Originally Posted by FLMountainMan
Do crickets divebomb you? Because roaches do. I've eaten spiders and moths, wrestled an alligator, camped for weeks out in the swamps, etc..., but I shriek like a twelve-year old girl when I'm out downtown and one of those things dive bomb me. Fucking terrifying.
I've been attacked by flying roaches on a camping trip once. A perfect combination of terror and revulsion. I'd probably puke on the spot if a flying roach got me in my own apartment. That said, there is much worse out there. Back in LA we had all sorts of weird shit crawling around (and not just the people). Black widows are near-ubiquitous in people's garages and basements, for instance. Roaches are not uncommon, though I was blessed in never having had them. Every once in awhile, though, you'd get one of these two specimens crawling around your bedroom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_cricket http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_spider
You haven't screamed like a 12 year old girl until you've woken up with a giant, tarantula-looking thing skittering across your blanket. In the hills behind my house we'd also get the occasional rattlesnake, lots of coyotes, raccoons the size of grizzly bears, and all sorts of lizards big and small. One time my dog surprised me with the mangled carcass of a 2-foot lizard at my feet. I'd hoped it was someone's escaped pet, because if those freaking things were out there all the time, I was not going to be a happy camper. There are also mountain lions in certain parts of LA. I was never fortunate enough to play host to one in my backyard, but we had a neighbor's cat mauled by one. They also eat hikers every now and then on the various trails through the Hollywood Hills and surrounding mountains.