Boy howdy, has mosquito season ever started up here in the Great Land.
Honestly, I’ve been places where the mosquitoes were worse (I’m looking at you, Ft. Benning) than they are here in our Susitna Valley home. And the buggy season isn’t all that long, either, running from the first week in June until mid-late July. Add to that the fact that it’s been a dry spring this year, and, well, it could be a lot worse. But we still have good numbers of the little bloodsuckers. Some measures can help, though. Planting marigolds, lavender and mint around the house can help repel them. So can citronella.
But the best thing we’ve done to help us sleep at night without whining, bloodsucking pests (I mean mosquitoes, not Congressmen) buzzing around was to get all the old windows replaced with new, tight-fitting units with good screens. It cost a fair bit, but it’s worth it, and the new windows are also better-installed and better-insulated than the old, which will help in winter, too.
Keeping up a place never stops; there’s always something that needs fixed or replaced. And a country place, even more so.
Also: I’ve been and remain a little salty this week, language-wise. Sorry, but there’s been a lot of crap that irritates me this week, and unusually, not all of it came out of the Imperial City. And so…
On To the Links!
When Americans vote with their feet, the real winner is freedom.
The different kinds of bullshit.
Johnny Depp is now the poster child for Guy Rule #1: “Never Stick Your Dick in Crazy.”
(H/T to the Glibertarian’s Sloopyinca): There will be food. Food. People will eat the food. Food. Some may give speeches. Speeches with words. Words the people will hear. And food. The dinner will be about food. And people. But food.
Shocker: Japan and America aren’t very much alike.
RIP Dan Seals, of Seals & Crofts. Damn, he was eighty?
This Week’s Idiots:
The LA Times‘ Robin Abcarian is an idiot.
Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a sawed-off runt, and an idiot.
MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.
Eleanor Clift can fuck right off.
USAToday’s Rex Huppke is an idiot.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (Shit-for-Brains, RI) is an idiot.
The Nation’s Laura Flanders is an idiot, and so is the subject of her interview and Repeat Offender Ibram Kendi.
Yes. And don’t let the screen door hit your ass on the way out.
This Week’s Cultural Edification:
When I was a young fellow mooching around northeast Iowa, all of us had a few tunes we referred to as “make-out music.” This sorta-genre was as widely varied as tastes in music in general, and throughout those heady days of rock & roll in the late Seventies we still had a fair amount of smooth smoochin’ tunes to rely on.
One popular singer when one was “closing the deal” was Rod Stewart, and one of the best of his song to have loaded in your car’s eight-track player or on your turntable was his 1976 tune Tonight’s the Night. Here is the official video for that great make-out tune. Enjoy.