Friday, July 06, 2007

Rattlesnake Redneck Style


Many years ago, when I was just a little guy, the coolest thing around was Dad's rattlesnake belt. I was recently reminded of it when I visited a belt factory in San Francisco, so I decided to get a picture of it and share with everybody. I can barely remember a time before the belt, so I must have been pretty young when Dad had it made. We often ate rattlesnake when I was young, so it was a natural extension to use the hides for something. I can remember seeing hides like this in the freezer for many years, waiting their turn to be turned into something similar. Every once in a while I got to wear this belt to school for show and tell. I had to be really careful with it, since it was easy to pop the scales off by pulling it through the belt loops. Oh, and you could change the buckle to any of a number of belt buckles that made a statement, from the ever-popular Ford through Massey-Ferguson tractors and Bush Hog mowers to rebel flags. It's a bit worse for wear now, after thirty years, but it's still a great symbol of my childhood.

3 comments:

Brian from Ohio said...

What an ass-kicking belt. Looks like a prop out of a Tarantino flick.

Anonymous said...

People who never met your dad probably think you are kidding about eating rattlesnake...

I still owe him lunch, let him know I haven't forgotten.

S.

tammyswofford said...

Ernie,
Don't know where your Dad is from but in West Texas they still have "Rattlesnake Roundups" where they smoke the snakes out of their holes.

I prefer to never eat rattlesnake. I have eaten iguana.