Monday, November 5, 2007

RIP Reggie



Okay ... there is nothing spiritual in this post ... if you want something edifying try the post below!

I really hate bugs ... and in particular in Korea ... I hate these centipedes. They like houses ... In my first week here, I was washing dishes and saw something out of the corner of my eye on my shoulder. It was one of these. They run fast and it shot off. My lovely neighbor Isobel came to get it for me but it was in hiding. A week later I was in the shower (pre lasik days) and I stepped back and felt something under my foot. "What"s that?" I thought. Lifted my foot up and watched as something long wriggly and dark headed for the plug hole.

So here is the sad sordid story of an epic battle and murder most foul that occurred in this very apartment last night.

Two weeks ago a big one of these charged at me from the sink and took off … My neighbor Buffie came to get it and it had gone. Last week while playing my guitar I saw it shoot along past my bathroom door and around behind my tibetan chest. Not good for my sanity … I named him Houdini. His disappearing act has been outstanding.

Onto the story ...

Poor Reggie is DEAD. I would like to think that it was Houdini, but Reggie looked a little larger (although by the time I was finished, he didn't look large at all …) … I came in last night and he was sitting around in my sink. After a shriek and a little arm flapping, I ran for my flyspray, only to realise that I no longer have any! So what to do … I knew at any minute Reggie was going to make a run for it … so I splashed him down into the plug area … and he ran people … he RAN … he just shook off the water and ran … so I splashed him again … another deluge … and then a third one …

Reggie was fighting for his life … it was not pretty … but I knew … this would be a duel to the death … I turned on the tap and let a deluge of hot water fill the plug hole … but still he fought … spinning around and around trying to run up the sides ... at this point I am seriously freaking … thinking this is it. It’s like the movie Halloween. He just won't die. It was time to get out the big guns …

I left the hot water from the tap pouring into the sink … I got a pot and filled it … I put it on the stove to boil … and then when it was bubbling, gurgling and steaming I poured it (while the tap was still running) into the plug hole … Poor Reggie … but by then I was convinced he would come back from the dead and be downright vicious … so … I boiled another pot … and when I was done with that, I left the plug jammed in … just in case he arose from the dead … My cleaner will be dealing with the body today! Take a moments silence and remember him. He fought bravely.

7 comments:

Danifesto said...

Wow! I didn't know you had it in you! haha! Take no prisoners! :)

Mel's World said...

That was so hysterically funny!!! Thanks for the laugh...I really needed that today!

I am so glad I was able to stop by today...

Thanks for stopping by Mel's World...I hope to see you again soon!

Melissa

Sharon said...

That really is too funny!
But if that that should up in my house-I'd have been boiling some water too.
I am glad Houdini is dead.

sassiekiwi said...

Actually Sharon ...

My real fear is Houdini lives - I think Reggie was a distant relation ...

Deb said...

Oh my gosh that is to funny!! I hate those things they are SICK and WRONG!!!!

Anonymous said...

Fireball here from One Passion... One Devotion... www.fireball.lifewithchrist.org

Your bugs freak me out! today at playgroup we had to get our pastor (and husband of one of our mums in the group) to come down and kill a 1 inch sized cockroach! we - and ME in particular - am such a woss!

bet you'll be glad when u come home to NZ that there are no bugs like that in your shower!!!

Anonymous said...

me Fireball again...

one thing i always ask is WHY GOD WHY!!!


speaknig of bugs... my son helped my husband move our woodpile the other day. he came inside yelling, hey mum, come see these. i knew these was a bad sign. in his hands he had 3 of the biggest slugs i have ever seen. spotted slugs. about 5cm long and 2cm wide each. sliming around in his hands. soooo gross. i was sooo grossed out. once the slugs were gone he had to wash his hands heaps as the slime was dripping off! yuck!