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  • Story Owner: Rolland  Love
  • Story Title: Some Of The Things I Remember
  • Story Created: Friday, October 21, 2011, 7:20:00 PM
  • Chapter Author: Rolland Love
  • Chapter Created: Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 10:10:00 AM
  • updated: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 3:11:00 PM

Published by Central Methodist University © 2011

My roommate at Central Methodist University, Fayette, Missouri, was Max Nickerson (class of 1960), but everyone called him Snake. He helped his dad run Nickerson’s Zoological Gardens. Snake was my roommate during my freshman year and always had a stash of exotic wild meat, rattlesnake being one of his favorites and mine as well after I adapted to the idea.

Snake had been bitten by a cottonmouth when he was a youngster and lost is index finger down to the second joint. His trademark, in addition to other things was sticking the stub of his finger up inside his nose so it looked like the entire thing was submerges. He did this mainly after consuming a significant number of beers.

One day he brought a 10 foot Anaconda back from Nickerson’s Zoo, which he kept in the cage under his bed and fed mice and the occasional small rabbit. Most terrible about the snake being present in our small dorm room was a strong odor similar to that of ancient earth which hung heavy in the air at all times.

At my request, Snake bathed the ‘big’ snake in the shower: at the time the creature happened to be shedding a lot of skin. So, the drain clogged up and the system backed up water into the stools, which then overflowed from the restrooms where we lived on the second floor. The flood caused extensive damage to the ceilings and items below, like hi-fi 33 1/3 and 45 record collections and Playboy magazines  …

The next day after the snakeskin induced the flood, a sign appeared at the entrance of the shower, “NO bathing snakes in the shower.

Small world I ran into a lady in Branson, Missouri who also went to Central College at the same time and remembered the snake bathing event like it was yesrterday.

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Comments 1 to 2 of 2
  • It could have caused a riot if the whole snake had disappeared down the drain. Imagine if it popped out in the room below you. How awful to lose all those good playboys--ha!

    Cindy (Cynthia) 9/10/2014 6:45:00 AM
  • Bathing a big 10 foot long boa in the shower seems dangerous.

    Rolland 5/1/2014 3:14:00 PM
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