That 23 year old cockroach been very good to BK.
And yes, our stories do not matter, but her story does matter and gets told and retold.
Imperialism, whether territorial, or emotional imperialism, is when one persons story is made to replace and displace other people's stories.
Meanwhile, BK should show her gratitude to the Holy Cockroach by wearing a gold pendant shaped like a cockroach surrounded by a diamond halo--that Holy Cockroach has been very nice to her, given her many blessings.
On websites and book jackets and advertisements, BK ought to show pictures of herself with the cockroach crawling on her face, right by the hand placed by her cheek as she tilts her head, smiling.
Ganesh, god of overcoming obstacles, and wealth--Ganesh the elephant headed god, has a rat as his symbol.
If Katie is a modern avatara, goddess of healing, she should have the cockroach crawling up her face,a alongside her hand.
There are many, many kinds of disgusting vermin. Rats. Scabies. Lice. Leeches. Tapeworms. Pin worms. Cockroaches.
Ants...they're annoying, but most of the time people dont freak out.
Mosquitoes are actually important as carriers of disease. But people dont usually panic about mosquitoes, either.
(If you want people to scream at you to shut up, try and tell them you have a dog or cat with worms, or you have them yourself)
Once at a restaurant job, many years ago, we rat problems. There is nothing like having a kitchen rat so brazen that he runs across the shoes of the fry cook while
the guy is at the stove.
Friends told me one rat was so bold it had climbed a pipe into their upstairs bathroom and was actually eating their bar of tea tree soap.
('At least that rat wouldnt have had constipation' I replied)
I worked years ago at a homeless shelter. One icky part of my job description was
having to tell lice infested people they'd have to shower and change their clothes if they wanted to visit our drop in center.
What made it worse was that many people refused to believe they had lice even when they quite obviously had lice.
I once had to break this news to a guy who had such an entrenched louse infestation that the little things were the size of silverfish. I could see them crawling in the forest of his hair as we had our little chat.
As for bedbugs:
Last night a man who lived downtown told us the living hell he was going through because he was in a building that had become infested with bedbugs. He was the first one to find out and report the problem, but other rooms were infested, not just his room.
He said he was finding blood spots on his sheets, couldnt sleep, and the worst of it was most people thought it was something funny or that he was making too big a fuss.
For a first hand story read here:
But out of all these urban vermin, the one most people have direct experience with are
For not everyone has direct encounters with scabies, lice, or rats. Or even bedbugs.
But somehow, nearly all of us have had encounters with cockroaches.
Universal freak out factor--especially for middle to upper middle class urban types
raised to be clean freaks.
(in the ghetto or housing projects people dont scream and panic when they see a roach, they stomp its sorry ass)
Few of us have deslt with bedbugs (though do not be complacent, they are getting more common these days.)
Few of us have had rats.
But roaches...its like a universal trigger for disgust, amongst nice, dirt phobic, shame ridden middle to upper middle class types--and especially most girls and women.
(Though not if you're a someone who is a tom boy or butch)
Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 05/02/2009 09:50PM by corboy.