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The Adventures of Snappy: Electric Attitude Edition

Written by Sean Valant

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

It’s been a little while since Snappy hit the town to see some live music.  If you’ve missed his prior adventures, check out the archives right here.

Snappy recently witnessed Houston’s very own Electric Attitude playing at the legendary Number’s nightclub.  As per normal, given his VIP access, Snappy was able to enjoy the show from the best seat in the house, right on stage:

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Electric Attitude are the undisputed kings of Houston Funk/Soul/R&B, having taken home the Houston Press Awards in that category for three years running (2011-2013).  With unique instrumentation, including an EWI (electric wind instrument), the band delivers an impressive mix of cross-genre appeal, seamlessly gliding into rock, blues and dance territory.

EA’s high-energy live show translates exceptionally well to their most recent album, Skintight & Solid Gold (Gr8 Heights Records).  Snappy was fortunate enough to catch up with the guys once again at the recent Houston Press Artopia Event, for another quick photo op including the aforementioned new album:

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Electric Attitude are a truly great live band; Snappy highly recommends you go see them when they come to your town!

If you have an event in the Houston or Austin area that you would like for Snappy to attend, please get in touch with us by emailing feedback@hostgator.com ATTN: Blog.

The Adventures of Snappy: Houston Aquarium Edition

Written by Sean Valant

Monday, June 24th, 2013

In recognition of June being National Zoo & Aquarium Month, Snappy decided to visit The Houston Downtown Aquarium.  This Aquarium holds over 500,000 gallons of water and is home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe.  With all that sea life on premises, would anyone even notice a blue gator wandering around?

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Snappy made it inside the lobby of the aquarium and was just having a look around, possibly performing some body-builder poses and showing off his ample biceps…

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…when he was introduced to none other than Sharkey!  Sharkey and Snappy made fast friends and Sharkey agreed to show Snappy around the aquarium, personally.

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The first stop was the stingray reef exhibit.  The exhibit was very impressive and included the opportunity to touch and even feed actual stingrays.

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It did seem like perhaps Snappy was getting hungry himself, watching these tasty morsels swim around right in front of him.  Stingrays are fairly close relatives of sharks though, so Snappy figured it’d be better to make the stingrays be friends and not food.

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Not wanting to steal too much thunder from the stingrays, Snappy and Sharkey decided to head out into the blistering Houston heat in search of some games to play.  Who knew a shark and a gator would grow to be such fast friends?

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We will state, for the record and in the interest of full disclosure, that Sharkey won at the water gun shooting game.  They agreed to a rematch at a future date though, so keep an eye out for Snappy’s return to the Aquarium!

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Sharkey suggested they go for a ride on the carousel.  Snappy had never been on a carousel before, as there are sadly no carousels in the swamp.  It was great fun, and you an even see video of Snappy riding the carousel on the YouTube video at the bottom of this post!

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Snappy was understandably a huge hit with all the children throughout the Aquarium.  He had to often stop for photo ops and to take time to high-five and even break into the occasional dance to entertain all the kids.

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As the Aquarium is quite literally located right by downtown Houston, we couldn’t resist getting a picture of Snappy in front of some of the skyscrapers before taking him back to the swamp.

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As mentioned above, here is a short video documenting Snappy’s visit to the Aquarium:

We want to thank the Houston Downtown Aquarium for the hospitality, and for introducing Snappy to Sharkey.  To see more of Snappy’s aquarium adventure, follow HostGator on Instagram!

June is, once again, National Zoo & Aquarium Month.  Snappy recently visited The Houston Zoo and he had a great time at the Aquarium!  We would like to encourage you to visit the zoos and aquariums in your town.  Maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll even see a blue gator there!

The Adventures of Snappy: Ryan Scroggins & The Trenchtown Texans Edition

Written by Sean Valant

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Snappy recently had the pleasure of hanging out on-stage and backstage with Houston’s own Ryan Scroggins & The Trenchtown Texans. The band’s namesake and frontman is a veritable renaissance man; artist, multi-instrumentalist, song writer, professional tattoo artist and former herpetologist for the Houston Zoo.  Mr. Scroggins originally made a name for himself in the music world as the organist for the well-known ska band Los Skarnales.

The Trenchtown Texans play a unique mix of Americana/Ska/Roots/Reggae/Swamp music and have released three albums and toured extensively, however these days the band only makes appearances sporadically.  As such, it was truly a pleasure for Snappy to be able to share the stage with them at Houston’s Continental Club:

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After the show, Snappy was fortunate enough to spend a few minutes with Mr. Scroggins.  Having again been a former Herpetologist for the Houston Zoo, Ryan is very familiar with gators, however this would be his first encounter with a blue gator:

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If you have a keen eye, you’ll be able to spot Snappy in the video below of the band performing “Too Tired to Fight”:

A quick YouTube search will return lots of videos of this great band, and if they happen to come to your town do make it a point to check them out live.

If you have an event in the Houston or Austin area that you would like for Snappy to attend, please get in touch with us by emailing feedback@hostgator.com ATTN: Blog.

The Adventures of Snappy: Houston Zoo Edition

Written by Sean Valant

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

We recently chronicled Snappy’s trip to the Houston Zoo on Instagram.  However we’re going to re-cap here as well as share some additional pictures of Snappy that didn’t make it onto Instagram; think of this as the bonus footage of Snappy’s trip to the Houston Zoo.  You can also revisit Snappy’s trip to the Houston Zoo on Pinterest!

First and foremost, what would a trip to the zoo be without seeing the famous pink flamingos?

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After Snappy communed with the flamingos, he found this other unique bird that apparently has its kneecaps on backwards:

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Snappy does like to take a moment to enjoy the scenery form time to time.  The Houston Zoo has tons of beautiful rest areas throughout its grounds.

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One of the Zoo’s newest exhibits is the African forest.  This exhibit contains giraffes, rhinos and numerous other animals, but Snappy couldn’t pass up the photo op with this mask, near the entrance of the exhibit:

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What can we say about this next pic?  If you followed this adventure on Instagram, you saw another picture of Snappy up in a different tree… for a gator, Snappy sure likes to climb!

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The only appropriate way to conclude Snappy’s trip to the Houston Zoo is with a visit to his fellow gators.  This is an American alligator, just like Snappy!

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If you’re in the Houston area, we highly encourage you to go visit the Houston Zoo.  Or at the very least, visit them online: http://houstonzoo.org.

If you have an event in the Houston or Austin area that you would like for Snappy to attend, please get in touch with us by emailing feedback@hostgator.com ATTN: Blog.

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