What do a woodland parasite, text messaging, reading glasses, and an early 60s musical classic have in common? (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

It is tick season in the north woods. I am really not fond of ticks or really any other blood sucking parasites that want to attach themselves to my body. I deal with ticks by pinching or plucking them off or in a pinch using a blown out match head to zap them. I have no tenderhearted feelings for ticks and if they stay in the woods, we’re fine. I had just plucked several ticks off myself. I am very focused on tick removal, obsessive even.

Another critical piece of information: I have better than 20/20 distance vision but need reading glasses. I remembered that when a clever friend texted me a ribald ditty to be sung to the tune of “Duke of Earl.” I don’t have a smart phone, so replied with “Stick-a-Tick” because that’s what I was doing and it was somewhat in keeping with the original text … which had something to do with a duck.

My friend replied with this:

Stick, stick, stick
Stick-a-tick, tick, tick
Stick-a-tick, tick, tick

The very good news about this – other than your ear worm for the “Duke of Earl” – is that the break allowed me to realize that I was, not wearing my reading glasses, attempting to remove not a tick but a mole that I was probably born with.

I do have good enough friends here that if I saw a tick attached to my back and unreachable, I could get help. My sister ended up at urgent care to have a tick removed from her back and it cost her $350. Yikes!

So get those ticks before they stick, and enjoy this marvelous song by the inimitable Gene Chandler:

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