Wednesday, June 09, 2010

A Peculiar Occurence

I returned from my yearly vacation to Chicago the night before last and have much to say about it, but until I do, let me share an interesting thing that happened just before I left town.

Last Wednesday afternoon, I went downstairs to change the cat box and noticed a bunch of ants near it. I can't stand killing any kind of creatures; Today, in fact, there was a moth in the house. As is typical for me in such situations, I grabbed a paper towel and gently wrapped it around the moth before letting it fly out the deck door. Unfortunately, I couldn't see any practical way to do this for the number of ants I was seeing downstairs. So, with a heavy heart, I smushed them.

A little bit later, and I'm not saying the two events are connected, I felt some pain in my chest. I laid down for a bit and, after some time, it passed. That evening, I went out to eat with my girl and a couple friends. As we waited for our food, my beloved asked what the red marks were on my neck. I said they were probably from shaving. She said, "I don't think so". I forgot about it and enjoyed my meal once it came.

Later, as I began to pack various sundries for our trip, I glanced at the mirror and noticed what my love had saw earlier. There were three red marks, each several inches long, on the side of my neck:



In addition, there were two or three similar marks on my upper chest. I wondered if they could have come from the cat or dog, but the cat doesn't have any claws and the dog being able to leave long marks like that without me knowing just doesn't make any sense. So what could it have been? Were the marks and the chest pain related? I certainly upset somebody. There's no question about that.

9 comments:

SilverNeurotic said...

They definitely look like scratches from a dog.

Extra Ordinary Me said...

Wow... very weird!! Do get that checked out.

Narkissos said...

plz don't feel so bad thomsy....that's just not you....:)
they look like love-scratches to me...maybe you got it during sex...your mind woz so preoccupied you didn't feel it then....:)
also get your cat checked....she may have blood sugar...ants near litter box ain't a good sign....

Rocketstar said...

Maybe you guys were drunk and had wild monkey sex and those are your love's fingernail marks. ;o)

Dämmerung Anblick said...

definitely from a person. by the way, is it me, or does it say "ORCA" on the upper right hand of this photo on you neck?

Thomas said...

Sil, it's possible, though our dog is just a toy breed, so I wouldn't think would be capable of that.

Extra, the scratches have since disappeared.

Fay, thanks for your concerns. We are working on remedying the ant situation.

Rocket, nice thought, but a paranormal explanation actually makes more sense. :P

Damm, I see the lettering you're referring to. Thanks for pointing that out.

Mags said...

LOL @ Rocket. Wild monkey sex. I think he's right though.

Timothy Smith said...

Mix a solution of 5% "twenty mule team borax" and 95% regular corn syrup you buy at the store. Although pets are usually not affected by this mixture you can build a paper house or cardboard house to put this stuff in. The ants will eat it and take it back to the colony and no more colony. "tero ant poison" is really the same thing if you by the liquid version. Sweet eating ants will go for it. Fire ants will not.

Of course then you have to answer to the ant gods but if you leave ants unchecked sooner or later you will have to resort to control.

But seriously, the liquid tero ant products work so well its scary. Within a few days of a mass feeding they will just go away. You can tell yourself they just did not care for the meal you laid out. But the reality is the whole colony was destroyed.

Narkissos said...

see wise men or should I say "experienced" men think alike...rock sez it too.....hahaha....
if you want a paranormal explanation.....we "mozlems" believe in another species called jinn, they live in a parallel universe, created from fire, they can see us but we can't....perhaps a lady jinn's in luv with ya, so she left a love mark on your back.....hahaha....kidding...