I was taking out the Recycle bin but right behind it where I'd step to get the leverage to tip it for rolling, there was what I thought was a wadded up rubber band.
I didn't want to step on the rubber band so I just shimmied the bin forward a little and tipped it without the added leverage. When I did that, the rubber band moved and I discovered that it was actually a scorpion. I was super glad I'd decided against stepping on it, barefoot as I was.
So I stood there contemplating the scorpion. Do I leave it where it is while I go in to get shoes on so I can kill it? What if it runs away? What if I try to kill it and it charges my bare feet? My previous experience with scorpions tells me they can be wily like that. I thought about balancing on the tricycle while I killed it but I was afraid I might lose my balance.
In the end I just grabbed the garden rake and gave it a good bash. Once I knew it was dead, I went in a called my friendly neighborhood exterminator. Then I cleaned up the corpse and called it a day.