Christian Real Estate Professionals : Snake Charming 101...OR...Snakes Alive...!!!

Snake Charming 101...OR...Snakes Alive...!!!

My 12 year old son, Justin, greets me yesterday after work with the enticing words, "Dad, we have a snake in the house"...! Not being very fond of snakes or snake like critters, I demanded to know more and I demanded to know it quickly...!!  

"Who saw the snake", I ask, demanding details?  

To which he replies, "I and my two friends'...! We were playing outside and saw the long black snake slither into the bilco doors leading down to our basement"...!  

Well then, the snake shouldn't be in the house, unless one of you opened the door at the bottom of the bilco door stairs, right?  

Thank God he answered yes!  

So now, sizing up the situation, I have my son and two witnesses assuring me that the snake went in and has not come out since...! Now we're making progress!  

I get out the phone book and look up the Humane Society of Berks County...they give me the number of 'Animal Rescue'...which happens to be a pager which accepts a telephone number for call back...  

This being not immediate enough a solution to our dilemma, I call my sister and brother in law who happen to live just around the corner from us but are currently on their way home from a shopping spree...however, since they are two of my favorite democrats, and democrats seem to have all the solutions for life's problems these days, I ask their opinion...  

Of course, miles away, they suggest I take charge of the situation, get a broom and a container with a lid, and proceed to handle the snake personally...  

I knew democrats were crazy, but this was further proof...!  

All along, my two sons are badgering me to let them 'capture the snake themselves'...in other words, they are asking me, a responsible and caring parent, to allow them, two 'incapable of snake handling' greenhorns, with no critter control experience whatsoever, to place themselves, whom I dearly love, in jeopardy of being bitten by a snake I've never seen...  

What's wrong with this picture!!!  

Now, lest you think I am a coward and incapable of defending my brood, I would rather face a lion barehanded than a snake...!!!  

Cutting to the chase, my sister and brother in law, Laura and Bill, arrive on the scene and within minutes have the snake identified as a harmless garter snake about 4 foot long, coiled on the top step of the stairwell, and with Laura at a great distance away Bill proceeds to sweep the critter into a small garbage pail, with Justin watching his back, for release into the nearby woods...!!!  

Now all that's left for me to do is figure how to keep this problem from reoccurring again...!!!  

Oh, by the way, if you're wondering where my beloved wife, Benita, was during all this...She stood fearlessly right behind me...way behind me...!!!

 

 

Comment balloon 19 commentsFran Gaspari • May 28 2009 10:00AM

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LMAO!!!! I loathe snakes... in my house or in business or politics.  :)

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc) almost 11 years ago

 ...I like the line: I would rather face a lion barehanded than a snake...!!!

I call this story a perfect 10 for using your team and your recourse's you have available to you.

 

Bettina

Posted by Bettina Settles, Your Indiana Connection almost 11 years ago

Kat: LYAO...sure...you're thousands of miles away!!! And yes, snakes in business or politics are the worst! LOL

Bettina: I'll take that perfect ten...and reason thusly...Lions are cats, and cats eat snakes...!!! Come and get it...!!! :)

Thanks,   Fran

 

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Since I moved 2 years ago, I have had quite a share of black and garter snakes. My son, 3 years old at the time, almost step on a large one! Surprisingly, he isn't tramatized and even likes checking them out. They don't bother me, but I'm not about to go scooping one up bare-handed either.

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) almost 11 years ago

Fran - I have a pretty hefty fear when it comes to snakes.  I make no bones about that.  Every once in awhile I have nightmarish dreams about them.  Glad the situation was handled:)

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) almost 11 years ago

Steve: Even though I don't like snakes, I didn't object to it being in 'our yard' as much as it intruding too close to the house...my kids are pretty bug and critter friendly and play outdoors much of the time...!!! They're always picking up unusual specimens!!! :)

Jason: Fine, I will take you off my call list for snake removal...!!! LOL

Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Fran, .. a snake is a snake, is a snake. I don't care what kind, they are all snakes. If I ever see one, I'll send for your brother in law.:)

Posted by Joanna Szwyd (StoneHouse Properties) almost 11 years ago

Joanna,

Be careful, he's a democrat!!! LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Fran,

I absolutely am scared to death of snakes! I would be just like Benita, right behind you!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United RealtorsĀ® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 11 years ago

Fran, yeah, those Democrats really know their snakes!  But harmless or not, 4 feet is a whole lot of snake.  I'd have definately been just like Benita, offering lots of support. 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Dorie: Tough Texan, she is...!!! LOL

Patricia: Four feet is way too much snake for me too...!!! :)

Thanks,    Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Fran YOU ARE THE MAN ! Courageous to the end. Fearless . I had a mouse trap run acroos the floor in the basement the other day. Yes a trap . It was a glue trap and had a mouse on it and he turned the trap over and was running with it. It is part of country living with a drive under garage I guess. But it did get my heart going for a moment ! Great story I enjoyed it As a good Republican you should have offered the snake a large plate of food paid for by other snakes,  and told all the other less fortunate snakes that this snake would grow and its ability to protect them would trickle down and benefit them! Hey you started it

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) almost 11 years ago

Charlie,

Snakes don't deserve Constitutional Protection...only people do...!!! LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Yikes!! Cannot tell you how terrified I am of snakes or any other slimy, creepy creature. I'm shuddering here!

Posted by Peggy Wester, Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County (Realty Executives Integrity) almost 11 years ago

Peggy,

Slimy and creepy express it well...!!! :) Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Now, here is where you and I differ! I have no problem with snakes and the funny part is my parents have a very large backyard no for its snakes. My 10 year old daughter the other day asks if we can go over and catch one! When I was 7, my best friend and I in one day were able to capture 200 + garter snakes in his backyard. Sorry bud, snakes can be fun if not poisonous.

Todd Clark - www.LivingBeaverton.com

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

TC,

If I change my mind about snakes, I'll move out west...That's why I live in Pennsylvania...!!! LOL

Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Fran, thanks for the morning laugh.....that sounds like one big garter snake!  Garter snakes do bite if you pick them up....I once was holding a 3 ft one for my class of environmental students and the snake somehow swung his powerful neck around and pinched me hard on the forearm. I certainly dropped him quickly and have never picked up a large snake since....

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Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Jo,

I don't think I could pickup even a dead one...!!! LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

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