Five Photos From May
I’ve been officially inducted to the Peace Corps Thailand Isaan club. I had to perform a task of great ardor and difficulty to be welcomed in with open arms. And today I succeeded. I killed Momma Scorpion.
I mentioned in a previous post that this scorpion was here to greet me when I got back to Chiang Mai. At that time, I wasn’t sure if I should go for the kill shot and by the time I received confirmation from a fellow (and veteran) Isaan Volunteer, it had scuttled off. Not before it didn’t lay eggs somewhere, but I got the little guys before they grew to the point of giving me heart palpitations.
I had hoped after the first sighting that it laid its eggs and moved on. And then Jeff was surprised when it nearly crossed over his feet as he was on his way to the bathroom. I had resolved never to walk out without giving search to the area, which came in handy today.
On my way to the refrigerator, my eye was caught by a moving black something that was going too slow to be a rat. As my eyes focused in, I felt the surge of adrenaline that I used to have right at the tip-off of my basketball games. Except a wee more petrified.
With my longest reaching broom/brush hybrid, I squashed her. She took two fatal hits to go down, but even an hour later, I found myself checking and rechecking the location to make sure Mama Scorps was still down for the count. I’m going to let the ants take care of her as a little science experiment.
Flying cockroaches, beetles the size of quarters, and now I can add scorpions to the list. Isaan, you’ll be the death of me.
Ever wonder what it’s like to live in a rural Thai village? One of the most important things for a Peace Corps Volunteer to learn is how to entertain yourself with minimal stimulus. These are a few short clips of what my host sister and I get into to keep ourselves giggling while dressing up our dog, feeding the neighborly water buffalo, pedal our way to the coffee shop, and pick up a new puppy.
A short little guy with the animals we ran into at the zoo. I was going to combine it with last week’s video, but it didn’t make sense to have a ten minute video about two different subjects. The fee the zoo is only 200 baht (about $6 USD) with certain exhibits (like the aquarium, panda bears, and snow world) costing a few dollars extra. It was definitely family friendly and cooler than I expected. We had some close encounters with lions, tigers, panda bears, birds, monkeys, and flamingos. Oh my!
The last time I came back from Asia, traveling alone, I went to San Francisco and was greeted by family. Now, with a significant portion of my family meeting together for a wedding, I would really love to be on a trip back there with them.
Much love Mr. and Mrs. Beaver!
And then I had this to come home to…
I have the same MO. My type is small, black (but I don’t rule out red), and hurtful. I usually take care of them in the same location, the sink. I like to stick to drownation, but I’m not opposed to smashing or stomping when appropriate or necessary. I feel absolutely no remorse. My victims deserve it, stealing stores of delicious human food. And for just existing. They attack when I least expect it. I find genocide is my only way of properly defending my farangdom. Insert evil maniacal laughter.
Yes, this is another post about ants. Seriously, they’re assholes.
I’ll try to lay off the insect posts, but you know what they say: confession is good for the soul.