by By Owen Maercks on Apr 1, 2013
“        For many years, the green iguana was the staple of the reptile business. Indeed, the first pet reptile I ever bought with my own allowance was a baby iguana, sold to me by a shop called the Electric Zoo and lost to the wilds of my South Miami neighborhood within an hour of purchase. I received, along with my purchase, exactly no information on proper caging, diet, lighting or heating. And,…”

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by Owen Maercks on Mar 1, 2013
“    We have a small pond in front of our store that remains active in all but the most dire of winter months. We keep the pond stocked exclusively with red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta), the seemingly omnipresent water turtle of our business. Still, I cannot remember the last time…”
by Owen Maercks on Feb 1, 2013
“A common dynamic I see across the counter is that of the family composed of wildly enthusiastic kids and steadfastly reluctant parents. The kids would gladly pack up the entire contents of my store and haul them home Grinch-style, while the parents are suddenly wishing their offspring had developed an…”
by Owen Maercks on Jan 1, 2013
“When my wife and I bought our first computer, back in the mid 90s, we went into the local computer store as novices. It was a fascinating experience. The young man who helped us ended up selling us a computer with which we were very happy, but to this day…”
by Owen Maercks on Dec 1, 2012
“When I was little boy, my Saturday mornings were spent exploring the local canals, swamps and woods. Saturday afternoons, however, were devoted to escaping the heat of the day with a TV double-feature: a monster movie hosted by M.T. Graves, and, inevitably, a Tarzan movie. What a perfect fantasy: life…”