This Snake IS a Plane



Saturday morning we snaked our way along the Northeast Corridor and under the Hudson River and then  North and West on the Blue Line in order to get to the Museum of Natural History to see the new exhibit "Lizards and Snakes: Alive!" and though the exhibit was well done and comprehensive, the best creature was not present in the flesh, but instead on a piece of documentary film: called the Paradise Tree Snake, and otherwise known as the Flying Snake . . . the film showed just how this wingless snake (it's much more utilitarian than Quetzalcoatl) glides; the snake launches itself from a branch, and then spreads its ribs which flattens its body into a curled glider . . . it's fun to imagine this snake landing on the head of your worst enemy . . . and then there was more snaking along train lines on the way from the Museum to the Lego Store, because of the byzantine ways of the NYC Subway System (why, on the weekends, is there no B train?  wouldn't the weekends be the time when lots of people would want to get from the Museum to Rockefeller Center?  so why not run the B train? or why not stop the D train at the Museum? or why not put this information on a sign? and why is it so fucking HOT down there when it was such a beautiful day?) and when we got to the Lego store there was one more serpentine treat: a giant Lego snake that wove its way in and out of the store and finally culminated in a fanciful Chinese dragon head . . . and then we wove and snaked our way through hordes of people with two boys who are now too cool to hold our hands and also too cool to hold the pole on the Subway, but we made it home alive and well and we'll do it again once we forget what a sweaty hassle it is to get around on NYC public transportation.

3 comments:

Igor said...

Have you seen those wingsuit base jumpers? Insanity. If you do it enough... you will die. (Last part spoken like the emperor in Return of the Jedi.)

Dave said...

no-- i will google it. i am guessing guys strap on home-made wings and jump from water towers. like health care isn't expensive enough without having to pay for those idiots.

Igor said...

They aren't homemade, but they are ludicrous. Watch the ESPN video on Jeb Corliss. He has a suit that makes him like a flying squirrel. His dream is to land without deploying a parachute, gliding to rest on a runway in Vegas. He is going to die (like his friends before him), and probably soon.

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