Today I Learned...

Beebo Brink

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This is a palmetto bug. We call them that because "giant flying cockroach" tends to put the tourists off visiting. He'll take your cockroach's "attitude" and crap bug and attitude in a gulp.
I'm 65 years old and I still have a crystal clear memory of the first time -- as a child of about 6 years old -- I learned that cockroaches could fly. A huge black wood roach (as we call them in Texas) had crawled out on the floor and I jumped onto a kitchen chair. Then it few up past my head to cling to the wall.

Life immediately divided in to a Before and After. I would never feel safe again.
 

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I'm 65 years old and I still have a crystal clear memory of the first time -- as a child of about 6 years old -- I learned that cockroaches could fly. A huge black wood roach (as we call them in Texas) had crawled out on the floor and I jumped onto a kitchen chair. Then it few up past my head to cling to the wall.

Life immediately divided in to a Before and After. I would never feel safe again.
Never again.

I keep a spare can of Raid in the upstairs bathroom, but Margo hates the smell, so I also keep a Rolling Stone magazine (very nice heft in the current version) nearby for a satisfying WHACK!
 

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I'm typically not bothered - annoyed, but not bothered - by bugs. But if I had experienced at age six having to watch a crawling cockroach suddenly take flight, I'd be living in a hermetically-sealed bubble made of plastic 3 inches thick.
 

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Just checking in here to say I now close all my boxes this way and it is satisfying.
 
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Today I learned . . .
So, I've seen clips of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', but all of the clips were of Audrey Hepburn. I've never seen the film, and today I watched the film trailer. And . . . that young dude who is the male lead look so . . . whoa, that's that guy from the A-Team! Whereupon I learned that Hannibal Smith had also been in romances in the male lead role.

And no, A-Team is not the only thing I know George Peppard from. I'd even seen things when he was young (The Blue Max - only five years after Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I recognize him more in that than when I saw him in the trailer for Tiffany's (where I recognized him, at first, because of his voice)).