So I’m talking to my girl on the phone when the drunk knocks on my door.
“There’s a bat in the house!”
“Then call animal control.”
“But there’s a bat in the house!”
“So? What the hell do you want me to do about it?”
Here’s the deal – neighbor is a drunk, complications have delayed her eviction. I’m currently doing my best to avoid her at all costs, because if anything can make me snap, it’s a drunk.
So about every half hour or so… I hear screeching in the hallway. Not really sure it’s a bat, but I let it go for a couple hours. Then I say to hell with it. I won’t be able to sleep cos of the noise, and as much as I am amused by the fact my drunken neighbor is hiding in her apartment in fear of the evil vampire bat, and that she’s generally irritated by it… I need to sleep.
So I load up my airsoft pistol so I can stun it if need be… a bit of cardboard, and a tupperware bowl. Plan A – trap the thing in the bowl, and let it out. Plan B – shoot it with my airsoft, hope it stuns it, then trap the thing in the bowl and let it out. Plan C – take out half the wall and the bat with my 12 gauge.
So I sneak out into the hallway, close my door behind me, and…
“Is this a cricket I see before me?”
Sure, it’s a big cricket, maybe the size of a golfball. Thinking that maybe the cricket got in when the bat did, I ignore the cricket hunched on the bathroom door and check every room, every nook, every cranny.
All I see is the cricket.
I put the bowl on one side, sweep it in with the cardboard, trap it, take it outside, and then stomp it into the deck until there’s nothing more than a big wet gooey green stain.
Just kidding, I let it go.
But still, the thought of my drunken nitwit neighbor cowering in a corner in her apartment because she thought a cricket was a BAT…. will bring joyful laughter for days to come.