Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Man Against Beast V: Scorpion Rising
The latest installment:*
My first experience with the wholesale slaughter of the lesser species was when I was four. We were living in Kenya. During the week my mother and I stayed in Nairobi where I went to Kindergarten, but on the weekends and holidays we joined my father out at camp in the bush (anthropologist, studying baboons, etc., etc.)
During these visits, I befriended the local boys. Despite the lack of a shared language, we got on pretty well, playing the various sorts of games that boys play. But they also introduced me to a new game which was completely unfamiliar to me: scorpion hunting.
It's quite simple, elegant really. Go around the edge of camp, picking up rocks. When you find a rock with a scorpion under it, smash the rock down on it. Splat! Scorpion paste.
As the parent of small children, this game absolutely terrifies me (I don't think my parents ever knew), but at the time it certainly seemed like good fun. And really, those scorpions had it coming (damn venomous so-and-sos!).
* I'm a little alarmed. I wasn't aware what a large role inter-special warfare had played in my life until I started documenting it.