Sunday Greetings

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I might need one of these very soon…

I like to think of myself as a kind person who maintains a sense of respect for all creatures, but um, yeah. This morning when I got back from the gym, I saw a cockroach making its way across the floor. Now, I’ve lived in apartments with cockroaches and other critters before (in Boston), but those were like, Napoleon-complex cockroaches compared to these NYC motherf***ers. I’ve been in this apartment almost 3 years, and this was the first time I’d seen one in my own place.

First I screamed, “Holy sh!t! You are a big f***ing cockroach!” Then I stepped on it. “Sorry it has to be this way.” I walked away to get something to scoop up the body in.

When I returned it was still squirming. “Why won’t you die!?” I yelled, and stepped on it again, harder. And that was that. I was shaking like a wet kitten.

So much for that whole “kindness towards all creatures” thing. I will never be barefoot in here again—or at least until the exterminator comes on Friday. Go figure I go almost the entire 3 years without seeing something, but hardly a week after making plans to leave, I see my first cockroach. When I called management about it, the guy on the phone  laughed and said, “I guess it’s a good omen.”

Yep, time to move on. It’s been real, Hells Kitchen, but I’ve got somewhere else to be getting to. Apparently, cockroaches are also a symbol of tenacity, longevity, and the need for renewal and reevaluation in your life—all appropriate. In the past, when I’ve seen creepy crawly things seemingly out of the blue, I’ve later looked at it as a marker of a new phase, so I guess I’ll see. If nothing else, it’s a hell of a way to wake you up and motivate you to get out and enjoy the day.

How do you react when you see creepy crawly things? On a lighter note, how are you spending your long weekend? 

3 thoughts on “Sunday Greetings

    Thomas Mangione (@EmpoweringChiro) said:
    May 28, 2012 at 6:53 am

    well if i were to spend my long weekend i would go camping and kayaking with friends, and i do agree that cockroaches are really hard to get rid of. they are well known for their survival. have a nice weekend

    Jessica said:
    June 1, 2012 at 2:31 am

    I’d call the exterminators straight away! Ecology Exterminating is good – used them before and not a cockroach in sight now 🙂 Thank god

    Signs | Keeping It Real Food said:
    March 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    […] similar to how I tend to take things like the sudden (and isolated) appearance of mice and cockroaches, as signs of movement, if kind of unpleasant. I’m weird, I know, but it’s never steered […]

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