Naming Fiasco

February 22, 2007 at 2:36 am 2 comments

Recently, our friend Dan pointed out that Karl is actually a girl. Oops. We’ve tried Karl-y and Karl-a, but they just don’t seem to click as well as Karl. I think we’re probably going to keep referring to the snake as “Karl” and use the appropriate male pronouns.

We fed Karl yesterday, and boy was he hungry! We drove the 7 miles to Nicholasville (subarb of Lexington) to get a “pinkie” (because it didn’t have hair yet) mouse, and when we got back, J waved it in front of Karl and he snatched it up. I think J is going to handle Karl in the next few days in order to get him used to people. I’m assuming that (at least) Trevor will want to touch him the next time he comes to visit, and I don’t want Karl biting our guests.

I sometimes think we should try to train Karl to do other tricks, seeing as we are animal behaviorists. I think Karl’s behavioral repetoire may be limited, being that he doesn’t have any appendages. And I don’t quite know what we’d use to reinforce his behavior, since he only needs to eat once every 7-10 days and hasn’t proven to respond well to touch/petting (like your dog would, for example). Maybe someday we’ll get a dog and we can teach him all sorts of circus tricks.

Other than that, still not too much going on here. I started a second experiment last week, and it requires me to be at work by 6:30 a.m. That means that I am usually tired and boring (J asks if that is a change from normal). On the other hand, I am getting a lot of work done, which is great since I am still finishing up some papers from Minnesota.

We did actually go out last weekend to eat at The Pub. The Pub is supposed to be a knock-off of British Pubs, but it is seriously Americanized. The prices are a little high – in England, we ate pub food when we wanted something cheap. The beer prices are ridiculous for Lexington – $5+ for a beer, when other restaurants/bars we’ve been to have been selling beer for $2-3. Certainly beer should be cheap in a British Pub. Also, the atmosphere is a little off, and the place was insanely crowded (~2 hour wait at 5:45 on a snowy Saturday). Getting past all that, though, the deep fried pickles (I LOVE pickles) and fish and chips were delicious, and it’s always great to get out – especially since Josh’s wife, Kim, came along. This officially made me not the only girl hanging out in a group of guys, which is typically the scenario here.

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  • 1. amy  |  February 25, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Hmm…deep fried pickles sounds like a pregnancy craving.

    Also: when growing up, we had a cat named Joey, which turned out to be a girl. (We figured this out when she gave birth to kittens. Imagine our surprise, since she also had testicles.) I suspect Karl will make it through just fine.

    Maybe instead of teaching the snake tricks, you can learn to snake-charm. That would be a cool parlor trick.

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  • 2. Anonymous  |  March 10, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    Ahhh…
    You could do like every other name in the house and just call it “K” (Kay). Although, that then would be like “Men in Black” (Agent K and J) which may make perfect sense since Kentucky is one of the highest UFO siteing states…

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