As we walked out of the California Pizza Kitchen at the mall last night, the boy spotted a guy with a snake hanging around his neck. He was strolling along past the malliest mall shops--Edward's Luggage, Build-a-Bear Workshop, Nordstrom's--with a slithery, green snake just chilling on his shoulders. The kiddo walked up to him and asked if the snake was real. The guy said yes and asked if the kiddo would like to hold thesnake.
In hindsight, kiddo asked if it was a rattlesnake after he was already holding it. Then, upon learning that the snake had no name (how sad!), he suggested that the garter snake be named Snakey.