It has recently come to my attention that we're expecting the once-every-17-years plague of cicadas this summer. And you know what? Now that I know they're coming, it's like some sort of horrible waiting game. Sort of like a slasher film when you know the guy with the mask will show up at any point, but you can't do anything to prevent it (because, after all, it IS a slasher film). Yes. Like that. Except with these terrifying bugs:
Look at those beady red eyes! The horror, the horror!
My reading has confirmed that these suckers will show up as soon as the ground temperature reaches 64 degrees. Then they'll crawl out of their subterranean bug villas and descend upon us like a plague straight out of the Bible.
How exactly does one test the ground temperature? And is it worth doing, or should I just accept my fate?
Blake said that in 1996 they were so plentiful that he had to scrape them off the car before getting in. And that you can't help but step on them. And that when they die (all at once, apparently) you have to rake their carcasses just like you would a pile of old leaves.
In conclusion, I'd advise all you unsuspecting interns planning to come to the DC area this summer to do one thing: turn and run back to where you came from. Escape while you still can.