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Picture A Day – 31 March 2009

31 March 2009 - Ziva in her new home

31 March 2009 - Ziva in her new home

Ziva came home today :mrgreen: I made sure to watch her eat to make sure there were no problems with her eating and she had no problems with that at all :) I paid the balance for her and also picked up a water dish, branch for her to climb on, a screen top for the cage, cage clips, and hand sanitizer for before and after handling her. When I put her into her new enclosure, I just set the container down, took off the lid, and let her get out on her own.

31 March 2009 - The last I saw of Ziva today

31 March 2009 - The last I saw of Ziva today

She took a lap around her new home and then proceeded to disappear into the hide on the warm side of the cage – the one that’s right about 85 degrees. Yep, she’ll need that extra warmth to help digest dinner. I know I need to wait about 48 hours before I handle her to let her finish with today’s meal and to de-stress. I figure I’ll be able to pick her up and handle her some more on Thursday evening. In the mean time, I figure I’ll keep an eye on the temperatures and put the lights on a timer.

Feeding days will probably be Mondays so I’ll be able to play with her on weekends :)

One other great thing – she didn’t poop on me today 8)

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Picture A Day – 30 March 2009

30 March 2009 - Albino Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

30 March 2009 - Albino Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

It’s legal in Nevada to do lots of things. You can own machineguns, silencers, even a brothel. While I would love a machinegun or silencer, I’ll leave the brothels and their business to others.

Something else that’s legal in Nevada that I’ll leave to others is venomous reptile ownership. The albino western diamondbacks at Exotic Pets are fascinating animals that I think are also very beautiful, but I don’t see one ever sharing my place of residence. Call me crazy, but I don’t want to take a chance on being bitten. Even if the bite is very survivable (and thinking of survivability being less than 100% is bad enough), rattlesnake venom is a hemotoxin which is nasty stuff :shock:

I had stopped by Exotic Pets to tell them that yes, I will be picking Ziva the corn snake up tomorrow after work and to re-check some prices and whatnot. I got to pull Ziva out of her container and hold her for a while which brought her temperature up quite a ways and (here’s something for Kath to laugh at :P ) helped out the last bit with her digestive system. Yes, I got pooped on by my snake.

I still can’t wait to bring her home tomorrow :)

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Picture A Day – 29 March 2009

29 March 2009

29 March 2009

I know I said I’d post a picture of the aquarium/terrarium when I got my snake, but I just had to post this one :) Yes, I’m going to get the wires out of the way, but I like where the sensors and displays are for those thermometers and I have to wait until I get the cage top to figure out how I’m going to route them.

I just have to wait until payday…

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Picture A Day – 28 March 2009

28 March 2008 - Future acquisitions

28 March 2008 - Future acquisitions

So I was over at Wally World yesterday to pick up something to hang a picture or two from and decided to head on down to sporting goods. What I found surprised me greatly. Mossberg 500 shotguns are only $207 there when they’re over $300 most other places. My collection is missing a shotgun at this time and knowing how much fun shooting clay targets can be combined with the knowledge that a new shooting park is opening soon with great facilities for such endeavours, I think I’m going to have to fill that missing slot with a new shotgun sooner rather than later. No, I won’t be able to do it in April or May, but maybe in June…

The Mossbergs in question are in the green square. The green square is where you’ll find the Marlin Model 60s. Yes, I already have one of these, but I think I might just want to pick up another one so I’m not always using Grandpa’s gun when the weather ain’t so nice and whatnot. At $147 it’s a no brainer. That’s $53 less than I paid for my Heritage revolver!

28 March 2009 - PROGRESS!!!

28 March 2009 - PROGRESS!!!

One other event worth noting yesterday was the removal of the last bit of stuff from the old place from my car. Progress! Now I have room for one or two friends and a whole bunch of guns to go play with out in the desert 8)

I also got the aquarium cleaned out and set up as far as I could last night which means that the under tank heater is in place and working, the bedding is in, and the two improvised hides for my new snake are in place as well. Dessert shopping at Costco came in handy as the desserts in question came packaged in said coconut half shells. No, they won’t work forever, but they’ll allow me to spread my spending out a bit more over time :) I’ll post pics of the setup after I’ve got Ziva (named after Ziva David on NCIS) the corn snake settled in :wink:

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ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT

I got a comment on my last post from Dave which I think deserves its own post. Check out the YouTube video he referenced:

I can’t agree more with Susanna Hupp or Penn and Teller on this one.

Thanks, Dave!

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Picture A Day – 27 March 2009

27 March 2009 - Der Weinerschnitzel!

27 March 2009 - Der Weinerschnitzel!

Loyal reader and commenter Kath recently asked for a picture of Der Weinerschnitzel as she’d never seen or heard of this particular fast food joint. Here at Parrothead Jeff we do what we can for our loyal readers, especially those who take the time to comment and email :)

If you look behind Big-O tires you can see the front of Der Weinerschnitzel. Their logo also adorns the huge sign in the upper right corner of the picture :wink:

27 March 2009 - Der Weinerschnitzel!

27 March 2009 - Der Weinerschnitzel!

Here’s a much closer view of Der Weinerschnitzel 8) The menu is mostly hot dogs and corn dogs, but also includes burgers, a decent $.99 chicken sandwich and an item called the Alaskan Sea Dog which is a long, hot dog shaped fish fillet on a hot dog bun with lettuce and tarter sauce. As there are no stand alone Tastee-Freezes in Vegas, Der Weinerschnitzel is the lone vendor in the area of their fine frozen fare 8)

27 March 2009 - Der Weinerschnitzel!

27 March 2009 - Der Weinerschnitzel!

There’s plenty of banners around the place with the latest specials. In my current condition I can use all the $.99 specials I can get :D I still don’t understand the no trespassing sign :?

So there you have it – Der Weinerschnitzel by special request for Kath :mrgreen:

P.S. – Don’t forget to click on a picture to see it full size :wink:

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Picture A Day – 26 March 2009

26 March 2009 - It's WINDY today

26 March 2009 - It's WINDY today

It was windy today – really windy. Check out the power lines. They’re supposed to hang striagnt down. Yes, the wind is pushing and holding them that far off to the side. And they call Chicago the Windy City :P

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Picture A Day – 25 March 2009

25 March 2009

25 March 2009

Yes, I took this yesterday but didn’t post it. I was asleep instead. This week has been a bit unpleasant, but I won’t go any farther than that here :)

Jaguars are great and fun cars, but pricey to maintain. Lucas Electric (the Prince of Darkness and reason for warm beer in Britain) may have done the wiring on the car in the picture, but they sure do drive nice. No, I never owned one, but have had friends who used to.

The license plate says it all 8)

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Picture A Day – 24 March 2009

24 March 2009

24 March 2009

I have made headway :)

I’m still having trouble finding places for everything, but it’s getting there. Finally. I think the plane will eventually hang from the ceiling 8)

And yes, I know I missed yesterday – I realized it when I woke up today. I was just beat by the time I got home as I haven’t been feeling very well. I think I need some fruits and such in my diet.

Tomorrow’s pic will be better :wink:

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Picture A Day – 22 March 2009

22 March 2009 - Accessories!

22 March 2009 - Accessories!

As Kath said about the mountain bike, I have a lot of accessories. To quote Buffett – “Times are rough, hell I’ve got too much stuff, can’t explain the likes of me.”

To further illustrate the truth of that statement, here’s a picture of my Ham radio transceiver :) It can transmit on three different bands (220MHz, 440MHz, and 2 meter), can receive just about everything, and is submersible to three feet for up to 30 minutes like my GPS receiver. Using the Internet Radio Linking Project I’ve talked to Hawaii and there’s no reason I wouldn’t be able to talk to anywhere in the world.

I got my amateur radio (ham radio) operator’s license a few months ago. It’s really easy and it’s a fun hobby with the benefit that you can get info and give info in an emergency. My FCC issued call sign is KE7VYA.

Fun stuff :wink:

KE7VYA signing off 8)

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