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Ode to a Lizard

Sad news...we lost our small pet lizard last night. His name was "Joshuwa" (that's how Trenton, 7, spelled it). He was an anole, also called an American Chameleon. Turned green and brown depending on his mood. Trenton got him for a 5th birthday present so 2 1/2 years with us is pretty much a record. (We had 2 originally, but the other one bit the bark chips 2 months after he got here. Didn't know you couldn't have 2 males in one cage - ouch.)

We had a small "Scooping Him Out of the Cage" ceremony last night and will place him under a tree in the backyard on Friday when Tornado gets home. Until then he is being "cryogenically" dealt with (i.e. he's in the freezer). His custom casket (check box) features a bed of finest materials (cotton balls and Kleenex). His name is "inscribed' on his casket in decorative lettering (written in black Sharpie).

The kids have already decided their next victim..uh...I mean pet will be a turtle.

"Song for Joshy"
Our dear lizard pet, lime green and light brown.
Five bucks at PetSmart (the best deal in town).
You starved your herp roomie, but I guess that's just life.
Two males in a cage? (We should've gotten you a wife)

Crickets, meal worms & moths didn't stand a chance,
Especially when you took your "hungry lizard" stance.
Your skin, you shed it with great skill and finesse.
We kept them all in a Ziplock (the last one was the best!).

You hung from the glass like the Spidey of Herps.
You were the best, dude! All the others are twerps!
Though your cage sometimes stunk (blame the crickets, we will).
It was all worth the effort to watch you make the kill.

May you frolic in herp heaven in the tall swaying trees,
Leap from leaf limb to rock with the greatest of ease.
May your tail never detach, may your enemies be few,
May your crickets be free-range. We will truly miss you!



(and for all of those who say I have too much time on my hands, you are correct)
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Re: Ode to a Lizard

Rest in peace, Joshuwa.
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You are so morbidly talented.

I do all my own stunts.
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Re: Ode to a Lizard

You must be one of those wacky morning DJs.


I had a dream last night about Komodo Dragons.

And then there's this asshole...
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So did this little tribute make it on the air? That would have been great to hear first thing in the AM.
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Re: Ode to a Lizard

Sorry to hear of the passing of an obviously well liked pet .

I have been down that particular road so many times, I don't think I can handle the passing of another pet. Our yard is definitely a pet cemetery and in just under 30 years is getting pretty crowded (especially with the various wildlife that have met their demise on our property).

BTW, if you thought the lizard was smelly, the turtle will bring that to new heights . . .
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You must be one of those wacky morning DJs.


I had a dream last night about Komodo Dragons.
Tangental rant:
One of the local rock stations switched to a "morning show" type format in the afternoon with two of the most annoying guys I've ever heard on the radio (they used to be on a competing station and nobody liked them there, either).
They are the local Bob and Tom affiliate, so they already have a morning show. The afternoon guy was one of the best DJs ever, and was actually promoted to program director, and he hired these assholes to do the afternoon. Now there is one less station to listen to in the afternoon unless you want to hear annoying "jokes" that aren't funny to anyone, stupid character voices and a constant "hah hah huh huh hah" laugh that could make any prisoner at Gitmo speak.

Anyway, I'm done now.
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Rest in peace, Joshuwa.
I'm honored to have met you, if only for a fleeting afternoon.

Is a paradigm worth 20 cents?
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Though your cage sometimes stunk (blame the crickets, we will).
Herbivores stink less, particularly natives of arid environments where there's less humidity in the cage. You might consider the difference between a tortoise and a turtle (though I have no experience with either).
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Re: Ode to a Lizard

My GF thinks a tortoise is a great pet for most families in CA. Dunno about other places where it gets real cold...



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Re: Ode to a Lizard

It's hard to lose pets.
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Re: Ode to a Lizard

Not really. All you have to do is load them up in the car, take a drive out to the other side of the lake, or a few cities away and drop them off.
They get lost pretty easily.
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Tangental rant:
One of the local rock stations switched to a "morning show" type format in the afternoon with two of the most annoying guys I've ever heard on the radio (they used to be on a competing station and nobody liked them there, either).
They are the local Bob and Tom affiliate, so they already have a morning show. The afternoon guy was one of the best DJs ever, and was actually promoted to program director, and he hired these assholes to do the afternoon. Now there is one less station to listen to in the afternoon unless you want to hear annoying "jokes" that aren't funny to anyone, stupid character voices and a constant "hah hah huh huh hah" laugh that could make any prisoner at Gitmo speak.

Anyway, I'm done now.
Gotta love that corporate radio!!! The good jocks get promoted to management, then get dumped on with paperwork, BS and sales fodder. They're under the $$$ gun so they hire the easy fix. And it's all based on "research" (i.e. 23 stoners, old ladies, hillbillies or whatever sterotype fits the format, sitting in an auditorium listening to and rating stale music).

Love my job - hate the business.
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I'm honored to have met you, if only for a fleeting afternoon.
Oh, he did say to tell you bye.
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It's hard to lose pets.
Our favorite kitty's been gone for just about 3 weeks. At this point not expecting to see him again.

And then there's this asshole...
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