Monday, July 07, 2008


Where There’s Smoke…

This past weekend I was in Virginia Beach where the air offered the smell of a long-lasting barbecue. Sometimes the smell reminded me of mesquite and made me a little hungry, but at other times it was just an annoying smoky smell. Somehow while I paid attention to the news of the floods in the Midwest, I’d missed the news about the North Carolina wildfires. Since VA Beach is not far from the North Carolina border, the winds had pushed the smoke toward the beach.

Along with the smoke came gnats and other annoying pests. While they did not ruin my time away by any means, they did make things interesting.

We swatted the gnats with our hands. It took more interesting maneuvers, however, to get rid of some of the annoying pests. For example fake names and a vague response in reply to a question about our plans helped get rid of “Buzz.” This pest approached me and my girlfriends promising us that there was “more than enough of him to go around” and asked which one of us was married. He even lifted up his shirt to show us the merchandise…

4 comments:

Kenya said...

I think what's most amazing to me is that "pest" was really serious. Clearly those lines have worked on someone before as he would not have tried it again. What a waste of beautiful black skin.

jb said...

I agree.

Pretty Brown Eyez said...

Was I the only one that noticed that there were less gnats on Friday then there were on Thursday? We didn't even get another "Buzz" after that intial night.

PRBESQ said...

Busy Bee was truly serious in his offer, which definitely made it more entertaining. I'm sure he found some takers later on in the evening. I hadn't thought about the fact that he was our last pest for the weekend, but all things considered (i.e., brother man running down the street during the fireworks yelling he was "strapped") it was probably for the best that we didn't have to swat away any other pests. . .