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.