Minding my own business the other night, never thinking of danger or creatures, I got ready to go to bed, But, first, a stop in the bathroom and as I turned on the light............OH MY GOSH, the biggest, black scorpion I have ever seen..............close to four inches long.........did I mention it was black?
OK, I'm not afraid of snakes - red and yellow kills a fellow - or other creatures, not even tarantulas but those creepy, sneaky scorpions raise my blood pressure and vocal expressions.
I left the light on, I slammed the door (hoping to scare him out of the house) and went and sat on the bed in contemplation. I probably sat there for thirty minutes thinking about how to ignore this creature in the bathroom. My options were: (1) barricade the door with multiple towels and rugs. That was ok, unless I needed the bathroom in the middle of the night and the odds were I would. (2) Where would it be when I DID want to find it? Oh yikes, maybe it would slither under the door anyway and come into my bed. (3) Deal with it! So I went up, got the fly swatter and my trusty can of spray starch. Put my shoes back on, along with a heavy robe just in case it flew at me (I don't know if they fly or jump or what) and went in for battle. If I had had goggles I probably would have secured those too - just kidding.
The scorpion had slithered down amongst the stack of towels that I keep in a nicho next to the shower. So, one by one, I shook and threw each towel into the shower. And, of course, it wasn't til I lifted one of the last towels that THERE HE WAS. It was NOT a pretty sight. I started smacking him with the fly swatter and spraying him with spray starch (that stiffens them I think) and quietly screaming as I decapitated it from the fly swatter.
Whew, it was over! I triumphed over a 4 inch creature, that to me was as big as tyrannosauros rex. The plight of a single woman living in Mexico!