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Scorpions!
Posted by Al on 8/19/2015 10:54:00 AM.

Scary creatures. According to Wikipedia they are “…predatory arthropod animals of the order Scorpiones within the class Arachnida.” I call them eight-legged killing machines.


A recent facebook post from good friend and Watertown radio legend Steve Behm concerning a confrontation with one of the little beasts at his home in Texas brought back my memory of a startling night in 1984.

My wife and daughter and I had just moved to the lovely town of Inverness, Florida where I had been hired to do the morning show at “The New WKIQ.” Conveniently, a new duplex had recently been constructed across the street from the radio station so we rented one of the brand-new apartments in it.

Late one night I answered nature’s call. As I sat on the throne I happened to glance up at the ceiling where there was an air conditioning vent. There on the cornier of the metal frame of the a/c vent was a strange looking “insect” the likes of which I had never seen before.

Nothing brings you out of a late night stupor like the realization that a scorpion is perched precariously, upside down, a few feet above your head. And add to that the fact that I was sitting there naked. Talk about feeling vulnerable!

Of course I survived the encounter, and without being stung, but the scorp didn’t. Some deft action by me with a broom and Mr. Stinger was on his way through the Inverness sewer system.

I should note that the scorpions found in North America don’t pose any real danger, other than a painful sting, to humans.

A number of years later my daughters (beautiful daughter #2 was born in 1984) returned from a visit with my sisters in Arizona with a very cool gift for dear old Dad. It’s my favorite belt buckle. Yes, the critter encased on it is real.