Because Chinese New Year is nigh, my fruit of the moment is the kumquat. Why? Because it sounds like something you’d scold someone with. Which means it has a silly sounding name. Don’t agree? Well then, you’re a right kumquat!
After the Kitchen God has gone to the Heaven, preparations for the New Year festivities begin in enthusiasm.
I’m all for the Vietnamese community celebrating Tet. But when the Vietnamese community descends upon my neighbourhood, and has a huge ass garden party within earshot till the wee hours, I’m not so enthusiastic anymore. There’s only so much Viet ‘Tetno’ music you can handle on what you planned to be a quiet Saturday night at home.
But what to do? The Vietnamese are known for celebrating Tet in a big, big way.
Surf stop: Celebrate Tet
During my ICT in Queensland, we wore uniforms which were treated with permethrin, a vial of which was given to us by the Army before the trip for to soak our uniforms ourselves. I soaked the combat fatigues (No. 4s), but not our grey vests, shorts and socks.
Permethrin is a nerve agent which is very poisonous, and which kills insects on contact as well.
During one of the very few down times in the field, I took off my No. 4 top and wore a grey vest while I rested. A little tick decided to have a bite of my left upper arm. I didn’t notice it till a few hours later when I felt a bump on my arm. Then I stupidly plucked the insect off thinking it was an ant. It was only upon closer inspection that I realised it was a tick.
Now, it’s flared up, the spot where the tick used to be – and I think the little bastard’s head’s still under my skin.
Three things you don’t do, folks:
1) Go to Queensland for Army training – there are ticks in the woods there.
2) Pluck a tick off your skin – leaves the little bastard’s head under your skin.
3) Look up the internet to explain symptoms of tick bites – brings out your inner hypochondriac.
Damn right they should appreciate NSmen’s contribution to the nation!
mrbrown and I went to the Institute of Policy Studies this afternoon and met half a dozen old schoolmates. We did a little show and tell for them. Later on, ask we finished the cakes and puffs which were at the table outside. Then we rushed back to work.