They were not turkey vultures I'm fairly certain. I've seen them before and these birds looked nothing like them. I assume they were hawks of some kind. They weren't circling like vultures would. They were meandering about like the hawk does.
He has Boa's. 5 or 6 of them. He's planning on breeding them. He has a linage on all of them and he says that at least half of the offspring should be albino. From what he tells me they fetch a good amount of money.
As for my favourites I think I could say: AC/DC, Allman Brothers, Beatles, Black Sabbath (Dio and Ozzy are awesome solo too :P), Bob Dylan, Cream, David Bowie, The Doors, Guns n Roses, Iron Maiden, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Linkin Park, Metallica, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Queen, Radiohead, Rainbow, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Rolling Stones, Stone Temple Pilots, System of a Down, Van Halen, Weezer, the Who... Yeah, I just opened iTunes and named my favourites in alphabetic order XD
As for guitar players: Hendrix is God! (sorry Clapton :P), also love Page, Clapton himself, SRV, David Gilmour, Eddie Van Halen (so underrated) or Robbie Krieger (okay, not as good as the others but it bothers me how incredibly underrated he is XD).
Sorry to hear you're getting sick. It's not a surprise considering you are the royal plague bearer. I've been fighting a cold for about 2 weeks now. Most colds have the decency to go away after a couple days but this one has bad manners all the way.
As for the garden, I was fighting a battle against groundhogs all summer. My dog took care of most of them, but she left no survivors to tell the tale that an attack on my garden was a dangerous pursuit, so they just kept coming and eating.