Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Insidious Creepy-Crawlers of the AKJ

Another Airplane Scorpion Attack; Vermont Passenger Stung Multiple Times (FoxNews)
MONTPELIER, Vt. — A scorpion stung David Sullivan on the back of his right leg, just below the knee, then crawled up and down his left leg, he thinks, before getting him again in the shin.
Not what he was expecting on his flight home from Chicago to

They assume the scorpion got on the plane in Texas, as the plane's previous flight was from Houston to Chicago.

Well Gino, I guess if we do ever all make it down to Texas, we're going to have to be a little more wary about creepy-crawlies; i.e. scorpions, spiders, rattlesnakes.

My step-nephew, from Houston, was bit one time by a Brown Recluse Spider. He was in the hospital for a long period and almost lost his arm.

A long, long time ago, when the king was in college, we went to North Padre Island, (Corpus Christi) three years in a row on spring break. We saw rattlesnakes around where we were camping on the beach; one year we actually killed one with an empty beer keg. (JR was also stung by a jellyfish in Corpus about 3 years ago)

Lets see: take a chance on getting killed by an insidious little animal jihadist, but be warm year round; or, stay in MN, freeze our buns off for at least a quarter of the year, and put up with getting eaten alive by mosquitoes every summer.

I guess we can take solace in the fact that they don't have rogue elephants, crocs/gators and tigers running around the Texas countryside. (although I imagine the squirrels are probably a little more psychotic due to the heat. I wonder if they have psychotic armadillos, and if they're any kind of a threat)

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