Ants day and date night

With no rats this time, and only one snake, the fourth Indiana Jones has to rely on insect vermin. We enjoyed the "Crystal Skull" movie immensely. It's taken a few hours for little nagging nitpicks to cut through the euphoria. Mostly I'm grateful for one last date with the dashing unmarried archaeology professor in the fedora. I'm willing to ignore some flaws for the chance to reminisce about our past adventures.

Indy's Russian foes have splendid difficulties with large computer-generated Peruvian ants. Certain parts of the movie seemed like Indiana Jones Joins Men In Black. I was hoping the "crystal skull" would resemble a Mayan inlaid stone mask more than the "galaxy in Orion's belt" cat collar!

Just the other day we learned of an invasion of "Crazy Rasberry Ants" in Houston. Crazy Rasberry is an indication of the ants behavior, and a salute to Mr. Rasberry, an exterminator who did battle with these ants.

The preschoolers have been checking the progress of the black swallowtail caterpillars eating the dill in our garden. When the caterpillars began disappearing, we hoped they were crawling off somewhere to make their cocoons. Unfortunately, the beautiful caterpillars are being attacked and eaten by fire ants. Nature can be such a bummer! The caterpillars need fedoras and whips against obnoxious ants.

© 2008 Nancy L. Ruder

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