Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Excerpts From the Fly Letters

Warning: Not for the faint of heart !

I had some problems with flies last week....

Sept. 2nd

I just killed a fly. One down, one to go. There have been 2 flies flying around the office and bugging the crap out of me. I have no idea where they came from. I’ve been taking the garbage out promptly and the place is clean, so I can’t figure that they were hatched inside. I keep the front door closed. I have no idea ! Unless maybe they flew in yesterday when I was lugging the laundry out or in or something.

(A little while later....)

That damned fly keeps landing on the T.V. screen. I don’t want to smash him on the T.V. screen and get bug juice all over the screen !!! YUCK !!! I wish he’d land somewhere convenient so I can demonstrate once again that I am not a Buddhist.

Sept. 3rd

Boy, do I have some fly stories for you. I told you in last night’s letter about a couple of flies that were giving me a hard time in the office. Well, things got worse after I finished the letter.

First of all, I got fly # 2 in the bathroom. He followed me from the office into the bathroom. I got the son-of-a-b* with a rolled up magazine while I was pooping.

The war was on.

The next fly landed on the bedroom TV screen. I told you last night I didn’t want to swat any flies on any TV screens because I didn’t want bug juice on the screens. Well, I couldn’t take these damned flies any more. So I swatted the fly on the screen. And, dear, it smeared YELLOW GUNK on the screen. It was TOTALLY DISGUSTING !!!!!!!!! BLAH !!!!! I had to clean the screen with glass cleaner. It was so gross.

Now the flies were out to get me. You think I’m kidding.

I was reading in bed. This one fly kept dive-bombing me and landing on my face. It was really grossing me out. Every time I’d get up and get a magazine (to roll up into a fly swatter), he would hide. I mean this. I even got him locked into the bathroom with me and he hid so well, I couldn’t find him. But every time I would lay down and start reading again, he would start buzzing my head like a barn stormer. I even sat there, duplicating the conditions (all lights off except for the reading light), but no fly. I’d start reading again, and he’d start buzzing me. I even laid there pretending to be reading but with a magazine in hand, instead ... no fly. I’d resume reading; there he was again. Finally, I held my book in one hand, and the magazine in the other. He came. I swatted. He hid IN THE CARPET. The f****r was hiding in the carpet. It was dark in the room. I SAW HIM (ESP-type perception). And I swatted his sorry ass and flushed him down the toilet.

What could come next, you might ask ? The next fly landed on the pillowcase next to me. Like I really want bug juice on my pillowcase. I swatted his sorry ass and changed the pillowcase.

I thought I had won the war.

This afternoon, I was in the office. I had a nice, fresh, full glass of water (the big 32-ounce size). And a fly came, and buzzed me. I tried to swat him. He got away. He came back. He looked at me, and proceeded to fly into my cup and STARTED DRINKING MY WATER. And looking at me while he was doing it. He was looking at me. I swear. Son of a b*. I tried to catch him, but he got away. I threw out the water and got new water. Of course, now I’m wondering if I can leave my water unattended ever, at all, without knowing if the damned fly’s been in there. BARFFFFFFFFFFAROONIE. I think he did it on purpose, just to creep me out. He was looking at me.

I can’t figure out where these flies are coming from ! I remember airing out the place for a few minutes last week after I’d cooked with a lot of garlic, and I remember seeing a huge fly that had gotten in. Maybe it was huge because it was pregnant !!! And maybe it laid some nasty little maggots in some corner somewhere behind the folding chairs or something ? I can’t figure it out. There is never, ever any food laying around. I wash the dishes promptly, I take the garbage out regularly, I keep the counters washed, etc. The only other possibility is that they are getting in from inside a wall somewhere. ???

(A little while later....)

I’m going to buy a fly swatter.

Maybe I should go to the pet store and buy about 50 lizards ! They eat flies, don’t they ? Or is that frogs ? I need frogs. Fifty frogs. I can see them now, hopping around the apartment. That reminds me ... once I went out to this park by a lake up in the Bay Area, and all these frogs had just turned into frogs. There were MILLIONS of them (no exaggeration). They were hopping everywhere, like a carpet on the forest floor. You literally could not walk without stepping on them. It was pretty groady.

When I was a kid, we (kids) used to go into the big man-made concrete creeks in Palo Alto. We’d bring empty coffee cans. We’d collect frogs there and fill up the cans. Maybe they were toads. They were little dudes. Of course, the frogs in the bottom of the can would get squashed and be dead. And the creeks were all slimy with algae and slimy stuff, and invariably we would slip and fall and get slime all over us (and the stink, too). One time we came back and dumped about 3 large coffee cans of baby frogs in the back yard. They were everywhere. Dad was really pissed. I never knew why, but looking back at it now, I think maybe because they would all end up dead and he’d be the guy who got to clean them all up. Our German shepherd was a bit confused and trying to follow them all, but there were a lot of them (maybe 100 or 200). She was standing there, head going this way and that, tail wagging, barking.

One time, I got some chalk and wrote a super bad word on the fence in our yard: “B.M.” (That was the worst word we knew.) (Bowel Movement.) HAHAHAHAHAHA !!! We thought it was So Bad !!! :O

I’m going to buy a fly swatter.

One time, when I lived in Los Gatos a super long time ago, the kitchen was carpeted with that flat fake green indoor-outdoor carpet stuff. (Don’t ask me why the landlord did that !) A fly laid its boogers in the garbage, and the maggots came out and were all over the carpet. I came out in the morning to go to the bathroom (which was on the other side of the kitchen) to get ready for work, etc., and there were like 100 maggots on the floor. But they were on this carpet stuff, so I couldn’t just wipe them up — I had to pick each of them up, one at a time, with a paper towel. It was TOTALLY DISGUSTING.

Another time (same place), I was standing on the toilet in the bathroom, cleaning the shelving (sponging them down). They were open shelves (no doors). A fly flew up, landed on the shelf blatantly right in front of me, and laid a bunch of tiny little squirming maggots !!! In front of me, like a big “F You” !!! I killed them. I always thought flies laid eggs which then hatched into maggots, but this one was laying maggots. They were wiggling. Tiny little wiggling disgusting maggots.

I hate flies. I’m getting a fly swatter.

One time in Morocco, I was on QM (quartermaster) duty. That’s sort of like Receptionist at the gangway. There was a donkey cart on the dock. I was watching the donkey. You know those huge horse flies ? They have them in Morocco. I don’t know if they have them where you're from. They are huge (almost an inch long, I swear), and they are fearless. They would land on my lips and try to get into my mouth !!! Blowing did not dislodge them ! You had to wipe them off with your hand !!! And then they would be on your hand !!! Well, there were horse flies on this donkey’s stomach. I probably told you this story already. He let his weenie come snaking out, and he started swinging it. It swung to and fro, more and more until finally it was swinging far enough that it was swatting the flies on this stomach. Seriously !!! He was swatting flies on his stomach with his weenie.

This is like a major fly reminisce event !!!!!!!!!

Did I mention that I’m getting a fly swatter ????

It’s now after midnight. It took a while to write up the fly incidents. Think I’ll go to bed. Better take a lot of vitamin B-1 because I’ll be damned if I’ll dream about flies tonight ! Wouldn’t that just suck ? :P :O

Sept. 4th

Okay. Here is, I think (I HOPE), the last fly story !

Last night, after I finished writing to you, turned off my monitor and walked towards the bedroom, I saw A Fly, sitting on the carpet in the doorway to the bedroom, STANDING GUARD, WAITING FOR ME. I swear. I went into the bedroom. He started dive-bombing me. I went into the bathroom and so did he. I was fast, and I closed the bathroom door. He went nuts. He was zooming around the bathroom at about a million miles an hour, whacking into the walls, the ceiling, the mirror, anything. I’m amazed he didn’t get a headache. I had a rolled-up magazine (starting to run out of them, by now !), and I was whacking after him and was worried I’d wake the neighbors (I was whacking those walls pretty hard, and it was about 1:00 in the morning !). It took about 10 or 15 minutes to get that son of a b* !!! But I GOT HIM. SPLAT. In the trash, with the magazine. Bummer, because I hadn’t gotten to read that one yet. Wiped the fly guts off the wall. Done deal. I haven’t seen a fly since then.

I did, however, find a spider in one of my little plastic drawers on my desk, a little while ago. I smashed him with some kleenex and then I had to wash the drawer, because it had spider guts splurked inside.

I really think I need to figure out a way to “be willing to experience” bugs and bug guts, because this is getting out of hand. I may have to post these stories on my blog, just to make it all worthwhile !!! :O

Sept. 5th

No more flies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov. 5th

I got to use my new fly swatter.

It works.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Goldie Goldwasser said...

Dear JoJo,
Now that I have wiped the tears of laughter off my face and can see again, I have only one, naturalistic comment:

Spiders eat flies!!!!!

ML, Goldie

10:52 PM  
Blogger JoJo said...

Hahahahaha !!!

I think I will pass on that solution !!! :D

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Kat said...

Ha ha ha hahaaaa!
This was so funny. Reminds me of this time I saw a huge Palmetto bug (Florida cockroach)in our front bathroom. I was so tired, and so grossed out - doesn't matter how clean you are, in FL these guys just GET IN sometimes. I gave it a stern warning to leave me the hell alone, and went to bed. It followed me. I saw it come in under my door. This is not a small house - it could have gone anywhere. But there it was. I lay in bed for a minute, thinking that I'd have to go all the way to the living room for a magazine - and I was so tired - and the stupid bug crawled right up the side of my bed onto my pillow case. Something to be said for being willing to experience them. Because NOT being willing to seems to bring them right to my face. I have a similar spider story. Yuck.

7:11 PM  
Blogger dorkdesign said...

The flies are out to get me too! I once locked myself in the cellar because they were coming out of nowhere in some biblical swarm, doubling exponentially like gremlins! I actually dragged the phone in with me and called my mom--hysterical--they were beating against the glass window of the door, I kid you not! All other bugs fear me, for some reason. No spiders, no mosquitoes, I'm a human bug repellant. Not so with flies.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Matt Chua said...

i've recently gotten into killing flies actually. i started one saturday using a water bottle. i got 11 that one day (it was outside). when i started working in my office (2 days after that fly killing day) i killed a lot, and by the following saturday i had killed 40 something flies. they're so dumb. they don't come into my office anymore.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, you may have the flies coming for you, but I had the palmento bugs coming for me. Many years ago in Florida we had a real palmento bug problem in our apartment. It didn't matter what you did, they would always get in.

One night I was in my little bathroom, and there was one of these 1 1/2 inch long monsters running around on a shelf over the toilet. I sort of laughed to myself, because I had one of those little poison boxes sitting there on the shelf, and I knew he was going to get a dose. He would be dead shortly, I was sure, and so I didn't bother swatting and killing him.

The next morning as I got out of the shower, I grabbed my towel and put it up to dry my face and felt a feeling like water filled my nose. But the water was wiggling a bit. And when I realized that it was a BUG up there, I grabbed its body with two fingers, pulled it out and threw it. It landed in the tub.

I must have been in shock because it was almost a full 30 seconds before I screamed. Then just stood there and sort of let out a combination of moaning and whining. The only thing that got me moving was my son knocking on the bathroom door, "Mom, are you alright?"

I sent my husband in to kill that little invader. Needless to say, even though there are no palmento bugs where I live now, I shake out my towel before I dry off with it.
ML, M

8:45 AM  
Blogger Jerrye Albert said...

Once when I lived in Montrose, Ca., we had a super invasion of flies...everywhere...! We finally figured out they were coming out of a place in the wall where the wall met a cabinet edge. Turned out the plumbers were repiping in the walls of the building...and all these critters were disturbed...they live in the walls. Yuck. After about a week of attacking they stopped entering.

6:55 AM  

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