Avenue flashes

Keeping it wild on the World Wide Web

Column by John Akal
Posted 5/20/21

Once in a while something catches my eye and sparks my imagination. Often times it’s putting two and two together and getting some other number than four. I tend to think a little bit farther …

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Avenue flashes

Keeping it wild on the World Wide Web

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Once in a while something catches my eye and sparks my imagination. Often times it’s putting two and two together and getting some other number than four. I tend to think a little bit farther outside the box than most people.

Case in point was putting last week’s fugitive tiger adventure in Houston together with a monthly event hosted by the Jefferson County Public Libraries.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, our county libraries have a whole bunch of cool virtual events that you can log into. I know that we are getting past all the COVID restrictions and looking forward to getting outside in the sunshine once again, but you may want to take advantage of some of these little programs while they last. There’s something for every age group and you can just go to www.jeffcolibrary.com to check them out.

So, as I was perusing the upcoming programs, one caught my eye. It’s called the Virtual Pet Show and Tell, which they host on the last Friday of the month. Basically, you log in at 10:30 a.m. and they have a guest or two there to tell a story about one of their pets and show it off to everyone while teaching a little something about the animal. It’s geared for grade school kids and this month’s subject will be Groovy Goats on May 28.

Well, I guess there are people who keep goats for pets. I think they elected one as mayor in one of our mountain towns a while back. No wait, that was the town dog in Ward. That’s a whole different story. In any case, a goat is a little bit more unusual than what you usually find in a household.

Well, with the story of the pet tiger running loose in Texas last week fresh in my mind, I started imagining what exotic pets the people around here might be keeping in their basements that no one knows about and picturing them bringing them to the local library for show and tell. Over the many years I have lived here, I’ve known quite a few people that kept things a little more extreme than a canary. Some are still legal or were years ago, others, not so much or you have to get a special permit to keep them. I’m sure there are still the random few that have a pet rattlesnake, raccoon, skunk, fox or other local fauna that they found and raised, even though they shouldn’t. But I’ve know people with alligators and caiman, assorted monkeys, a coati mundi, hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, ocelots, bobcats, mountain lions not to mention commercial reindeer and buffalo ranches. OK, full transparency here, I was the guy who owned the coati mundi back in high school and I used to work as a docent at the Denver Zoo, so I probably ran into a few more strange pets than most people.

I don’t know. For some reason I just can’t get the image of someone scheduled for one of these show and tell sessions with a pet snake, then arriving and trying to wrangle an 18 ft. anaconda or python on a webcam. “Oh, don’t worry, she’s harmless.” Then proceeding to talk about how it eats a whole pig or something once a month. Now that I’ve piqued your interest you might want to keep an eye out to see what they come up with when they get past the normal domesticated animal varieties and have something like “Unleash the Kraken!”

Yeah, I tend to think way outside the box.

Meanwhile, spring is here and this weekend has something special for all of you gardeners out there. It’s a Spring Plant Sale hosted by and benefiting the BGOLDN organization. The group runs a terrific food bank here in town and are using this event as a fundraiser. It’s going to be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Saturday, May 22. Also 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 24. There are no set prices, they just ask you to make a donation to their cause. That’s located at 969 Ulysses Street.

For more information on BGOLDN go to www.bgoldn.org. Even though we are getting back on our feet again, some of us may still need a little help and they are there for everyone.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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