Year of the Snake

Happy Chinese New Year! It's the year of the snake, the animal sign I was born under. Not that I am a great believer in horoscopes, but the Chinese sign system has always rung the most true for me: 
"By nature, the Snake person is a sceptical being, but unlike the Tiger, he tends to keep his suspicions to himself. He treasures his privacy and will have many a dark secret locked up within him. ... It is never safe to draw a line and predict that this is how far the Snake will go. ... In his relationships with others, he is possessive, and very demanding. And yet at the same time, he views his associates with a certain distrust. He will never forgive anyone who breaks a promise. ... When the Snake's anger is roused, his hatred can be limitless. His antagonism is silent and deep-rooted. An icy hostility will express his displeasure instead of a volley of hot words. The more lethal types will like to crush their enemies totally. ... [I]t will be no mean task dealing with the Snake. What makes it even more tricky is the fact that under all that serenity he is always on guard. His outward calm never betrays his true feelings. ... The Chinese believe that a Snake born in the Spring and Summer will be among the most deadly of the lot" (The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes, by Theodora Lau, 1979).


  1. Whoever the guy with snake is in the picture, I'd like to see him step into a ring with a python wrapped around his body and peeking out of his crotch! (deliberate ambiguity!)

    To the best of my knowledge, Jake the Snake is the only pro wrestler to use the gimmick and he wasn't hot enough to deserve it or pull it off.

    1. The guy in the picture is Kevin Von Erich, circa 1981, at which time several pictures of him with his pet circulated in wrestling magazines. I'm positive that the "rhyming" snake in the tight trunks was deliberate since the pictures were part of the end of an era before AIDS, the Moral Majority, and the Reagan White House turned America back to a pristine state of Victorianism. Except for my fantasies I don't recall his ever bringing the snake with him to the ring.

  2. Wow! I never would have guessed that was who it is!! He looks sooo different. But once you know you can see it.

    It's a shame he never fulfilled our snake fantasies. He's someone who could definitely made it work. Perhaps somebody (hey, Bard & Co. Or Joe and Friends, that could be you) could write one up that stars Kevin. Mmm...picture him as a serpentine tempter-heel to a fresh-faced Edenic innocent jobber. Seduction and destruction in one mythic package!


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