Monday, February 06, 2006

there are lizards in my apartment!

So, I have been in South Africa for nearly a week now... my town is called Ballito which is just north of Durban. One of the first nights I was here, I saw this little friend minding his own business on the wall of my flat (what an apartment is called here). I watched for a couple of minutes and then I decided that I was going to catch him and put him outside... I went to my kitchen cupboard, grabbed a glass and a small tea plate and began my hunt. I sneaked just close enough to capture the little guy underneath my glass and he scampered away... he was so fast that it startled me a bit. It was nothing for him to travel the distance of about 4 or 5 feet in a split-second... it was so fast that it was blinding... After about 3 minutes of this game I finally caught him and put him outside... I told Bobby and Sara (the missionaries I’m working with) about it the next day and they told me it was a gecko... like in the giecko commercials... they also said they were good to have around the flat because they eat all the bugs... so I went through all that work to find out that I should have let him stay and act as my ally.

Since this incident I have seen two other geckos in my flat. Now when I see them I just smile and tell them to keep up the good work... and if they start slacking off, they will meet my glass and tea plate.


aimee marie said...

glad to hear you're safe and sound!! i feel better knowing you have such a fierce protector keeping watch over you and your flat. :) please make sure you don't bring any of those things back to muskegon though. they freak me out.

Nicholas Mark Wagenmaker said...

Josh has a couple geckos...they are pretty sweet...and yeah whenever they get out it takes like an hour to find them and capture them...kinda fun