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
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.