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Grasshoppers and Crickets


I’m by no means a nature girl. I’m not into camping unless you mean I get to sleep in a H-O-T-E-L or in one of these luxe tents. With INDOOR plumbing. Who knows, maybe someday when we have kids, my opinion will change, until then, I’ll enjoy modern comforts, thankyouverymuch.

Last week, we went to see an exclusive sneak peek of James Cameron’s new movie Avatar. He made it with the intention of it being in 3D. The animation and cinematography were very impressive. It looks interesting, if you are into the Sci-Fi side of cinema. From the few snippets we saw, I did want to know what was going to happen to the blue-skinned protagonist. You can watch the trailer here.

As we were headed back to the car, there were all these bugs on the ground. And some were JUMPING. To be a perfectly honest city girl from California, I had NO IDEA what they were. When more started jumping and seemed to be headed in my general direction, I bolted for the car. Even Cent was impressed by how quickly I moved. He said, “So that’s what needs to happen to make you move faster.” (He almost always finds himself waiting for me to catch up with him when we are walking…he has long legs, and he covers much more ground faster than I do!)

When we were sitting in the safety of the car, with all doors and windows shut, something jumped up and hit the windshield. I said, “What are THOSE THINGS?!”

“Crickets and grasshoppers,” Cent said, “You’ve never seen them before?”

Listen Internet, I have a confession to make. I’ve never seen a cricket, that I know of. I’ve HEARD them, in the distance, but as for seeing one up close and personal, that would be a no. I’ve also never seen a grasshopper. Apparently, I’ve been missing out on a lot of the insect portion of the animal kingdom. Like I told Cent, my experience with “exotic” bugs includes “It’s Tough to be a Bug” at Disney’s California Adventure and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Call me sheltered. Call me naive. Call me what you will.

And apparently, I’ve been told by locals that grasshoppers and crickets are the least of my worries. There are things called waterbugs and other multiple-legged creatures…

Check out this luxurious tent, Arizona-based photographer Melissa Jill slept in while on safari during her recent trip to Tanzania! Now, that’s what I’m talking about!

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