Monday, February 18, 2013


Setup:        Me and another expat friend having dinner
Location:     A trendy local restaurant…
               at a beautiful marina in Puerto Aventuras
Action:       Me showing photos on my cell phone:

“Look at what wandered up to my front porch.”

“He’s huge. I wonder what he wanted."
"I was cooking bacon. Maybe he wanted some."
"Did you kill him?”
“No. I figure he’ll eat the scorpions.”
“And look at this guy who came up to my back patio.”

“Oh he’s beautiful. Wonder what he wanted."
"I hear his favorite snack is tarantulas.”

"And look at this.”   

Coral or king?”
“Coral. I hear they’re fairly timid.”
“You know Xcaret has anti-venom.”
“Yeah. If I get bit, I’m supposed bring the snake.”
“That’s if you can kill it before it kills you.”
After our fit of hilarity...
It was obvious...
We definitely weren't in Kansas anymore.
And these guys weren't Toto.
Was there ever a time…
When you knew you weren't in Kansas anymore?

Always, Em-Musing


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, last time I visited Mexico!
I could live with the first two, but not the snake. He'd lose his head for sure.

Anne Gallagher said...

OMG, how can you live there? As for your question -- yeah, every single day I realize I'm not in Rhode Island anymore. We have copperheads, black widows, and brown recluse that like to live in shoes.

Adam said...

I'm glad those critters never showed up at my back porch.

mshatch said...

I've always wanted to visit Mexico but while I could live the snakes and lizards I don't know about those spiders. I shudder just looking at that thing. You are a brave woman!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

The spider kinda freaked me out :)

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha welll.... In South Africa, we also have some lovely non-Toto creatures, so I can safely say I've never been in Kansas, literally or metaphorically. ;-)

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

It sounds like a place that will keep you paying attention to the local wildlife for sure.

Barbara Watson said...

I think I'd have a wildlife guide in my this guy poisonous? How about this one? :-)

Sandy Campbell said...

You have a lot of important guests that show up when they smell bacon cooking!! Cute, and enjoyed reading about it!!

I am also someone that wants to write and try everyday to blog, have joined a couple of blog hops, and a couple of groups...confidence, getting some helpful tips...all needed to actually sit down and begin. Any help at all would be appreciated, and I shall now follow your blog!!

Carol Kilgore said...

Not a fan of snakes and spiders. Especially not those red-and-yell0w-kill-a-fellow kind of snakes.

I've been not in Kansas a few times.

farawayeyes said...

Ha, ha, ha. Every Day. At least we have no snakes here, but we do have Mongoose.