Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Town Monday: Oceanside, CA; Goodbye Baby Chameleons

It's way past Monday, but I've been wanting to share this particular My Town Monday post with you.

So, a couple of Mondays ago, I headed 39 miles up the coast to Oceanside, CA with my friend, Christina, Child #4, and Christina's Child #1 and #2. The sun was shining. The breeze was warm. The sky was clear. But...We did not bring boogie boards. We did not bring sand toys. We did not bring swim suits. (This is sounding very Dr. Seuss-ish.)

Our destination: LLL Reptile and Supply

And the precious cargo in the very back of my car? Two cagefuls of 32 baby veiled chameleons.

Here's a shot of the store from the front door. These people take reptiles seriously. Lots of reptiles. Lots of reptile supplies. Lots of reptile knowlege.

They're checking out our chameleons, making sure they're healthy. According to the manager, our babies are in really really great shape. He said we'd done a super job! And he bought every single one of them. (In case you're wondering, he paid $17/baby).

I cried.

The manager told me to call him whenever I had babies to sell. He asked for my business card because he's always on the lookout for a good CHAMELEON CONNECTION! Apparently, that's me! Ha! Who knew? I will add this to my resume. :)

Everyone's lunch was paid for by the chameleon "earnings". (I use the term loosely. If you add up all the money spent on crickets and lights and cages and vets, well, there was no earnings. But there was a lot of fun and learning.

We did eventually wander down to the beach where I sat on the warm sand and wished I'd kept one female baby.

Here are links to people who posted on time! about their corners of the world. Please check them out.

Jim Winter returns, bearing chili from Delhi Chili in Cincinnati, OH

Travis Erwin ducks, goose poop in Amarillo, Texas.

Reb posts about the West Edmonton Mall where this actually an indoor lagoon!

Clair Dickson posts about ice harvesting in Brighton, Michigan

, your chameleon connection!!

P.S. Because you miss them as much as I, here's one last shot of a baby.


Charles Gramlich said...

Chameleon earnings. Now there's some music to the ears.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

They're so bright green!

Sarakastic said...

aww bye bye baby chameleons

Barrie said...

Charles: I must admit that it was nice to get a check. :)

Green Girl: Yes, beautifully bright green!

Sarakastic: It was sad. ;(

Reb said...

They are cute babies.

Barrie said...

Reb, I couldn't agree more!

Barbara Martin said...

Barrie, of course you cried, just like I did whenever I sold puppies. They're much like children in a way. There's always another batch, isn't there?

Teresa said...

Congratulations on your successful chameleon raising "business." I bet it was nice to hear that the babies were healthy and that you had done a good job. They are definitely cute!!

Barrie said...

Teresa, I was inordinately proud! :)

Caryn Caldwell said...

That is so cool! I love that there's a store devoted to reptiles, and what a compliment for you that they not only wanted all of your chameleons but want more in the future.

Solvang Sherrie said...

I can't believe you had so many babies! So cool! Definitely a fun thing to add to the resume, or the About the Author part of your book jacket :)