We were driving up to Boquete in the car loaded with musical equipment. I always seem to get chilly on the way so I grabbed my rain jacket from behind the seat and laid it over myself. About 20 minutes later I see something crawling up the front of the jacket towards my face. SCORPION! It wasn’t this one but it looked just like it. STOP the car, pull over NOW! I didn’t want it crawling any higher, but I didn’t want to shake it off on to my lap or feet either. Thankfully it didn’t seem alarmed and didn’t put up its tail ready to sting, but it was still a lot closer than I wanted to be to a scorpion.
Joel pulled over, I leapt out of the car, tried to shake it off my jacket but it tried to crawl into the pocket. Sheesh! I did finally manage to get it off though, and left it lying in a puddle as I dashed back into the car and out of the rain.
These scorpions can give you a painful sting but they aren’t deadly or seriously dangerous. Still though, I would really rather not get stung. We were trying to figure out how it got on the jacket. I wore it unloading equipment in the rain last Sunday, and I think the jacket had been in the car every since then. Or, did I leave it in the laundry room, and then put it back in the car on Wednesday? I know I didn’t put the jacket in the car today. Or, did the scorpion come on the equipment, all of which had been in the house for days?
Who knows? But all clothing will definitely be shook out when the car is loaded! Thank goodness too that it was on the outside of the jacket and not inside next to me.
The good news is that we were headed to our first band practice with the drummer, and it went even better than I dared to hope. We still have three weeks more to practice and I’m getting more confident, especially after today, that I can pull this off. We have some good stuff going on and it’s getting more and more exciting.