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The trees are singing

[Written yesterday, unable to post on multiple attempts due to LJ being Under Siege.]

OMGCICADAS. Villa Park and Elmhurst are one big mass of eerily singing trees. Why don't more people think this is wicked cool? It can't be just a native vs. newcomer thing -- even if I'd grown up here, this would only be the third time this had happened, and I probably wouldn't have any clear memories of the first. SINGING TREES, people!

Although the smokers at Office of Doom are amusing me greatly, making great fuss about taking their lives in their hands every time they go out back -- not from the crap they're putting in their lungs, but from the cicadas. Um, yeah. Receptionist gets a free pass because she has a bona fide bug phobia, but everyone else? I laugh and laugh and laugh. For they are funny.

So far I haven't heard them in Elgin, which is odd, because our neighborhood certainly has no shortage of venerable trees. I suppose if I had to try to sleep through the racket I'd be a bit less enamored, but only a bit. It's kinda white-noise-ish anyway. I'm sure they're just not awake yet up here, and I'll find out soon enough.

SINGING TREES! :-D

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therealjae
Jun. 2nd, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, but they are singing with HUGE INSECTS! With BIG RED EYES!!!

-J
wiliqueen
Jun. 2nd, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
:: giggling madly at icon ::

I think I'm just deeply weird in my lack-of-being-bothered-by-bugs. It makes it really hard to wrap my head around some things. :-)
ivan23
Jun. 2nd, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
I love them, too. We don't get them this far northwest so often - I heard them in Schiller Park last night and was just grinning ear to ear.
wiliqueen
Jun. 2nd, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
:: clings ::
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wiliqueen
Jun. 2nd, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
I think I'm just deeply weird in my lack-of-being-bothered-by-bugs. It makes it really hard to wrap my head around some things. :-)
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wiliqueen
Jun. 2nd, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
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imbri6
Jun. 2nd, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
Yay for Singing Trees!!!

As a person with a long-standing bug-phobia (night terrors of "billions of swarming bugs coming to eat me" as a kid) I still think it's cool. I'm also kinda glad that we don't have the cicadas down here in near the quantity you have up there!
wiliqueen
Jun. 2nd, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
As a person with a long-standing bug-phobia (night terrors of "billions of swarming bugs coming to eat me" as a kid) I still think it's cool.

You are my hero.

Singing trees! *bounce*
iingaartist
Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
I've somehow missed out on the cicada experience so far. (As I'm not a bug fan, that's not necessarily a bad thing.) And I've even lived in areas that have them ... I've just never lived in the same place long enough to cross paths with them.
mekkasimian
Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)


MP3: http://www.f2sys.net/brood-x/


MEK-FRIEND WRITE SONG YEARS BACK. EVEN GOT MENTION IN WASHINGTON POST. (DC BIG BUG ZONE!)

MEKKASIMIAN THINK ABOUT WHENEVER HEAR CICADA.

(AS YOUNG APE, MEK WOULD COLLECT SKINS AND PIT AGAINST D&D MINIATURES...)

=M=
wiliqueen
Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
Ha! That's awesome.

When they were out in Ohio a few years back, my aunt emailed this around.
mekkasimian
Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
17 YEAR DIET PART VERY FUNNY!

(ACTUALLY, COULD PROBABLY MAKE CICADA-KRISPY MARSHMALLOW TREAT WITH SKINS...)

=M=
bentleywg
Jun. 2nd, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
I pointed my sister to the user-generated cicada-sightings (hearings?) map on the Trib website with "no wonder I haven't heard any." She said all it proves is that (1) my neighbors don't read the Trib online or (2) they're all deaf.
wiliqueen
Jun. 2nd, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
Ha! From what I hear, they aren't out much in the city yet either.
cjmr
Jun. 3rd, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
Oh lovely, does that mean that we're going to be stepping on the darn things the whole time we're in Michigan later this month? We had them a couple years ago--they were fun for the first week or so, after that it was just bloody annoying picking the carapaces off the outside of the house, the patio furniture, the kids' swing set, etc every morning.
wiliqueen
Jun. 3rd, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
I don't know if Michigan is on the same cycle. I know Ohio had them three years ago.
cjmr
Jun. 3rd, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
The Ohio ones were the same brood as we had in Maryland. Those didn't get quite as far north as MI or as far west as IL.
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