Excited About Brown Beetle Season

Brown beetles are coming out in droves and the dogs are excited about it.  According to them (as I have no personal knowledge in this area), brown beetles are the best tasting bugs on this planet.  They are a true delicacy.

I enjoy watching the boys as they run around the yard, trying to catch the beetles.  It’s kind of like watching a bumper car race.  They will push against each other and run into each other, all in an attempt to eat a brown beetle.  I’ve even seen Blue stick his head underwater to fetch brown beetles that landed in the puppy pool.

No other bug is treated this way.  In fact, a black beetle can walk in front of the dogs and it will not illicit any reaction.  If my dogs could talk, they would say brown beetles are delicious and they are excited about brown beetle season.


Excitement and Ignorance Mixed

Years ago, my mom and I went to the store and purchased our first cordless landline telephone.  These marvels of technology were relatively new at the time, so we were both excited by the prospect of talking on the phone without being tied to one location by a phone cord.

We were sitting at the kitchen table and took our new toy out of the box.  I plugged the phone into the wall socket and the lights started to blink on the base.  We were looking at each other and decided to make a call, to test out the new phone.

I grabbed the phone (of course I wanted to be the first person to use it) and hit the talk button, but nothing happened.  There was no dial tone.  I tried several times to make a call, but all to no avail.  I was getting frustrated and decided the phone must be defective.

Mom and I pulled the instruction booklet out of the box and that’s when we realized the phone was not plugged into a phone jack.  It was only plugged into an electrical socket.

We just looked at each other with a stupefied expression on our faces.

After we got the phone properly plugged into all the necessary outlets, I finally was able to make that first cordless phone call.  However, it didn’t feel as glorious as expected.  My excitement was  now mixed with feelings of ignorance.