[gardeners] Re: Gators was Garden Mistakes

Cheryl & Erich Schaefer (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 31 Dec 1997 18:52:22 -0500 (EST)

>We walked along the path, enjoying the day, until we came upon an 8
>footer, head towards the path, about a foot from the edge of the path.
>Kind of a cool day, and the gator looked sleepy, and Miz Anne didn't bat
>an eye, so I sauntered my yankee fanny right on by, without incident.
>Apparently Miz Anne was thinking she could probably outrun me... and she
>would have been right!
>The topper to that was running into a pair of ?German? tourists (I'm no
>good with accents, but definitely N Central Europe) who asked if they
>might *pet* the alligators.  "Not a good idea"  Miz Anne and I
>choroused.  Seems their ideas of alligator biology were drawn solely from
>PBS specials (they must not have been paying attention), and cartoons.
>They did blink a bit when I gave them the clamping jaw force of a small
>gator in kg/cm*2.
>Come to think of it, Miz Anne and I should have waited for the German
>tourists... neither of us would have been in a bit of danger then!  ;-)
>Kay (who'd like to go back, but not without snake-proof leggings)
>(PS Cheryl... Anne showed me the yarn... to die for!  (or is it
>   to dye for?))

You are a brave pair. I understand gators can run pretty darn fast. I'm
surprised there are no warning signs for the uninitiated. The yarn is to
dye for, of course. Glad you liked it. Dyed a gorgeous color today, if I do
have to say so myself: rich browns, black, maroon, hunter green and gold.

Cheryl Schaefer
schaefer @epix.net
Zone 5 in the fabulous Finger Lakes of NY