I am still out of commission while giving away, selling or throwing out most of my possessions and finding a way of getting the remains (which amounts to, more or less, an elementary school report card and my map collection) across several South American borders, away from the silverfish that have already devoured much of my Ontario health insurance card and the rules to a sci-fi-shoot-em-up game I have no memory of inventing at age 12. Thank you very much for your patience and thanks for continuing to visit.
As a special thank-you, an update on the most controversial topic ever covered on this website (as measured by number of comments, anyway): butterflies.
The state-run Bolivarian News Agency issued a report assuring the public that the fluttering blossoms of spring pose no danger to the public.
At first that cracked me up. But the thing is, tropical invertebrates are no laughing matter. Given the increasing presence of dengue fever (rain=happy mosquitos) and outbreaks of Chagas disease, people could be excused if they worried that the beasties were Hylesia metabus, which spread itching powder as they flap about, causing what’s known as the Carupano itch, for the town in Sucre state, Venezuela. And they probably don’t even know the Lonomia caterpillars, which cause hemorrhagic syndrome through contact and range from Venezuela to Argentina.
All this without going into the water…do you really want a photo of what a Caribbean sea urchin did to my hand this weekend? Available upon request…
The insects…they’re all in it together…spreading pain and plague, and devouring my health insurance card while they’re at it.