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Sister Rats and Cheeto by usedbooks
Sister Rats and Cheeto
Hero (left) is Elena's (right) younger sister by two months. They are cute li'l nekkids. (The litter Elena was in had three pups, and Hero has just one littermate, but they have the same mom and dad.)
Mira Expecting by usedbooks
Mira Expecting
My pet rat Mirania is due in two days. :) She's a chubby girl normally, but now she's extra big. The father-to-be is an agouti rex named Teddy.
Blue boys ready for show time by usedbooks
Blue boys ready for show time

The blue boys (and maybe others) will accompany me for a special program on pet rats this Saturday at the South Boston-Halifax County Museum. It will be an intro to rats as pets including history and basic care followed by Q&A.

(I may do future programs focusing on genetics. Yes, I like to write programs even in my free time. Park Guide/Interpreter is in my blood.)



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Stuff to know about me:

~I am a single and in my early 30s.
~I have a master's degree in biology.
~I am a seasonal park guide/interpreter, in search of full-time employment.
~I am a middle child, my brother and sister are my best friends.
~I grew up in WV, and I miss the mountains and the snow.
~My hobbies are writing and photography. I also raise rats and love genetics.
~I love comedies, adventure movies, and whodunnits.
~I like to play RPG and adventure games as a group activity. :)

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plymayer Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Okay!  How was the move?  Which critters did the move with you?  How are things at the park?  Are you at the light house or a different location?   
usedbooks Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Things are doing fine.

My RV had three things broken when I set up, a pipe, the toilet, and the LP regulator. It cost nearly $600 and several days of discomfort, phone calls, etc. to fix. I pretty much have no money until I get a paycheck.

I brought my two youngest male rats, Tulio and Miguel, with me. My parents plan to bring my cat Lily to me in a week or so. (She would have hated all the repair guys in and out.)

Right now, I'm working on a few sign/interpretive exhibit projects. I will be stationed at the new visitor center in Beaufort once it opens at the end of April. It's on the busiest street in a fairly bustling tourist town 30 minutes drive away. So, it will be a much different kind of job. -- Usually given to a higher grade employee. I'm still paid the GS 04 wage, but I look forward to having more duties and responsibilities. Plus, it will be a 40 hour work week with some Sunday pay, so I'm happy for that.
plymayer Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Must feel a bit like an adventure.

Sounds like they are evaluating you for more.
slowdog294 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Meet the Superintendent of
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Ranger Dale A. Ditmanson
usedbooks Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very insightful! Thanks for sharing.
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