Got a jar of dead scorpions the other day.
It was just sitting there, in my cube over in Computing Commons. Not sure how it got there. Wasn't sure what it was at first. Come to think of it, I'm not sure I know exactly what it is even now I've identified it as a jar of dead scorpions.
Perhaps its a traditional welcoming gift? A warning? A gauntlet? (you know..."Think you've killed scorpions?...Hah!...Behold my prowess!!) The sender/collector/gifter also included a list of the things one might do with a jar of dead scorpions:
- Sell raffle tickets for guessing the number of scorpions in the jar, and donate the money to the SIS replacement project.
- Dip them in chocolate and market them as the next disgusting consumption stunt on Fear Factor. [Yum.]
- Use them as ingredients, for the development of a scorpion cookbook.
- Use as an ice-breaker on your next motivational speaking tour.
- Use them as calling cards.
- State a novelty paperweight business.
- Use them as a case study to teach marketing students how to sell generally repulsive product concepts. Regent's Arachnids anyone?
- Put them in a bigger jar and ponder the questions, is it half full, or half empty?
Apart from this rather dramatic increase in dead scorpion activity, the killing of the live ones has settled into routine around my house. And since the exterminator's been in the game, the volume has gone way down too.
Which leaves more time for thinking about 1:1.