Saturday, July 24, 2010


Mrs. Roy's grandchildren are coming to visit which is a wonderful thing.  They had big plans to swim in the lake and jump off the dock and generally just goof off while Mrs. Roy was at work each day.  Unfortunately, Mr. Roy spotted a gator under our dock this afternoon so all swimming is hereby canceled until further notice!

If you have ever lived in the deep south, especially swampy areas like where we live, you know that basically any body of water is going to have a fresh water gator in it.  That's just the way it works.  Most of the time they stay away from populated areas and prefer the quiet and solitude like that found on the far side of our lake, far away from Mrs. Roy's grandchildren.  However, it has been literally over 100 here every day for about the past month and not too many of us human types have been stirring down by the lake.  So Mrs. Roy is assuming the poor gator, having a small brain and big teeth, decided it was safe to venture out.

You should know that it is against the law to exterminate one of these gators - someone thinks they are endangered.  So if you want to get rid of one, you have to call the game wardens and they have to send a gator catcher out to catch and relocate your gator into someone else's water.  However, when you live on a body of water that has several houses on it, like where Mrs. Roy lives, you have to have written permission from everyone who lives there before the game wardens can remove the gator.  Supposedly that's so you don't remove a gator one of your neighbors thinks is a pet or something but Mrs. Roy suspects it also keeps the game warden from getting nothing done except gator relocating since collecting all those signatures is too much effort for most of us to bother with.

So, Mrs. Roy has gone to plan B - call the neighbor and ask if the grandkids can go swimming in their nice, safe swimming pool while they are here.  If that doesn't work, well, Mrs. Roy will think of something. 

Life is good.


  1. Wow a gator in your backyard? I live in Michigan so the only time I have heard or seen this has been on tv (Billy The Exterminator on A&E). It surprises me all you have to go through to get rid of the darn thing. Good thing your neighbor has a swimming pool and is willing to let your grandchildren have at it.

  2. I'll keep my rattlesnakes, scorpions, gila monsters and javelinas and you can sure keep your gators ;-)

  3. Gators and bees ... poor Trey Man!