Sunday, November 01, 2009

La Cucaracha

Yesterday night, I entered my bathroom only to find a very dark cockroach on the white wall opposite of me. It was just sitting there, at knee-height, waiting for God knows what. Of course, I panicked. After all, it was a cockroach, a thing that feeds on feces and other unmentionables. Although I was a bit dazed and frazzled, I did manage to pick up an appropriate weapon of choice: an old, good sturdy shoe with a very flat bottom. Cockroaches can be tricky. People assume that any old shoe or slipper will obliterate them at the first strike. But they're wrong. The shoe or slipper has to be slightly heavier than your normal flip flop, otherwise you'd have to beat at the creature twice if not thrice. Plus, the heavier the shoe, the better your aim will be.

Anyhow, back to the scene. I quickly went in there, concentrated for a second and attempted to throw my shoe with the bottom of the pair facing the wall (read: the oblivious cockroach). I failed miserably and yelped as I saw the roach dancing down the wall and scurrying to the nearest safe haven which it soon found and stayed put at.

The thing that I hate about these nasty things is that they always manage to hide in locations that make for uncompromising strikes. In this case, the roach sought refuge right behind the leg of a table and the wall. I had two choices: I either squish the roach hard with the front of my shoe (and possibly turn the shoe's tip around a few times to make sure that the bugger's dead) or again try to aim well and hope for the best of the roach's worst. I went for the latter since it involved less guts, on my and the roach's side.

I hovered above the thing for about five minutes. I concentrated so much that I started thinking of things totally irrelevant to what was about to happen. Anyhow, I breathed in and out, focused and BAM! My strike turned the roach on its slippery, crippled back and for five seconds it wiggled and waggled its feet in the air.

BAM! The strike had flipped the roach back on its feet. And that was the end of the cockroach that appeared in my bathroom on All Hallows' Eve.

Since I've been a lousy blogger this year, and since one of my personal reasons to blog is music-based, here are some neat, alternative wonky songs...a little bit of mellow, electro and tender sass... a little bit of sweet, new tunes to hear out...


Bat for Lashes - Daniel this song's on repeat...lovely, beautiful...

Frou Frou - Breathe In

Peter Bjorn & John - It Don't Move Me (Weird Tapes Remix)

School Of Seven Bells - Face to Face On High Places

Wolfkin - A Vacant Heart

Golden Boy and Miss Kittin - Rippin' Kittin I put my iPod on shuffle one morning before heading to work and this started to play. It's mellow, but it sure as heck woke me up

Purplespace - Kaleidoscope sounds like flying...

Purplespace - When I Signed Your Yearbook

The Postal Service - We Will Become Silhouettes (Mexcians With Guns Remix)

El Perro Del Mar - Change of Heart

Lush - Sweetness & Light

Psapp - Parker this requires a serious dance...twirl about...step about...

The Clientele - Joseph Cornell

Au Revoir Simone - Take Me As I Am

Waldeck - Get Up...Carmen one of my faves...

at 8:30 AM


  1. Anonymous Anonymous posted at 10:19 AM  
    Humans prevail once again!
  2. Anonymous Anonymous posted at 1:09 PM  
    @3baid: they will prevail once we nuke each other and the radiation will force every living thing to die or go underground except for our resilient friends.
  3. Anonymous Danderma posted at 1:46 PM  
    roaches feed on Feces!?

    thats why they live in the sewers?!

    YA lahweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
  4. Anonymous Anonymous posted at 4:38 PM  
    Tis Fee!

    My eldest sister actually picked up a cockroach, thinking it was a brownie piece! lool!
  5. Blogger Erzulie posted at 4:55 PM  
    3baid: well, this time maybe...

    anon: yes, probably...i hope that we don't have a nuclear war though...why doesn't everyone just live life peacefully? i don't understand wars...instead of spilling enemy blood, why not gather with friends and spill...tea or whatever?

    danderma: that's whyyy! :P
  6. Blogger Erzulie posted at 5:17 PM  
    fee: euw! that's disgusting! i know someone - a girl cousin of mine - who drank a glass of laban and felt something in her mouth. curious, she stuck her tongue out thinking it's a piece of bread. it was a COCKROACH and it was DEAD. ARAF! i think that that tale is the worst cockroach story ever. i'd rather have it crawl on me than have it in my mouth! god i'm gagging just thinking about it and I'M telling the story!
  7. Anonymous Guy posted at 7:05 AM  
    Erzule, you have a nice feel for music. Well done , really.
  8. Anonymous the argumentative palestinian posted at 4:53 PM  
    Iff there was some way the roach could communicate I'd be almost certain he'd say : Wham, Bam, Thank You Mam! (speaking allegorically, of course) :)
    No offence meant!
  9. Blogger Confashion posted at 11:02 AM  
    Honestly.. you're so brave! I wish I had the courage to react the same way! :\
  10. Blogger Prashant Buwa posted at 6:23 PM  
    get ur bathroom sanitized. and are you arranging memorial service for the dear "Roach"? ;)

  11. Blogger Erzulie posted at 10:59 PM  
    Guy: Thanks!

    argumentative: umm...why would the roach say that? if it did say that before i killed him, that would mean that it's suicidal, nest pas?

    confashion: well, it was either kill the damn thing or not use my bathroom! it was quite calculated though...had a nervous sweat but it was...well planned and well done :P

    prashant: memorial service? nope. it's the only creature that'll survive nuclear war. think it should be more sympathetic to humans :)

    question: i hate them too, so much that i'd rather kill them than let them be.

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