Bug Bane - Must we learn to love cicadas?
The New York Times informs us that 'the periodic nature of the cicadas, the way they come at about the span of a person's youth, makes them irresistible emotional mnemonics.' To support this claim, the paper quotes Robert J. Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University, who says, 'Cicadas are the sound of summer, of the year when you were young...It's the closest thing to a time machine you can get outside science fiction.'
Bullshit! Cicadas are the sound of annoyance. I hear their buzz and a scowl crosses my face as I scan my immediate area for unguided missiles about to blunder into me. I watch where I place my feet, wary to avoid the crunch of these menaces underfoot.
Bah! To paraphrase Calvin speaking to Hobbes, nature is always trying to do something disgusting to you.