Friday, October 2, 2009

What's a Brown Ketchum??

Remember when I mentioned that I started walking for exercise? Well, remember when I posted on Time Out Thursday about the peaceful, pleasant, natural setting that is a walking track in the park near my home?


Yesterday's walk brought about a bit (a LOT) of excitement. A fellow walker (a stranger to me) was enjoying the serenity about a hundred steps behind me. Quiet, calm, after-dinner walk. Until fellow walker screamed. Loud. I glanced over in time to see the man attempt to climb the air. No kidding. If I could climb air like that, I would not be walking!

My husband, who was along for the walk, yelled out at the man to see what was happening. In response, the man yelled that something was chasing him. "It's ah ah ah....ah brown ketchum!!"


Folks, let me introduce you to a brown ketchum:

Otherwise known as a good ol' southern Copper Head. Poisonous. *shudder*

Slithering around on my peaceful, serene, pleasant walking track. *shudder*

Dead, thanks to the friendly firefighters who were enjoying a game of catch at the park. (The fire house shares a driveway with the park.) Handy, in case of emergencies.


So, I'll be going for my walk later this afternoon. I'm thinking of taking a shovel. And a snakebite kit.

At least Fire and Rescue is only a short crawl away!

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