"I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M DOING! HELP ME NOW!! I'M NOT KIDDING RIGHT NOW! O.K., I'M SORRY! PLEASE HELP ME! PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE HELP ME!!" This is the way I often communicate or fearfully plea with my brother when I'm working with animals.
I am a city boy. I prefer the chirping of urban crickets (car alarms) to real crickets. I am fearful of watching "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" down here because I feel "that kind of thing can happen down here!" I am what you would call a rookie, a novice, a newbie and a chicken-sh*t when it comes to reptiles... But I'm learning!
My Brother and I always argue and bicker. There is only one aspect of life where I will bow to his expertise without question and that is in regards to reptiles. Actually, even then I repeatedly question him because I'm so cautious and fearful of getting bitten... I think I can trace my uber-fear back to getting a bite on the nose by his reticulated python when I was a young lad!
Since working with these animals, I have gained some knowledge and have become a little less fearful of many reptiles. But, I can say this for a fact, I don't think I will EVER lose my fear of venomous snakes, crocodiles over 4 feet long, and fresh water crocs and Cuban crocs over 3 feet... Those little bastids scare the hell out of me! I'm spending a great deal of time trying to get over my fears of most of these animals. I hope to replace it with a healthy respect for them, but this will be a long, slow process seeing as I hate blood (especially my own) and I hate needles... To me, reptile teeth and fangs are "nature's needles!"
I feed over a hundred alligators and crocodiles weekly with expired meat from the market... It seems that these living dinosaurs enjoy the smelly over-expired meat even more than the "just expired" almost fresh stuff. This causes me problems because I have a very weak stomach and a bad gag reflex! Even if I put cotton up my nostrils, I then have the realization that I am breathing this "putrid meat air" through my mouth and, "VOILA!"... That gag reflex in full effect, again!
I am a huge movie buff and have probably watched "Goodfellas" over 100 times... Even the edited for TV versions are entertaining (in a pathetic way) as I like to see how they butcher the dialogue. I often times paraphrase movie lines whenever I converse.
I moved down to Bushnell, leaving the greatest city in the world (New York City) in 2008. I moved to NYC after graduating from The Ohio State University and lived there over 14 years. I had a variety of jobs including music publicity, but really loved bartending in the city... it was Booze Nirvana! I miss the city every day, but I must admit that there are some pretty interesting things on this reptile farm!
Peace out and God bless The Ohio State Buckeyes!
Stephen Zoltan Keszey "Kez"