Don Cascabel wrote:
As far as the topic goes, I have an interesting question... the good old days on the "not allowed" fieldherping forum came up... I was there starting August 98 as Chris G. and later as Mr. Sonora. Just curious who else was around. Here is an incomplete list of the members I remember:
Brian Hubbs (AKA Manual Labor, Trapjaw, and others)
Brendan (came in a little later)
Another Chris I think ChrisNM
pretty sure Jerimiah Easter and Wolverton were around
Shannon Brown and Aaron at least on the alterna shit
Gus from S. Texas
Don Cascabel (Mr. Sonora or Chris G...... however you remember me!)
I've been on kingsnake circa 96/97 when I cruised the gecko forum. That was my freshman year of high school, matter of fact I even found it on lunch break while my best friend was flipping through Ditmar's book of dead photographed herps. I cruised the Field Herping Forum too, but didn't have the cash for a decent film or digital camera so I didn't post. I started posting in 99 after my mom got my a Kodak DC215 1.? crappy point-n-shoot for Christmas 98.
FWIW I'm a Mis-PLECH....mis-placed lech. I spent the first 10 years of my life stuck in Myrtle Beach, SC and even further restricted to the confines of herping Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. The vast majority of that herping started when I was 7 and ended when I was 11 in ;92 after my dad got orders to Dyess AFB (Abilene, TX) when they closed MBAFB after Desert Storm. My first and only (until 2009) LECH snake species was none other than JJ's favorite genus - Nerodia! My herping teeth broke gum-line out there. Abilene I started to lose the herping baby teeth, particularly when a 5-6 ft TX rat decided it wanted to eat my face while I was 5 miles from home on my bike with no pillowcase. I officially cut my teeth for herping in NM though, but that's way too much boring typing.
I met Gruenwald in 2002 just outside the Geronimo Surrender Monument on Highway 80, and as much as he hates gummy lizards, I seem to recall him excited about a tiger salamander he found that night. HA!
Here's some fun NM stuff to make you LECHes and MX herpers stupid crazy
To date my only live alterna...you TX alterna freaks can suck it!
My only DOR alterna
A non-LECH Nerodia
Going with JJ, it's all about the leps
And lately it's been about the Sissies
Hey Sonora, they come AOR as hatchlings!
My 2nd LECH snake
Sorry LECHes, but I've seen the light. I miss catching Nerodia, anoles, and 5-line skinks, but I'll take busting my balls, driving 1500+ miles to only see a DOR suboc on Hwy 377, and getting rained out in the Peloncillos and Chiricahuas over seeing 40 of the same snake species in 1 day. I'll still get excited over it though. After all, they're herps!
My only Storeria
comes from near Galveston, does that consitute as a LECH?