Animals, Kenya

The rains have started to fall in Tala. As far as I can tell, this has two major ramifications:

  1. Farmers will grow food this season (rains were sporadic last season)
  2. Lots of animals will crawl into my house

Let it be known: I come in peace, but if you scare the shit out of me I might kill you. Especially at night. Visitors I’ve had in the past year and a half:

  • Scorpions: 5
  • Snakes: 2.5 (one was technically in the pit latrine in my backyard, so that’s half ;)
  • Spiders: 6

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Animals, Kenya

I’m in the market for a new TV show. I have been watching Arrested Development for the past eight months and I’m starting to get sick of it. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve watched all three seasons in order at least twice (not to mention two or three times in America), and now I just pick a random episode from a random season when I want to “watch TV.” I like Arrested Development because it manages to be intelligent and hilarious at the same time. I want you people to suggest a new TV show for me to watch.

Here’s the criteria:

  • Must have at least three seasons (what good is a one-season TV show?)
  • No reality shows (Survivor, Dancing with stars, etc)
  • No CSI, sorry!

I don’t know much about TV shows current or past, but for some reason I think Gilmore Girls must be a good show, though I can’t say I’ve seen more than two episodes. Can anyone help me out?

In other news, I found a huge, hairy spider in my hallway today. My camera bit the dust so I don’t have a picture for you. I don’t know if we have tarantulas here, but this thing was so big and hairy that it gives me the willies just thinking about it, do you have a mental picture now?! I’ve dealt with several other spiders, a snake, and a scorpion, but this was just too much. I called the sisters in the convent and they sent their cook, Johnson, over to help me out. I’ve never seen such a nonchalant act of violence as the way this man stepped on this spider. Thanks, Johnson!

Update (9 pm): Merely one hour after the spider incident I found a huge snake ON TOP OF MY REFRIGERATOR. Johnson has gone home and I can’t just whack this snake like a spider. I may not survive this night. It was nice knowing all of you.

Update (10 pm): Chased the snake out of the house only to enter the kitchen some minutes later to find a rather large scorpion. Squished.

Update (next day, 4 pm): Dropped by the house on my way to the market and found the snake in the living room. The snake is now outside of the living room but missing its head.

Animals, Kenya

By now most of you know that I run a small animal shelter out of my house here in Kenya (I guess I am following in my friend Marg’s footsteps). I made a fun little discovery in my house last night. “Fun” being that it was a scorpion. “Little” being that it was hardly an inch long. My camera is completely worthless these days so all I have is this terrible picture. I poked him and he definitely tried to sting my toothbrush with his tail. Who knows what other tiny monsters are lurking around my house… ahhh!!!