The Girl in the Yellow Boa.


Good Evening:

I didn’t take any pictures of her topless.

After 32 years in San Francisco, a topless young woman in Golden Gate Park on a Sunday afternoon listening to the Drumming Circle no longer holds any interest. It almost feels as if some rule exists decreeing that a young woman who wants to demonstrate that she’s a free spirit must take off her top in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on at least one Sunday afternoon per year. You know, a conformity thing.

However, when she donned her purple tee shirt and yellow boa, suddenly she became very interesting.

Especially since her yellow boa was this yellow boa:


See what I mean? This is interesting. And not just to yours truly, either:


Boa Constrictor Constrictor ranks among the more popular snakes in the exotic pet trade, even though they can reach 12 feet in length, possibly because they can be bred for unusual color patterns. This eight foot critter might even be an albino, but you will have to consult with a herpetologist for a definitive opinion. I once acted in a play with another woman who kept snakes. She insisted that boa constrictors are quite docile, which is a good thing, given that they have tremendous strength and could snap your neck in seconds. This one definitely seemed mild-mannered considering how its human kept adjusting it about herself.


I do have to give credit to her boyfriend. Not too many guys will let a woman with a giant snake straddle them while another guy checks out her pet; given that this snake might have weighed 50-60 pounds, plus her own weight, he ain’t goin’ anywhere.


Have a good Friday, all.

Vonn Scott Bair


14 responses »

    • Gavin McFarlin: Thanks for writing. You kinda caught me by surprise, because I did hear people call it a boa (though not the young lady in question, now that I think about it), and it did look the online pictures I saw of yellow and albino boas that exotic pet owners breed. What did I overlook? The shape of the head, perhaps? Vonn Scott Bair

      • Hi Vonn. What I noticed right away was the size of the snake and the pattern. Pythons get much, much bigger and have a more net-like pattern. A boa can be thought of as having “saddles” running down its back. Anyways, thanks for replying and I’ve really enjoyed reading through the recipes you’ve posted. Gavin

      • Gavin McFarlin: Net vs. saddle pattern. Yes, that’s something this non-herpetologist would overlook. Thanks for the information. Vonn Scott Bair (PS–hope you saw the Cucumber-Radish soup recipe; that experiment turned out very well.)

    • Melissa: Albino Burmese Python–and a cute one, too. Thanks for the correction. Wow, a Burmese. I know how long and heavy those babies can get, and yours already looks extremely strong. Vonn Scott Bair

      • What I know is, that these snakes can break a neck in a second. The biggest ones on Sulawesi (till 10m), but all you would find, are pieces at the market.

      • Tom: Absolutely–people don’t realize that constrictors can kill a human much faster than most venomous snakes. Great pets, but you have to be careful. Vonn Scott Bair

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