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September 27, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

It’s a wash. And Gators gone?

Odd. The GPS tag of the rainbow picture should read this location, yet it appears to tell where the arch reached down on one side. Revealing where the pot of gold is? Will wonders never cease? (Darn, scramble as I might, someone else must have gotten there first. Sigh. Back to the lottery.)

Greetings from the zones of many waters.

Man facing open mouth of gator. Big Al reappears in his pen at Gator Country. (Screenshot Image Gator Country FB)

“Hey, Doordash? Got chicken?” (Screenshot image: Gator Country FB)

Judge, least ye be judged: Need to iron out the irony.

A few days after the most recent flooding, the current newbie County Judge rolled out a plan. (County judge here is the executive officer of the county who manages budgets, county hospital district, disasters, emergency rainy day fund, and stuff, not a law-type judge.) She wants to raise property taxes in the county. So increasing the taxes on ones most damaged by the flood?

There would probably be a response, but so many are busy ripping out carpet, pulling off soaked sheetrock, and hauling out all their damaged household goods. I’m sure they’ll get back with you on that when there’s time.

Smiling woman. (May Allison, 1920. Film promo From Metro Pictures (USPD. artist life,

Oh, yes. That sounds fabulous, Judge (1920’s May Allison. 1920’s is when the flood guidelines for many neighborhoods were supposedly written. Time moved on – with hairstyles anyway. USPD/

“Gonna wash that one right outta my hair” or maybe outta your backyard pool.

Big Al stayed home buried in the mud, but Big Tex was still missing yesterday.

“If he is not there in a few days, we will send out a team to find him,” Gary Saurage said, “And we will find him. You can’t miss an alligator that big.” At 13 feet, 8.5 inches and weighing more than 1,000 pounds, Big Tex holds the national record for largest nuisance alligator ever captured alive/relocated, Big Tex can pretty much go wherever he wants in flood waters.

Gator Country a 15 acre reptile sanctuary was flooded worse with Imelda than Hurricane Harvey. Saurage’s house still had 4 feet of water in it on Tuesday, but he and the staff were out rounding up gators that swam off. Sounds like 70-75% of their gators have been found.

“These animals are highly acclimated to people and are generally hand fed. They are not wild and will not terrorize people,” according to Jonathan Warner, of the Texas Parks and Wildlife alligator program. He also warned it’s against the law to shoot alligators, so call gator wranglers and Gator Country instead.

After Harvey about 50 gators swam out and were found mostly in the ditches along I 10. So might be careful picking up sharp looking hitchhikers or changing tires on the side of the road in that area right now.

Talk about water world

Hmmm, if people hadn’t decided to redirect/control nature 50 years ago, then this 7,000 year old archeological site would have never been underwater in the first place?

How “lost” was it? Seriously. If first “found” in 1920’s by a German archeologist, and the Valdecañas Reservoir apparently flooded the place some 50 years ago it wasn’t exactly gone from recent human memory. Still interesting – especially the NASA images of the drought effects on the man made lake.

Well, enough drips of this and that.

(Did you catch the 1920’s link between first and last section? Don’t tell me this wasn’t cohesively dashed off. HaHa)

Smile like a gator with Tammi and Marvin. Make a splash this weekend.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge


  1. Kate Crimmins / Sep 27 2019 11:05 am

    That is some alligator. Don’t care how tame. I’m not getting near them. I look pretty tasty.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 27 2019 11:16 am

      Somehow the TX wildlife guy isn’t convincing me about their harmlessness…they’ve missed a few meals? Yep, not a good time to take Fluffy out for a walk around there. Thanks for scrambling over to chat

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  2. anotherday2paradise / Sep 27 2019 3:55 pm

    Hope Big Al reveals himself soon. It’s a bit concerning knowing there’s one around but not knowing exactly where it is. 😳


  3. Beth / Sep 28 2019 5:48 pm

    As a former Dallas-ite who came from a long line State Fair going folk, I had a panic when I read that Big Tex disappeared. My brain was spinning, “how did he walk off? especially after all that fried food. Is he at a salad bar trying to grab a better meal before welcoming Texans from around the state?” Whew to discovering both Big Tex’s are where they’re supposed to be now.

    No words for your County Judge. Ooft.


  4. doesitevenmatter3 / Sep 30 2019 1:22 am

    I’m so sad to share that our LordBeariOfBow (Brian) has died.
    Please see the comment section of his last post for the details.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 30 2019 6:34 am

      Thank you. Fond salute to Brian for life lived and battles fought. The world is a bit more quiet and less rambunctious now. Grateful for your loyal updates. Hugs mucho indeed

      Liked by 1 person

      • doesitevenmatter3 / Sep 30 2019 2:44 pm

        You’re welcome.
        Yes, the world is exactly that way now.
        More (((HUGS)))


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