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Sun Jan 7, 2018, 10:34 PM

50. Reading through this is reminding me of several encounters I've had.

One was about twenty years ago at my son's elementary school. I was waiting to pick him up and a couple showed up with a young chimpanzee in their arms. I was totally mesmerized, and looking into her eyes (her name was Savannah) it was so clear that I was looking into the eyes of someone nearly as intelligent as I am. Yeah, the chimpanzee will never learn to read or write or speak, but it is so obvious that they are close cousins.

The other encounter happened about six years ago. I now live in New Mexico, in a small townhouse that backs onto an arroyo. I was in the room I'm in now, typing on my computer at this same desk, with the french doors to the back yard wide open. It was summer, mild weather, and I wanted the fresh air. To my left is a bookcase. At some point I noticed something moving on the bookshelf and looked. It was a snake. My first terrified thought was, OMG a rattler. I listened and watched carefully as it slithered across the shelf. No rattles. As it happens, I spent my childhood in rural northern New York State and we were always capturing garter snakes, so I knew how to grab a snake. Which I did now and transported it to the far end of the yard and let it go. A quick internet search showed that it was a corn snake, harmless and a good friend to farmers. Oh, and the cat that was curled up on the couch never noticed the snake.

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