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Don’t Bug Me

All this rain is making me miss the long, hot, dry days in Vegas. I was thinking how good it would feel to step out into the dry desert heat and soak in about 100º of vitamin D.   I miss having a tan.  I really miss the elevated mood effects of sunshine.

Happily, thinking of all the things I miss maked me wonder why I left, then I remembered all the things I wanted to get away from:

Gray — the city is made of concrete. What isn’t dry sand — also gray — is concrete.
Dust — the whole place is dry and when the wind blows dust and sand flies.
Bugs — they love the heat and thrive in Vegas.

If I’d had the number of a good Las Vegas exterminator I might have stayed longer. In Vegas getting rid of bugs — and keeping them gone — takes a pro. Store bought bug sprays are like candy to the LV roaches. They gobble the stuff down and ask for more.

And did you know that a female cockroach only has to mate once and she’s pregnant for the rest of her life? She just keeps popping the damn things out! Seriously! You can check it out here on this Fun Bug Facts page. Some of the facts aren’t fun though, they’re just plain gross — like the occupied house (people, pets & more) that had over (estimated) 1 million cockroaches that when the house was purged “flowed out over the lawns, tree trunks, and walls of nearby homes, and into the sewers”. [shudder]

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. I have an extreme dislike for nearly all bugs (with a few exceptions), so I think if I visited that link I’d probably have nightmares for a few nights.

  2. When we lived in sunny southern California I missed the seasons terribly. Having experienced many Santa Ana winds, I know about hot winds and dust!

    After moving to Chicago years ago, I’ve truly enjoyed the seasons and the variety of weather. This past winter seemed endless though. Perhaps it’s time to relocate to a milder climate???

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