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    Do you like your food hot and/or spicy at all? If so, how hot? Do you have any particular favorite hot foods?

    I'm generally a medium guy.  I like a bit of spice but not so much that it is overwhelming.

    Do you like and appreciate black and white films and TV shows? If you have kids, do they appreciate them?

    I love them - in fact for certain genres (like horror) I think black and white is inherently superior.

    Can you whistle? In tune? Very weakly and what is this 'in tune' you mention?

    How many cookbooks do you own? Any you consider essential?

    We have about ten probably.  I only use two regularly right now - one of Moroccan dishes and one for cooking local seafood.  I get more recipes online.

    What kind of bugs do you get where you live? What is the worst of those?

    You realize that I am the wrong person to ask?  First I would have to decide what is meant by where I live.  I often put a sheet and black light up in my yard to attract insects.  In peak season there are probably a hundred species showing up in a night.  Relatively few get in the house although if I am out with the blacklight some will land on me and I will accidentally carry them inside.

    Regular inside inhabitants are cockroaches and spiders.  Surprisingly no ants to speak of.  A few mosquitoes sneak in from time to time. My wife would say cockroaches are the worst.  I've never really understand the extreme revulsion and horror so many people have for roaches.  Not that I want them in my house but they are quite harmless.

    What I would rather talk about our my favorite insects which would include the katydids calling in the trees every night  The zebra longwing butterflies that add tropical spice to the yard, and the really cool mantidflies that have come to my light a few times.

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 12:43:30 PM PDT

    •  I always enjoy your photo diaries (4+ / 0-)

      of insects that land on your sheet!

      I just don't care for any sort of creature to come into the house uninvited (this includes people). I admit that I do not extend invitations to things like mice and roaches, but they are rude. They eat things without asking, do not remain in public areas, and in some cases poop all over the place. I realize this is very much a first-world complaint. Later in life, when I move to my cardboard box, I will need to change my attitude somewhat.

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      by belinda ridgewood on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 01:02:22 PM PDT

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      •  I feel more or less the same way (4+ / 0-)

        it's the fact that people, generally seem to react very strongly to some completely harmless critters more than others that has always struck me as odd.  For example, at my extended families cottages in eastern Ontario there are native roaches that live in the woods (as there are many other places in North America).  They enter the cottages from time to time.  Everyone always referred to them as 'wood beetles' and they were regarded as a minor nuisance.  When I got a little book learning under my belt I realized they were roaches rather than beetles.

        Great horror was the outcome and I was gently discouraged from calling them roaches.

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        by matching mole on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 01:28:02 PM PDT

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        •  I think that's mostly a cultural thing. (4+ / 0-)

          Roaches are associated in our culture with "poor people" and accordingly are considered "dirty" and a sign that the place they are in is "dirty".

          As a student, I lived for a time in an apartment in a big old Victorian house in New Haven that had been subdivided. The first year, there was an occasional roach, which I found unsurprising because that's what I'd expect in any city; it taught me to keep everything in glass jars or in the fridge.

          Late (blessedly) in the second year, the building changed hands, and it was then we learned, indirectly, that the former owner had been having an exterminator in periodically. Same building, same tenants, but within a couple of months, that place was crawling with roaches. No more scuttling along baseboards in the dark -- they'd just be strolling around the walls in the middle of the day, while I was in the room. No one would visit me! Since I had no food out for them to eat, they started eating paper. Yes, the roaches ate my homework. When I moved out, I had to pack by picking up every individual item I owned, down to socks and underwear, shaking it out, and putting it into a plastic trash bag that I was holding shut with the other hand. I had to take the back off the clock-radio to eject the guests.

          So, I hope that at least one crop of white kids with a fancy degree didn't buy into the meme about roaches, but when you live in suburbia, or in a well-maintained urban building, it can be easy to accept "I don't have roaches because I am clean (and those others are not)." Actually, it's not that far removed from "I'm well-off because I am smart and virtuous (and those others are not)", which is also very alluring, yet incorrect.

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          by belinda ridgewood on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 02:16:13 PM PDT

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