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Welcome to Edmonton; mosquito capital of Canada.

18 Jul

Rajesh Koothrappali: “Come on, Sheldon. I want to go outside, let’s go outside. Outside is good.”
Sheldon Cooper: “If outside is so good, why has man spent thousands of years perfecting inside?”
Rajesh Koothrappali: “I don’t know. It’s a marketing scheme?”

(The Big Bang Theory)

I am not exactly what you would call an “outdoors-y” person.  If I must be outside, I prefer to stay in the shade (tanning never seems to work out properly for me) and I intensely dislike the feeling of sand or grass between my toes; but what I dislike the most about the outdoors are the bugs.

Honestly, it’s not that I don’t understand the importance of bugs to the ecosystem. I don’t even dislike all bugs, just the ones that insist on flying around my head over and over, and the ones that bite/sting; none more so than mosquitoes.

If you don’t live in Edmonton now, you might not really understand what I’m talking about, so to give you an idea: this past week, there were more than 560 mosquitoes per trap in Edmonton, almost 19 times more than last week, when there were 30. The previous title holder, Winnipeg, had just six per trap.

If all of this wasn’t bad enough, I happen to be one of those lucky people who naturally attract mosquitoes more than the average person. In fact, in the short time I spent outside yesterday during the day and the few hours I spend on my 2nd floor balcony in the evening, by the end of the day I counted 14 new bites.

In conclusion, I hate mosquitoes and they make me want to cry.

I hope you had a fantastic, bug-free weekend (unless bugs are your thing, because that’s cool too).