Monday, September 8, 2014

The Cockroach Chronicles Continue

For those who haven't been following, this is not my first encounter with a cockroach, in fact it's not even my second or third!  To be honest, I'm still not even certain they are cockroaches, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.  As you can guess from the photo below, this most recent encounter ended well (for me, at least).
 I was sitting on the bottom bed, using the end table as a desk to write my thoughts about the day in my journal when I noticed movement out of the corner of my eye.  The window was open, but as I glanced up I realized it was a blasted bug trying to sneak its way across the windowsill.  It made it to safely behind the curtain, but a few quick shakes had my ears picking up the sound of it hitting the floor.  It tried to hide under the end table, but I'd already grabbed my trusty flip-flop and was ready to finish him off.  I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get a good hit in with his current position under the table, so I moved it in hopes he would crawl to a more beneficial area of the room.  He refused to comply, and instead scurried under the bed and to the furthest corner.  There was no way for me to reach him, but I wasn't going to give up that easily.  I still had plenty of ammunition and reached for another flip-flop.  As I whipped it under the bed he (thankfully) scampered towards the other end of the bed.  He didn't make it to the open area at the end of the bed, so I grabbed another flip-flop and sent it across the floor.  This time he was alarmed enough to scurry out into the open and up onto the wall where I was able to get a good swing and end his life with a single whack of my footwear.  No need for applause, I'm becoming quite adept at this sort of thing and am contemplating adding it to my resume.

As I mentioned in my last post there had been free movies on the Esplanade last week as part of this year's Cairns Festival. On Saturday night Emma finally had a free evening so we decided we'd head over and watch the Taiko drum performance (Japanese drums) and then watch the final movie of the week, "The Lego Movie".  The drum performance was pretty cool, I really enjoyed it.  Unfortunately we were a bit late for the start of the performance and were only able to get a spot in the back, but here's a brief video of one of their pieces:

After the drum performance we decided to check out the "Chalk the Walk" chalk art competition that was happening.  There were so many fantastic drawings and so many talented artists.  It was truly a shame that they were done in chalk and would soon be gone.

As for the movie, I hadn't really expected to enjoy it that much, but it was surprisingly cute.  Other than having "Everything is Awesome" stuck in my head the rest of the night, I found it had plenty of amusing parts.  The creators were definitely very inventive and I loved the Taco Tuesday and Kragle parts of the film.  


  1. We've been enjoying your adventures and getting quite a chuckle out of your cockroach encounters! We think of you often and are looking forward to seeing you in 6 months (Lord willing).

    1. I'm glad someone is enjoying my not-so-fun experiences with them! I look forward to seeing you both when I return as well!