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Friday, May 17, 2013
Multiple bloody wounds
I went out to do some chainsaw work and a bit of wood splitting. Only minutes later I was bleeding from a number of tiny wounds. The black flies are really bad right now. Outside work is going to wait until the bugs die down. There's always the cover yourself in bug repellent option, but that can wait. There are enough poisons in my body as it is.
Some years the bugs are bad, some years they aren't. This is just one of those years. On the bright side, black fly season is often fairly short. They have to make room for the mosquitoes, deer flies, horse flies and moose flies. Maybe it'll be a good year for birds, bats, frogs, toads, fish and everything else that eats bugs.
When I was a kid people were a lot more casual about using insecticides to eliminate bugs. Campgrounds “fogged” the whole area by driving a truck blowing big clouds of insecticide out the back. Us kids used to play in the fog. My dad had a hand held unit that he used to spread bug killer around the yard at home. Of course, that was back in the days when we didn't care if our lettuce had DDT on it, as long as it was crisp. The chemical companies assured us these things were safe to use.
Thinking back on those days, it's a wonder we didn't all die of cancer before adulthood. Of course, some of us did.
Now I'm more likely to go with armor rather than chemicals: long pants, long sleeve shirts, a hat, and maybe a head net if they are really bad. If bug repellent is used, it'll go on my hat rather than on my skin. I have to be very careful which bug repellents I use. Thanks to all my chemical exposure during my firefighter days, some bug repellents trigger violent coughing fits to the point of unconsciousness. I'd rather get bitten by bugs.
Today I was caught unawares. Yesterday the bugs weren't bad; today they darken the sky. That's how it goes sometimes.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.