I know some of you have been spending a lot of time down on the creek under the shade of a Cottonwood, with a cane pole in one hand and a sippin' jug in the other, but did you ever give thought to them slithering rattler's that can get your attention in a hurry?
I've crossed path's with them a time or two, mainly sunning on a rock but have dealt with them on creek banks too, but just come to realize them Rattler's that are on the Gadsden flag, more commonly known as the "Don't Tread On Me" flag have 13 rattle's in honor of the original 13 colonies. For that matter so does the pit viper depicted on the Navy Jack.
The old Navy stovepipe bell bottom trousers' had a 13 button fly so now I'm wondering if them Bib front shirt's they used to wear back in the Old West had 13 button's too. Seems folks was a lot more patriotic back then. I doubt any of them Rattler's gave two hoot's about Yankee Doodle or if John Wayne counted the buttons on his shirts but it is interesting to contemplate while sippin' on a creek bank on a lazy afternoon.