The joys of natureSun May 18, 2008 15:35 (UTC -5)
It’s getting pretty hot these days, so I’ve been trying to keep my room as cool as possible. I’m running the fan on full blast and keeping the door open to the rest of the house; for some reason, my room doesn’t get very well ventilated. I also tend to keep the blinds shut so it’s darker. My parents have their own strategies for the house, including the selective use of air conditioning. Sometimes it’s windy, so it doesn’t feel hot enough to warrant putting the A/C on. Instead, we have all the windows in the house open for a few days until it gets hotter.
It was windy on Friday. The windows in my room were open, but the blinds weren’t, so they were banging and clanging around. It was also hot. So yesterday, my mom turned on the air conditioning, and I closed my windows. The blinds were still closed. Without the heat and wind, it was a more peaceful day.
When I woke up this morning, it was still a nice, air-conditioned, indoor day, even though it was a little hot in my room. As I lay on my bed after Sunday brunch, I heard a buzzing sound at the window next to me. I opened the blinds for the first time in who knows how long and saw what looked like a bee. I looked closer. There were two of them, and they were between the screen and the window. I wasn’t worried, because unless they could rip through the screen, there was no way they could get to me. They must have been trapped when I closed the window yesterday. Unless I hadn’t closed it all the way.
I thought I had closed the window all the way, but now that I had the blinds open, I could see that I hadn’t. And why not? There was something caught in the window.
I took about as brief of a look at it as I could bear. It had snake skin. It had a little snake head. Its mouth was open. It was dangling, caught between two window panels. Its head was between the window and the screen. Some huge flies that I had mistaken for bees found a good spot in its side to lay their eggs. Disgusting? Yes. But it was also pretty funny. How long could I have gone without noticing it?
My dad had a look, and then he went around the other side to get rid of it. I couldn’t have gone much longer, apparently. It smelled pretty bad, but mostly the smell was outside. It does, however, explain why my room smelled slightly funny this morning. After I was able to close my window fully again, I sprayed down my room with an air freshener.
In keeping with the popular dictum, “Pics or it didn’t happen,” I have one photo here that I managed to snap before the snake was delivered to its final resting place. The picture’s rather large because you need a long shot to appreciate how close this thing was to my pillow. Have a look. It’s not graphic, but if you look closely, you can see the large, dark spot on the body where the flies were. Also, notice the festive pattern of my bedsheets.
So, what did you do last night? I slept next to a maggot-infested snake!
And now… the links:
Yesterland is a site that’s all about stuff that used to be at Disneyland but isn’t any more.
If you ever model for stock photography, be careful. You might end up everywhere, like the Everywhere Girl.
Here’s a video of a real-life Rube Goldberg machine, apparently for some sort of contest.