Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

I was saddened to hear of Ronnie Hammock’s death recently. He was a good friend and one of the most talented people I’ve ever known. He was a talented artist, sculpturer, dancer, taxidermist and painter. Everybody just called him “Hammock” but he really liked his nickname “Snake Man” which was well deserved. He had a collection of live snakes in cages around his house most being of the poisonous category AND he ended up being bitten by them several times ... yes, I said several times. Once at a swimming and BBQ-ing party down on Toledo Bend he and I spotted a large green water snake strung out on a limb about head high. I asked him if it was what we used to call a “Water Rattler” and he laughed and agreed. We then thought it would be fun to catch it and chase the girls - and boys - around the marina a few times. When Hammock reached up to snag the long snake he misjudged and ended up grabbing him about a foot down from the head. Now green water snakes like this aren’t poisonous but they are fighters and will strike and bite quickly and I don’t care who you are if a mean six foot snake strikes at you you’re going to retreat. Even if your name is Snakeman you’re going to try to let go. I said “Try” because the snake had Hammock by the hand and was wrapped around the limb, too! Ronnie sheepishly admitted that the strike had startled him and asked that I help him get the snake pried off of his hand. We did and left the still mad snake alone in his tree. On the way back Hammock laughed a little and said, “You know no one needs to known about this?” I pretended innocence and asked, “What part? The part where you tried to let the snake go or the part where you screamed like a little girl??”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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