Apparently it seems that a number of people in the building ( a few of perhaps 80 or so of us) have noticed a proliferation of snakes around the outskirts of the structure. The building itself is on the edge of town and surrounded by grass, bushes and trees. From time to time, bears wander through the rear parking lot, and bunnies frolic with impunity around the parked cars. Coyotes trot through from time to time (no doubt enticed by the scent of fresh wabbit) and we have our share of smaller rodents in the vicinity, as you might expect. Nobody really minds the furry kind of animals (although bears are afforded the appropriate amount of respect and caution) in our midst, but it seems that a clarion cry has been raised about the idea of snakes living alongside us.
Two things about this: firstly, the snakes are OUTSIDE...not a one has managed to find its way past the securely locked and snugly-fitting doors, so there is no work-desk/snake interfacing going on.
Secondly: these are Garter Snakes, reptiles which achieve the dizzy heights of scale as illustrated above. In other words; they're small - really very small.
Nevertheless, we have people at work calling for the exterminators to visit and 'deal' with what is perceived as a 'problem'. Managers have been forced to look into the issue; assess risks, take professional advice and report back to our small working community. Let me add that the average age of people working in the building is approximately 36 - 40. We're all grown-ups (in theory, anyway), but you'd never know it.
Come ON people!
I can't believe the fuss that's being made over this. I'm not a snake - fancier, I've never handled one and have no particular desire to do so, but the mere presence of snakes is really NOT a problem that requires their extermination. The knee-jerk style of response to this non-issue speaks to me of the modern attitude towards many things. It seems as if our society increasingly wants to keep anything even slightly uncomfortable out of sight or even out of our vicinity - even by the drastic measure of killing harmless animals if deemed necessary. When the issue is distilled a little, it really comes down to people merely not wanting to be a tiny bit frightened by a slender slithery shape disappearing into the bushes (or just lying there, impersonating a stick). Holy shit, what next?
Is this what life has become for people today? The right to not be frightened or upset in any way trumps basic morality, or so it seems. In this case the issue is small, harmless snakes (which, frankly, I'd expect grown adults to know a little more about)...I wonder what the issue might be anywhere else? Spiders? Moths?
Whatever happened to just getting on with life?
Next, this blog will come to you from within my hermetically sealed plastic bubble, replete with filtered air supply and bio-filters...oh and the plastic had better be nice and warm too...