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Bug stories

July 18, 2017

Living in Hawaii, I have a great fear and respect for bugs and insects – from ants and cockroaches (especially the bumbucha ones with wings), to the many-legged centipedes and millipedes.

Just for fun, I’m sharing some true bug stories.

Cockroach conspiracy. My rational fear of cockroaches started when I was young. I remember it clearly: I went to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I turned on the light, and immediate a cockroach flew straight at me. A cockroach with wings! I remember waving my hands ineffectively to try to ward off its attack, and I’m sure I screamed. I don’t remember what happened next, but to this day I try not to get up in the middle of the night. I never know whether a cockroach would fly at me in furious defiance, or scurry away so it can plan a sneak attack, or freeze, daring me to take a step closer. Did I mention it was a flying cockroach?

Cockroach boy. When my son was three years old, he saw a bug on his train tracks. He told my husband, “Pick it up! Pick it up! You a cockroach Dad!” But he picked it up himself.

Footloose. One night after dinner, as I was washing the dishes, I felt a cool sensation on my right leg. I looked down and saw the shadowy figure of a centipede! I shrieked and shook my leg furiously, dislodging the centipede. It was 4-5” long and very active! My husband chased after it with a scissors, but it disappeared into the wall or cabinet. I refused to finish washing the dishes, at least for that night. My son told me, “That’s okay. Sit down and rest,” and he kissed my cheek.

The dangers of macaroni art. In preschool, there is almost always a macaroni art project. For my son, macaroni was used to learn to count. Fast-forward a few months later, and there was a minor uproar in the house when my parents, looking at some of his projects, realized that there were small bugs (worms? maggots?) in his macaroni craft! I immediately tossed it in a trash and tied up the bag tightly.

Centipede karma. One night a centipede crawled across our family room floor. Twice I asked my husband to “get it” (take it away and make sure it never returns – don’t ask, don’t tell). Twice he procrastinated and the centipede made it to safety. A third time, the centipede struck back. My husband was lying on the floor and he suddenly started shaking his leg vigorously. I was mystified. He jumped up and shook his leg frantically, and then admitted that the centipede had crawled up his pants AND BIT HIM! Lesson learned: get the centipede before it gets you.

And last, not a bug story, but just as startling…

A baby gecko almost caused a car accident. Once when we were driving, I felt something tickling the back of my hand. I looked down and saw a baby gecko resting near my thumb. I gave a small shriek and instinctively tossed the baby gecko away – unfortunately, right toward my husband, who braked sharply. “You almost caused an accident,” he accused. “There was a gecko on my hand!” I responded reasonably. A block later, he commented, “There’s a gecko on my foot.”

Are you afraid of bugs, or are you the one everyone calls when bugs show up? Do you have any humorous or scary bug stories?


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“You’re Only Human” by The Gecko

October 5, 2013

You're Only Human

There are a lot of geckos living in my house, but they are not good conversationalists. None of them are as charming and articulate as The Gecko, who disarmed me with this introduction to his book:

“I’m supposed to say something here that will make you want to read my book… Well, to my knowledge, this is the first book ever written and illustrated by a gecko. So by reading it, you’ll become part of history, especially if it ends up on the bestseller list.”

“You’re Only Human: A Guide to Life” (2013) written and illustrated by The Gecko, the Geico mascot and spokeslizard, offers “some inspiration as you make your way through life. Or at the very least, provides you with a bit of entertainment in the loo” (page 4). It’s eclectic, amusing, and a quick read.

The Gecko’s writing is witty, down-to-earth, and humorous, skipping from adaptation, curiosity, and effective spaceship captains, to manners, pie and chips, and top secret billion-dollar inventions. There are colorful and funny illustrations (I especially like the sauces Venn diagram, green celebrities by height, and The Thinker — boxers or briefs?).

On talking animals: “The bigger question is, what do you have to say worth listening to?”

On dreaming big: “Dreams are like a pair of trousers. They should be a size or two larger than you need so you can grow into them” (even if you show your bum).

On work: “The trick is to find that one thing you love more than anything else. And make that your profession” (though no one will pay you for eating jam and biscuits).

On inspiration: “Walk softly and carry a big notebook. When inspiration strikes, make sure you capture it.”

On GPS: “Sometimes not knowing exactly where you are can lead to great adventures. So be open to getting lost on occasion.”

On tattoos: “They’re permanent.”

To read an interview with The Gecko, visit For more information about the book, or to watch the book trailer, visit