There are always a few heating and thermostat jokes around this time of year, and this one is from 2008. I noticed that Robin in Florida has mentioned the Great Python Hunt, where the populace has been turned loose on the invasive and non-indigenous python population in the southern part of the Sunshine State. I think I read that the number of giant snakes captured so far has been disappointing. Not long ago, Auburn University, my alma mater, was training labrador retrievers for the purpose of sniffing out the huge reptiles. Does that sound to you like the sort of plan that has “disaster” written all over it? It does to me, too.