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  1. #59801
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    Ha, farmers like it mostly so it's done with...can't plow the fields when they have two feet of mud...miserable time of year but the days are getting longer and the sap is running so there is fresh syrup to be had...
    Seeing the syrup gathering operation is really cool.

  2. #59802
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phredd3 View Post
    I think this is seriously cool, personally. My philosophy when it comes to spiders has always been to live and let live, but I don't need to cohabit with them and most spiders are too difficult to remove using humane methods. Also, I draw the line at anything dangerous. I'm not going to leave a Black Widow hanging around anywhere near. But I love to watch spiders. It's like watching aliens. I wouldn't say I love spiders, but I certainly admire them.

    I can relate to the phobia thing, though. I went to the desert southwest a few years ago, and I have a heck of time with some of those drop-offs. Not quite as bad as my son, who couldn't even approach some of the fenced-in overlooks, but I've had a few more years than he has to practice using my intellect to overcome the sheer terror. But any drop-off without the fence, and I'm staying several body lengths away. Love the view. Can't stand the height. It was totally bizarre to see some people dangling their legs over the edge of a multi-thousand-foot cliff. There's no way in hell.
    Scorpions are fun, too. At Boy Scout camp in the Texas scrub we put a very lifelike scorpion in the sleeping bag of one of the guys. It had its intended effect. Later, that same boy had to have a tick removed from his unmentionables. I hope heís doing well but I doubt he enjoys the outdoors much anymore.

  3. #59803
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
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    New Jersey
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    At Boy Scout camp in the Texas scrub we put a very lifelike scorpion in the sleeping bag of one of the guys. It had its intended effect.
    Children are brutal
    (I'm assuming you weren't the scout master)
    Rich
    "Failure is Not a Destination"
    Coach K on the Dan Patrick Show, December 22, 2016

  4. #59804
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    Location
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    Children are brutal
    (I'm assuming you weren't the scout master)
    No. I was a kid. And, yeah, a bunch of 10 year olds running around the Texas scrub was not a great place for civility.

  5. #59805
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    No. I was a kid. And, yeah, a bunch of 10 year olds running around the Texas scrub was not a great place for civility.
    Lord of the Flies!

  6. #59806
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Later, that same boy had to have a tick removed from his unmentionables.
    I can empathize. I was left out in the woods for my Order of the Arrow ordeal. I went to the ER a couple days later due to ummm, unusual swelling.

  7. #59807
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    Rougemont Nebulae
    Quote Originally Posted by YmoBeThere View Post
    I can empathize. I was left out in the woods for my Order of the Arrow ordeal. I went to the ER a couple days later due to ummm, unusual swelling.
    Yeah, chiggers. Been there before.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvZI...&start_radio=1 "The piano player starts playin and all of sudden French rolls started coming up out of the audience, they're throwing 'em, and Larry Fine yells from the wings 'Hold out for roast beef!'"--Mo Howard

  8. #59808
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    Quote Originally Posted by CameronBlue View Post
    Yeah, chiggers. Been there before.
    Oof. I worked IN the Duke forest one summer. Chiggers from my ankles to my nipples. AWFUL!


    Also, they upchuck enzymes into your skin to tenderize the meat then eat the leftovers. Thatís what chiggers actually do.

  9. #59809
    Basketball season is over.

  10. #59810
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Oof. I worked IN the Duke forest one summer. Turkey eaters from my ankles to my nipples. AWFUL!


    Also, they upchuck enzymes into your skin to tenderize the meat then eat the leftovers. Thatís what turkey eaters actually do.
    FIFY.

  11. #59811
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    I leave for Spring Break in the islands in 8 days, and oh boy, am I getting the fever.

  12. #59812
    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    I leave for Spring Break in the islands in 8 days, and oh boy, am I getting the fever.
    Nice! Which islands?

  13. #59813
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    Feb 2007
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    Atlanta, GA
    Quote Originally Posted by ClemmonsDevil View Post
    Nice! Which islands?
    The Keys. One of my magic spots.
    I intend to die having been down there dozens of times.

  14. #59814
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    Feb 2007
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    Greenville, SC
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Oof. I worked IN the Duke forest one summer. Chiggers from my ankles to my nipples. AWFUL!


    Also, they upchuck enzymes into your skin to tenderize the meat then eat the leftovers. Thatís what chiggers actually do.
    When my brothers and I used to go walking in the great outdoors with our dad all of the chiggers would hop on him so none of us were bothered.

    Dad was totally chewed up and would resort to almost a shower of Campho-Phenique liquid to relieve the itch.

  15. #59815
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    Atlanta 'burbs
    When I walk into the woods or a field, You can actually hear the chiggers stampeding in my direction. I am a chigger magnet. But weirdly, mosquitoes avoid me and rarely bite, but will devour anyone next to me.

  16. #59816
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    Feb 2007
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    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by camion View Post
    When my brothers and I used to go walking in the great outdoors with our dad all of the chiggers would hop on him so none of us were bothered.

    Dad was totally chewed up and would resort to almost a shower of Campho-Phenique liquid to relieve the itch.
    Quote Originally Posted by TruBlu View Post
    When I walk into the woods or a field, You can actually hear the chiggers stampeding in my direction. I am a chigger magnet. But weirdly, mosquitoes avoid me and rarely bite, but will devour anyone next to me.
    I am not bothered by them as much. My mom is a chigger magnet and has strong reactions to their bites. To mosquito bites as well. The homemade bug stuff I make with witch hazel and lemon eucalyptus oil works great for the skeeters but not so much for the chiggers.

  17. #59817
    Quote Originally Posted by TruBlu View Post
    When I walk into the woods or a field, You can actually hear the chiggers stampeding in my direction. I am a chigger magnet. But weirdly, mosquitoes avoid me and rarely bite, but will devour anyone next to me.
    I am the magnet for mosquitos, as well as bees and wasps, in my extended family.

    Mosquitos refuse to bite my wife and focus on me, and that is the one downside to an otherwise beautiful relationship.

  18. #59818
    Quote Originally Posted by 75Crazie View Post
    I am the magnet for mosquitos, as well as bees and wasps, in my extended family.

    Mosquitos refuse to bite my wife and focus on me, and that is the one downside to an otherwise beautiful relationship.
    It's most likely an upside for her.

  19. #59819
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    you guys can keep your chiggers. We already have deer ticks (with lyme disease) to deal with...and don't even think about sending us any of your meat ticks.

  20. #59820
    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Location
    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by 75Crazie View Post
    I am the magnet for mosquitos, as well as bees and wasps, in my extended family.

    Mosquitos refuse to bite my wife and focus on me, and that is the one downside to an otherwise beautiful relationship.
    Mosquitos avoid my middle son, but they seem to love me. But they have loved me in the past up to the point where now I barely care. It's been like extended allergen therapy: I've been so exposed to so much mosquito venom that, even though as a child/young adult I reacted to them strongly, now when I am bitten I can't even tell after about 10 minutes. Mosquitos carry diseases, of course, so I'd prefer not to get bitten, but if I am, well...*shrug*.

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