When I was eighteen or so I worked at Movies Twin in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Next door was a pet store. Jerry’s Pets. I got a job there as well. Chris Bentley managed the store. We had an aquarium filled with crickets. When customers came in to buy crickets for their reptiles we would have to reach in and grab as many as they wanted. Maria would never do it. At first I was reluctant to stick my hand into a seething mass of insects, but after a few times, it got better.
Eventually, I grew to like it. Crickets are cute.