When you make your living handling king cobras, sometimes things don't work
out the way you planned, and you lose a finger. It's not that the cobra
has anything against you. He's doing his thing, and you're doing yours, and
the result is that you lose a finger. It's an occupational
risk, just like people lose fingers while using power tools.
Handling cobras isn't a job for amateurs. Snake handlers are wily wary
professionals who understand the ways of snakes in general, and cobras in
particular. In the cobra handling business, there's a fine line
between putting on a good snake show and utter disaster. All
the snake handlers we saw in Thailand were young, and I'm sure the quick reflexes of youth
worked to their advantage. I wonder what happens to middle aged and
old snake handlers? Are they still alive, or did they make one too
many mistakes and perish in the line of duty? I wonder if they have a saying like, "There are old cobra handlers, and bold cobra handlers, but no old bold cobra handlers?"
The thing I like most about snake shows is that the handlers understand the
envelope of possibility, and they push the envelope to the limit. They know
they can go only so far and no more without getting hurt, and that's exactly
what they do. They're high stake gamblers who understand the odds and
know how to stay out of harms way. They know exactly where the edge
I've often wished I could live closer to the edge, but that's hard to
do when you don't know where it is. Most of the time, I'm so far
from the edge there's virtually no risk of falling off.
For the past eleven years, I've been sailing around the world on Exit Only,
and when it comes to
sailing, I've been there and done that.
Now it's time to work on some new edges. This is where I am right now.
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