28 April 2009


  • 1.0 Sweat bee: Light, ephemeral, almost fruity. A tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm.
  • 1.2 Fire ant: Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet & reaching for the light switch.
  • 1.8 Bullhorn acacia ant: A rare, piercing, elevated sort of pain. Someone has fired a staple into your cheek.
  • 2.0 Bald-faced hornet: Rich, hearty, slightly crunchy. Similar to getting your hand mashed in a revolving door.
  • 2.0 Yellowjacket: Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W. C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.
  • 2.x Honey bee and European hornet: Like a matchhead that flips off and burns on your skin.
  • 3.0 Red harvester ant: Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a drill to excavate your ingrown toenail.
  • 3.0 Paper wasp: Caustic & burning. Distinctly bitter aftertaste. Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.
  • 4.0 Tarantula hawk: Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair drier has been dropped into your bubble bath.
  • 4.0+ Bullet ant: Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail in your heel.
The Justin O. Schmidt Pain Index, a vivid description of the pain caused by various insect stings.


freida1 said...

What's the difference between 'pray' and 'prey?'

Of course 'us idiots' would never know the difference unless there was.

Cute Bull Ant!!!

Of course, also I must admit I haven't read much of this...just kinda 'judged it' by the picture.

What's next?

Maybe that 'Man O War?'

Nice photog...and easier that than reading.

Reminds me of my shorthand once-upon-a-time...


Ever practically lived in a darkroom for months?

How do you think the phenom MLS 'service' started?

Anyway, it ain't no big deal...just 'advertising' something interesting...

Yet I'm still wondering what it is that you are trying to sell?

freida1 said...

...and this is just, (or should that be but), one of the residents living in 'that city' 2 threads below.

Punctuation is an art form, I think...have you ever read Toly?

I think he invented something really important once upon a time.

freida1 said...

I just 'clicked on' to an old YouTube bookmarked favorite and got this...

This video is not available in your country.

And I never bought the album, or the 8track, or whatever...but it used to 'get played' on the radio.

There's still a chance it's in a box in my attic.

Ain't nothin' better than hope.

It was called "Crossroads" and reminds me of "Crosstown Traffic."

Getting old sucks, but it's not so bad if you have a photographic memory...or just a good imagination.

freida1 said...

By the way, it was a diamond drill bit, I think...not digging for gems...but for oil.

Just in case you were searching.

freida1 said...

Sure is easy believing in something greater than us.

How 'bout this tiny blue dot in a massive universe...with black holes lurking.

Seems you never know when you might just be, or get swallowed up.

Sweet dreams.


freida1 said...

Rather than 'ants' maybe 'slugs' seems more appropriate, in this 'man-eating economy.'