Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Facing Your Fears

All right, so it's kind of stupid. And it doesn't make much sense (big surprise there). But for me, it's bees. Well, anything that stings; I don't really make the distinction. I remember in high school I was in my Spanish class, out in a trailer, and there was some thing flying around. I think I watched it the whole period; didn't learn a thing that day. What can I say, bees freak me out for some reason, even though I've never been stung. Heaven forbid I do get stung one day.

But I guess in life you have to face the things that freak you out. Today for example, Harvey insisted there was no way he could make it home from physical therapy without gas, and that I just had to skip the interstate and get him some. The first station with relatively cheap gas had a line, so I'm sending frantic subliminal mesages: "Hang on Harvey, I'm working on it buddy!" So I made it to another, pulled in, turned off the engine- and then it happened. A monstrous yellow and black striped creature lit on the little console that you shove your card in. I was trapped. Trapped by a thirsty car on a hot day and a big stinging something.

Well, what choice did I have? I took a deep breath and shoved my card into the reader. Big ol' whatever didn't move. I took the nozzle off and pushed the button for "cheapo". Big 'un stayed put. I put $5.51 in and hung up the nozzle, got my receipt to file on Harvey's floor with the others- creature still didn't move. Good thing, too. It must be true that animals can sense who was boss, cause I definitely would have kicked some big, striped butt!


At 7/19/2005 11:16:00 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

Even more things we share in common: I hate bugs, particularly bees, wasps and hornets. Never bee stung, either, but that's only because I absolutely fly into a KILL!!! KILL!!! KILL!!! mode whenever one of them things decides it needs to get a closer look at me. I've actually pulled my car off the road before so I could get one of the God-forsaken things out of there without having a wreck from flailing my arms around.

Honey is OK, but I'd rather live in a world without honey if it meant no bees, either.

At 7/19/2005 11:54:00 PM, Blogger Christopher Trottier said...

I've always been afraid that I was going to wake up and find myself transformed as a bird with a candy bar head -- and that all the other birds are going to eat my head.

At 7/20/2005 12:20:00 AM, Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Hornets ate through the cedar siding on my house and made a huge nest in the wall around my kitchen sink and in the space between the ceiling and upstairs floor. (We discovered just how big when we tore out the walls to remodel)
I came home from church late one evening and put my nightgown on then decided to watch a little TV.
After the living room light had been on a short time, I noticed a small swarm of bees around it. I am not really afraid of them so got a can of hornet spray and my canister vacume and began spraying and slouping them up with the vac.
Then I saw the kitchen light had more hornets around it.
They were coming into the house from a small space around the light fixture that wasn't tight against the ceiling, as well as from around the window over the sink. Actually they were comming out of the woodwork. It was like an Alfred Hitchcock horror movie.
I continued spraying and vacuming until one paid my tired old butt a very unfriendly visit.
My sister lived next door, so I slept on her couch and early the next morning I carefully opened my door, expecting billions of hornets to swarm me. Instead I found dead hornets all over my house, in plants, cupboards, just everywhere!
I'm still not afraid of bees. We need them for polination. I just don't like them in my house!
Now when it comes to reptiles, especially snakes, I have absolutely no use for them at all.

At 7/20/2005 01:01:00 AM, Blogger Jocelyn said...

I have some kind of insect phobia too. But cochroaches freak me out more...

At 7/20/2005 03:32:00 AM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

I suppose the bug that I don't like the most are those tree roaches. They are about 1 to 2 inches long and they fly at you. My daughter really doens't like them. She will scream "Buddy" every time she sees one and my husband has to come in and dispose of the thing. They like pine trees and they will come in the house when they can't get water from the outside. Yeks! I don't like them at all.

At 7/20/2005 09:17:00 AM, Blogger Jeff H said...

Chris: turn off the TV, stop drinking late at night, and seek therapy.

{just kidding...well, about the therapy and drinking, anyway}

At 7/20/2005 12:54:00 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

Chris that is so sad, I can't imagine how afraid you must be!

Nettie, I too am horrified of bees and wasps. When I was just a little girl eating an ice cream cone a bee went inside my ear and I guess it was stuck in my hair so it stung inside my ear. Can you imagine the terror? The buzzing was so loud!!! I will never forget it and when I hear that sound now I am petrified.

My friend was breast feeding in a car when her husband ~ outside the car ~ hit a wasps nest accidentally. The swarm of demon bugs flew into the car and stung her and the baby something like a hundred times. She said they were all in her hair and everything. She is really a tough woman and it didn't rattle her too much. I would need serious therapy like Chris.

At 7/20/2005 01:01:00 PM, Blogger Marla Bean said...

Bees suck. It sucks even more that, as pointed out, we need them. And I love honey. I don't see why we need nasty little hornets and wasps, though. They don't bring us honey, they just make nets of mud over your door - making its entry unsightly!

The freakiest bug out there is the potato bug. Check out potatobugs.com. It will make your scream in terror. Friends, my pure hatred of this insect is not from Fear Factor, it spurns from a morning spent with my loving and late kitty, Fritz. I loved that cat! Anyway, he would bring me "presents" in the form of headless mice, frogs, moles and birds. Oh, how I miss the days when they were left at the doorstep. I lived with my parents at this time, on a small ranch in Sunol, CA. Anway, on that fateful morning, dear Fritz (whom I did not speak to nor pet for days after this event) brought me a present. He laid a live potato bug in my bed. I seriously thought it was rodent. When I saw this flesh-colored bug move I shreiked so loud that I think poor Fritz wound up partially deaf. My dad hit it with his tree-stump arms and stunned it enough to throw it to the driveway and watch Fritz carry it off. That was the worst morning of my life.

At 7/20/2005 04:50:00 PM, Blogger Amigo said...

I understand the use of bees as pollinators and honey is fine stuff. Getting stung was a fear I had when I was young. Then one day I climbed on the roof barefoot to fetch some toy that had gone up there. While up there, I thought I had stepped on a small piece of glass, just a small prick. I looked at the bottom of my foot and saw a bee. I wigged out and scratched the bee away. My mom removed the stinger when I got down. It was odd I wasn't concerned about the small amount of pain until I saw it was a bee.

So really the pain is pretty small from a sting. That being said, if you're allergic a larger dose of healthy fear is a good thing. I also wouldn't want to be stung multiple times either.

At 7/20/2005 06:02:00 PM, Blogger Cori said...

I hope you pulled out a big can of Bee whoop ass!
Being stung does not hurt as much as you think!

At 7/20/2005 10:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm ok with bees, i just avoid them. now spiders, that's another story and snakes, ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

At 7/21/2005 12:42:00 AM, Blogger Paula said...

Spiders creep me out more than bees. I really don't like any insects!!! Yucky, yucky, poo!!!

At 7/21/2005 12:46:00 AM, Blogger Paula said...

Oh yeah, roaches, roaches are gross!!!

At 7/21/2005 04:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's very cool how you faced that. I'm so proud of you!

Now, the B-52 roaches freak me out. As a silly story, I was in the shower, plucking my eyebrows when one decided to perform an ARCLIGHT strike on me. Needless to say, I was soon running down the hall.

Bees don't bug me. I've been stung a couple of times. I've taken forensic entomology and most bugs don't bug me either. I have jar o maggots (Chrysomya Megacephala and Rufifaces) as a momento of the class.

Believe it or not, I was afraid of heights as a kid. Now...roger, set Flight Level Two-Six-Zero...


At 7/22/2005 01:32:00 AM, Blogger Vijay said...

aahh .. must have been a nasty lil whatever eh ? Isn't it the same way how our life is ? When you have something more important to concern you, what would otherwise have frighterned you is but trivial. So, next time you see a bee, get a microscope, aim at the butt , and give a good kick ! what say ??

At 7/22/2005 02:14:00 PM, Anonymous Stacy said...

Okay, it's definite, I'm abnormal. I don't have ANY problems with insects, spiders, snakes or any other creepy varity of life. They just don't bother me.

At 7/22/2005 09:37:00 PM, Blogger Career Guy said...

I'm OK with bugs as long as they stay on their side of the street. I sit my grandson down in the backyard and we try to concentrate on a little area of grass to see all the activity down there.

I know there are bees living in the porch roof. As long as they don't try to get into the house, I won't bother them. I did get stung by a bunch of wasps one time--I just didn't know they were in the mailbox at the time. My fault entirely.

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