February 05, 2012

Swampy

I went to my first re-enactment yesterday. Odd reason as to why I was there, but it was a re-enactment of the Battle of Okeechobee, where American soldiers made an attempt to force relocation of the Seminoles and take over.

The Americans declared it a victory, but it was not. The Seminoles won.

As I milled around with my girlfriends, making our way to the battlefield, we came across an "Alligator Demonstration."

How in the world could I resist?

Is it not an unwritten rule in blogging, that if you come across an alligator, you have to take a picture and send it to Jimbo, who hates gators more than just about anything in the whole wide world?

And so with my handy dandy cell phone, I snapped a picture and promptly sent it to him for only in Okeechobee would you go to n re-enactment and have an alligator demonstration as well. It was a two-fer...

He asked me if they demonstrated it eating a person. Alas, it was not to be. But let me tell you, there were people walking all over that cage, INSIDE it, as if they belonged. I stayed OUTSIDE.

We did have the unfortunate experience of seeing it defecate. Just in case you were curious, it was the most rancid horrific smelling putrid awfulness one could imagine and I was standing 10 feet away.

My one girlfriend said to me, "Now I guess we know why swamps stink..."

Blech.

Here they are saying, "Jimbo! Come out and Play!"

Jimbos friends.jpg

Classic Tshirt in the food tent, being run by the Seminole Indian Tribe, 'Homeland Security. Fighting Terrorism since 1492".

Loved it.

Posted by Boudicca at February 5, 2012 10:23 PM
Comments

That sounds awesome... The re-enactment, not the Gators.
Re-enacting season is gearing up for me too.
Camp of instructment on the 11th and then the battle of aiken SC on the 24th.
We don't do anything as far south as you, but I am going up to MD for the 150th Sharpsburg/South Mountain/Antietam this year.

Posted by: K-Nine at February 5, 2012 10:53 PM

Jimbo... the gators are calling you... LOL.

Posted by: Teresa at February 6, 2012 12:23 AM

ha...Jim could put all the gator pics and jokes in a book with his commentary and probably supplement his retirement.

Posted by: Jean at February 6, 2012 02:02 AM

Alligator shit: "...the most rancid horrific smelling putrid awfulness one could imagine..."

That would be reason number 4,367,986 for hating the horrible beasts.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at February 6, 2012 04:01 AM

At least those gators are safe from the pythons... ;)

The reenactment sounds like fun!

Posted by: pam at February 6, 2012 09:01 AM

LOVE the t-shirt. Did you get a photo of it?

If you think gator poo smells nasty, you should smell the commercial food the zoo gives them. But the gators think it's a treat.

In the gators' defense, they're a "keystone species" and help keep other species alive. During droughts, they dig holes with their tails that fill with water and become havens for lots of other swamp critters. This is similar go gopher tortoises, which dig holes later used at homes by lots of other animals.

Posted by: George P at February 6, 2012 12:55 PM

George, If you google it you'll see it in the images. It's a GREAT tshirt!

Posted by: Bou at February 7, 2012 08:47 PM