Hola, Gringo. You look tired
I shopped for clothes in Quito. It exhausted me worse than my jungle trip.
An urban expedition can be dangerous. Did you see any wild animals?
Taxis and cars that don’t stop and herds of shoppers stampeding for sales.
There are benefits to living in your own skin. If I get tired of a style, I shed it and grow another.
Like some people shed their personalities.
Humans are a remarkably transitory species.
Like the weather is Quito.
Whether or not I shed my skin, a snake is a snake. It is my nature.
Like some people.
You insult me. I have a friend in Quito. A lounge lizard.
I danced salsa at a club the other night. Sixty dollars for one mojito each for me and the lady I was with. But she was muy bonita, and there was live music and the salsa muy caliente. Maybe he was there.
He sings numbers like Snakey Breaky Heart, Don’t Come Slithering Around My Door and Reptile Love, among others.
Muy picante. Totally worth it.
Humans have strange habits. I’ve heard of this Tinder. Why would you want to set yourselves on fire before mating?
It’s an expression.
Si. I forgot Humans are hot blooded. Like your chica dancing queen?
She is a beautiful middle-aged lady – the energizer bunny of salsa.
Horizontal or vertical?
A gentleman does not tell.
But you are a gringo, not a gentleman.
I am trying to set a good example.
Better than trying to set someone on fire to show them you care.
Human love can be an incendiary.
So roast a marshmallow or an agouti. All that drama.
Si. Like an Ecuadorian telenovela: all those tears and mascara running. It makes the women look like lemurs.
And the men with heaving nostrils. Snakes are much more sensible.
Well, you are cold blooded.
That doesn’t mean we don’t have feelings. We’re just more straightforward when we entwine.
If you don’t mind my saying, you are sentimental for a reptile.
Mama Anaconda asked about you. She would like to wrap her coils around you.
Everybody needs a hug.
What a way to go.
I think Mama Anaconda needs to find someone her own species.
I will give her your suggestion.
Maybe she can try Tinder. I can help her write her profile: ‘Mujer serpiente seeks gentleman snake in the grass. Bring a fire extinguisher.’ – CDL