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Friday, July 03, 2009


Meet Mr. Stud-ly. We found him on a street corner in an old gas station parking lot in Naples. If I only could have this same car in turquoise. I'd be in head over heals in love. And not even necessarily to drive but to use as a prop. Ha ha! I loved the look of this one and suddenly had visions of bringing Brennen back to pose on top of it with a skateboard in hand or something. Don't know why - just did.

Notice how the side of it reads "Truly Nolen?" Well Truly Nolen is a major "pest control" company down here in Southwest Florida. The owner places old cars such as this one all around town on different street corners with his business name down the side of it. You can't think of pest control in Florida without thinking of Truly Nolen. The owner has done a phenomenal job of marketing his company. His actual service cars...they are even better. All of his service vans, trucks, and little VW bug cars all have big mice ears and long black tails custom made to stick up and off each car. They are also bright yellow in color. What a hoot! Again, you know when you've got a pest problem, to call Truly Nolen. Their name comes to mind first and foremost. I'm still half tempted to make a call to the owner and ask him if we can have permission to use a car or two of his in a photo shoot while down here this summer. What fun!

It's now 7:20pm and we are off to dinner. We've had quite the eventful day here in Florida and I'm ready to relax at this point. We've seen two snakes in less then 24 hours outside the house. The 2nd one is now dead. Yes, I ran over it four different times with the truck before the thing finally died. And when it did die, it blew out and popped like something was exploding. In fact, it was so loud that Brennen actually panicked and thought that the snake bit our tire and popped the tire. Hilarious! Now...all of you animal activists...please refrain from emailing me and telling me that there are only 6 venomous species of snakes in Florida and that I should never kill an animal. I know that already. Really, I do. However, I don't care whether it was venomous or not. It's life span was up according to me. With two young children who play out in the driveway, I refuse to take any chances. That first snake is lucky he got away yesterday before my truck tires made permanent skid marks across his back. And oh yeah...I know they are here to help eat the rats and mice in Florida. I've seen three rats outdoors already this trip and although I don't like them either, I'd rather have rats then snakes. So...even though the neighbors now probably think I'm a crazed lunatic after they watched me back up, turn around, and run over a snake 4 different times until it was dead, I feel better. And that is all that matters, right? I'll probably have the police show up at my door or something for killing the thing because it will be my luck that it's against the law or something here. In the end though, they can put me in a jail cell and throw away the key. Snakes are just not allowed within a 100 mile radius of me or my kids. P-E-R-I-O-D! With Kenidi's special needs, she would walk right up to a snake and not know any different. By the time I could get to her in a situation like that, it would be too late. So...4 times, 16 times, 52 times..however many times it takes to run over it and kill it - I'll do it.

Although Brennen got a huge kick out of it as he hung out the passenger side window and directed me which way to drive to ensure I was running over him with the tires, the whole event really stressed me out. This particular snake was about 6 feet long, red, and all out gross. The thump was large enough each time we ran over him that it made me that much sicker with each pass I made. Ewwww....!!! In the event that you should need a snake killer, I'm your girl.

Happy 4th of July! Celebrate safely! I'll be dodging snakes no doubt. :) Hugs, Angie

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Blogger Jill said...

GIRL!!!~~Did you say SIX FEET long!??? I would've run over him too! Oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly, the crunch you probably heard while running over him would've been enough to make me wanta puke! Ugh!!!

Oh, and those pics of the car made me think of Brennen. You mentioned that the barber just cut his hair into a flat top. You've got to put Brennen in a white t-shirt and jeans and take him back to pose him in front of that car! That'd be too cute!

I'm gonna cringe everytime I think about that snake story of yours! Oh my!

7/03/2009 7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Lord Ang I don't know what the heck I would have done if I would have seen the rats or mice let alone that silly snake. You have me laughing my fanny off............I would have killed all 3 I hate mice and rats worse than snakes but Lord if it was my kids I would KILL EM.....Brennen directing traffic is tooooo cute...........LOL....

Take all the pics you can cause in a couple of months we are going to want to look at those beauties when it is freezing here again. Indiana is missing you but Im sure you are not missing us huh....LOL....Have a good rest of the summer in sunny FLORIDA. Take Care Glenda

7/03/2009 9:37 PM  
Blogger RockinMom said...

I totally would have ran that thing over.

Ps..I dont eat meat because of the terrible conditions some animals live in and the awful ways they are killed.


7/04/2009 12:24 AM  
Anonymous Mommy said...

Well I have a visual of all that fun now. I hate snakes, rats and anything that can crawl on me! I know Brennen had to deal with that one snake in Bob's old house, that should be enough to make him want to drive over them himself, ha ha. I do love the car-Too cool!!!!! I hope the rat wasn't at that house!!???? time to move out if so! later guys xoxoxo

7/06/2009 4:37 PM  

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