aka "Lori just lost her mind"
Tue 6 Nov 07 - Tue 6 Nov 07
My co-worker Gay just had 2 wishes while in India. The first was that she wanted to see an elephant. From the previous message, you can see that even the most obvious locations in India don't necessarily have elephants. We saw lots of carvings, in wood and marble, and sandlewood. We even saw a few statues of elephants, but no live 'phants.
The other thing Gay wanted to do was see a snake charmer. We asked our driver all day to take us to see a snake charmer. He spoke as much English as I speak Spanish...not much at all. Gay thought it was quite entertaining watching me pantomime repeatedly the flute playing and the the snake swaying until the driver finally got what I was trying to tell him.
Most of the day went by and we didn't see any cobras. Gay was starting to pout, the driver was frustrated, and I was just trying to focus on breathing because the air was really smoky (they were burning fields all over the area and it was bad!)
And then, after the 3rd stop, the driver hit gold. He found an old guy who was a snake charmer. We were excited and Gay almost did a happy dance. All was right with the world...until the old guy patted the ground next to him for me to sit. I thought, "Wow! I'm really going to be close when he does this."
Silly silly American
He proceeded to wrap this snake around my neck while playing the flute and posing for the pictures. I was like, "Man, you need to focus on this snake that just turned around and is looking me!!!"
You know, I'm not very scared of stuff. I'm usually pretty even keel, but when there is a SNAKE wrapped around you, that turns around to LOOK at you, you kind of freak out on the inside.
THEN, he opens a second basket that I didn't even realize was there and out pops this ticked off cobra that is looking at me, too!!
Ya know, I like attention just as much as the next person...but not from 2 snakes at the same time while the handler is busy posing for pictures!!!
Yeah, I had no idea that snakes would elicit fear in me, but, OH MY!!!!
Then it was Gay's turn. She didn't feel the need to keep that fear on the inside. She started cussing from the time she sat down until we got back in the car!! Oh SH**!! Oh SH**!! OH SH**!!!
The moral of this story... be careful what you wish for!