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17 May 2008

yesterday, while sitting in my office on campus allegedly working, i felt something move on my foot. and when i pushed back from the desk and looked, i discovered a huge black beetle crawling on my foot.

i naturally followed the appropriate procedure for responding to such a situation: i screamed, while kicking my foot violently to expel the alien.

but, you say, how do i know this is the appropriate procedure? because it has manifest itself through three generations (my mother, my sisters, and my niece) without explicit instruction. complete with violent foot kick, screaming, wacky arm-flailing dancing (as i was seated, i didn’t take that step), and subsequent laughter. because i of course laughed at myself as soon as the bug was gone.

but my ability to recognize how ridiculous my reaction was (i mean, how hard would it be for a giant like me to destroy that beetle, regardless of his hideousness?) did not allay my fears. every little movement against my skin could be another beetle. and the fact that i couldn’t see where my expulsion had landed the invader left me a little worried. so i quickly vacated my office (which really was a good thing, as i was too distracted by the internet there). and before i got into my car, i shook out my skirt. just in case the kick had inexplicably left the bug clinging to it, lurking until he could make another foray against my peace of mind…

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 17 May 2008 3:29 pm

    I’ve been seeing those black beetles everywhere lately. Saw 2 in the garden yesterday and had one land on my shoulder while I was lunching at the Huntington earlier in the week (only when a friend complimented me on my brooch did we both realize that it was a real bug!)

  2. 17 May 2008 3:58 pm


  3. 23 May 2008 4:20 pm

    love this post….mostly because I was able to get a very clear picture of you freaking out! Thanks for the smile!

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