From Tracie: Snakes In My Yard

Monday, September 04, 2006

Snakes In My Yard

Yesterday my pastor, Brian, shared a special story. Late Saturday night he was at the church working, and he went outside to get something from his car. There are street lights near enough that you can make out large objects, so you won't run into anything big, but you really can't see the ground.

As he is walking through the darkness, he hears a snake hissing. He could tell that it was right next to him, but couldn't see it. He does not like snakes, so he did what any person in this situation would do.....

He jumped away from the sound.

The snake hissed again. This time it was a little louder, and still right next to him.

So he started to run.

And he could hear the snake beside him.

Here he was, alone late at night, in the dark, and a snake that he couldn't see was chasing him.

This is the point in the story where I started freaking out, because the place where this happened is basically my back yard. I'm sitting in church as he is telling this story, thinking, "Oh my gosh, there are crazy, aggressive, people-chasing snakes living in my yard! I am going to have to go out right after church and buy some swords just in case I run into one tonight. Katarina won't be allowed to play outside until we take care of this."

Brian stopped running, and tried to decide what to do. His next thought was, "Maybe the snake isn't chasing me, maybe there is more than one." (Honestly, neither of those thoughts are very comforting to me.)

At that moment, he feels something wet on his leg, and has an important realization about the snake: It wasn't a snake at all; it was his partially opened coke bottle that was hissing at him.

As he ran around, he shook the bottle, and the hissing just kept getting louder.

Let this be a warning to you. The next time you are walking around late at night in dark places, be sure to watch out for the dangerous Coke Bottle Snake. You never know when one will be there, waiting to chase you.


  1. wow.....what a funny story...I was freaking out a little too!!

    But I am a bit of a snake a phob!!

    Michele sent me
    thanks for the laugh!!

  2. Hey - that's not funny - I called my husband at work completely freaking out one time because I thought I heard someone trying to get in my window.

    Turns out it was the icecubes in my water glass which were creaking and not a robber at the window. :)

  3. It's funny how our imaginations can play tricks on us like that. I would have freaked out too.

    Michele sent me.

  4. Haha, this was very funny...I was starting to panic while reading it, I HATE snakes too!!

  5. LOL! That was a bizarre snake!
    Imagine that! A bottle of coa cola that sounds like a snake?
    Hmmmm. The mind plays strange tricks on one at times, but that is the weirdest one I think I've ever heard about!

  6. Oh, I don't like snakes and I know there are some little ones in our area so I was freaking out while reading your story, lol! Great one!

  7. Funny how the dark makes things sound scarier than they are. :) Funny story.

  8. How funny! I wonder if anyone saw him freaking out? I would have done the same thing!

    By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!

  9. Isn't it amazing how our perceptions make up worse enemies for us than those that exist in reality?....... Beautiful story! Thank you for sharing it!

    Here from Michele's today! =)

  10. My son and I had a hissing soda snake at the store once, when he ran his little cart into the soda isle.

  11. Thanks for sharing your pastor's story. I got quite a chuckle at the end. I, too, can remember hearing my soda making a noise (never thought snake, though) and wondering what is that. I will be sure to watch out for the "Coke Snake," lol.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and I love the photo at the top of your blog. It is beautiful.

  12. Haha! That would have freaked me out!! Duly noted. No coke in the dark.

  13. Visiting from the going green link up!! What a funny story!!! :)

  14. Oh, that's funny! Ha! I don't like snakes either, but I'll drink the coke!