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Monday, October 09, 2006

Another Scorpion Encounter

This one came looking for me. I was sitting at my desk working late last night and gradually became aware that my dog was growling at something. I had shushed him several times, but he continued until I finally turned around. There was a scorpion coming in the room from the dark hallway. He had us cornered. I told the dog to back off and looked around for something to trap the scorpion with. I emptied a box of paperclips on the desk and dropped the box on top of the scorpion and then weighed it down with some file folders. We could hear the scratching sounds against the insides of the cardboard box of the scorpion trying to escape. I went to the kitchen and got a tupperware container and did the same thing as before, sliding a piece of paper under the box and carrying the whole thing outside. I was wearing shoes the whole time and the lights were on in the office. Maybe it was the same scorpion as before, who knows?

6 comments:

rgmb said...

THIS IS NOT GOOD. I don't like it one bit! How is it that you maintain perfect calm?

Katherine said...

Hi rgmb,

I don't know. I wasn't calm the first time I saw one, but that was a long time ago.

Zataod said...

Remind me to never move out West.

Ole Blue The Heretic said...

Sounds like you live in a very exiting place.

Katherine said...

Ole Blue,

Yes, quite!

Howard said...

I find it remarkable that you didn't kill the creature.
That would be the reaction of most people who would also think it more convenient and easier to just smash it
with a shoe and then dispose of it in the trash.

As opposed to capturing it alive and then tossing it outside uninjured.
I admit when I see black widows around where I live my reaction is to reach for a can of black flag or raid.
I do not feel comfortable having them around.