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You are reading the first journal of it's kind anywhere in the herp world!!.............no bone-heads were killed or injured while testing this product............make no mistake............what you are about to read is "the original"...............anything else is a fake...............Ralphie......:)

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JOURNAL_JUNE_2003
Monday_June_30
 

I had the kids most of the day today ( Theresa had a ton of work to get done ).............so the first thing we did this morning was start working on setting up all the baby balls that have shed..........I had Brooke cleaning water bowls and re-filling them, and putting shredded cypress in each tub................ Kyle was handing me each snake, one at a time from each clutch, so that I could re-sex it, and draw a pic of it on the back of it's ID card..............the kids actually shaved an hour or so off of the work..............I was impressed with both of them ..............especially Brooke.......:)...............we got 40 babies or so all set up in their new homes.............Robbie is up at the rat barn doing "Day One" of the rat cleaning.................we were supposed to go to the lake today and run the Sea Doos around..............but we are both too busy this week.............:(...........after the kids and I finished up with the snakes...............I took them to one of my favorite swamps to look for herps.................we found a nice little clear section of water that was loaded with tadpoles................so Brooke found a cup and started catching them...............she ended up catching 4 tadpoles that "she liked"......a half dozen baby crayfish and a snail.........LOL................there were some really cool salamander larvae swimming around..............but they were too fast for Brookie to catch.......;)....we played around there for a couple hours...............we never seen any turtles?...................Kyle is still wanting to catch a "Big Snapper".................we found a container to bring the tadpoles home in and called it a day............which reminds me about a guy who called me up a week or so ago, to tell me that my journal inspired him to "stop traffic" on a highway in New Jersey...............why??..............because there was a "big mamma snapper" crossing the highway........LOL..............he called me just to tell me that he would have never even gave the turtle a second glance if he had not read about me saving turtles in the journal.................you made my day!!............get some pics next time!!.............I'm sure that was a riot ...............I know how those "Jersey People" can be when they are in a hurry........LOL..........Thanks!!!............"that's good karma for sure "......so anyway the kids and I got home and Fatty was at my place................he was picking up a master bedroom set that Theresa and I didn't use anymore...........it is in the spare bedroom ..............which is now going to be Kyle's bedroom.........Kyle is finally getting his own room!!................Theresa ordered a new bed for him today..............it's a race car bed.....LOL..................about that time Phil and Robbin showed up..............it was a full house!!................we got Fatty all loaded up and I followed him to his place to help him unload the stuff................Phil and Robbin went to Mr. John's pond to fish............so I helped Fatty get the bed upstairs and then I went to Mr. John's pond to go fishing too........;)..............we fished until dark.................Robbin tore the bass up using a rubber worm!! ( at my suggestion :) )................a chick that can catch bass????????................OMG!!.............after that we all went up to the rat barn and packed Phil's rodent orders for tomorrow...............then we went to Taco Bell for a late night snack.......yuck!!!..........it's been a long day............good bye June 2003............:) yepper...........

 
Sunday_June_29
  The Colonial was pretty fun last night...............Fat Ass actually sang too!!..............he sung every song that I signed up for.............we did a bunch of 80's rock songs......03 clutch # 59 with mom 06/29/03.......the good stuff............it must have been the rum and coke.........;)................the girls danced and danced and danced some more...............it was a good time..................but poor Phil was feeling pretty rough............he got burned pretty bad on the boat while we were out.............he was a hurtin' puppy...............We all went to Big Rock and played volley ball today...............Dougie had a collision with another person on the court ( his son Justi03 clutch # 59.......6 eggsn ) and ended up cracking a rib.............Dougie works for me doing Construction work...............so I'm sure he will need some days off................you big wuss!!!...............we played all day............after we got home and got the kids in the bath..............I decided to start working on all of my ID cards for the new 03 baby balls..................300 plus balls this year..............that means 300 plus record cards to fill out!!.......I like to stay on top of the cards............as soon as the clutch hatches and I have everything sexed out.............I start writing cards and updating the inventory in my PC.......I need to pay some chick to do the cards for me.......:).......my writing sucks pretty bad after filling o03 clutch # 59.....6 eggs..........from breeding a DH Snow male to a female that is 100% het for Albino and 50% poss het for Snow...........both are VPI line of Axanthicut the first few........LOL...............I got ball python clutch # 59 today..............from breeding a DH Snow " VPI" male to a female that is 100% het for Albino and 50% poss het for Snow "VPI"..................6 eggs...............this is the second out of the three poss het females I'm expecting eggs from this year!!.................come on more Snows!!!...........:)............eight clutches left to go this year!!.............I think?..........I'm hoping!!
 
Saturday_June_28
 

I got a ton of work finished yesterday ..........Robbie had all his work done at the end of the day on Thursday, so all he had to do on Friday was check on the rats.............after I got all my office work done, I ran over to Lowe's and got a big industrial barrel fan for the rat room...............I wasn't satisfied this year with the way the room feels on Fat Ass casting for bass at Mr. John's pond.....;)hot days..............I took the fan over to the barn and set it up on a timer............I have it set to run 12 hours ( 8 till 8 ).............it really moves the air around that's for sure..............I hope it does the trick!!..............The swamp coolers are doing the best that they can do.............but they are not moving as much air as I would like............Fat Ass showed up at the barn while I was there...............I finished up a few things in the rat room, then he and I went down to Mr. John's pond and fished for bass..................:)..............Fatty had to leave and get his kids...........and Mr. John was mowing the banks around the pond...............so I just continued to fish................after Mr. John was done mowing grass,he stopped over and asked me if I wanted to go out on his boat and cast for bass?( in the pond )................I said "sure"..................so he went up to the farm and hooked his boat and trailer up to his tractor..............Mr. John uses the boat in the pond every couple weeks to stir the pond up and and to break up all the algae and plants that start choking up the pond..................he keeps his pond very neat and clean................:)............so we went out in the middle of the pond where the water is the deepest ...............Mr. John drove and I fished.......LOL.............I killed them!!....Phil with a nice bass..........I was just letting the boat do all the work...............we would drift through the middle of the pond.........and I would bounce a rubber worm on the bottom...............the bass were lovin' it!!...............I put on a spinner bait and caught a ten inch crappie too..........it was damn fun!!...............after that I helped him load the boat back up and we went home..................Mr. John had his fun for the day.....;)..............He just loves equipment.

This morning Fatty, Phil and I met up at my place..........we are going fishing out on my boat on Liberty Reservoir...............it's a beautiful day too!.....;)...............we got there and got all of our gear in the boat..............I have four places to hold rods for trolling...............so we trolled around with two crank baits off of the back of the boat...............while we were trolling we were also casting to the shoreline trying to catch bass.................we didn't do very well..............Fatty caught a really nice bass on a spinner bait...............Phil caught a minnow that was about the size of his lure........LOL................and I got skunked!!.........say ahhhhhh.............we throw them all back folks!!........;).....I did hook one on a crank bait.............but it got off...............:(..............we were frying out there on the boat...............we had to stop and lube Fat Ass up with sun block before he got burned.................Fatty can't take the sun the way he used to...........we rolled out of there in time to grab a snack and do some "more " fishing at Mr. John's pond......;)..............Man was it hot!!.................we fished around the pond for a couple hours ..................caught some bass.......:).................I went swimming.................then we all went home...............we were going to meet up later and go to The Colonial for Karaoke.................Theresa's friend Chris is in town from Massachusetts............so we figured we would all go there and have some fun.............maybe I will get Fatty and Phil to sing tonight?..........."long day it will be" said yoda.............Some CRUE!!!!

 
Friday_June_27
 

T's girl friend Chris is coming down to visit this week-end from Massachusetts..............we are all planning to get together with "The Gang" and go to The Colonial tomorrow night for Kareoke............maybe Sandy and I will do more "Grease" songs.........LOL.............that was fun!!...............all Robbie the Robot has to do today is check the rat room for floods and water a few buckets...........I'm sure he likes that..............he's pretty funny...........Here is a pic of all the babies  ( 7 )..........in clutch # 14............yepper!!...I told him that I would take him out to dinner for his Birthday...........well last night before he left he said that all I had to do was give him a hundred bucks........LOL...........he gets an A for effort ...........I gave him the money.............:)............clutch # 58 came late in the day yesterday.........so I just let the female stay on the eggs till this morning................so I got her clutch set up..............looks like 9 more clutches to go?....................what a year!!!...............I bred 72 females..............and I'm getting 67 clutches..................not bad at all...........:)..............I will also be setting up some of the ball pythons individually today.............I set them all up after they have their first shed...............I keep them as a group on moist paper towels until then..............after they all shed.............I get a "group photo" for the Birthing Records page...............then they all get set up by their lonesome............if you stay on top of it, it ain't so bad.............but if you slack a little.............Click her for the details of the clutch......;)..you end up getting stuck setting up a couple dozen snakes in a day............that's a lot of cards to fill out............cages to set up...............and pics to take...............so I try to do each clutch as soon as they shed...............I will get the Birthing Record page updated today too..................I'm looking forward to not doing much of anything this week end..............maybe some fishing tomorrow...............and volley ball on Sunday..............I may go fishing tonight?...............I'm not sure yet............I'm writing today's entry earlier than I usually do.............so some stuff may happen today that ain 't written here......LOL................I will put it in Saturday's entry if it happens.................maybe I will catch a world record large mouth bass tonight??.........have a great weekend EVERYONE!!..................and ROCK ON!!............I'm outa here!!.............Thanks for all the great emails this week about "Karma".........;)

clutch # 14's details inside!!

 
Thursday_June_26
  Robbie and I pulled all the rodents that were in the cages over night this morning ( yes I leave prey items in with some snakes over night..........it's flat out part of keeping ball pythons )..........then Robbie started cleaning the snake cages..............I got clutch # 503 clutch # 57 with mom 06/26/037 and # 58 today.............clutch # 57 was from breeding a Piebald male to an Albino female............5 eggs.............all of these babies will be double het for Albino Piebald..........I produced double het for Lavender Albino Piebalds last year...........:).........clutch # 58 was from breeding a Lesser Platty male to a Blonde Pastel female........this should hopefully make a gorgeous "cross" between the two mutations ..............I'm hoping for a "new morph"..................:)................Jody worked up at the rat barn today finishing up all of the electrical w03 clutch # 57............5 eggsork..............so now that's all done............and man is the place bright when you hit the lights..............I can't believe we used to work in such dim light??.............it's awesome!!..............I get excited about the stupidest stuff don't I?.........LOL.............Sandy ( Fatty's wife ) stopped by this afternoon so that I could remove six stitches from her thigh..............:).............yepper...............she had a lump removed and they stitched her up.............they did a crappy job too............so I c03 clutch # 57........5 eggs............from breeding a Piebald male to an Albino female............:)leaned up my soucher scissors ( the scissors that I snip eggs with ) and went to work..............they were all scabbed over and hard to get too...............but I got them all out................Dr Davis is in the house!!!..................I worked on the web site for most of the day..........I usually size my pics for the journal as I take them ( that way I do not get loaded up with pics )..............but I was so "weirded out" this week with "Karma" that I didn't do any pic sizing.............so today I sized a bunch of pics and started writing.............yada, yada,yada.............Mr. John called me today and asked if I was too busy to come over to the barn and install an exhaust fan for him...............his son Mike has a glass cutting business in the top part of the barn.............right above where our rats are kept............anyway............they wanted an exhaust fan installed over the bench where they polish and grind the glass03 clutch # 58 with mom 06/26/03...............they needed something to pull the dust out............so Mike bought a fan........I called Phil up and told him that Mr. John asked for our help on the "project"..............so Phil and I hooked up and installed the fan for Mr. John ( more brownie points..........besides............I was tired of sitting at the computer )..........everyone has to "bite cheese" sometimes........;).................it took us an hour or so...........it was pretty simple...........the inside of the shop was just styro board.............and the outside was wood with metal over it...............we made a pattern of the fan and cut out the hole ( circl03 clutch # 58........5 eggse ).............installed the fan........then we went outside and weather proofed it.................done deal.......;).............we had just enough time left when we were done to go down to the pond and fish.............we fished for a half hour or so..............I caught a couple............Phil rolled a few over..................the bats were flying around the pond in swarms tonight..............they were dive bombing the lure as I casted it......it was nuts!!.............I thought for sure that one of the bats was going to get my lure before it hit the water..............they were having a ball eating bugs around the pond............we called Fatty to see if he wanted to fish...............I can't believe it?...............he said he was too tired today........LOL..........that's Ok Fatty..............you didn't miss much............I just got home and Robbie is all done his work..............he won't have to come work with the snakes tomorrow..............he busted ass and got it all done today............now Robbie knows the benefits of being paid a salary.........03 clutch # 58..........5 eggs............from breeding a Blonde Pastel male and a "Lesser Platty" male to a Blonde Pastel female.....he gets the same money no matter how long he works..............so if he wants to work four long days instead of 5 normal days..............it works for me..............he knows what needs to be done..............and I give him 5 days to do it................he will need the five days once the 03 babies are all in the racks!!..............that's for sure......;).............I have the journal written now..............I think I explained what is going on with Karma's clutch pretty well...............if she was not in the clutch it would have just been what I expected ...............a clutch where I should have produced some type of "cross" between two co-dom traits ...............which I believe I did..............Karma wasLucy ( top )...........Lesser Platty ( under Lucy )...............Phantoms ( left and right)..............."Cross" ( bottom ) just a bonus!!...............her and her clutch mates are doing just fine..............they are all just starting to haze up for their first shed......;)................I'm a happy camper this week........and a wreck all at the same time.................who would have ever thought that I would have two white snakes in my rack system within a month's time??...............not me!!..............anyway.............that's how it all went down..............I explained it in better detail in the entries below.................I juts got lucky.................:)...........Good Karma baby!!!................do you believe in Karma?.............I know I do..........;)
 
Wednesday_June_25
  Today is feeding day...........ALL the snakes get fed on Wednesday's now............700 plus the 400 on the way!!............you guys better buy from me this year!!!...............I need room bad!!..............but most of all I need a new swimming pool, a Dodge Viper and a new 03 clutch # 56 with mom 06/25/03boat.............LMAO!!..............don't you just love it!..........I wrote that because of some of the ads I see on Kingsnake................everyone has a reason to sell cheap............the big "one time offer"..............." need money fast".............."previous customers will be rewarded"...........great stuff................I would like to go on the record as saying that I sell my snakes for primo dollar..............and I will never have to worry about any past customers getting a chapped ass because my prices fluctuate like the wind ( is there some law that states that each year the price has to drop? )................if snakes sit on the shelf..03 clutch # 56.....5 eggs........so be it.............they only become more valuable......:).............I got clutch # 56 today.......from breeding a Double Het for Snow VPI male to a female that is 100% het for Albino and 50% poss het for Snow VPI..............I did this three times this year.............I expect three clutches from poss het females ( VPI ).................:)................not to mention that I did get eggs from a DH Snow female.................so I expect some VPI Snows this year............."with some luck".................:)..............I have ten or eleven more clutches to go this year...............I expect 66 or 67 clutches to finish the year...............and some of my best clutches have not been laid yet.............like Lesser x Blonde Pastel..................Lesser x Pastel...............I have a het Stripe female who will be laying eggs...............I want to03 clutch # 56........5 eggs........from breeding a DH Snow "VPI" male to a female that is 100% het for Albino and 50% poss het for Snow " VPI" hatch out some Striped babies bad!!........so I'm still just pluggin' away.............I have 15 clutches out so far...............setting each snake up individually and giving them all and ID # is what takes the time..............then I draw each snake on the back of it's record card..............and then I take pics!!!...........aghhhhhhhhhhhh................I made this much work for myself............so there is no reason to complain.................:)..............all I know is that I will be setting up baby snakes until September ...............I still say I'm taking the next season off..............or doing very little breeding.......;)...............it will give you all a chance to catch up..................LOL..........;P..................I hatched out three gorgeous male Pieds today...........The "combo".......I beleive one of the Dad's was the Blonde Pastel male...........this baby looks to have Blonde traits........I have produced very few female Pieds in my years at breeding them............and they are what I want / need to keep back and raise up.................I have two more clutches that could produce Pieds...............both are from poss het females...............so I'm hoping....;)..............I took it easy on my Pieds this year...................I'm expecting one clutch of DH for Albino Pied soon..........;)................I don't care what anyone says.............and Albino Pied will be awesome .................a Lavender Albino Pied will be better.............but both will be awesome snakes...............and they will be simple recessive ...............a " real morph"................LOL..........More paper work today..............I fed all of the adult boas and ball pythons..............Robbie took care of the babies and yearlings..............after that............I planteI love this snake's head........:)d my ass in the chair and got some office work done............"Karma" has me all messed up.............I can't think straight this week.........:)......I managed to get all my monthly ending stuff done..............I turn my books over to the accountant at the end of each month..........so I print out all my monthly reports and payroll stuff and send it out to him............Jody worked at the rat barn hanging the lights on the ceiling yesterday..............holy cow!!......what a difference it made.............we were practically working in the dark...............the barn has lights.............but they are just old single bulbs that "flicker"............LOL.................so now we are in business!!..............I went up to the rat barn after all my officTwo  "Phantoms" ( bottom ) with a "Lesser Platty" ( top )e work was done..............I needed to hose out the swamp cooler.................it gets pretty nasty inside from pulling all the outside air through it................so it's good to wash it out and hose off the pads a couple times a year................then I climbed up a ladder and cleaned out the gutters on Mr. John's barn ( brownie points )............30 feet up in the air too!!.................I'm getting to old for this crap.................Phil and Robbie came up too................so they were able to help lug the heavy ladder around and raise it up to the gutters......after all the cleaning was done.............we all went fishing again.............Fatty, Phil, Robbin and I................we fished until 10:30 pm..............we caught a bunch of Bass while it was still light..............then we broke out the lanterns and put chicken livers on our hooks.............we were hoping to catch some catfish...............we didn't though..............all we caught was one huge white perch...............and it was Lesser Platty  ( top ).........Phantoms ( left and right )..............."Cross" ( bottom )hooked in the gut.............so we had to put it in the cooler..............Robbin had a friend who wanted any fish we caught..........so somebody is gonna be eating white perch this week.......;)................we all went to Denny's to eat after that................I got home around midnight ...............checked on "Karma"................she is all bundled up with her clutch mates.............she is going into her first shed................"Lilly" is in shed too.................this is her second shed..............she eats like a champ!!................I hope " Karma" eats well for me too...............:)
 
Tuesday_June_24
  Well the little snakelets' in clutch # 14 are out of the egg!!.............and they all look great...............here is what I produced from this clutch.............1.1 " normal looking "............2.0 "Phantom"............0.1 "Lesser Platty"...............0.1 " looks like a Blonde Pastel crossed with a Phantom?"...............and 0.1 "Blue Eyed Lucy"................damn right Here is a little female "Lesser Platty" born with "Karma"baby!!!.............I even said after I shelled out the $70,000.00 for "Lilly" that " I would hatch my own"...............and her she is!!..............her name is "Karma"............LOL............this clutch has made my entire year!!.............I produced "Phantoms" for the third year in a row...............I proved that "Lessers" bred to a normal will produce more Lessers................I got the "Cross" that I was after.............even though I have no idea what the hell it is??.................and I got a "Lucy"................now how is that for a clutch???...............who knew??................I think I did in the back of my mind..............it is totally unreal!!............and I believe that this clutch was "fathered" by two males................this is the second time I have done this.............the first time was when I bred a VPI Axanthic male and a Lavender Albino male to a Lavender Albino female................it was the same situation .............I had follicles in the femaThis is a "Phantom" ( top )..............and a " Super Pastel looking thing"???............the "Combo snake"???............who knows?le that were maturing ..............I added another male into the mix at that time...............and pow!!.............the clutch was 4 eggs..................1.0 lavender Albino and 0.3 "normal looking" Double het for Lavender Albino Snow were produced.............two dads for sure!!.................now it is possible that the "Lesser" male is the "sole dad".............but I do not think so.............the "Cross Snake" looks to much like some type of a Pastel..............and there were two Pastel males in the mix...............a regular Pastel...........and a Blonde Pastel..............so I'm still going to say that there are three things in the mix...............Blonde Pastel.................Lesser Platty...............and Phantom ...........needless to say.............I will keep all seven of these snakes in hopes that they are ALL " het for Lucy".....................:).............all I can say is that this is one hell of a mess??...............all I know is what I can see...............the "Ball Python Gods" really gave me a precious gift in this clutch..............and I'm thankful for it................don't worry.A "Phantom" ( top ).............the "combo" ( middle )...........and a "Lesser Platty" ( bottom )..........I won't go changing or acting snobby.............just because I have two Snow Balls..........."Lilly" and now "Karma"..............that ain't no reason to toot my horn..............I'm still the same "Boner".......( man is this getting thick or what........LMAO )........but it sure feels good to get under the skin of people who have wronged you in the past .............especially over a "white snake"...............I love it!!........eat your heart out bad people!!!!................KISS MY ASS!!!.............I posted a picture of "Karma" up on the web today...............I was going to wait.............but I couldn't stand it anymore.......;)...............I want to thank everyone for their kind words and support............:)..............I know my email program has been working overtime today...............LOL.................I can't wait to get a picture of "Karma" and "Lilly" together................they are definitely two different mutations ...........I believe "Two "Phantoms" ( left )............the "combo" ( middle )...........and a "Lesser Platty" ( right )Lilly" will get more color with age................."Karma" will probably stay pure white with a pale stripe down her back................and those BLUE EYES!!!!!!!.............only time will tell..............how can I complain about something this great.............this was better than winning the lottery if you ask me...............now all I can think about is the other clutch I have in the incubator.............from breeding a "Phantom" female to a "Lesser Platty" male..............that was all I did ( one male )................so hopefully this will shed some light on what is going on??................and if there is another white snake in this clutch??.................I will drop dead from shock!!!..............LMAO!!...............Believe it or not.............I got a bunch of paper work done today.............the phone was off the hook............."Karma" has everyone asking questions...............one thing I will not do people.................I won't hide anything that I do.................here it is, just the way it went down.................if you have the snakes to produce a "Lucy".................I wish you all the luck in the world!!..............I still say it's all luck on the first time..............but luck works for me........;)................I got 10,000 "Midas" removable tattoos in the mail today................I asked Phil to research getting me some cool little "Midas" removable tats for The "combo" ( left )...........a "Lesser Platty" ( right )Daytona..............he found a company that made them at a great price.............we ordered 10,000 of them................5,000.00 are "Midas" with a green crown...............5,0000 are "Midas" with a pink crown.................for the ladies!!!.............my kids couldn't wait to put them on................Fatty put one on the back of his clean shaven bald head and went home to his wife Sandy.................she thought it was real..........LOL...............they look awesome!!!..............I have them now...............and a brand new "Albino Version" of Midas on a T-shirt..................Midas rules!!!!!..............the "Albino Midas" looks great!!!.............Phil, Robbin, Fatty and I went fishing down at the pond today..............I had "Little Gump" with me..................he loves to fish............but when he is there.............all I'm doing is baiting the hook............every cast gets you a Blue Gill in this pond..............they are that thick!!!.................and "Little Gump" loves reeling them in.........;)..................Phil and Fatty caught some nice Bass while they were there........The Pastel-ish looking "combo??" what -ever??........that's a "Phantom" on top of the "combo"..............Robbie finished the rat room today...............it takes him two days to completely clean the rat room..............that's cleaning ............feeding............watering the buckets, and sweeping / blowing the place out..................so this new schedule will work great!!................2 days for rats..............1 day to feed snakes.................2 days to clean snakes................:)............I have looked at " Karma" so much since the first time I cut the egg that I'm seeing white spots!!!................I'm ate up with it big-time, this week.............that's for damn sure!!............ROCK ON PEOPLE!!!!...................and don't let your meat loaf....................:P
 
Monday_June_23
  I got ball python clutch # 55 today, from breeding a normal female to a Red Axanthic male.............4 eggs.................I have hatched out two clutches so far from the Red Axa03 clutch # 55 with mom 06/23/03nthic male this year.............all of the babies are "Black Backs"...............and so is the Red Axanthic male ( a Black Back to the extreme ).............so this has to be a new co-dom mutation.................the Red Axanthic is the "Super".................big congrats to Corey Woods up in Canada for being the first person to produce this new mutation.................it will make one hell of a "combination snake"................as the Red Axanthic matures..............it becomes a "flesh color"...............they are gorgeous animals!!...............It look03 clutch # 55.........4 eggss like pairs of "Black Backs" will be $10,000.00 for the pair................and the "Super" ( Red Axanthic ) will be $20,000.00...........I'm sure glad I was able to get a male off of Corey when I did.......;)..............Lou and I hooked up today to pick up all of the metal for our snake racks that Lou is building.................he used to work at a metal fabrication company.............so he has the "connections" there to order and cut all of the metal parts for the snake racks he is building..............he is hoping to be able to bring these cages to "market" by the end of the year.............as long as I get mine first!!.........;).................we had to make two trips with my truck............we bought enough metal to build four baby snake racks...............we have the tubs being molded..............and we have a powder coater lined up..............so this is actually starting to materialize...........we had this planned for a long time.............but then Lou's mom passed away and it slowed things down................then Lou falls in love with a little China girl............and that slowed things up even more!!.........LOL..............but "it's all good" now................roll the presses Big Lou!!!...........get'er done man!!.................Today is Robbie the Robot's birthday.....03 clutch # 55......4 eggs from breeding a Red Axanthic male to a normal female...Happy Birthday Robbie!!!............he is working up at the rat barn.............today is the first day on our "new schedule"...............rats get done on Monday's and Tuesday's now.............I met with Jody ( my electrician ) at the rat barn today to show him what I need to have done there..............we had a new service put in a month or so ago..............so now Jody is hooking up all of the existing electrical stuff to the new panel................he is also hanging a bunch of fluorescent lights on the ceiling .............which we desperately need!!.................so that will be nice...............he will be starting the job tomorrow.......;).................Fatty and I went fishing this evening.............yepper.............we are eaten up with "the fishin' bug "................I came homeHer she is with her clutch mates..........:) and seen that my "Lucy" was ready to come out of it's "Little pen"................LOL............I have never in my life had to confine a snake to a little "egg pen"...............it worked like a champ...............it kept it in the egg and "still" long enough to absorb the yolk.................so I removed the screen cover and let it be................the others all had their heads out of the egg.................I see two Phantoms, two normals, one Lesser, one very pale headed snake?????..................and a "Blue Eyed Lucy"..............HOLY SHIT BATMAN!!!!!!!!!...............so they should be out of the egg in the next day or so...............I'm so stoked................what a bunch of "mutts" this clutch produced................I still can't believe all of this???????????Unreal?????????
 
Sunday_June_22
  We went to "Big Rock" and played volley ball all day today.............and man was it hot!!...........there were a lot of "no shows"................so we just had two teams............which is the way I like it..............three teams sucks...............if you loose.......you have to sit out and watch the other two teams play..............and I hate sitting out..........:).................we cooked out and jumped in the stream to cool off......................we played all day........Here is "Karma" in her little "egg pen"..............she was trying to get out of the egg too soon......;).......after that the family and I came home .............ordered a pizza.............and watched "Catch me if you can".............that movie was not as good as it was hyped up to be, in my opinion.............it was rather slow...............but the fact that it was all true made it worth watching............I had to put my little white snake in a "pen" tonight...............yep.............I have been looking at it and disturbing it so much that it is trying to climb out of the egg.............and it is not ready to come out yet!!.............it still has some yolk to absorb............the last thing I need is for this snake to rip itself off of the yolk and die.............baby ball pythons after slitting the egg will stay in the egg for a few days while they finish absorbing the yolk..............they are attached to the yolk by their umbilical cord...........once the yolk is fully absorbed through the cord..............all the red veins will disappear.............and the umbilical cord will draw up inside of the belly..............that's when the snake will finally crawl out of the egg............but if you mess with a snake and keep disturbing it while in the egg...............it will try to climb out.............and that is what my white snake was trying to do................so I put the egg in a ceramic crock...........I raised the egg to the very top of the rim with vermiculite...............then I put screen over the top and secured it with a rubber band...............pretty crazy stuff huh??.................here I have this little miracle in the egg and I'm messing around with it so much that I could do it harm??.................I can't help it............the snake is making me crazy!! ..............betI could have crapped my pants when I first seen the eyes......;)ween me looking at it every ten minutes since I cut the egg and then Pete and I poking at it, and trying to see the eyes while it was in the egg..............it's a miracle that it has not had a heart attack??.................but anyway.............I have it all set up nicely in it's little "egg pen"................it has a day of yolk left to absorb ...............I'm not going to mess with it anymore until tomorrow...............LOL..............yeah right!!!...........I don't usually cut all my eggs........I like to cut on day 55 on clutches that could potentially have something really cool inside the egg..............and this clutch was very interesting to me.............here is how it all went down...............I bred my original "Phantom" female this season.........she is right out of Africa................she was imported as a baby and raised to breeding size........she has been bred the two previous years to my Goblin male...............both years she has produced baby "Phantoms"........"Goblin Markers" and normals..............the "Goblin Markers" are called this because they do look like they have many of the "Goblin" traits..............but not all of them..............so I have been raising up all of the babies from the past two years..............I have sold nothing...........so knowing that my "Phantom" is co-dom.............I figured this year I would breed her to another co-dom mutation.............I started off the year breeding her with one of her totally normal looking sons ( # 1 ).............yes............he was not a " Marker" or a "Phantom"..............he just looked normal...........this was "dinking" to the fullest...........well nothing was happening.............her son did not seem interested at all.................so the next male ( # 2 )...............was a Pastel Jungle that I produced a couple of years ago...............he also showed no interest with her?....................so the next male ( # 3 ) was a Blonde Pastel.........I never seen him breed her...........bIt's hard to believe that I was wishing for this snake??????ut at this point in time she was developing follicles that I could feel.............and they were definitely maturing..........I really wanted to make sure that she got bred by a co-dom mutation..............so I said "what the hell"...............I put in a "Lesser Platty" male ( # 4 )...............at the size her follicles were.............I was sure that she was going to produce viable eggs from one of the three previous males............but I put a "Lesser" in with her anyway................the "Lesser" bred her like crazy..............he is the only male that I can actually say I seen hooked up with her....................so there you have it...............she was with 4 different mutatuions..................and 6 different males .............because she was bred by 3 different "Lesser" males..............she laid 7 perfect eggs for me................and that was that.................the time came for the eggs to start hatching................so on day 55 I cut open each egg................the first egg I cut was a "Phantom"..............the second egg I cut was a "Phantom"................the third egg was a "Normal".................the fourth egg was a "Normal"..................the fifth egg was "Lesser Platty".............the sixth egg was "The Cross" that I was after in the first place...............I was hoping that this breeding would produce at least one cross ...........whether it was Pastel x Phantom...............or Blonde Pastel x Phantom................or Lesser Platty x Phantom..............well the sixth egg has to be "The Cross"...............the snake has a crazy Blond Pastel pattern.................the head looks like a Super Pastel...............but there are also some "Phantom" characteristics to it???????..................so who the heck knows what the sixth egg is???..............then we have the last egg..................egg # 7................I cut this egg and seen nothing but WHITE!!..............I thought I was in the middle of a killer dream..............I sat there on the floor of my incubator room and just thought to myself............"what the hell is this?"................" why me?"..............."Thank You GOD!!!!!"...............then I thought to myself how I have been predicting this for a year..............I wished for this!!!..............and it happened!!!...............I knew I had to have been blessed with this snake because of all the "bad karma" that was in the air over my Here she is right out of the egg.........that little "egg pen" did the trick..........she absorbed all of her yolk!previous white snake dealings..........( which I intend to write a complete article from beginning to end on all of my experiences with "The Lucy" )...............nothing will be held back............NOBODY on this earth is more qualified to write this article more than me............once people read what actually has gone down through the years with the "white snake" dealings..............they will see how me hatching this " lucy" has made the entire experience come "full circle"...............it is just too unbelievable to imagine that this has happened.................I call it luck...................I'm sure the white snake is "genetic" in itself.................but for me to have done this with the mess I was working with was just luck...................one female..............6 males....................she was bred by 4 off the six males for sure..............I believe that the Blonde Pastel and The Lesser Platty are the fathers of this clutch................both of them...............:)..................where "The Blue Eyed Lucy" came from??..................I say the Ball Python Gods.................It's good to be KING!!!.............:P......Liars suck!!!
 
Saturday_June_21
  Well.........we all ended up going to The Colonial to play shuffle board last night.............T and I........Phil and Robbin..........and some of T's family.............I was all ready to call it a day last night, when T told me that they all asked if we could get together to play...........so we did.......A Piebald clutch hatching...........3 Pieds and 5 hets hatched...........all the Pieds are males......;).:)...........it was fun!!............four teams instead of eight?..............so we didn't have to sit and wait too long............Phil and I met up this morning and headed up to the garage where I store my Sea Doos................yepper..............we are taking the boats out on the Chesapeake Bay today for some fun in the sun.......;)...........we had to fix one of my side marker lights on the trailer before we left............Phil replaced them both........then we loaded up the trailer and headed off for some fun.............we had a blast.............we ate lunch at a restaurant right on the water ( the same place I dropped Uncle Joey's keys )................we took the boats a couple miles up a really cool river that zig zaged like a road race track............it was great!!...............it looked like it could have rained all day.............but it didn't...........we got lucky.............it has only rained everyday for the past month it seems!...........we ran around a few hours and headed back to the boat ramp................we did drive our boats around Fort McHenry.............that is where the Star Spangled Banner was wriiten...............it was really cool..............all the canons are there pointing out at the harbor.............it's hard to believe the way battles used to be fought?................we loaded up and headed back home.............Fatty called me on the Nextel and said he wanted to go Bass fishing.............so he and I met up at the pond.............we did pretty well until the damn rain started........LOL.............yepper..............it finally caught me..This is what I saw when I cut the last egg in the clutch.........egg # 7...........:)..........and it rained cats and dogs................we got out of there and up the hill just in time..............Rob and Sandy ended up coming over this evening and we watched a movie called "Ghost Ship".............it was really good...............the opening scene is crazy...........It was a very original way to cut up a bunch of unsuspecting victims......LOL........if you like horror.................check it out...............then we watched the Lenox Lewis fight..............what a joke that was.................here you have a guy like Lenox, who is capable of kicking the crap out of the best heavy weights in the division................give him some dough.............and TIME OFF.........and you are left with a tired, out of shape boxer.............he won the fight on a TKO..............the Russian's eye was cut to badly to continue the fight.............and Lenox should be damn glad that that is how the fight ended..............the Russian kicked his ass!!........and was ahead on all of the judge's score cards...........it kills me to see a boxer have a "bad night'................it's not like they don't know it's coming?................Lenox thought he had an easy win...............so he didn't train..............and it showed...............he made me tired just watching him..............anyway.............the fight sucked.............I hatched out a cute little Clown ball female today...............she was produced from a 50% poss het female that I kept back for myself a couple years ago................I was really happy to see her poking her little head out of the egg...............there is no mistaking a Clown's head.............I also have a really interesting couple of snake's in theIs this snake white or what? egg from clutch # 14.............it is 7 eggs ( yepper..........4's and 7's again......;) )...........and one of the babies looks to be WHITE??..................there is another one in the egg that has a gorgeous faded head like a Super Pastel..............I cut the eggs on Thursday...............I have been a nervous wreck ever since I seen the white snake..................Pete Kahl even came over to see it in the egg for himself...............we both stood there in the incubator room and scratched our heads??................it has to be "pure luck" I say...............I have been crapped on so many times by fellow breeder's and exporters over "White Snakes" over the past few years.............I figure I deserve it.......;)...............not to mention that I wished terrible things to happen to all of them as well.......;P................"what goes around comes around"..............I believe that to the bone............so that's my explanation................:).................more on "The Lucy" in the days to come..............yep...........those of you feeling like you wronged me in the past over " white snkes"............you guys can kiss my ass!!
 
Friday_June_20
  Robbie has pretty much an easy day today................it's raining AGAIN!!...............my internet connection is working great!!...............better than it ever did!!...............I'm working inIs this awesome or what?? the office finishing up all my paper work today...............I have the journal written.............I have a bunch of pics to size and get uploaded to the web..............I'm still laughing at the pics I have of Big Lou and his wedding.............I can't believe he married Xulin while he was in China..............I snapped a pic of "his pics"..........as I was working on them in Adobe............I was just laughing..........it's all I could do............the pics are too funny..............and boy is Xulin What a beautiful site......;)a total foxy mama!!...............you did damn good Lou!!...............Peter Kahl is on his way over today...........he has some supplies for me and wants to check out some animals I have here............we will probably hang out for most of the day.............he's very excited because he just closed the deal on 120 acres of ground that he bought...........he will be building a huge log home on the property.............and most of all..............he will have plenty of room to ride his dirt bikes............Pete lives to ride his dirt bikes!!...............I'm even gonna buy a four wheeler so that I can run around with him................he's telling me to buy a One of my side neck turtles"Grizzly"...............I don't know much about bikes yet................but it sounds pretty tough.......;).......anyway..............things are starting to get hectic around here...............I have 54 clutches out...............12 more to go................ a bunch of clutches hatched out..............I expect one more litter of boas to be born in 90 days or so.................and that will be that................Daytona is right around the corner..............God time flies when your breeding ball pythons...............did I mention that I'm taking this coming season off??..............have a great week-end everyone!!!............I'm not sure what my plans are for tomorrow................probably RAIN!!............yepper............
 
Thursday_June_19
  Robbie is cleaning the adults today...........he is in good shape too..............because we are not cleaning the rodents this week...............we are letting them go till Monday..........the "New Schedule"..............they will be pretty "ripe" by then.............but we have to do it that way...........there is no sense in cleaning them at the end of this week, just to do it again on Monday................so we are stretching it two more days..............fortunately this week has been pretty cool in temperature............so the rats don't smell that bad 03 clutch # 54 with mom 06/19/03anyway................yet!!.........So Robbie will pretty much have Friday off this week.............all he has to do is check the rat room for floods and water a few buckets.......;).............I still have no internet connection today?................so I called "a Supervisor" and yelled at them............I was able to get my "repair date" moved up to the 21st.............whoop-dee-doooooooo..............I told them that it was unacceptable............and that I need it done sooner...........they said that Saturday the 21st was the best they could do...........so I called my computer buddy Jeff...............he came over and said that my modem was probably bad.................so we went out and bought a new modem...............I bought him lunch for that......;)...........AND gave him some T-shirts...............we came home and hooked it up...03 clutch # 54.......4 eggs...........we called the cable company and told them that we installed a new modem...............all the cable company had to do was get the new MAC # programed into the system................it was that simple..............I was up and running immediately............so now I'm happy again.................and boy did I pull down some emails.............if I have not emailed you back........please shoot me another email..............it is possible that my mail box got to full and "bumped" a bunch of emails................so I'm back up and running..............I spent most of the day answering emails.........;)...............Phil came over today.............he was off of work...............he has been fixing up hi03 clutch # 54......4 eggs.....from breeding an Anery male to his het daughters Sea Doo so that we can go out riding together..............he needed some parts and asked me if I wanted to go down to the Sea Doo shop with him.............I said "sure".............so we met up and went to the Sea Doo shop................we stopped and got me a brand new pair of Revos first.............;P...............another pair to loose on the water..............I hope not!!................so we went to the Sea Doo shop and Phil was able to get what he needed..............I got a new pair of water shoes and a couple cases of Sea Doo oil...............Fatty hit me on the Nextel while I was heading back home..............he wanted me to meet him at the "fishing hole"............so I told him I would see him there..............I had to drop Phil off at his truck and I would be right over.................well you know what happened?................yepper..............it started raining it's butt off just as I was getting ready to leave to Uncle Fester???go fishing.............it never fails this summer.............it rains every evening!!..............I called Fatty and told him that a storm was on it's way to him................so he rolled out before it got too muddy............he did tell me that he caught a 21 incher..............that is the biggest bass that we have caught so far at Mr. John's pond........I got ball python clucth # 54 today.........from breeding my "Anery" male to a het daughter that I produced...............so hopefully I can get this gene figured out??..............I got 4 eggs............I'm hoping to see a little baby "Anery" poke it's head out of the egg in 56 days..........;)........I have some pretty cool stuff hatching right now............I have a baby Clown or two? hatching from breeding a het Clown male to a 50% poss het Clown female.Mini Me??............I hand picked her from the poss hets I produced a few years ago.............and damn if she did not "prove out"...............that always makes you happy................:)............I have two clutches from the "Red Axanthic" male that have hatched.............ALL are killer looking aberrant Black Backs..............very similar to the Red Axanthic father ( but not his cool color )..............so I would have to say that the Red Axanthic is the "Super"................I will produce three clutches this year from him................Red Axanthic bred to a normal Way to go LOU!!!produces all " Black Backs"..............just like breeding a Super Pastel to a normal.............all the babies are Pastels................this seems to be the same exact thing................so the Red Axanthic is a brand new "Co-Dom" mutation ..................awesome!!!................my Laby x Laby clutch hatched..............all the babies appear normal................so I'm hoping that this will be a simple recessive mutation..............I hatched out 4.1.............yikes!!!.............It can't be co-dom.............I bred two "Labys" together..............now they may not be the exact same thing as each other...............but if either were co-dom............I would have expected to see a baby "Laby"............besides..............we need more simple recessive traits damn it!!...............so as long as this project has taken me to get eggs...............it looks like another couple years now................:)..............my Ringer x Ringer clutch produced some Ringers............nothing crazy............but they are Ringers................and they all look like Het Piebalds??...............yepper................I have the eye for picking out het Pieds.This is just way too much............:).............most of the time anyway...............and these babies look like het Pieds??................why?..............I have no idea?.................is that really nice Ringer male I have actually a Pied??...............who knows?...................damn it's fun!!...............nothing crazy is hatching yet..............but it will...............this is my year to produce some wacky new mutations...............and hopefully my "Lucy"................everybody else is producing them "out of the blue"................why can't I???............I love it!!!..........I got the Birthing Record page completed tonight..............54 clutches baby!!!......Rock On People!!!.......I know I can...........I know I can.............I know I can...............:)
 
Wednesday_June_18
  Today we fed all of the adults balls and boas........everything is eating like mad!!.............I have some ball python females eating four small rats at a clip ..............their nuts!!.............I love it though!!................I love it when everyone kicks back into feeding mod03 clutch # 53 with mom 06/18/03e ................during breeding season even the younger yearlings stop eating............it's just part of ball pythons..........I used to freak out..............now I don't let it bother me..............if they eat......they eat..............if they don't..........I don't sweat it anymore..............it just sucks when you want to raise up your females and they go off feed...............but it happens.............it kinda "levels the playing field"....03 clutch # 53..........4 eggs........after we fed the adults.............Robbie started cleaning.............I worked in the office most of the day after that..............my internet connection went down for some reason today...............it has not come back up all day??............I have been on the phone off and on most of the day with the cable company trying to trouble shoot the problem.............they can't see anything wrong?..............so they scheduled me a repair date of June 26th...............yeah right!!..............I told them that I could not be with out an internet connection for even one day........let alone a week!!...............so they said they would see if they could get it moved up...............yeah right..............I'm pissed..............I get03 clutch # 53.........4 eggs......from breeding a DH Snow male "Jolliff" and an Albino PDHSN " Jolliff" male to a female 25% PDHSN " Jolliff" a couple hundred emails a day...............if I do not download emails all day.............I will get swamped!!.................a week's worth of emails will kill me.............LOL..............so I'm going to give them the rest of the day to solve the problem.............if they don't...........then tomorrow I'm on the phone to corporate headquarters and I'm raising hell!!..........;)..............since the internet connection was down............I could not do any updates to the site..............so Fatty and I took our kids fishing........;)...............we went to Mr. John's pond again...............tLOL.......Rob and T looking at Lou's wedding book........he kids really do well there.............The Blue Gill are so easy to catch...............every cast you make will catch a nice sized Blue Gill............it's great for the kids............but it sucks for the Dad's who are baiting the hooks......;)..............Fatty and I did some Bass fishing.............we did pretty good............but not as good as last Saturday...............I think we "educated" them that day.................we fished until dark.............I got ball python clutch # 53 today........from breeding a DH Snow male " Jolliff " AND an Albino PHSN male "Jolliff " to a 25% PDHSN female "Jolliff "..........5 eggs.............LOL................who knows????............I smell like worms.......;)
 
Tuesday_June_17
  Well, Billy quit already............LOL..........Robbie called me this morning and said that Billy couldn't hack working with the snakes and the rodents?............it's OK though...........it ain't for everyone............but he seemed totally fine with it.............I think the other guy heI want that outfit Lou!!! is doing landscaping work for offered him more money..............that's cool............I was paying him pretty good for a "probie"...............Robbie is fine with it to.............he really only needs help doing the rodents anyway................so today Robbie and I made a new schedule................we are doing the cleaning of the rodents on Monday's and Tuesday's instead of Thursday's and Friday's...............the snakes will be cleaned and fed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.............the reason we did this is because Robbie needs to have a short day on Friday's..............he likes to deliver Italian food for a local restaurant near his house on Friday and Saturday nights................he likeUnreal???????s the cash!!............so now he can take his time and put in two good days cleaning the rodents in the beginning of the week............yada, yada, yada.........schedules!!...............gotta love em'.............Robbie cleaned all the rat holder bins today and loaded up the rodents we need to feed the babies and the yearlings............We got the place all fed up and that was that.............I got a bunch of my office work done..............I got ball python clutch # 52 today..............what a disaster!!............all slugs............from breeding a Striped male to an Albino female.............I didn't even take any pics...............it just sucked!!...............it happens though...........I was able to produce a good clutch of Double Het Striped Albino this year, so I'm happy...............:).............Theresa came home from work and we ate crabs..My fishies.........;)..............we had a bunch left over from the party on Sunday............her Mom came by earlier and took a dozen crabs home to make us all crab soup......;)..............Theresa's Mom makes the best crab soup I have ever had..........I finished watching the Godfather part two.............all I can say is that I have no idea why these movies never interested me to watch sooner???................I have seen everything at least once from that time period..............but never The Godfather movies??...............I feel deprived now.........LOL..............watching them sooner could have changed my whole outlook on life.............like "Deliverance".............lmao!!.................I'm out...........You look just like a hog...........
 
Monday_June_16
  Robbie is up at the rat barn loading up two deliveries, that's all he has to do for the day............Theresa, me and FOUR kids packed up our gear this morning and headed to Raystown Lake for the day................yepper...........we took Theresa's niece Kali and nephew Isac ( brother and sister )............Brooke and " little gump"..............we got Is this guy in heaven or what?to the lake at 1:30 and bought a camp site for the day.............$12.50 per day............this buys you a site at "Paradise Point"............the only way to get there is by boat.........so we unloaded the boats off of the trailer ...........packed all of our picnicking stuff onboard and headed off to "Paradise Point".........LOL..............we had a blast!!...............both of the boats were running like champs..............the sun was shining.............the water was warm..............the lake was not crowded at all...............and the best part...............we didn't run into any of the Police this time!!..............we were prepared if we did............T and I both got our safety certifications for being on the water in Pennsylvania.....:)........We ran the boats around the lake and did some site seeing...........we went to a really cool rope swing and played around on that for awhile ...........I wish I didn't though ...........I lost my REVO SunglassBig Lou and Xulines........yepper.............I pulled a bone-head move and swung out over the water with my glasses on..........as soon as I hit the water, they were gone...............I can't keep a pair of sunglasses to save my life........we got out of the water at 7:00 pm and headed back down the road................we stopped and got some dinner on the way home.........the kids were zonked out in the back of the Expedition..........we got home at 11:00 pm.............we were total mud!!.............all we did was wash off and go to sleep.......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.................Life's a bitch!.........;)
 
Sunday_June_15
  I have to say.............after all that fishing yesterday in the hot sun.............I was not really in the mood to hang out at The Colonial last night............but I stuck it out.............we all had Sushi for dinner............then we went to The Colonial.................we had a good time...........Fatty's wife Sandy and I sang two songs from "Grease"...............( I03 clutch # 51 with mom 06/15/03 love Grease and so does Sandy )...........we sang "Summer Lovin' " and "Your the one that I want"...............they were duets............and let me be the one to tell ya............we sounded damn good!!.............Sandy did a perfect "Sandy"............and I didn't do a bad " Danny" myself.............it was a riot!!...............then Sandy sang a song by herself and dedicated it to Fatty............it was so sweet...........and she sung it like a pro...........we were all so shocked to find out that Sandy could sing that well..............Fatty didn't even know??.03 clutch # 51.........5 eggs.........it was a fun time...............the girls were dancing like goofs and the guys were just sitting back watching...............I was thinking about sleep..............and how fun it was at the pond LOL..............we stayed till the end..........2 am.................I couldn't wait to hit the sack!!..................Today we went to "Big Rock"..............we had some awesome games as usual ................three teams this week.............my team didn't win many games............but the games were very close in points............the very last game, I was on a three man team against a four man team..............the score was tied at 8 to 8...........we were having a blast...........we03 clutch # 51......5 eggs.....from breeding a "Lesser Platty" male to a normal looking "Platty Sib" femalell Theresa come walking down from the top of the hill and says that her mom's tail pipe fell off??..................Theresa and her mom had just left in T's mom's crappy van, I was going to go home after the last game.............so we stopped the game at 8 to 8 and we went up to see what was wrong with Linda's tail pipe?..................sure enough................she ripped it off trying to get the van up the muddy hill...............so we temporarily fixed it...........so T and I followed Linda out of the development to make sure everything was OK..............as soon as Linda pulled out onto the main road.............the damn muffler fell off and started dragging the road.............so she pulled over...............and I yanked the damn thing off..............I told her to go get a new muffler and exhaust system on Monday..............it was toast.............here I am.............a lard ass trying to squeeze under her van ( with running boards)...............and get the muffler untwisted from the drive shaft and rear axle??.................I did it.............and boy was I a greasy mess............so I sent Linda home without an exhaust system...............and man was it LOUD.........LMAO!!..............a big ole' nasty looking conversion van running up the road Helicopter boy!!!........Big Lou!!sounding like a heap of crap...........LMAO!!..............I love picking on Theresa's mom..........:P...............Big Lou picked us up two bushels of steamed crabs today............we were having a big Father's Day party at my place................My parents, my younger brother ( Mike )................Phil and his family ..............Theresa's mom and her boyfreind........BIG LOU and Robbie the Robot................and Mr. John too...............we all ate steamed crabs and steamed shrimp outside on my deck.................this was the first time that any of us have seen BIG Lou in over 40 days................Lou is back from China..............he was checked out after his 11 day quarantine for SARS ( they say he is fine......cough...........cough ).............we all hung out and listened to all of Lou's crazy stories about China...............and his new BRIDE,,,,,,,,,,Xulin..................yepper...............Big Lou married Xulin while he was in China.................he brought back a wedding album loaded with pics.........you have to see these pics to believe them............that's all I can What a goof.........LMAO!!say...............LOU............you are way out of hand dude!!!.............we all missed you...........and we are glad you are back............if your happy ..............we're happy bro!!..............congrats to you and Xulin!!..............I can't wait to meet her in person..............and tell her what a goob you really are...........:P...............so we all hung out and ate like piggies for the rest of the night..........I got ball python clutch # 51 today............from breeding a "Lesser Platty" male to a normal looking "Platty Sib" female...........5 eggs!!........I did this same type of breeding three times this year..........what a long day.............Happy Father's Day to all you Daddies out there!!!.................Rock On!!!............Lou..........you are too much man..........LMAO!!!
 
Saturday_June_14
  Last night I got the journal updated as you can see..............and I got the Birthing Records page done to............:)...........Brooke and I had a fishing trip planned for yesterday afternoon............but we got rained out as usual...........it has been raining every aftern03 clutch # 48 with mom 06/13/03oon here for the past month??...............our reservoirs are the fullest they have ever been in 10 years or more...............the last few years have been drought conditions............this year they are encouraging people to use water.........it's crazy............but it sure is "green" around here................my yard has never looked so good.....:)..............Robbie and Billy finished cleaning the rat room yesterday evening ..............Theresa's sister Jenny had the kids last night......;)................so we went out and had dinner "alone"...............it was the first dinner that T and I have had by ourselves in a very long time.03 clutch # 48......5 eggs and 1 slug.............I can't even remember the last time??..............it felt weird??...............we are so used to Brooke and Kyle being around...............after dinner we came home and she started her paper work and I pulled eggs from the Granite Albino female................yepper.........I got clutch # 48 last night............5 eggs and one slug from breeding the new " Granite Albino" to an African hatched Granite male........I did this so that she would have a pure " fresh" bloodline................I was very happy to get eggs from her this season..........we have not had her very long.........;)............if this turns out to be genetic............it will be a brand new line03 clutch # 48......5 eggs and 1 slug........from breeding a Granite male to a "Garnite Albino" female.........;) of Albino ball python..............and a "new mutation"...........just like the Lavender Albinos............our female is so pretty...........:)...............Now for today ( Saturday )............Phil and I met this morning and went up to the rat barn............we had a ton of trash to take to the dump..............then we went and bought a bunch of 5 gallon buckets for the rodent racks.............we have some people coming in from Virginia this week-end to pick up 5 rodent racks..............so we went back to the barn and finished up the racks.............we had to plumb two rat breeder racks and drill all the buckets so that a valve can be put onto each one..............each bucket sits on top of the rodent rack............the bucket has a valve on it with a fitting............the hose slides onto the fitting and that supplies the rack with water ( gravity )...........the bucket valve has a lever on it so that you can turn t03 clutch # 49 with mom 03/14/03he water on and off...........so we got all of that done.........about that time, the guy that makes my rodent tubs for me showed up with the rest of the tubs that we needed to complete the order..............his name is Bill..........this guy can make anything out of plastic............he is amazing...........he brought his grandson with him.............I showed them around the rat room............then they asked if they could see the snakes.................Bill's grandson got a ball python from me last year.......Bill actually asked me to ship it to his grandson as a Christmas gift............ever since he got the new baby ball, he has been "hooked"................so I told 03 clutch # 49........6 eggsthem I had baby balls hatching and that they could come see.........;)...................so we went to my place and I showed them around..............they were amazed!!..........I showed them around a bit...........then Bill and I discussed my new hide box design ..............I'm having Bill make the molds for mini, small and large hide boxes for ball pythons.................I will actually be selling them in the near future................they are very similar to the hide boxes that BUSH used to sell............BUSH is not making anything to do with reptiles anymore..............and I need hide boxes................so I figured I would start making them myself...............I can't wait to get my first order.......03 clutch # 49..........6 eggs.........from breeding an Albino male to a het Albino female.......they look awesome!!................so I got things straightened out with Bill............and I gave his grandson a new RDR "Albino Midas" T-shirt...............he was so excited to see the place, and to see babies hatching..............and then to get a cool T-shirt.........I was glad...........:)..............so after Bill left..............Phil and I called Fat Ass and we all met up at the rat barn ( again )..............all Phil and I had to do is clean up our tools and we were done................Fatty had been working around his house..................now it was time to go fishing at Mr. John's pond....:)..............naturally as soon as we got over the hill to the pond..............it started raining.............but it was hot out and we didn't mind..............we kicked total 03 clutch # 50 with mom 06/14/03ass!!..................we each caught at least 12 large mouth bass each.............and they were all in the 14" to 18" range..............it was awesome!!..............as soon as the rain started.............the Bass kicked into over-drive!!........we were fishing with purple rubber worms..............on the bottom...............and we were destroying them...............we threw all of them back............:)..............we fished for hours................I had a blast and I know Fatty and Phil did too...................it was the most Bass I have ever caught ( at that size03 clutch # 50.......5 eggs) in one day................I'm hooked now!!..........I'm back into fishing mode for sure!!..........I even caught a little snapping turtle................he was about the size of a softball.............he was poking his head up in the weeds at the end of the pond where I was fishing ..............I couldn't resist..........so naturally I jumped in the pond and grabbed him...............I checked him out and let him go...............I just wanted to be able to say I caught a turtle too........LOL..................it was damn hot after the rain stopped and the sun came out again................so I jumped in the pond and cooled off.................Fatty a03 clutch # 50......5 eggs.........from breeding a het Piebald male to a 50% possible het Piebald femalend Phil didn't...............but I was hot!!.................and it felt good!......;)...........after a long day of fishing we packed it up and went home..................we were all going to get showered and go out to the Sushi bar..................after that we were going to The Colonial to sing Karaoke................some of us anyway??.................we'll see who sings??................It will be T and I............Fatty and Sandy................and Phil and Robbin..................it should be a good time..............I wish Rene lived closer...............:(................I got ball python clutches # 49 and # 50 today............clutch # 49 was from breeding an Albino male to a het Albino female..............6 eggs.................clutch # 50 was from breeding a het Piebald male to a 50% possible het Piebald female.............5 eggs.............can you feel the love??...........We kicked ass at the pond today!!.............the "Bass Masters"
 
Friday_June_13
  Robot and Thorton are up at the rat barn cleaning.............they get a ton of work done together!.........I'm getting payroll done and finishing all my paper-work............today was Brooke's last day of school!!.............she just got home..............guess what?..............she wants to go fishing again .............Imagine that?..............LOL.............I think that we will be getting together with Fatty and his kiddies later on today to go to the pond....I'm stackin' em'..........:).........it is 1:20 pm right now.............I have a few more hours of work and I'm done for the week..............Phil and I will be working on rodent racks again tomorrow............we have to plumb two rat breeder racks.............the people from Virginia who bought the 11 racks will be coming over to pick them up some time late in the day tomorrow.............so we have to get a couple plumbed and we will have half of the order completed..............:)............We will probably go fishing when we are done......;)...............47 clutches of ball python eggs out so far.............19 more to go!!...............I'm gonna get the pics put in the journal and call it a week.............have a great weekend everyone!!..............Rock On!!!!
 
Thursday_June_12
  Today is Billy's first day working with the snakes.............Robbie finally has a helper!............today they both cleaned the adult balls and boas............Robbie i03 clutch # 46 with mom 06/12/03s so stoked because he is on "the payroll" now...........his little bro Billy is a good kid............he has been coming up and helping Robbie clean the rat room...........so I asked him if he wanted to do more work?..........he said he would love to work with the snakes too..............so now I have Robbie the Robot............and Billy.............I call Billy "Thorton".............LOL..............."Robot" and "Thorton"..............I have nick names for all my freinds......:).....Jody is back at my place again putting in more outside lighting and ceiling fans on my co03 clutch # 46.......3 eggsvered deck..........it will make it nice when we are eating crabs out on the deck to have the fans blowing down on us...........it gets brutal hot here in July and August..............I got ball python clutches # 46 and # 47 today...........# 46 was from breeding a Striped male to an Albino female.......3 eggs............all the babies will be Double Het for Striped Albino.............this is my second season producing these double hets.............and my third clutch of them.............clutch # 47 was from breeding an Albino male to a het Albino female.........7 eggs...........03 clutch # 46......3 eggs.......from breeding a Striped male to an Albino female..this is my "lucky number" clutch......47.............so I expect all 7 eggs to hatch Albinos.........LOL..............:P..........Brooke got home from school today and wanted to go fishing down at Mr. John's pond again..............so I took her down for a couple hours............I stopped by the store and bought her a new fishing rod..........she did very well with it............I was surprised...............she did better her first time casting then I did when I was her age.............we tore em' up.............she was catching huge Blue Gills and I was catching Bass03 clutch # 47 with mom 06/12/03 on a rubber worm................she was even putting her own bait on the hook ( corn ) ..........but I had to take the fish off of the hook for her........:)..........there are some big Bass in this pond............I can't wait until Fatty and I can spend a day there "alone" and fish for Bass.................Fatty has got me back into the "fishing groove" again............we used to fish all the time.............then we just stopped.................the kids must have got us jump started back into it again...............I'm glad!!...............so Brooke and I fished until a huge thunder storm came through.............it was lightning pretty bad............so we pac03 clutch # 47........7 eggsked it up and went home..............I called Pete on the Nextel to see if he found his wedding band?............he said he went up the next morning and looked for the ring for an hour and a half.............no luck..............so his wife Amy went up later and looked for it for 45 mins................she did find it!!..............:)...............I'm sure he will be getting it sized correctly now..............nice job Amy.............I swear he did it on porpose.......LOL...............Theresa and I have been watching The Godfather collection on DVD..............I can not believe I have never seen any of the "Godfathers"...............I j03 clutch # 47......7 eggs......from breeding an Albino male to a het Albino femaleust was never interested?.............I absolutely love them!............we have seen all of part one and half of part two.............I can't believe that Al Pacino could have ever looked so good?...............LOL..............my wife says he really looked cute when he was young...........it's time to refinance again people..............30 years fixed at 4.75...............holy cow!!................I refinanced a few months ago thinking I was doing great.............and now the rates are even lower............unreal!!.............anywho.............I know this week has been rather boring...............but I'm having fun.............:)yepper...........
 
Wednesday_June_11
  Robot is up at the rat barn watering all the buckets and "dressing up" some of the food hoppers..............then he will bring all the rats for us to feed the adult ball pythons and boas.........We fed together today.............I did the feeding and Robot marked the feeding card ( it goes fast that way )...........after we were done all the feeding and "doubling up" Robbie started cleaning cages and I worked in the office..........this week has been pretty BLAH..................I pretty much have stayed on top of all my work..........My kids were at Mom's today.........so I called down there and asked Brooke if she wanted to go turtle hunting?.............her and Kyle had just got out of Nana's pool ( my mom is Nana )...............so now they were in the hot tub...............what a life!!................so I told her I was done in the office ( not really ...........I just wanted to get out )......did she want to go looking for baby water turtles?...............she said yes................sure she did..............she loves looking for herps just like her pop................so I made sure Robot was cool "holding down the fort" and I went to pick up the kiddies................we stopped by the store and got some cold drinks and some ice for the cooler..............then we went to one of my favorite swamps to look for baby turtles ................there are train tracks right next to the swamp.............it makes it nice for walking along the edge and scanning the shallow water for baby turtles..............I had "Gump" up on my shoulders................LOL..............he wanted to find a "Big Snapper" he said...............he didn't want a baby turtle..........he wanted a big snapper like the one that Fat Ass brought back to my place a few days ago.............Kyle still wants to know why I let it The little baby Eastern Painted turtle Brooke found..........ain't he cute!!go??..................LOL.................well..............we were not there for 5 mins. when Brooke spotted a tiny little Eastern Painted turtle.............this girl has " the gift"..........if there is one thing in the world I could do everyday............it would be look for baby water turtles...............I have been doing this since I was eight or nine years old............I have looked for all kinds of herps..............but turtles are my favorite.............no doubt..........so she spotted the little baby..............she slid down the rocks on the train tracks and went straight to where the baby turtle was hiding.............it was in very shallow crystal clear water..........it did see us...........so it went under some green slime to hide from us.............but Brooke found it............she was so happy!!.............I have to say that when I was younger doing all of this stuff..............I would have killed to have my parents doing it with me.............they did encourage me to love animals.............but they were not psycho herp hunters like me......:).......I just lived for it!!..............and now that my kids are interested in it..............I'm gonna live it all again through their experiences................it's awesome!!..............like a big circle ...............where does the time go??.................and when do men grow up??.................do we ever grow up??...............I still feel like a big goof........so after we caught this little bugger................we walked around and looked for some more..............we seen a bunch of tadpoles and frogs.......some adult Painted turtles.............no Snappers for Kyle.............we seen all we could see.............SO..............we went home and got all of our fishing gear................we would spend the rest of the day down at Mr. John's pond. His pond is loaded with Blue Gill and Bass .................perfect for the kids!!............I called Fatty and told him that I was going to be taking Brooke and Kyle fishing................so he grabbed his kiddies and met us down there..............Fatty and I...............and 4 kids!!..............the kids were catching fish like mad.................all Fatty and I did was put bait on the hooks...............it was hot and humid..............I was sweating like a pig!!............all the kids were having a blast!!..........Fatty and I did get a chance here and there to cast out rubber worms for Bass................we each caught a few nice ones..............Mr. John came down and watched us while we were all goofing off...................and then it happened .................Ralph got a great idea about moving around the pond to a different spot.................this pond is a couple acres...............so we got everything packed back up and loaded into the back of my dually .................I proceeded around the pond only to find a nice soft wet area ( we have had rain forever around here, the ground is soft ).................where I sunk up to the axles and was STUCK!!..................LOL..................Mr. john was laughing at me............he went up to the barn and got his big farm tractor and chains.................he came back down and pulled me out of the mud................what a boner!!...............I'm always getting my truck stuck.............I love dually trucks...............but they are not worth a crap as four wheel drives.............they just look so "beefy"..................so I got the truck out and humbly went back to where we were fishing earlier....A cool little Ringer male from Africa this year...........he is for sale.......;)................we all had a great time................it makes me feel good to spend quality time with the kids when I can...............especially good times where you know they will remember it and it will leave an impression on them..................if your like me..............you have only a few things in your mind that stand out from your child hood.............a very few things that left an impression on you..............and my fishing trips with my Uncle Joey are definitely burned in my brain forever..................I'm sure Kyle and Brooke will remember too...............towards the end of the day Phil and Mike Jolliff came down to the pond...............Phil was pulling rats for his deliveries tomorrow and he was also pulling a bunch of stuff for Jolliff..................so they stopped by the pond to watch us...............after we were all done I took the kids home...............they needed to get a bath and be checked for ticks................Theresa showed up as we were getting home...............Phil, Jolliff and I went up to the rat barn and filled all the rat orders................Robbie even came up..................he's the "gas man".................he gases the rats when we need to freeze them............we were there a couple hours filling orders................we were practically cleaned out of small rats by the time we were done..................then we went back to my place so that Jolliff could see my new "Patternless" and "Lilly"..................he loved them both...............I'm sure he will be setting up a time with me so that he can shoot professional photographs of them...........;).............after Phil and Jolliff left..............I got a wild hair up my butt to clean all my turtle tanks...............it was only midnight.........LOL...................and after that I pulled all the rats from the cages where the snakes didn't eat..................I made it to bed before 3 am...........;).................what a day!!.............We had fun today!!!.........:)
 
Tuesday_June_10
  Robot is up at the rat barn cleaning the rat holder bins..............Jody ( The Electrician ) is back here working..........I have him installing more light timers for my " night time breeding cycle "...............Robbie will be feeding all the babies and the yearlings today..............I have to go to Frank Memmo's place ( My Web Master ).................LOL................I sound like Luke Skywalker...............anyway, Frank has a pair of huge het Ghosts here at my place on breeding loan............they did nothing this season?.............bred like crazy.............not a single egg?.............I think his male is too fat.........Frank's male het Ghost is as big as any of my breeder females...............and that ain't a good thing in my book...............I like a male to be lean and mean..............so I'm taking them back to him today so that they can eat him out of house and home...............I did tell him to put the male on a damn diet............this male would not need a meal until this time next year..........Frank has a really cool set-up for his herps.............he had two really neat looking cages for his Frilled Dragons..........he had three female Dragons gravid............you could see that they were digging in a laying box............it reminded me of way back in the day when I used to breed Bearded Dragons and Geckos............you can have it!!!.............I don't do bugs anymore..........;)...........Then he had a beautiful reverse trio of Boelen's pythons...........he has not had much luck with them producing fertile eggs..............but he does have one captive born baby to show for it..............after hanging out with Frank..............I headed over to Pete Kahl's.The VPI Snow Ball male!!!...........this pic was taken on 6/12/03.............Frank and Pete both live in the same area............about an hour from my place.............I had 200 medium female rats for Pete..............he bought some more rat racks and needed to fill them up with my top quality rats!!,,,,,,,,,,,,;)..................so I met with Pete..........gave him his rats...........we looked at some of the baby boas he was producing..............Hypo Jungles and Jungles het for Albino..................things were looking pretty good over at Pete's place...............after that, we went and had dinner at a restaurant close to were Pete lives..............I gave him the "low down" on all the "butt heads" in the biz...........Pete likes to stay out of the politics.............but he does like to know what's going on when we get together .................nobody is safe from Ralph's gossip column!!.................LMAO...............so we ate and talked about stuff for a couple hours...................Pete just bought 120 acres with a pond and a river on the property.............this is his the place where he will build his dream house and settle in for good..............120 acres!!...............unreal!..............but that's Pete..............Pete thinks big!!...............always has.............that's what I like about him.............he reminds me of me........;)..............Two of the biggest contenders in the business are right here in Maryland!!........yeah baby!!..............:P...........after dinner we went back to his place and loaded my truck up with twenty bags of shredded cypress mulch............the mulch bags were wet...........Pete's hands got wet, so he started slinging the water off of them.............Oh NO!!.............his brand new wedding band flew right off of his finger........LMAO!!.............yepper..................Pete is married now.............but his ring is one of those "easy to take off" rings......LOL.................we looked for it for 20 mins or so..............no luck!!..............he said he would go back up in the morning and look for it..............it was midnight anyway...............dark as could be where Pete lives..............he did say that he has lost the ring several times since he had it...............LOL................Pete..........go get your ring sized bro.............I had fun!! AMY!!!!
 
Monday_June_9
  I got ball python clutch # 45 this morning.............from breeding an Albino male to a 50% poss het Albino female..............8 eggs........I have bred this female one year before to a het Albino male.............no Albinos were produced .............maybe this year and 7 eggs will show me some Albinos?......;)..............I got all my phone calls done early............then I did an hour or so of paper work and organizing............My Sea Doo DI is done!!.............it was just the spark plugs................My Uncle Joey was off of work today ( He drives an 18 wheeler )...........and he lives down by the Chesapeake bay..........there is a boat ramp near his place to 03 clutch # 45 with mom 06/09/03access the Bay............so I called him up and asked him if he wanted to meet me at Cycle World.........I told him that I had to load the DI up on the trailer...........and that I wanted to take it out for a test run..........he said sure.............so we met down there..........loaded up the DI..........."bought some spare spark plugs".............then we headed to the boat ramp..............what an awesome day we had!!.............The DI ran perfect!!.............we each had a boat ...............naturally Joey wanted to ride the Super Charged boat the most..............we went sight seeing for awhile through out the bay.............then we went found a bunch of cool tributaries to ride upstream in.............it was like the movie "Gator" with Burt Reynolds..............we were haulin' ass up these cool little rivers that dump into the bay.............we had a total blast!!...............we started getting hungry so we pulled into03 clutch # 45..............8 eggs a seafood restaurant right on the water..............Joey said that they have killer crab cakes..............so we pulled up and docked..............I did not bring my money.............but Joey did..............he had it stored on the boat I was driving...........it was in a little water tight container...........I opened the front hatch and grabbed the container.............and the lid was unlatched??..................and out fell Joey's car keys into the bay!!!...............yepper.............so I hopped over the side of the boat thinking it would not be that deep at the dock..............it was over my head!!...............I dove down a few times to see if I could feel the keys on the bottom..............no luck!!...........I tried to open my eyes under the water............it was like looking through chocolate milk..............it wasn't happeneing.............the whole time I'm fishing for the car keys..............the people in the restaurant are looking out at us ..............probably thinking that we were the biggest boners they had seen in awhile.........LOL................so I gave up..............we went into the restaurant..........one of the guys that cooks said that people do it all of the time..............he gave me a steel rake and said that I would be able to retrieve them that way................so I took the rake and went to give it a whirl................it took me ten tries or so............03 clutch # 45..........8 eggs.........from breeding an Albino male to a 50% poss het Albino female...but I did hook the keys on one of the rake teeth............so that was good........LOL............after that, we went in and ate a crab cake platter.............then we headed back out to the tributaries to run the boats out of gas!!!................and that's what we did..................both boats came home "on empty"...................they both ran like scolded dogs!!................the Super Charged boat did around 65 mph................the DI did 55 or so...............we loaded up the boats and headed back home...............I pulled into a self serve car wash to was all the salt water off of the boats..............salt water is bad on a boat............then I went to Mr. Johns and flushed out the cooling system in the DI.............the DI uses the water in the lake or what ever your in, to cool itself................so you always want to flush it out when you are riding in salt water...............the SC has a closed cooling system...................:).............these things are so addictive .............I recommend them to anybody who likes dinking around in the water.................your shittin' me Ralph...........you really dropped the keys??..............LOL
 
Sunday_June_8
  No "Big Rock" today!............I'm pissed!!..........we got players out of town...........players to hung over to play...........and players that say it is too wet!!............man I was ready to play today!!............Kyle has been asking for his own fish tank ever since I set up the one for Brooke............so the kiddies and I went to the Fish shop today and picked out Kyle a really cool little fish set up........we got all the goodies ..............gravel, logs and plants..............then we went over to the "fish section " and picked out some fish for the both of them...........we came home and set up Kyle new tank...........we added a few things to Brooke's Little "Jaggy" all shed out!.......he eats like a beast!!!tank.............then we released the fish.............we got 2.6 golden swords and 4 baby clown loaches............Theresa cooked lasagna today!!.............yepper................we eat at home "maybe" a dozen times a year.............and today was one of them!!............Theresa is an awesome cook.............she just is never home to do it.........she works nights.........always has............and she says "I ain't changing my schedule to cook"................LOL...........I don't blame her............I have to say that when I get a chance to get a home cooked meal.............I'm all over it ........whether it is Theresa, her mom.......or my mom............Home cookin' rules!!............that's why I'm so damn fat..............I don't eat right!!..............It's all Theresa's fault...........:P..........yep...........I eat terribly .............I eat once a day...........and it is usually at ten in the evening ..............I do not feel hungry at all during the day..........it's my work schedule...............ever since the snakes have started to take up more and more time..............and dealing with people over the internet............my entire schedule has changed ..........I go to bed very late.............and sleep later than I used to now............I work more.........just way different hours..............I work the "night shift".................:)............anyway.............Theresa's lasagna ruled!!...........Robbie worked some today............he had to gas a bunch of rats for a customer who needed them frozen...........he even did a few deliveries today.............Robbie is a damn good kid!!.............all he really had to do today was take 15 mins. to check on the rat room.........:)Robbie was gassin' today.........I hate to do that.........:(
 
Saturday_June_7
 

Last night I got all my stuff finished and met Theresa with the wedding party at a Seafood restaurant ..........Theresa had a wedding rehersal........then after that theyThe girls!!........trouble!!...........Nicole is the "bride to be" sitting on the counter...... all went and had dinner............so I met them there for some free grub......;)............We all ate like pigs ( all you can eat crabs )............hung out and talked............then we all went home...........The Bride ( Nicole ) and the Bridesmaids slept over our house after dinner.............I came home after dinner and finished up the last of my paper-work............I could here the girls upstairs laughing and having fun............so I went up to see what was going on............and yepper............they were doing shots.........:)..............so I had a few with them ( a feyepper........"hotties"w too many too ) " for all of us".........the girls wanted to see my snake room.............so I went down and turned all the light timers back on.............they got the grand tour.............I thought that they would be freaked out by all the snakes.............but actually they all thought it was fascinating...........and they all held a hatchling Pastel..............we hung out and talked until 4 in the morning...............

Phil and I met this morning to go work on building two rat racks..............I was feeling pretty rough too..............not enough sleep......zzzzzzzzzz............It is raining cats and dogs today............The first thing Phil and I did was release the two snapping turtles that Robbie and Fatty rescued off the road......;)............then we went to the lumber yard and p03 clutch # 44 with mom 06/07/03icked up all of our supplies............did I mention that I feel really rough??...............We ended up building two rat breeder racks today............how?...........I don't know..............I was a zombie today......;)............Our customer for the three mouse breeder racks stopped by just as we were finishing up............he brought a truck to take the racks home .............so we hel03 clutch # 44.......6 eggsped him load up and we called it a day.............I just wanted to go home and die............I called Theresa and told her I was not going to the wedding...........she didn't really care..........she know's I'm not the "dress up" type anyway..............but I really did want to go............I just felt like crap............I came home and slept a couple hours..................Theresa called me from the reception and asked me to come get the kids.............they were ready to come home..............so I got dressed and drug my butt over to the reception .............everyone was raggin' on me big time for being such a wus03 clutch # 44.......6 eggs.......from breeding a "Lesser Platty" male to a normal looking "Platty Sib" females and not coming to the wedding.......LOL..........I brought the kids home and we watched some tube..............then we went to bed..............Theresa got home around midnight.............she said it was a beautiful wedding and that Nicole looked great................I will get some pics up of Kyle and Brooke all dressed up.............and Theresa too................she looked awesome!!............I did manage to get a ball python clutch set up today............clutch # 44..........6 eggs from breeding a Lesser Platty male to a normal looking "Sib"...........22 more clutches to go!!Yes.........Ralphie is a wuss at times................

 
Friday_June_6
  Today Robbie and Billy are up at the barn cleaning............they will have a short day............they worked together last night and got a lot done............I'm finishing all of my paper work and getting the journal ready for the web............Fat Ass is up at the barn to..........he is building his first "solo" mouse rack.............and Kyle had 03 clutch # 43 with mom 06/06/03his cast removed!!............all systems are a go for him right now!!.............and it was just in time............he is going to be a "Ring Bearer" in a wedding tomorrow..............all dressed up in a "Little Gump Tux"..........I'll get pics.............this will be hilarious!!...............Theresa and I are going to the wedding tomorrow.............it is Nicole's wedding...........Nicole works for Theresa at the hair salon............it was Nicole's stinking Bachelorette party that they all went to last Saturday night!!..............yeah I'm still being a big baby about it..................what can I say..........it's in an Italian's nature to be jealous..........:P...........These turtles are making me crazy now...........Robbie found one yesetrday..........and so did Fat Ass............today Theresa found one in the road and brought it home..............she found an Eastern P03 clutch # 43........7 eggsainted turtle..............so now I have three turtles to take to the swamp...............I'll do it tomorrow morning before Phil and I go up to the rat barn to build rat racks..................yepper..............more racks to build tomorrow ..............maybe I will not shower afterwards and just put on some clean cloths for the wedding??.................that will teach them.........lmao!!.............man........that would be so funny, because anyone who spends a little time in the rat barn smells awful for the rest of the day...............I'll have the whole table to myself.............then I'll start dancing and breaking a sweat..............the whole place will clear out........LMAO!!...................I got ball python clutch # 43 today.............I have not taken the eggs from the fem03 clutch # 43......7 eggs......from breeding an Albino male that is possible het for Snow " Jolliff " to a het Axanthic female "VPI"ale yet.........it was from breeding an Albino male that is poss het for Snow "Jolliff " to a het Axanthic female "VPI"...............crazy huh??.............It's 5:50 pm right now.............I'm almost done writing the journal............I ain't doing to bad considering all the phone calls I answered today.............and I have the office line un-plugged!!.............you guys are nailing me on the cell phone today.......;).............I spent an hour on the phone with a "mate" from London..........boy do those guys over in the UK spend the big bucks!!..............so this week was rather hectic............Fatty and I got a lot done...........but I fell behind on writing and doing office stuff..............it's all done now!!............I'm good to go for the weekend.............I have three turtles to release at the swamp.............two rat racks to build.........Some really pretty Pastels hatching out 2003.....a wedding to stink up.............and volley ball!!.......not sure when I will go down and pick up the Sea Doo yet??..........43 ball python clutches on the ground so far..................five clutches have hatched as of today...............I did hatch another clutch sired by my "Black Head" male..............4 eggs.............and three baby "Black Heads" hatched...............so these is definitely a new co-dom mutation ............I can't imagine what the "Supers" would look like..........if there are Supers?.............they will have to be black as black can be I would think.............so I'm very excited to have produced these awesome little guys for the second year................this is my only clutch of them this season too.............I also have some very pretty PastA clutch from the "Black Head" 2003...........these things are awesome!!els hatching out............pretty soon I will have a clutch or two hatching each week............and don't forget the boas I just produced................mom turned out to be het for SNOW!!..............yeah baby!!!...........Robbie and Billy just called..........they are all done the rat room..............Fatty just showed up and told me that he built a complete eight level mouse rack..........AND......he plumbed it...........that's awesome!!!.............so all I have to do is put a few pics in for you guys and I'm done!!..............I'm out...................everyone have a great week-end................I know I will!!Rock On!!!
 
Thursday_June_5
  Yep............Fatty is still here.......LOL ...............He is working here in the facility all day today............." it all pays the same"............LOL.........I love saying that line...........Robbie is cleaning the rest of the snake cages today while Fatty is wiring up the rest of the racks with those new killer power strips from Lindy..............I'm working in the office all day............I'm so far behind on all my office work it ain't funny..............working all week really screwed up my schedule......;)..............but I got to spend some quality time with Fat Ass.........LMAO!!............Fatty even cleaned out a bunch of adult ball python boxes that needed to be dumped out and disinfected for new snakes to go in................he does it all!!...........I moved a bunch of snakes into the new racks I just bought.............so that left me with 30 or so boxes that need to have the mulch dumped out and the boxes cleaned.............all the used mulch gets dumped into my Pot Belly Pig's pen............it works out really nice.............they love sniffin' around in it to...........so I got the boys pluggin' away in the snake room and I'm getting all my construction and reptile paper work done.................so much work...........so little time to do it.............and then the phone rings......Fatty's and Robbie's snappers in the sink!!...LOL................talking on the phone is probably 50% of the snake biz...............Big Lou is home safely from China...............he has a ten day quarantine period while he is home..............then he is good to go..............he said he loved China and Xulin and her family..............he says he will be bringing her to the US in nine months or less??...............all I can say is he is acting as happy as a hog in shit right now.............not a care in the world...............Xulin this and Xulin that.............this boy is in love big time...............I love it!!.............He has a million stories to tell me when we get together...........a bunch of video and pics...........so I will try to get it all in the journal as he tells it to me................Lou's stories are second to none........that's for sure.............his quarantine will be over on the 16th............so I will see him then..............I finally broke down and had my windows washed inside and out on my house today............Duddy is the dude that cleans all my carpets..............he also does windows........:)..............he pressure washed my house a month ago.......so today he came back and did the windows...............fifty of them in all!!!...........inside and out!!..............he can have that job!!..............but that's what he does............he's a cleaner..............he used a squeegie.......they look great.................it's been four years!!.............LOL.................The Sea Doo guy called me today and said that my DI is ready to be picked up................after all this crap............it was two simple spark plugs that needed to be replaced..............yepper...............I'm a Boner for sure...............the trouble shooting manual even says to check the spark plugs..............I just figured that they were fine because the boat was less than a year old...............but he said that when you run two strokes slowly.............like in a "no wake" zone for long periods of time............the spark plugs will foul out quicker................and we do have a lot of slow no wake zones where we ride...............so now I know to keep a few spare spark plugs with me while we're riding............no sweat...Fatty's catch of the day.........:)...........and NO CHARGE..............gotta love that..............I have had the boat in the shop twice...........and no charge..............they probably feel sorry for me because I'm a Bone- Head........;)................Now for the turtle stories of the day..............after Robbie got finished cleaning the snakes he headed back home to pick up his little brother Billy.............then they were going up to the rat barn to start cleaning.............well on the way up to the barn they found a little snapping turtle crossing the road..............he stopped and picked it up and brought it to my house so that I could let it go in a really nice swamp I know about.............it was a real cutie............about 5 inches long............so he dropped it off and headed back up the road................then Fat Ass left my house and started heading down the hill..............and he finds a big female snapper crossing the road...............so he gets her and brings her to my place................so I have two snappers in the sink right now........LOL................all my friends know how I feel about turtles.............especially turtles in the road................I'll stop traffic every time I see one in the road .............which reminds me "again" to tell you all the story of the trash truck driver who ran over a box turtle in the road that I was in the process of picking up...............lets just say he got his ass kicked good that day........:)............Be Nice to Turtles!!
 
Wednesday_June_4
  Robbie got here this morning and started cleaning cages............He brought me all the rats for me to feed the adults..........so I fed all the adults before Fatty and I headed out to work...........we went up to the rat barn and built another mouse rack................we built it "and" plumbed it in three hours!!...........Holy cow!!.........I have that big rack order to fill..The Snow boa and the Albino het for Snow produced from my "poss het" Anery female.....;).........so I figured I would use Fatty's carpentry skills to my advantage ................I have to have half of the order done by next week-end............I wanted to build one with Fatty so he could see exactly how it all goes together...........that way when we are slow ( which is rare ) he can spend a day building racks if I need him to , and if we have the orders to fill................I used to do the same thing at my Pet Shop " The Green Iguana "............we had a little wood shop in the back where we would build custom reptile enclosures................and Fatty would work in the shop building cages when we were slow in the construction company...............we just took the orders and got them done when we could............so this is the same thing.............."carpentry work that is reptile related ".........;)..............it's perfect!! ...............My landscapers finished up mulching and planting more trees today.............we have had so much rain, they have not been able to get started or even finish.............but today they did...........it looks awesome!!............I usually do the mulching and tree planting myself...........but I'm just to busy with everything else going on these days.............and it needed to be done...........Guess what?..................my Anery Boa 66% poss Look at this pile of baby Anerythristic boas.......;)het for Snow had her litter today!!..............and yepper.................she is het for SNOW!!...............she produced a dozen or so Anery's that are poss het for Snow ( Albino )...............a bunch of 100% het Anerys that are poss het for Snow ( Albino )................one Albino ( male ) that is het for Snow ( Anery )................and a SNOW male!!!...............I knew she was het for Snow............I just knew it!!...............so I'm very happy!!...............her litter was text book ............almost to the day she was supposed to have her babies..............only three slugs...............I have not counted all the snakes yet..............but I do know that there is one Albino and one Snow..............both boys!!................Phil came over later in the day and helped me get the baby boas away from mom and get the cage cleaned out..............then we went up to the rat barn and packed all of his orders for tomorrow's delivery................Man I was happy to see that Albino and Snow today............:).............Whoooooo........Whooooooooo!!!
 
Tuesday_June_3
  Fatty came over in the am...........we have a bunch of stuff to do today........Robbie is up at the rat barn cleaning the holder bins...........then he will be coming here to feed the babies and yearlings............Fatty and I went to the store and picked up a few buckets to put on the mice racks that we have built but not plumbed yet...............then we went up to the rat barn and plumbed three mouse racks..........Fatty did a great job.......this was his first time working with the rodent racks............I had him cutting all the hose to make the "sipper T's " and I was running all the plumbing on the racks...............we knocked them out pretty quick.03 clutch # 42 with mom 06/03/03.........we just completed an order for three mouse racks.............and started an order for 6 mouse racks and 5 rat breeder racks...............so we have a bunch of work ahead of us.....;)..........after that we came back and Fatty wired up a few more power strips on the snake racks...........and he put more shelving supports on the shelves in my incubator room..............yepper.............I have eggs stacked to the ceiling......LOL...............we don't need any shelves pulling off the wall!!.........NERD sent me some pics awhile back when he first produced the Hypo/ Ghost Spider ball..............and I have been bugging him to let me post them on my journal............he said to wait till they shed...........:)..........He posted some pics on Kingsnake.............so now it's safe!!................So now we have a new addition to the Spider family..03 clutch # 42..........5 eggs...........the Hypo Spider..............what a beauty!!.............I think the sides of the snake are going to be the best Spider sides we have seen yet.............that Orange Ghost really complimented the whole look of the Spider............looks like those "under-rated" Ghosts can do some killer stuff when bred into other mutations huh?.................just look at the Caramel Glow..........The Ghost and the Axanthic are way under-rated in my opinion............they can change the way a snake looks so drastically ............I see the stock in Ghost/ Hypos going up this year for sure...........long live the high prices that these snakes deserve!!!..............I was emailed by several people asking me how you make a Hypo Spider.............well it is real simple..............when you bre03 clutch # 42...........5 eggs.............from breeding a "Lesser Platty" male to a "Pantom / Mojave" femaleed a Spider to a Ghost..............every baby will come out " Het for Ghost".......now the Spider on average will produce a clutch of half normal looking and half Spider ..............remember............EVERY baby is het for Ghost because one of the parents was a homozygous Ghost.............so that means that the Spiders are het for Ghost too...........and the normal looking Offspring are het for Ghost..............so now you have your Spider that is also het for Ghost...............you can produce a "Ghost Spider" by breeding the Spider het for Ghost to a Ghost or a Het Ghost...............Spider Het For Ghost x Ghost............lets do 4 eggs.............all babies will be at least het for Ghost...........in 4 eggs..........you should get 2 Spiders because Spiders will be produced in average in 50% of the clutch and 2 normal looking snakes.............you should get two Ghosts because in avearge..............Homo ( Ghost ) x Het will produce in average 50% of the clutch being homo ( Ghost )..........so this is a beautiful thing..........now as far as the odds go.......who knows?............the main thing is that you need to be lucky enough to have the Spider and the Ghost trait "hit" at the same time on your snake..............odds are pretty good............you already know that in 4 eggs.............two babies should be a Spider.............and two babies should be a Ghost...........so all that has to happen is for the two genes to hit at the same time on a snake............I'm not getting into all the punnett square crap.......no need..............all you need to know is that you can definitely "hit" on one snake in 4 in this type of breeding.............hell............they all could be Ghost Spiders..............it's luck!!!...............yes.............they all could be Ghost Spiders............Homo X Het can produce all Homo................and Spider to normal can produce all NERD's new Hypo Spider  2003.........:)Spiders............this is way lucky..............but it can happen...............I myself have bred homo x het and produced all homo..............now for the really good news............you can also produce a Ghost Spider from breeding a Spider het for Ghost to a Het Ghost..............that's right...............you should get two Spiders in four eggs.................but now your going het to het with the Ghost gene...................so that should produce you one Ghost in four..............well that one Ghost can "hit" on a Spider...................yepper............ain't it fun!!...............co-dom genes make results come much quicker!!...............that's why they suck.........LMAO!!...................Congrats NERD................what a nice addition to the "Spider Family".......... I got ball python clutch # 42 today......from breeding a "Lesser Platty" male to a Mojave / Phantom" female..............this is my second clutch from this type of breeding.............the first clutch was from a "Lesser Platty" male to my "original" Mojave / Phantom female..............and this will be the second clutch.............the Mojave / Phantom in this breeding is the daughter of the "original" mom.............so who knows what will happen in these breedings...............I'm hoping to produce "Lessers", "Phantoms" and a cross of the two................yeah baby!! .You Suck!!
 
Monday_June_2
  We don't have any construction work this week.........this is probably the first "dry spell" we have had in several years.............so I have Fat Ass with me all week doing snake stuff.....:)........." It all pays the same "..........I told him to come over to my place around 9 am or so.............so he got up early ( regular construction time ) and went fishing before he came over..........I'd say his is definitely back in full "fishing mode" now.............I got most of my weekend emails answered before he showed up.........I have a bunch of "side work" that needs to be looked at and priced out...........so he and I went to one of the jobs and measured it all up............when "regular" people call me and need some custom trim work done or small carpentry jobs at their homes...........I tell them that we are always busy............but that I will put them on a list and call them when we have some free time.............so today we went and looked at the first job on the list.............people are willing to wait for good carpentry work..............:)..........Robbie is full time now...........so today is the first Monday he has worked for me.............he is going to be doing all of my Monday rodent Here is a pic way back in the day  when I went to the shows as "The Green Iguana"..... this is the MARS show........ deliveries.....;)...........after Fatty and I met with the customer, we went to the T-shirt shop and ordered the all new RDR T-shirts with an Albino Midas!!..............I have been playing around with a bunch of different "morphs of Midas".............and the Albino is the first one to go to press..........these shirts will be way cool!!...........after that we headed up to Mr. John's farm...........I had a bunch of Freedom Breeder racks delivered to the farm last week.............we are storing them at the farm for now..............I'm just going up and getting them as I need them..............so today we went up and loaded two of the medium and one of the small snake racks to set up at my facility............Mr John has a fork lift..........so it was a snap!!...........Robbie was done all his deliveries by the time we needed him to help out with setting up the racks.............so we brought the racks to my place and got them all set up. Lindy is selling some killer new power strips for the racks...............they are 4 foot long............they have 16 receptacles in them, with a fuse and a little red light that shows that the power is on.............they are very professional looking and make a very clean job out of running 16 heat panel cords to the Helix..............I'm totally impressed with them.......;)...........I bought enough power strips to do the 5 new racks I just bought and to do the rest of the racks I already have................NO MORE EXTENSION CORDS AND THREE-WAYS..........;)........I love it!!........we ended up getting the three new racks set up and wired to the Helix............then we switched over five of my existing racks to the new power strips...........we got a lot done today............after all the work was done...............T and the kids came down to the snake room and we played "Old Maid" on the floor.............LOL...............I love that game..............we played twCheck out the cages by "Fat Ass" and all the dry goods.........LOLo games..............Brooke lost both times....;)..............I was dealt the Old Maid both hands...............but I was able to get rid of her to Theresa both times .................Brooke ended up with the Old Maid..............but she "looks" at it when it gets down to two cards............so it's easy to see which one "not to pick"................she hasn't figured that one out yet........LOL...........but she will..........:).............after the games............Brooke, Kyle and I set up an "african clawed frog tank" in Brooke's bedroom................she was out over the weekend with her Aunt and Uncle............they have a fish tank and were at a store buying new fish...........well Brooke seen these little baby african clawed frogs............and she had to have them..............so they bought her three of them to bring home.................so I set them up in a ten gallon tank with a filter...............PINK gravel...........a little tree stump and some cool looking fake plants and grasses............I even added two gold fish that were swimming around in one of my turtle tanks..................so Brooke was very happy...........she has her own tank in her own room now.................and Kyle wants one next..............Oh my!!!..........Kyle.........you get a snake tank bud.........:)
 
Sunday_June_1
  Well Theresa and the girls got home this morning at 3 am..........11 girls in a limo dressed to kill!!......they went to three different bars and danced ...........I'm still being a big baby about it.......;)......that's all I got to say.......LOL.............T was too tired to play volley ball down Big Rock today...........yeah right!!!!.............so Kyle and I went down to play............Kyle got bored in a couple hours and was asking for his "mommy"..........usually there are a bunch of kids down there playing...........but not today...........so I called T and asked her to come get him....;)...............I got her out of the house anyway!!.............we had some killer games too!!Women!!!
 

 
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