It's somebody who is particularly loyal to the president. So there's a higher level of interest taken in this disappearance than there would be if it was just an ordinary citizen that vanished. This is one of his group. This is - and I don't want to use the term groupies, but it's one of his loyal female fans. DAVIES: It turns out that the wealthy widow who's disappeared at this high-end fundraiser met an end which involves a snake, a huge Burmese python.
And in a way, pythons are kind of this - kind of a central character in this story. And that comes from something that's really going on in Florida. Tell us about pythons and their effect on the state. Yesterday, a story ran - this is true - a story ran - a woman down in South Florida opened her washing machine, and there was a big-ass python curled up in her washing machine. And they've proliferated. They started out in the pet trade. And people - they get - this particular species gets huge.
And they let them - they just let them go. And Hurricane Andrew scattered a bunch of sort of - there were reptile farms on the edge of the Everglades. And they were destroyed during Hurricane Andrew. And all the babies got loose. And ever since then, the Everglades and points onward have been - these snakes have taken over. And it's actually quite a serious story.
They've devastated a huge part of the food chain in the Everglades. They eat everything, including deers and alligators. And any snake that can eat an adult alligator is worth paying attention to. So those are real.
Everything in the book about the pythons is absolutely true. And they are moving northward. As the climate gets warmer, they're moving northward out of the Everglades. And so in my view, it's only a matter of time before they show up in Palm Beach. And I sort of wrote this book for people who couldn't be there when it happened.
But here's - they did find one that had a pound white-tailed deer in it. And so my thought was that's not a big jump up to, you know, an heiress, a petite heiress. And being somewhat elderly, not particularly quick a foot, you know, if you - I have held - I've been a part of a group that held a python that was 16 feet. And I'll tell you, it's formidable laughter. And I don't think it's giving away too much - this all happens pretty early in the book - to say that this huge python is discovered by the gardening staff which noticed this massive bulge in the middle, concluding, oh, my heavens.
That's Kiki Pew in the middle. I know. It sounds - it actually sounds sick when you describe it like that. I thought it would Come off a little funnier. But the point is nature, you know - I mean, in all the novels I've written, nature is always sort of its own character. And the pythons are now a part of that. And they really are kind of unstoppable. And so I just thought, well, what if this happens? And what if it happens at one of these events, especially when you have the kind of security levels that you have when the president is in town and all that stuff?
So that just opened a lot of sort of subplot possibilities as well. And, you know, at one point in the novel, this first lady is in her - in a motorcade going down the street in West Palm Beach. And they have to all break to a stop, which they never try to do in those motorcades, because there's a big, dead python in the road. And that has actually happened. And they're - I mean, this is how prolific these things are. But those are scenes that you sort of pick up and figure out a way to use.
He's a columnist for The Miami Herald and a novelist. His latest is called "Squeeze Me. And we're speaking with Carl Hiaasen. His latest novel is called "Squeeze Me.
You know, maintaining appearances is important in Palm Beach. And the groundskeeper of this place that hosted the event, the Lipid House, the last thing that they need is to have the world learn that laughter a guest somehow ended up being digested by a python. So they summon a wildlife relocation specialist, who kind of becomes a central character in this book, Angie Armstrong.
Tell us just a little about her. When I started writing "Squeeze Me," this character of the wrangler - and we have these businesses in South Florida because there's so much interaction with wildlife still that you call up somebody. You know, you got a raccoon on your porch, you got a snake, you got, you know, a bobcat in your backyard - whatever it is, they come.
And they're trained to humanely capture and remove these animals. But most of the businesses are run by guys, you know? They're guys with gaily decorated pickup trucks that you can call critter removal experts. But I - so that was the character when I started.
But then I thought, God, it'd be so much more fun and interesting if it was a woman. And I - and so then I went back and started over With Angie. And I liked her tremendously. She's not very big. And she's, you know - she's not what you would imagine as someone that could remove, you know, a foot alligator from your swimming pool, but she can. And so I just - the more she was around I liked her as I was writing the novel.
And she has a past and a history. And she started out as a - you know, as a veterinarian and worked with her dad, and then went to become a state wildlife officer and got in some trouble with - when she punished a poacher that she caught, and punished him in somewhat of an unusual way. And so - and she ended up in this job just driving this pickup truck, answering calls.
And so she gets a call that there's a python. You know, it's another python call. So she drives out to Palm Beach and finds out it isn't really just another python call. She has a real sense of right and wrong. Did you spend time with people that do this business to prepare for this book? I have a friend who wrangles animals. He's not an animal removal expert.
But he does it for movies and stuff, you know, and for documentaries. But I see the guys around. And I've - growing up down here, I've done, I mean, you know, a couple months - you know, I mean, I've done some of it laughter not as a profession, but just out of necessity.
You know, there was a opossum under the barbecue the other - you know, a couple of months ago, so I just grabbed him.
Published 4 months ago on Jun 9, By Lorraine Kipling. Latest Trending Videos. Success Advice 23 hours ago. Entrepreneurs 2 days ago. Success Advice 3 days ago. Success Advice 4 days ago. Life 5 days ago. Quotes 2 years ago. Quotes 7 years ago. Quotes 6 years ago. Videos 4 years ago. Videos 5 years ago. Entrepreneurs 4 weeks ago. Life 3 weeks ago. I managed to reverse course, get a new job that replaced both of my old ones, and get back to some semblance of even keel again but then next thing you know this COVID crap starts up and the rest is history.
My contract ends on January first and now I have to start a job hunt. I have exactly zero interest in doing that in my field. In fat I have hated doing what I do since I grew up and had to start doing it to make money instead of doing it for the reasons I started in it, which was the magic and wonder of it.
I am tired of living in California with hysterical idiots. Tired of being lied to by politicians, doctors, other people. Tired of buzzword solutions to such a conundrum.
Tired of being interested in people. Tired of knowing what awkward means. I have an interview today, and have absolutely no motivation to go through with it. The idea of interview after interview infuriates me. Tired of phone calls. Tired of notifications constantly begging the question of why there is so much vital that I need to know so badly that I have to be hounded by electronic noise to avoid missing any of it, knowing I could do without all of it.
Thanks for this amazing story I felt all eleven things and it helped me know what is going on with me. I just saw your post this is a seriously late response but gonna respond anyway how are you doing now? Anything change? My job sucks the life out of me due to the endless hostility between co- workers and the power struggle between management.
And being pulled in 10 diff directions. In my opinion, the biggest sign of burnout is decrease in productivity. If you already have a proper method to measure performance, this should be fairly easy to recognize. Another clear sign is constant fatigue and a decrease in creativity, among others.
There are various approaches you can take to slow down. Personally, you can take a vacation or sabbatical leave. On the organizational level, you can arrange an employee gathering, group vacation, etc. Thanks again Carey. I peaked in and used your advice as a guide as God recovered me. Really appreciate your honesty and thoughts.
I praise God He has made me whole again. He is awesome. For me, at the moment, it is weariness of life. Especially had a hard year and a half and those things have passed.
That looking ahead to a job search will take a lot of energy and time. I have a sense of narrow options to find something to give me work-life balance AND enough money to live off. I may need to retrain. Currently, I want to get away from people. I feel like a child and just wish someone would take care of me!!
Very regressive. Living in a house with difficult owners, who interfere a lot, is stressful. The negative experience of not being able to find and afford a new place is also tiring. I have found many jobs before. I have found homes before. I have come through parenting this far, not much further to go. We have phases of being close to people and not, being social and not.
I see a lot of good is here in my life and where I live, work. I feel bad. There must be a little more enthusiasm for what we do, I think it can be found. So today all I have to do is put away my computer, go to the loo and get into bed and sleep!!
However, he would at some point like to have a sports car. I really hope so. I saw that too! Not the part to have a error in word usage. I want to email him so he can fix. Thank you very much for this post, super helpful and from the comments, helpful to lots of other people! Three months ago, I was experiencing a definite case of burnout.
Being on staff at a decent-sized, growing and thriving church had me at the edge of work balance overload. After some prayer and coming across this article, I realized for my situation the best thing to do was step away from the ministry that meant so much to me, in order to heal. Three months later, here I am… doing much better after rest and time off, and part of another amazing church ministry but on a bit smaller scale which is helping me slowly get acclimated again. Fantastic advice. One of the biggest causes for my dilemma has been criticisms.
Bless you for your honesty and your advice. Please rule out underlying issues such as Diabetes, Thyroid, Auto immune disorders….. Life coaching is awesome…. Faith is the best medicine! Be realistic about your ability to give of yourself ….
You know when to stop pouring your morning coffee before your cup runs over….. Sometimes our cups are too big…… Scale it down….. Streams Videos All Posts. Recording Date December 4, - April 13, Track Listing. The Beach Boys. Here She Comes. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
Bennis "Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment. They think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building--steadily building.
Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary. There's no better time than now to get going.Nov 16, · You feel belittled and believe that you can never do anything right, no matter how hard you try. Now imagine you arrive 15 minutes late to dinner without giving your significant other any warning.