Thursday, November 8, 2012

I Never Want To Go

I never want to go to the ocean floor, Mars, or Australia.

The first two are understandable.  I don't like the great, dark, unknown that is the bottom of the ocean; I dislike dolphins and whales and am not wild about Martians; I can't stand not breathing fresh air.

But Australia is so lovely, I should want to go there.  I did want to, before I had a son who discovered his love of science....and by science, I mean the study of scary, deadly, creatures. He couldn't get enough of one book in particular, and he checked it out from the library over and over and over and asked us to read it to him at bedtime.

I still shudder.

It was cut and dry, no gruesome stories, but the fact that most of these deadly creatures resided in Australia started to make the Land Down Under seem a bit to much for my taste.

I know and understand the local banana slugs, spotted owls, opossums, and geoducks.  They are weird, but they aren't trying to get me.  At least, I don't think they are.  I actually give them a wide berth too!


This post inspired by prompt #2 at Mama's Losin' It!

 And  linking up with Papa is a Preacher for TidBit Thursday.







26 comments:

  1. Sounds like the down under is the place for me!

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  2. Yeah.. I've been wanting to visit Australia but the animals make me think twice... Still... There's the opera house! And Koalas! Koalas aren't evil... Are they?
    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. They are kind of cute, aren't they? I remain suspicious of them though!

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  3. If I was to go to Australia I'd totally stay away from the Outback. Maybe just check out 42 Wallaby Lane? ;)

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  4. I am so with you on this one, the only thing making me want to visit are the friends I have that live there!! Oh and from what I have heard Koalas can be quite nasty too!!

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    1. And let's not forget Kangaroos! Those things are fighters!

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  5. D: One of my brothers friends moved to Australia and once said "yeh, only visit if you're ok with spiders the size of your head".

    I don't handle money spiders particularly well! I'd probably spend the whole time stood on a chair (a la scared of mouse scenario) with a hammer in my hand in case of spider attack.

    That said...I do want to visit. It looks so beautiful! I hope he was just jesting about the spiders though otherwise I can probably forget about ever sleeping again.

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    1. My husband and kids found a youtube video of a huge spider, just hanging out on the ceiling, and judging by the guys accent, it was in Australia. The spider was about the size of his head.....shudder inducing!

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  6. I would love to visit Australia, but it is down lower on my list, with Europe at the top. I love Koala bears.

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    1. At the top of my list are tamer places, like Sweden or Prince Edward Island!

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  7. Back when Australia was just being "discovered" by Europeans, they claimed it "arose from a separate creation." It was the freaky creatures, the beavers with duck bills and venomous claws, the spiders that hold grudges and the tigers with pouches. I don't want to visit Australia (though I do love their Prime Minister), though I suppose I would, if someone presented me with three tickets . . . three non-refundable tickets.

    I'm having fun reading!

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    1. Thanks! I'd go to if someone gave me tickets. I mean, free tickets? You betcha! I'd swallow down my fears and concentrate on the sand and sun and throwing a shrimp on the barbie....

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    1. I do love to read about Australia, although my choice of books is vastly different than my son's!

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  9. That is pretty much my opinion too! Way too many scary creatures live there!

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    1. Right? What's up with all the pouches? Bizarre-O!

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  10. Australia would be quite the adventure and I would love to see koala bears too.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. There are some definite famous landmarks I'd enjoy seeing!

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  11. Oh no! You burst my bubble. I've always wanted to visit Australia... but not now! Spiders the size of heads and other creepy things. Yikes! I'm with you on Mars and the Ocean floor. Couldn't handle that either.

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    1. I'm not wild about airplanes either, for the same reason as Mars and the Ocean. I don't enjoy breathing canned air!

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  12. Found your post through Papa is a Preacher's link party. I would still visit Australia. Just stick to the paved roads.

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  13. Australia is on my list. The Great Barrier. And many more.
    Visiting from Larissa's Thursday Blog Post.

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  14. I am afraid of snakes and your comments on Australia remind me of a fact I am more than likely mis-remembering that Australia has the most types of posionous snakes than anywhere in the world.

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  15. As soon as you mentioned Australia's animal/insect life, I remembered a bit from the beginning of Bill Bryson's In A Sunburned Country, which for some reason has stuck with me all this time (I looked it up to get a direct quote): "It has more things that will kill you than anywhere else. Of the world's ten most poisonous snakes, all are Australian. Five of its creatures--the funnel web spider, box jellyfish, blue-ring octopus, paralysis tick, and stonefish--are the most lethal of their type in the world. This is a country where even the fluffiest of caterpillars can lay you out with a toxic nip, where seashells will not just sting you but actually sometimes go for you..."

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