April 6 – 18, 2009

It is supposed to snow here tomorrow.  Why is it supposed to snow here tomorrow?  I am quite upset.  I thought the snow was gone forever.  It is supposed to continue to snow for most of the week, and I have to take my bike out on Thursday because I’m going to a bike-repair workshop.  Damn it, damn it, damn it all anyway.


20 thoughts on “April 6 – 18, 2009

  1. I am totally with you re: the snow. Especially since I have a Shoemom whose maxim it is that ‘there’s always one more snowfall in April!’ and is now wandering around all smug going ‘See? Told you!’

    Meanwhile, the comic. Am looking forward to upcoming developments in the Cunning Casey Plan, now that things are clearly too wrong to ignore. Also, Steve is quickly becoming my favourite character ever, after Rahim of course.

  2. Oh, you should have seen the weather here. Gorgeous, absolultely gorgeous. I got to serve pizza through the nicest weather we’ve had in six months.

  3. is there a story specifically behind pookie? or is is a more general loathing of cutsy nicknames?

  4. Ohhhhhhhhhhh, you’re asking for it now, you are. Schmoopsying is strictly forbidden here.

    You do remember what I do to Schmoopsiers, don’t you, plants? It generally involves gunpowder and battery acid.

  5. @Plantita
    What is the weight of an unladen cat?

    /me hands you the controls of the automagic thingamajig he rigged up during the wars against the schmoopsies many many moon ago.

  6. But centipedes are our friends, since they eat roaches and other nasty things!

    OK, fine, they do creep the hell out of me too. I once caught a 3-inch one in my house, and since I don’t like killing bugs, carried it a full two blocks away before releasing it just to make sure it did not come back. My adrenaline levels were about as high as they would have been if I had found a hungry tiger in my closet.

  7. Yes…they’re fantastic predators. Their incredible speed helps them there. I admire them; I just don’t want them living in my apartment.

  8. One time, late at night, I went into my kitchen to make some Celestial Seasonings Berry Tea. I picked up the box off my counter, and underneath there was a house centipede. I have been unable to drink the berry tea ever since.

  9. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarghnoooooooooooooo!


    The worst is when you find one crawling on your pants…’cause you don’t know how long it’s been there.

  10. At least they are not the centipedes that frequent the mountains of Japan, which in addition to being fearsomely fast, are poisonous enough to kill small children.

    …I had a friend who found one of those in his shower. Apparently bug spray just makes them angry.

  11. Oh, hey, another Kari. Hello, Other Kari.

    Yes…one good thing about Canada is that it boasts a decided lack of fatally poisonous beasties. Canada is often compared to Australia (for various reasons), but as far as brightly coloured but deadly creatures go, the two countries are diametrically opposed. I am not sad that we do not have huge, fast, poisonous centipedes that care not for bug spray.

    Fun fact: house centipedes are technically poisonous as well, but only technically: i.e., they use venom to kill their prey. As far as I know, it doesn’t affect humans. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

  12. Actually, the house centipede does have pincers strong enough to pierce human skin and it is known to bite people. It’s not really dangerous, though.

    And there are a few spiders in the North American north whose bite is better avoided: the brown recluse and the black widow come to mind. I think both occur in Toronto.

    I like to check out the ‘What is that bug?” website for info and pictures in critters people have seen in their homes. Warning: do not go there if you do not wish to see many pictures of things with Too. Many. Legs.

  13. Yeah, the house centipede can bite, but I don’t think its venom affects people at all.

    I’ve heard of black widows turning up in Toronto, but I’ve never seen one. We used to get them occasionally in Vancouver in crates of bananas, I think (or maybe I’m thinking of some other kind of poisonous spider). There are also rattlesnakes and scorpions in various parts of Canada. The scorpions are not lethal, and the snakes rarely so.

    I don’t deal well with insects (and arachnids and so on) in person, but they fascinate me. However, I’ve got to admit that the simple act of drawing that centipede made me kind of jumpy. Too. Many. Legs. Indeed.

  14. I clocked your word count to 97 words, is this the largest alt-text you have ever written? (maybe it’s the largest alt-text ever, we should contact Guinness if not to check the record, at least we can laugh at their accent)
    “If you think they’re overreacting, I invite you to come to Toronto (or, well, various other places, but I KNOW these damn things are in Toronto) and meet a house centipede. There are bigger centipedes out there. I am not convinced that there are FASTER centipedes out there, or ones with longer legs. The Demon Wikipedia tells us that these little bastards can travel at up to 16 inches per second, and I do not doubt it. Truly, the only thing to do when you encounter a house centipede is to scream and run very quickly away.”

    Don’t think I have seen much centipede or millipede around here lately, in fact as far as story of insect horrors goes, I really haven’t heard much about it apart from those first aid video.

  15. Not only are these things fast, but also virtually impossible to kill on a carpet. I once whacked a one-inch centipede with a shoe about ten times while it was running around on a thick carpet and it was not affected at all. It then run into a hairline crack between the carpet and the baseboard and I never saw it again. I think they can make themselves completely flat. Moral: if you can control the running away and screaming instinct, and you wish to kill the offending critter, do it on a hard surface. And think fast!

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