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Duckie Fuzz
*note: several LARGE images behind cut... will wreak havoc if you are on dialup*

so i thought i"d take a few minutes and update the duck status at my house.Collapse )

duck overload (warning: graphic pix)

welcome babies.... all 24 of you!

True Story
Aphrodite had her litter this afternoon!!!
24 squirmy bundles of joy!!!

mum is doing well... babies too.
unfortunately there is one special needs baby... born with a kinked tail... looks like some vertebra fused and there are three rather large bumps in the last section at the tail's end. :( the little snakelet seems to slither fine although i cannot tell for sure, as it was born with it's albumen sac attached to a VERY large umbilical cord. so it's movement will be hindered until the sac drops.
i have dealt with attached yolk sacs before, but never one so LARGE. the cord is completely full of blood.

so this little fella will have to be watched and cared for until the cord drops. my guess is that this will not happen for at least a few days... i am a bit worried about the tail though. the last kink makes the last bit of the tail stick out at a rather strange angle.
i hope it is not crippled...
*sad face*

and this little boa with the issues is THE prettiest of the bunch... so very light in color and it has a jungle pattern that makes it's saddles just little connected whispy lines. the ONLY one with such a brilliant saddle pattern.

looks like i will have a new permanent resident to add to my zoo...

so now i am on spritz patrol until all the birth and yolk sacs drop from each and every little squirmaroo... no bother. it's a duty i love doing.
such cute little things!

this is the lightest colored litter i have had yet... some of them are so pale in color. very cool.

so the tradition at our house is that we name snake babies after characters in the last movie i watched. last year we named Hera's babies after gladiators from the movie GLADIATOR... very cool names like Auralius and Quintus.
so this new bunch from Aphrodite will be named after the last movie i watched. which was last night...
i cannot stop laughing over this one.
ready for this?

(WARNING: some graphic pictures of snake birth under cut. not for faint of heart!)

say hello to HORATIO HORNBLOWERCollapse )

7.9.06 Sunday FRUIT NAZI

Nucking Futz
7.9.06 Sunday FRUIT NAZI

What a day!
this morning our alarms went off at 5 AM. yes folks that is AM! as we had to travel to rome via train. this time i let karen battle the ticket kiosk. she did a great job... as we had an excellent ride on the eurostar. comfy. and yes, i did nap. how could i not? it was like riding on a cloud. (and the fact that it was early had alot to do with it... trust me.)
you should have seen us shlepping our luggage through the train station and onto the train.... if i have learned anything about traveling abroad, that would be to pack light, light, light, light.
oh stop looking like you already knew that.... it's one thing to travel light for a week or so. try six weeks. what do you pack and what do you leave behind? and try to pack light when you are a MEDIA MAJOR. i have one word for you: EQUIPMENT. i have a whole bag just for camera stuff alone. so pppplllbbbbbttt to you all.

we got to the hotel in rome more tired than ever, but we had an agenda to cover. so after taking a tour of the building the hotel resides in (in plain english: we couldn't figure out the elevator and then we didn't know what floor the hotel was on. so we rode the elevator up and down until we found it.... ugh.) we settled into our room (an amazing palace compared to the cramped room back in florence. you should have seen me dance with joy when she told me we could make phone calls from our ROOM and there was in-house internet service.) and then headed out to tackle the colosseum. we are, after all, on a schedule.

the colosseum is a massive structure. just massive.
i took millions of pix as i now do not have a video camera anymore. charles the possessive would not let me borrow the school camera and my own has kicked the bucket (so to speak), it kinda bums me out. i was hoping to make a complete dvd of my trip of all the places i have visited here in italy. i do have good footage of the places i visited with the school, but i will have none of rome.
**sad face**

so we had fun at the colosseum. it's weird, but when we were out walking on the tiers looking into the basin of the colosseum, the sun BAKED us. hot hot hot. but when you turned around and walked back under the hall parts of the place, and were in the shade, it was like a full 8 -10 degrees cooler. and there was a breeze. sorta like natural air-conditioning. needless to say, these old ladies parked their butts in the halls alot. giggle.

i kept thinking of you gabz while walking around the place. wondering which parts you visited when you were here. i really enjoyed the texture of the place. the pitted stone and broken rock. tumble down stairwells and columns. way cool. what i did NOT like was the countless amounts of freaking PEOPLE there were. and i don't care what anyone says. most tourists are rude and inconsiderate. when i first got here i was somewhat polite when it came to crowds, but now, fugetaboudit. they don't see me, then i don't see them. i have whacked into about three dozen people today alone. it's beginning to grate on my nerves. and what is really wretched about this is that i am one of those people. i am a freaking TOURIST. the whole thought really depresses me.
sigh

i was really tired by the time we finished the colosseum... karen had a few other things on her agenda, but i just could not go on. i opted to go back to the room. i was hot, cranky and tired. it was on the walk home that i had my real first negative experience here. for the first time since i have been in italy, i have encountered a really nasty italian. and all i wanted was an orange.
i walked up to a fruit vendor close to the hotel and asked how much for an orange... one does not TOUCH the fruit in these stands. that is a very big no no. you point, ask, and if you want it, the vendor will put it in the bag. now i had been warned by charles the prophetic that sometimes vendors will pick your fruit for you and will try to slip you something that may be rotting. or of not good quality. well i'll be darned... this vendor did just that. i asked him how much, he tells me 1.50 euro (for ONE orange! that is like 2.04 in american currency!) picked up one of the oranges and it was black underneath. i so did not want that orange and said no, and pointed to the one i wanted. immediately the man put on a foul face. and very rudely tells me "TWO EURO". i was floored. this is where the crabby and impossible me kicked in. i went from zero to bitch in 2.3 seconds flat. i looked at him and put my hand up in his face (talk to the hand...) and said no thank you and walked away. i will not repeat what that man yelled at me. looking back, i regret being so nasty. i only sunk down to his level by behaving like that. but damn... it really felt good at the time.
so if there is one small bit of advice that i can give you if you ever travel to rome:
DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM THE CART OF THE NASTY FRUIT-NAZI ON THE CORNER OF VIA NAZIONALE AND VIA FIRENZE.

turns out he was just as dreadful to karen a few hours after i encountered him. we are both tempted to go back out and tip his damn cart.

karen thinks rome is nicer than florence. i do agree that the streets are easier to walk on, wider, and the chance of getting run over is not as great. but i think florence is nicer only because it is smaller and more pristine. and maybe because i spent so much time there i got to know the place better. however, both towns are rather filthy (i feel bad saying this because i know i am prejudiced after living in a town with no litter or traffic. but hell, i live in the BOONDOCKS and still no one would go pee on a tree never mind public property). i guess i am really ready to go home. i am beginning to see more of the negative than the positive these days. i really wanted to rip off that fruit-nazi's face.

so now i go to bed without my orange.
grumble.
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