitigation bank - this time it's Big Sandy Mitigation Bank - without an animal face-off (in 2007 it was the random pitbull in the field) - I give you a timber rattlesnake, probably 4.5 feet long, taken from the truck yesterday.

I love going out to the woods, and I love working with our ecologists and wildlife biologists. It's really cool stuff, and they keep me humble. So what if my turkey feather really turns out to be a buzzard feather? At the end of the day, I have learned something new. It's content I find really fascinating and I could definitely see myself in that sort of career. While it's unlikely I'll be going back to school to become an eco-geek, at least I can lend my skillset to helping communicate the mission and, in doing so, play one on TV.

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