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26 July 2017 @ 04:35 pm
You would hardly know it's Wednesday...  
... because our son is having his "squad" of friends over for one of their epic slumber parties tonight. One friend is leaving to go to Mexico tomorrow, another two go to Europe and Mexico next week, and then the gradual migration to various colleges begins. So, tonight is their last chance for a get-together.

The other two potential families didn't agree to host, so it fell on us. Which, arghhh—the mayhem, and during the work-week! But OTOH, it won't kill us and I know this means a lot of all of the boys. Though one inexplicably wants to bring his girlfriend along (my son just texted me), which seems inconsiderate of the other guys and not really appropriate to the group dynamic. I asked my son if he wanted us to say "No," in case some of the other group members didn't really want to have her there but didn't want to be the "bad guys". He thinks they're all cool with it, though, so as long as they're not both staying overnight here, I'm okay with it too.

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I posted about my horrific yellow-jacket sting while biking last Saturday, but not that there was a follow-up event on Sunday. That one was a minor stab in that same bike glove area as before, so I pulled over and took the glove off in case the perp was still in there. Just a splash of pollen, so it had to be a honeybee. SO much less painful than yellow-jacket stings. Still, WHY are they sneaking inside that tiny part of my glove? What is the attraction? I was all prepared to bail over to my new bike gloves, to avoid sewing the finger-holes smaller on the current ones, but they don't have enough padding. I'll have to return them. I don't know why vendors are so unwilling to pad everywhere, generously. Just getting thumb coverage is rare. :(

Speaking of mysterious attractions, the wild turkey population in this area seems to be growing unchecked. They're all over the bike path, and they've started to leak out into surround neighborhoods and not leave (sometimes, my neighborhood—over a mile from the parkway). They're at my office and the nearby fields. This surprises me, because they're not great at flying. They CAN, but they mostly stick to short stints. A bunch of them harassed a goose next to an office building earlier this year (fair game, since the geese harass everyone else): *gobble-lobble-lobble!* *ha-honk!* *gobble-lobble-lobble!* *gobble-lobble-lobble!* *honka-honka!* I had the pleasure of seeing a turkey randomly decide to fly up into a tree this winter. Lots of teetering and bouncing on the branches, and yet the other turkeys were thinking about joining it before Adventure Turkey got wise and bailed out.

But where I do NOT expect to see turkeys is by the side of the highway—as in, between the Interstate and a sound wall. One of them has been poking around in the grass there for about a week, and turkeys honestly aren't very smart. Why isn't it dead yet from wandering out in front of a car? And where did it come from? Maybe some of those obnoxious geese would like to join it...

 
 
 
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on July 26th, 2017 11:49 pm (UTC)
We're seeing more wild turkeys in my area too. Hmmm...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2017 12:03 am (UTC)
There are coyotes along the bike path (increasing numbers of them, unfortunately), so you'd think there would be natural predators. People are allowed to hunt them, too-- with a license and on their own property.

But that's got to seem a little weird.

I still say the ones near the office are begging to be mowed down and tossed into the trunk for dinner...
kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatre: crafty mommableodswean on July 27th, 2017 12:09 am (UTC)
Now I'm worried about that bird!!! Sheesh, you with the sheep and now the turkeys.

And the bees and wasps! Sorry to hear about that. Painful and slightly scary.

Have fun tonight!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2017 06:55 am (UTC)
That turkey can't be helped. It's a miracle it's still okay! Though maybe it'll fly up over the sound wall and into someone's yard.

The yellow jackets are so aggravating. I would happily kill them all!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on July 27th, 2017 05:41 am (UTC)
A few months ago when there was a turkey sitting on the hood of a truck parked outside my condo complex. The next day I saw one walking on campus and since then I've seen a few wandering around nearby streets. I am at the foot of the Berkeley hills and the park at the top of the hills has a ton of wild turkeys so this isn't *that* unusual, but they certainly don't seem shy.

There was a mountain lion spotted near campus last week.
(Happens every few years... I think they follow the deer that wander down from the park.) Maybe it will cull the turkey population.

Hope it isn't too crazy tonight!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2017 06:58 am (UTC)
Mountain lions scare me-- they occasionally get seen on the parkway, probably coming down out of the foothills. :O

Coyotes have crept into our neighborhood, which is over a mile from the parkway (the only nearby wild spot). People are worried that they're carrying off housecats. :(

It's almost midnight, and there are 6 boys here. I'm about to go to bed, and hope they're quiet enough so the grownups can sleep!
Echidna Media Organization project S.N.A.L.: Bee Drawingemo_snal on July 27th, 2017 11:07 am (UTC)
I believe wasps, like bees, have yellow "blood" (hemolymph), so the yellow smear could have equally been the blood of either. I feel hemolymph is more likely to make a "splash" or smear than pollen.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2017 05:40 pm (UTC)
The pain level was so much lower than the yellow-jacket sting I'd gotten there about a month ago, though. Same spot (between the bike glove and the index finger), so it's a sadly familiar experience!

I do at least know that you can't afford to squash yellow jackets or wasps, or you will cause pheromone leakage that will bring the rest of the hive down upon you for vengeance. :O
Echidna Media Organization project S.N.A.L.emo_snal on July 30th, 2017 07:26 am (UTC)
Haha yes this is true
cindy: spn - dean facepalm (by mixedbatch)tsuki_no_bara on July 28th, 2017 03:47 am (UTC)
there must be something particularly delicious about that part of your hand. either that or the yellow jackets and bees like to make things hard for themselves. i mean, why sting an available part of you when they could crawl into your glove?

did the wild turkeys spend the winter trying to make lots of little turkeys, and that's why there's so many of them? i too am surprised that more of them aren't roadkill, if they're hanging out on the side of the road.

how'd the sleepover go? was it weird that the one guy brought his girlfriend?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 28th, 2017 07:14 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what draws them to my gloves in the first place, but I wonder if they don't think they've found some secret, special hiding place in there? I keep thinking of the yellow jackets that got under a corner of the roof and built a nest inside the eaves, thinking they were hidden in the ground. \o?

My dad said that turkeys mate all year round instead of seasonally, so they can reproduce pretty quickly if they have a mind to. I'm starting to think their major predator around here is motor vehicles. :O

The sleepover went well, other than it being kind of hot. I thought the girlfriend thing was weird, though the guys were okay with it. But it was worse than I thought, in that the guy said he would not come unless he could bring his girlfriend, which is rude. This is someone Christopher has known since second grade, and their friendship has waxed and waned over the years (some bullying streaks that manifested themselves in digging comments). The kid seems easy-going, but he has a passive aggressive streak that I don't enjoy. He's also had some problems with drugs, which is more alarming. :O

I'm kind of glad he'll be on the far coast over the next few years.
riverotter1951riverotter1951 on July 29th, 2017 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of glad he'll be on the far coast over the next few years. - but remember that the kids might come home for the holidays. It's a big thing to reconnect in person even though they communicate over the Internet.

Interesting about the wild turkeys. We see red tail hawks and hear coyotes at night.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 30th, 2017 12:54 am (UTC)
Our daughter just finished her second year of college, so we know that holidays and breaks aren't nearly as much contact as we'd like! And her being on the opposite coast all summer has been sad for us. Great opportunity for her, but we aren't ready to let go quite so quickly!

We used to have _nothing_ like this many wild turkeys around here, OR coyotes. But there is a wildlife area about 1.5 miles away, and the egret, turkey, and Canada goose population has really grown over the last 30 years... as well as the coyotes, which are starting to creep out into our neighborhoods and eat kitties. :(