March 14, 2011Be Careful In Florida
You know, I am really getting sick of all this winter. Really, really sick of it. I mean, come on, it is time for it to stop snowing in Michigan. It has stopped snowing in other places. Like Florida. In fact, a friend of mine went to Miami a few weeks ago and had a fantastic time. She also said that I would DIE if I could see all the houses down there. So, I’ve decided maybe it is time for a little vacation. You know, shake the snow off my boots and get away from winter for a while.
But, as for all vacations, I need to get prepared.
Thanks to this manual, from 1957, now I can have a great time AND not die.
The various kinds of Florida snakes, sketched by the author.
Have I ever mentioned I hate snakes above all things? Except maybe fish. Actually, the worst thing in the world is watching a snake swim through the water. Blech! I am gagging just thinking about it.
The Black Widow spider. Also very scary and deadly.
A centipede (gross) and a cute little guy called a Puss Moth Caterpillar who will apparently cause a severe, burning rash to break out on your skin if you touch him. Nice.
And now, disgusting swimming things that can sting and hurt/kill you. That dapper little fellow at the bottom is a sea urchin, whose spines can break off in your foot and cause festering sores.
Now, who is ready for a hike and then a nice relaxing swim?
Not me, though. I’ll be shopping. If I see any nice stuff I’ll bring it to the hospital for you.