Thursday, August 30, 2007

A Cicadian Theory


Everything in life is about balance.

Turns out birds typically keep the Itch Mites under control by feasting upon them. What happened this year is that the Cicada returned to Chicago after being dormant underground for 17 years. Birds and zoo animals were thrilled for this tasty variation to their otherwise routine diet. But what was bad for the Cicadas (getting eaten by the birds and monkeys), was good for the mites (not getting eaten by the birds), and was bad for people, certainly for me (getting eaten by the mites). Even if this is not exactly how it is, it sure makes sense and gives me hope for next year--that the birds will be back on duty tending to the mites. Mitey nice.

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