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Good morning!!! [Aug. 2nd, 2004|09:07 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Lately I've been getting up at around 7:30 - I really like getting up early, I feel like I get a lot more done in a day.

Right now I'm going through emails, etc. I'm kind of procrastinating (as you can tell, since I'm posting here at LJ, lol).

Yesterday I saw one of the most startling and cool things!! Matt and I were riding our bikes on the trails that go out behind our house. We went a long ways out through the woods and ended up back behind the high school. There is a small lake there, and I saw what I thought had to be a big tree trunk lying on the grass at the side of the lake. That is, until it started to move, lol. It was a big alligator!! Now, I see little baby alligators and adolescent alligators all the time here in town, usually whenever I go to the post office, the bank, etc. But this was NO baby! It was a grownup alligator, which is a completely different story!!! This was the first time I'd ever seen a full-sized "grab-you-and-drag-you-into-the-water-to-eat-you" alligator here in Celebration!!! I jumped so quickly when I saw it move, lol. He/she just slowly moseyed over to the water and got in, not paying attention to us at all. It was really cool, but kind of unsettling - I remember the last time we were at that pond Matt was all crouched down on the side of it poking around and looking in the water, trying to get me to dare him to swim across.... I had no idea what was lurking in there! The animal control are supposed to relocate alligators over 6 feet to rural areas, but since we are surrounded by wetland preserve on all sides, I imagine it's easy for them to slip through.

I'd better get back to the email-answering! I will definitely be painting a little later on - I'll post a link to my webcam when I start =)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-08-02 07:25 am (UTC)
It happens every once in awhile - but the vast majority of the time it is because somebody is harassing the alligator, throwing rocks at it, trying to feed it, etc. Allegedly if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone.

I've even seen little Cajun kids swimming alongside them - not me though!!!
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[User Picture]From: amanda_now
2004-08-02 09:19 am (UTC)
Yeah it is usually people messing with the alligator that get attacked, or swimming in lakes. A 12 year old bow was swimming in a lake in Florida recently and was attacked, but he punched the alligator until it let him go!

Let that be a lesson- don't forget to fight back if something is trying to eat you XD

Maybe the Cajun kids were too spicy to eat? ;-)
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