Ryan's Insect Adventure (an August blog)
posted 9/4/2009 1:48:43 PM
I've decided that to spice up my new sexy Yoshi profile, that I, Yoshi, will be blogging about just random stuff that happens in my life every now and then. I'll come up with some pathetic title which will include the month in which the event occurred. Hope this'll be interesting to at least a couple people, other wise there's no point in it. =P If it gains a lot of interest, I might do this as a monthly or weekly thing; just anything out of the ordinary that I think you may find interesting. Alright, to start it off. A very interesting tale with my encounter with nature's wonders. Enjoy.
Alright, well a few days ago my eldest sister informed me that she had seen a rather large insect of some kind on the wall by her bedroom door. She had no idea what it was, just a recollection of its relative size. We'd seen bugs of that size in the past, and immediately guessed it had been either a moth or a mosquito. She said to us that it didn't look like either, as it had no wings. Instead she described it to be more of a pincher bug or a silver fish; a a very flat body with pointed edges. We disregarded it, as it was no longer there, and figured it would die within a day or two without proper nutrition.
Several days pass without any sign of it. We were very comfortable in the house, not much changed at all. We kept telling each other that it probably went into the air conditioning vent, or it had already left the home, or perhaps already died. We had no idea where it was, so why not just assume it was gone so we wouldn't have to think of it?
Well, it caught us off guard one day, and we'd regret it. I was on the computer, my younger siblings were playing a video game, and my elder sister came out of the shower, when she called us over. We looked on the wall of the bathroom, a good 30 feet or so from where my sister first saw the bug, to find the bug enjoying himself on the wall. By the look and sheer size of it I thought it was a ****roach. It'd take ages to kill, but at least it wouldn't move very much, right? We couldn't agree on who would kill it, so it came down to random.org doing the job for us, and it ended up being my younger brother, Josh, that was elected to kill it. Armed with a broom and a plastic container, my brother planned to sweep it off the wall and onto the ground, then trap it under the container, and allow it to die, either from lack of oxygen or nutrition. However, when he sweeped it off the wall, it fled under the cabinet. We were unable to get it out from under it, and eventually we decided to look under the cabinet. It vanished.
We stepped out of the bathroom, wondering where it could've gone, and planned some tactics to get it out of under the couch, behind the TV, etc. As we approached the hall, however, my younger sister spotted something move out of the corner of her eye, and turned to find that the bug had jumped out of the bathroom, almost landing on my brother's foot. It was a massive cricket. As I was furthest from it (I was again on the computer) I did nothing. However, my younger sister ran and jumped onto my lap, screaming bloody murder. My brother managed to flee down the stairs, and my eldest sister, unable to move on a chair, stared in horror at a 1-2 inch cricket jumping around her. After she managed to run down the hall, the cricket quickly proceeded back into the hall, where it fled behind some boxes. After awhile it then appeared on the wall. After a bit of reassurance, my brother managed to trap it on the wall with the plastic container.
We held the container there, thinking...how would we keep the container on the wall? If we didn't, it'd surely escape. But it was near midnight, and we didn't know what to do. Eventually, I remembered a method of construction I had used on a geometry project in 8th grade. The construction of a dodecahedron. By using just the ends of a piece of tape, one attached to one side of the polygon, and one to another, I could create a sort of rope effect and bring all the pieces together. I used the same method on the container, only with duct tape, and to my surprise it worked. I was so satisfied with my work I took a picture of it.
We made a sign so our parents wouldn't open it.
If you can't read it, it says "Meet Jiminy Cricket, Our Best Friend"
So with it trapped, we thought everything was fine. However, it was far from it. The next morning, my mom found and killed 2 other crickets. We found a spider in our bathroom. My brother killed a black widow by our front door. Bugs were coming left and right and we had no idea why. But we were satisfied to know that the biggest one, the large cricket we named Jiminy, was already captured. The only thing that bugged us was its constant chirping every night, as it would echo through the hall.
However, one day, the unthinkable; it escaped. It must've tested the boundaries while we were sleeping and figured out a weak point. For the next several days we lived in fear. There was a cricket, who happened to be a magician, seeking its revenge on us. The thought of it landing on my head scared me so much I'd sprint through the halls. I'd use my parent's bathroom and shower. This cricket was obviously experienced.
Well, all things come to an end. One morning we found it by our television. We sucked it with a vacuum and let it drown in the water. The end.
Cool story huh? Oh, and here's a picture of that demon (still in the container)
So yeah, what'd you think? Let me know in the comments! I've never tried this before, so suggestions are welcome. Too long? Too short? Want more subjects in one blog? Too boring a read? Or maybe I should abort the idea altogether.
Well, thanks for reading. See more (maybe) only on CHU!