Journal Excerpt: Misguided Tick

October 22, 2006 at 10:43 pm 4 comments

When I was looking for my FDR journal excerpt (I wrongly assumed I saw the speech draft in Caen or London, not New Orleans), I ran across this passage.  It amused me, so I’ll share. 

From my entry on June 6, 2004:

When I was home, before we left for Europe, I saw my first lightening bug of the season.  My parents’ yard was filled with them!  Still haven’t seen any down here in Blacksburg.

I have, however, seen more ticks.  I’ve always been told that ticks can sense heat– they like to bite down on the hot parts of the body.  Supposedly they wait up in trees and when they sense heat below, they let themselves fall.

Well I saw one tick today whose senses let him down.  He was hovering on my laptop, trying to find a place to burrow.  The laptop, due to the poor fan placement, was hotter than anything in the room.

I felt a little sorry for this misguided tick, but not sorry enough to spare him.  I flicked him in the toilet and urinated on him before flushing him to his death.

What a way to go.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. spugbrap  |  October 23, 2006 at 4:58 am

    Hey, that pest disposal method sounds awfully familiar! Some bugs, I don’t have anything against. If there’s one bug in my house, and it’s easy enough to catch and release, I usually do that… Especially with spiders, since I respect and appreciate their work, but just don’t want them *inside* my house.

    Other bugs, which I consider evil and don’t even want *outside* my house, such as earwigs or spider crickets, usually get flushed down the toilet. If I’m feeling especially pissed off (so to speak), and properly physically motivated, I will pee on the little demon-spawn-with-pincers, and maybe even let out a little maniacal cackle when I hit my target dead-on.

    Oh, and I mustn’t forget the double-flush. I’ve had earwigs (or maybe it was spider crickets, I don’t remember) who managed to survive the golden shower and first flush, and crawl back out of the bowl, after disappearing temporarily! So, I’ve made a habit of always flushing bugs 2 times, whether I see them or not.

  • 2. Clint  |  October 23, 2006 at 9:11 am

    2-litre toilet, i take it?

  • 3. Christina  |  October 24, 2006 at 6:23 am

    I like to set ticks on fire before I flush them, just to be sure, and I’m just that sadistic. They’re the only bugs I really hate (no, actually, I hate mosquitos too). Plus Germany has these huge nasty gray ticks that just freak me out. They’re called Panzerzecken, or “tank ticks”.

  • 4. tgaw  |  October 24, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    Tank Ticks– I like!


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