Must be some connection
We have heard a lot about the snakes and scorpions in this area. Oh, and the fire ants. Jokingly, people say that the rattlesnakes keep down the scorpions. Of course, they also say that there are no snakes any more because the fire ants drove *them* out. Hard to say which is worse.
At some point, it occurs to me that we have often made much of Ms. Thornton's being a Scorpio. ("Made much" = jewelry designs and such, not astrological crapola.) Soooooo, Scorpio. Scorpions. Yes, pretty lame, but it does seem like fate. Just like the serendipity of my starting work at a new computer company on a binary date like 01/10/00. Seemed too good to pass up at the time.