TarantulaWeen 2011

 
 

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Helpful reminder on the counter provided by Mike.

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Paul's the sunburned guy with the frown and the tarantula shirt.

TarantulaWeen 2011 worked out surprisingly well despite our lack of room.  We can't give an exact count but it was circa a couple dozen.  As usual, Paul Greene served as our main spark plug, master of ceremonies, cheering section, and menu selector -- his tastes center on chocolate bars and gummy spiders -- sort of an early Halloween.

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Joe Mastous is the guy rolling up his sleeves.

Joe Mastous presented the main program with the aid of his two shorties.  It was very informal because I forgot to bring the correct power cord for the PowerPoint presentation.  No matter, Joe calmly kept the crowd informed with live spiders and the aid of a microscope and slides (and his two shorties).

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Joe with a cheese-eating grin. and his two shorties without grins

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Joe answering one of many questions asked.

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One of Joe's shortties showing how to handle a rose hair tarantula.

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And here's both of them showing how to sex a tarantula from its shed.

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If you missed TarantulaWeen 2011 you'll need to wait another year to find out how to sex tarantulas.

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Of course it wasn't all work for the shorties.

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And there were enough treats to keep them fueled.

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Including tasty gummy spiders also.

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Pink toes make good candidates for handling -- most do not.

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Jorge says he prefers snakes, but pink toes are cool, too.  Don't try this at home or I'll smack you.

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Jill was a happy winner of a rose hair.

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Kellie and her niece, Carmen, said they'll see you next time.

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And everyone at Aqualand (except Carmen) says hurry back.

Last Words:  TarantulaWeen 2011 was so successful that Kellie said "Let's do Snakesgiving again this year."  I think we'd be pressed for time, but we'll see what we can do.  Sorry that we couldn't reproduce Joe's commentary but maybe we'll get him on utube next time.  LA

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