I have told you before that The Holler is a different sort of place than what you are used too….
Today I did something incredibly brave. Much more brave than sailing to Antarctica, self-driving in Africa, or traveling up The Amazon.
I got my hair done at The Holler!
(Warning: 1 sort of graphic nature photo & the first letter of a bad word starting with b.) People who are offended by The Nature Channel & Sir Attenborough’s Planet Series, should not read further. People who are offended by the first letter of a bad word starting with b should not read further. Not suitable for adults. Children, no problem…..(Have you ever SEEN their video games????) Seriously, this post is not intended for minor children, or immature adults. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! What is this? I have no idea, but you better read this or you’ll never know.
Normally at The Holler the only thing I will ever have “done” is my septic tank and propane tank. These babies need to be “done,” when they need to be done, and Holler folks know how to do them.
But due to my stalwart support of the local sustainability movement i.e., extreme cheapness and the cost of gas, sheer boredom, coupled with curiosity, I decided to have my teeth cleaned at The Holler last week. This turned out well. I still have my teeth, they are clean, and the dentist even had electricity! Plus the price was a real bargain.
Considering this went so well, i.e, was so cheap, I decided to really press my luck and go to Holler Town for a haircut.
There is a Holler Town, by the by. It consists of a dentist. Check. A hair salon. Check. A gas station. A livestock supply store creatively called “Udder Supply,” a deli, a tractor repair store, and saints be praised, a recently added “wine bar,” which no, I haven’t been too. Holler Town is getting so cosmopolitan! Oh, and there are two veterinarians and an actual medical doctor, and no, I haven’t been a patient of any of them.
Maybe I’ll go to the vet next. I like vets more than doctors as they are generally nicer to their patients, vet school is harder to get into then med school, and vets are of course, a real bargain.
I think this will be my next post, because this is a GREAT idea!
I’ll have Jim call the vet and say, “I’d like to make an appointment for our “b- – - -,“ Cindy.”
“Okay sir, and what is her breed?”
“She is a mixed-breed.”
“Okay and how much does she weigh?”
“Almost 120 pounds.”
“Okay, a large breed. We can see her tomorrow at noon.”
This will be a DEAL/ STEAL, and my meds will cost so much less too!
I wonder why other people haven’t thought of this? I mean if the vet refused to treat me, I could kindly suggest that he’s practicing species discrimination…. I am so going to the vet tomorrow. I’m not getting a rabies shot though. I don’t run with those kind of dogs……Distemper, probably a good idea. I could benefit from some distemperment…… Ask Jim.
Anyhoo, I digress…back to my hair-cut. I arrived for my appointment on time, which in holler-time means I was half an hour early. Having no choice in the matter, I was left to browse in Holler Town which is not something I would regularly (read ever) do. Lo and behold, I made two discoveries, of TWO NEW BUSINESSES, in Holler Town! A pawn shop, selling tractor parts, farm equipment, with not so much as one diamond in sight!! Can you believe it? What kinda of pawn shop is this? Faggedabbout it!
But then I noticed a cute pet store, which perked me up to no end. I love all pets & all pet stores! As long as they are non-chain and privately owned by people who adore and take good care the animals. Blissfully, there are NO CHAIN STORES of any sort in Holler Town.
It was called “The Haven.” Wonderful! Just the ticket for a half-hour browse! So I walked up to the shop door and this is what I saw in the cute shop window. Did I mention The Holler is an odd place?
(Warning: 1 graphic uhhhhh, nature photo & some really awesome ones too? ) If you click on this to enlarge, you are pretty weird. But, I would if I were you. You will see an incredible reptile up-close and personal. Count the teeth. Four are visible. They seem to function as hold-fasts.
Yep, it’s like a Komodo Dragon (Monitor lizard) eating a dead rat. This doesn’t bother me as much as it might you because I had to dissect a live, anesthetized rat, for a physiology class, and I got an A. So, I picked the least graphic photo for you. Two guys were in the store watching this and looking at the tortoise baby below. “One said to the other, “I would love a pet like this (the monitor). It has personality. Not like this tortoise. It’s just like a rock man…”
I was offended on behalf of the tortoise. I had a pet tortoise once. It had a personality. Sort of tortoisish….
That guy? Not as much……..
There were other cuddly critters for sale at The Haven. (You really should click to enlarge this.) I have never been looked at so closely by a snake. He uncoiled himself to come say hello, reminding of the fictional snake in Harry Potter. But this one was real.
You know it’s puzzling. When you have rattlesnakes all over your property like we do at The Holler, why would you want to buy a pet snake to keep INSIDE your house?
Maybe it’s just me, but I find this a little odd.
The guys that ran the store though? I liked them a lot. They had a lot of baby king snakes and I asked them a test question about whether I could buy a bunch in the spring to eliminate the rattlesnakes. They told the truth at the expense of profit. They said domestically raised king snakes don’t stand a chance against wild rattlesnakes. They lost a bunch of money telling me the truth. They loved their reptiles and I respect that. I actually do believe in people who respect the animals they care for. And even though I am not a snake fan, I am not afraid of them anymore either. I’m going back tomorrow to buy the tortoise. They eat snails and have lots of personality.
By the by, the hair-cut was good (read cheap).
I’ll let you know how the vet appointment goes.