"Beauty confronts us with the requirement that we place ourselves among...the redeemers, the leaders in the protection of life. Once you have seen the bush on fire, you are not going to get out of the assignment unless you close your eyes to the beauty.... [You] either have to close your eyes or go back to Egypt and set the people free." - Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, "Rising to the Challenge of Our Times"

Sunday, February 19, 2006

faster'n ye kin slap a tick

I can't speak for everyone but my reaction to ticks is not to slap them, and it's hard to believe that this would ever be considered the natural and appropriate response to ticks. I went for a short hike in the headlands north of Jenner today with two friends, and their two dogs who ambled happily through the coastal grasses. Riding back to Lisa's house in the back seat with the dogs I got to play Pick up Ticks. Meaning that I picked them up and threw them out the car window. I'm not sure if that is the currently most highly recommended method of tick disposal but it seemed impractical to try to incinerate them with my lighter inside the car.

I'm hoping that I haven't picked them up in other ways but I'll need to conduct further investigation and get back to you.

1 comment:

costco shopper said...

Brief research suggests ticks can be dangerous. You should be happy to know that a variety known as hard ticks can transmit human diseases such as relapsing fever, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, equine encephalitis and several forms of ehrlichiosis. Dick Cheney was undoubtedly suffering from a relapsing condition when he blasted that attorney from Austin TX. The specific tick you were throwing out the window is known as I.pacificus. They live in the western part of the continent and like tall grass where they wait to attach themselves to passing sources of blood. They are specifically responsible for spreading Lyme disease and the more deadly Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Soft ticks, not found in the western US, can transmit malaria and the HIV virus. With global warming tropical diseases including hemoragic fever are moving north of the Mediteranean and have reached areas in the Ukraine. Further information can be found concerning global warming at the URL:

Drowning them in isopropyl alcohol is probably a better solution than using your shotgun when they become attached to your partner's torso. Throwing them out of the window may not kill them either. They are probably tougher than Texas lawyers and could survive the fall out of a car at freeway speed.