Lockdown Day 40: Lord of the Flies / Encierro Día 40: El Señor de las Moscas

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I’M HAVING PROBLEMS WITH PHOTOSHOP this morning. It crashes when I try to reduce the size of a photo. So, before, I shut down my computer and try to get everything back to normal, I thought I’d quickly share a photo from long ago — and far away.

It was during a 1980s greenhead fly season — or was it black fly season — at a beach with dear friends who lived in Scituate, Massachusetts (about 20 miles/32 km south southeast of Boston, or about a 2-1/2-hour drive from where we lived at the time in Guilford, Connecticut). Whichever flies they were, they were vicious. Their bites were so horrible, they actually left divots in your skin. Many people avoided the beach during these annual invasions. Unlike the bites of mosquitoes, however, I don’t remember these itching afterwards. They simply made you cry out in pain every time one bit you. Being on the beach without insect repellant was torture. So, we sprayed. Here I am covering San Geraldo’s ass. Speedos were going through one of their cool phases at the time. The sunrise photo at top was taken last Wednesday.


TENGO PROBLEMAS CON PHOTOSHOP ESTA mañana. Se bloquea cuando intento reducir el tamaño de una foto. Entonces, antes de apagar mi computadora e intentar que todo volviera a la normalidad, pensé en compartir rápidamente una foto de hace mucho tiempo, y muy lejos.

Fue durante una temporada de moscas greenhead de la década de 1980, o fue una temporada de moscas negras, en una playa con buenos amigos que vivían en Scituate, Massachusetts (a unos 32 km al sur sureste de Boston, o alrededor de un viaje de 2 1/2 horas de donde vivíamos en ese momento en Guilford, Connecticut). Cualesquiera que fueran las moscas, eran viciosas. Sus mordeduras fueron tan horribles que en realidad dejaron marcas en tu piel. Muchas personas evitaron la playa durante estas invasiones anuales. Sin embargo, a diferencia de las picaduras de mosquitos, no recuerdo estos picor después. Simplemente te hicieron llorar de dolor cada vez que te mordía. Estar en la playa sin repelente de insectos fue una tortura. Entonces, rociamos. Aquí estoy cubriendo el trasero de San Geraldo. Speedos estaba pasando por una de sus fases geniales en ese momento. La foto del amanecer en la parte superior fue tomada el miércoles pasado.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

27 thoughts on “Lockdown Day 40: Lord of the Flies / Encierro Día 40: El Señor de las Moscas”

  1. Speedos are always nice, on the right person. My speedo days are past. Good luck with the software, Adobe is evil.

    1. David:
      All is working again. Hoping Adobe gets in back in sync soon with Apple. Currently lots of issues. But usually all it takes is a restart (just too often).

  2. DTDT (been there done that) many times. Coastal Atlantic communities and beaches are a haven for those little f@*kers. I feel your pain and have made a desperate decision to avoid the beaches at a certain time of year ~ July and August. I give in sometimes and run into the waves and LAUGH!!!!!

    A Speedo EXTRAVAGANZA I see!

    1. Ron:
      I still have my Speedos (well, not the SAME Speedos) even though they’re not “in” currently. We DID usually avoid the beach during those specific fly seasons. They were awful!

  3. If I could figure out how to whistle, you two would be getting a wolfy one right now! Awesome fly 🙂

    1. Deedles:
      It was such an odd photo and I’m so glad we have it. Thanks for WANTING to whistle.

    1. I’m going with the sun was obstructing his view, so he had to block it 🙂 My fantasy world needs a lot of work!

      1. Deedles:
        Trying to keep the spray out of my eyes. I was STILL looking at his ass.

    2. Bob:
      The spray. The spray. But you DO notice I was looking BELOW my hand to get a good look at that ass.

  4. And you both have nice gams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now I must stop you dear. Now that picture close up of the fly is more scare then the bees I posted!!!!! At least bees look cute and fuzzy. Bwahahahahaha!

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      It’s sad. I LOVE bees. I know how important they are, how fascinating they are, and more. But my heart starts racing when I see them in close-up now. Lots of stings in my life and one scary trip to urgent care was all it took. But I should blame wasps. Anyway, don’t you love the eyes on that fly?

  5. Black flies and mosquitos are terrible – we had a lot in Alberta and the interior of BC but oddly not on Vancouver Island. Perhaps they don’t like the sea air? Lovely photo at the top!

    1. Cheapchick:
      They’re awful. I was shocked the first time a black fly bit me. I tend to have a severe reaction to bug bites, although I’ve noticed I don’t react as badly to mosquito bites as I used to. Maybe I’m getting better… or maybe it’s the Spanish mosquitoes!

  6. I am fortunate enough to be able to say I have never been bitten by a blackfly. But I’ve heard stories! (Like this one!)

    1. Steve:
      I was shocked the first time a black fly bit me. It felt like someone took toe-nail clippers to my arm. Wow!

    1. larrymuffin:
      I should have pulled down the Speedo. Instead it’s an advert for OFF! Insect Repellent.

    1. Parsnip:
      Not TOO bad here. Annoying flies during a brief period but no biting ones. The mosquitoes aren’t as bad as other places we’ve lived, although they can be aggravating. Connecticut countryside at sunset was a nightmare.

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