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And other insects. [Sep. 7th, 2010|03:08 pm]
Marissa Lingen

I smashed a wasp against the library window yesterday. That did not thrill me. Then this morning there was a dragonfly in my kitchen. A dragonfly. Not acceptable. I do not smash dragonflies. They are our friends. They eat mosquitoes and, unlike spiders, do not bite us. So I have now joined the ranks of people who trap insects inside glasses and plates and carry them outside. I've never done that before, but: dragonfly. I mean.

Michele Bachman's campaign called to ask us to donate. In my best Polite Angry Minnesotan voice, I told the person that we were not in her district but would be donating heavily to her opposition if we were. Honestly. Michele Bachman. Of whom the rest of the far right wing wears T-shirts with arrows reading, "I'm not with Stupid -->." And it's only September. For awhile I was thinking that having a fixed election cycle was better because we would have guaranteed non-election seasons, which other systems might not allow, but no, no, I no longer believe this, they are invading everything, just everything, and I want the ability to have votes of no confidence, because I would have them all the time. Except in our library board. Oh, library board. In you, at least, I have confidence.

[User Picture]From: clarentine
2010-09-08 04:07 pm (UTC)
I'm the self-anointed bug catcher-and-releaser in my office. I even have a couple sizes of glasses ready for the catching. *g* So long as the bug is on the plus side of the register (does more good than harm), it gets rescued and released to the streetscape outside. Much to my surprise earlier this summer, I got to apply this policy to a full-grown praying mantis which had become trapped in the revolving door of the bank building opposite us. (That time, I had to beg a cup from the Starbucks in the lobby; nice clerk was helpful.)

Recently, though, at home we've been dealing with European hornets intent on driving away anything that might try to take over the apples on the Granny Smith tree in the front yard. (Not my house, not my choice of planting area....) Those I cheerfully kill any time they make it through the screens and doors and into the house.

May all your visitors be dragonflies and none of them hornets.
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