I was wondering why ticks got all the attention, and it became clear. That is something you can catch and analyse. A couple of the larger nematodes that came out of me were from hornet stings I remember. You have got to have balls to be a hornet wrassler. What we thought were spider bites also loomed large, but they’re low profile. They’re like a billion other azzholes hangin’ on the Web, so they kinda blend in. Ticks stick to you, so tend to get caught in the act. It isn’t like a clear case of bit and run.
Powassan Encephalitis is the new tick borne illness at the CDC. Other than being a little town in Ontario, that is pretty much it’s only claim to fame. Tourism hasn’t exactly flourished in Lyme Connecticut. Way to go Canada! You are the New “It” Bztch on the block. Has Health Canada got the memo? I can think of a lot of other bug riddled places, occasionally broken by the cry of the loon, that really deserve diseases named for them.
When they named a town Horsefly BC, they weren’t exactly thinkin’ French Riviera. Earlier surveyors tried to warn people, but people wouldn’t listen, so they circumvented the system when they sent out a call for new town names a century and a half ago. Thanks surveyors. We’ll scratch that one off our Bucket Lists.
Hermes is the ancient Greek God of boundaries, roads, commerce, science, invention, eloquence, luck, cunning, medicine, and healing. He warns you right up front he is a surveyor. If you could ask anybody, they would say, “Great Surveyor.” Nobody wanted to be bug bait. He returned the favour. “How is that West Nile lookin’, Herm?” “I tell ya, someday they’ll name a disease for it!” Surveyors are an observant, bug bitten, lot. To get the cut of his jib, he invented medicine, and most importantly, healing, in his spare time. He experimented on Seshat. “Hey, Baby! Wanna play Doctor?” He cut to the chase knowing that Lady Engineers were in short supply and great demand in those parts. She would have held his Rod. They got Married.
He invented Medical Marijuana. “Hey Sessie! Check this shzt out!” She would invent the strongest rope ever, cleaning the twigs and seeds out of it, and also subsequently invented the Hydro Grow Op in the middle of the desert. People would work like slaves on them for free around her and the scantily clad sweating girls flocking to Factories for this New “Medical” Discovery of Hermes Djehuti, tending the plants in the hot sun and water. Pharoahs came to visit, and decided to never leave. “Fzck it! When I die bury me in This Place!” Herm said, “Hey, I’ve got an idea for a Pyramid Scheme with this shzt! Horus?” Bada Bing, Bada Boom, prototype Mustang Ranch, there ya go. Now that’s Engineering… and 4,600 Years Ago!
Things have definitely changed. Now medicine has segued into a Three Letter Agency Alphabet Soup Enema. Politicians wouldn’t be caught dead anywhere near their operations. Engineers either. I think we need More Regress and Less Progress, but we’ll all be dead before that happens, since we have progressed to the point where we Brilliantly poisoned ourselves to make our food look pretty. Gee, go figure the weedkiller spray everywhere makes tick populations explode, and the government says to avoid ticks. Then you’re done. People try to get back to basics, but it just ain’t the same. I started out with a slide rule, rope chain, and a hand crank calculator, and I had to be a draftsman. That was way too much shzt to build a Pyramid, yet they still can’t even fathom how they did it. It was that eloquent.