Driven by a desperate hunger to the arms of a neon light, it's Monday Mail.
Today's opening is from Columbus native Carson McCullers' "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter." It's not the line I had in mind. I was looking for one about the sun shining blazingly white, but I couldn't find it.
I think of that when this time of year comes around, and the sun nearly blinds you as it broils you.
Last week's column noted summer came with the solstice Sunday afternoon, and you don't have to know how the sun hits the Tropic of Cancer is to know the season has changed. Just go outside. Today and Tuesday, the high's near 100 degrees.
If we keep having these pop-up afternoon thunderstorms, it's going to be like a sauna out there.
So, having been outside, I have decided it's OK for me to say you should get out there and enjoy yourself this summer, but that doesn't mean I have to.
It's not the heat and sweat I mind so much as the stuff I have to put on. Not just the clothes, but the sunscreen and the insect repellent and the hat that mats your sweaty hair to your scalp.
And if you wipe sweat with the back of your hand when it drips to your mouth, you get DEET from the repellent on your lips, and if you lick your lips, you numb your tongue.
It tastes awful, too. And I bet the label says you're not supposed to eat it.
So anyway, I've decided going outside is overrated, and I'm going to avoid it for a while.
Mostly I'm just avoiding the mosquitoes so I don't get chikungunya.
Apparently I'm not the only one with such fears:
Right on Tim,
I have been inundated with swarms of these tenacious blood suckers, that I do not have anymore blood to give them. I live in pine meadows mobile home park. We are in the woods and about a half mile from a creek that runs through the park, all the way to Benning Drive and to the Chattahoochee! I have tried to call the EPA, but the phone number in the phone book, is no longer valid. I was forced to call my councilor Bruce Huff, but he does not answer his phone. I have used mosquito repellant, until I realized they bite me anyway. I quit using the repellant, and use citronella troches, and candles. It almost kept them at bay.
I will keep trying to fight them, because of the diseases they carry!
The fight is on.
Does Bruce Huff kill mosquitoes? Maybe I should call him, too.
On Facebook I asked whether mosquitoes had any natural enemies I could use in the backyard like the stray cats and rat snakes I put in the attic for squirrels, and friends said bats eat mosquitoes.
I tried to call Batman, but I had no Batphone.
Tim Chitwood, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-571-8508.