That rattler just poked its head about six inches out of the heater hole andstayed there, staring at me with its beady eyes and flicking its forkedtingue at me like it was waiting for me to get back and let it bite my leg.Eventually I remembered that I had some clothesline rope in the trunk. WhenI opened the driver's door to reach the trunk release, the damned thingstarted hissing like an overheated 928, and I could even hear its rattlesclanking around inside the longitudinal. Anyway, I got the rope andfashioned a little noose at one end of it, and after many attempts I managedto lasso that sucker. I tossed the free end of the rope to the other sideof the car and went around, figuring that I would pull the snake out, flingit as far away as possible and hightail it out of there with my dog. It wasa good plan, but there was just one problem-the snake must have been alittle fat in its midsection, and after I pulled about a foot and a half ofit out of the hole it got stuck, madder than ever, hissing and thrashinglike you wouldn't believe. I ended up having to drive fifty miles to thenext town with the free end of the rope tied to the passenger door pull,Ferdinand tied up in the back seat, and that snake stretched and writhingagainst my calves and trying like hell to bite my hand every time I shiftedgears. When I reached town, the mechanic at the gas station was about toshoot some grease into the heater outlet to free up the snake, when suddenlyit started to come out under its own power. We ran and watched from a safedistance as it exited the car and slithered off into the desert, leavingbehind nothing but its shed skin, which I saved and had made into a steeringwheel cover for my Karmann Ghia.
Dear Jim, He was probably looking for the mice that came out the car in the shop.Sincerely,Alan,The Stable, San Francisco
Jim Hinde's snake story is just about the best 356 story yet!
Linus-----Original Message-----From: Jim Hinde
>That rattler just poked its head about six inches out of the heaterhole and . . . . .. I ended up having to drive fifty miles to thepull,writhingshiftedleavingsteering
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