On a recent trip to Austin, we took our morning walk around Towne Lake. Eagle-Eye Ron first spotted the "snake in the grass" that lay next to the trail. It was so big that I missed it. Hundreds of feet long, its head lies near the trail; its body stretches through the building; its tail ends in the parking lot. The Mexican American Cultural Center is a lovely new addition to the scenery around the lake and merits a visit not only for its architecture and landscape but also for its exhibitions. It is, of course, a friendly scarlet king snake. Red on black, friend of Jack.