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Bats!

Florida has a problem. Ok, technically, Florida has lots of problems, but for right now, I'm going to be focusing on one: an overly large insect population bound and determined to eat and annoy humans out of existence. So far, this being Florida, the humans are winning, but that isn't preventing the insects from continuing their ongoing guerilla warfare.

So, bats!

Shortly after we moved here my brother put up a little bat house in the front yard. Two years later, it is now the proud home of one (1) small bat. If you ask me, and I know you didn't, this bat is a bit of a slacker. Bugs remain. After some investigation my brother realized that bat house was not in the ideal location so what we had there was one bat stubbornly clinging to an independent bat life, which is great for the bat and not so great if you are trying to get rid of flying bugs or if, like my brother, you really like bats and want to see more of them.

Thus the New and Improved Bat House, which towers on stilts right next to the little house in the back yard, towering over it. It is larger. It is more richly stained.

It has a large Batman symbol on it.

I mention this, because I was not actually responsible for either the Bat House or the Bat symbol. I can see where people would think this, but really, it wasn't me. In fact I wasn't even aware that a Bat House was rising in the back yard -- I knew my brother was back there banging on things, but not on what. And then it was upright, Bat symbol gleaming.

It would be really cool if at this point I could tell you that a couple of robins had flown by and landed on the bathouse. Alas, no -- the robins aren't around just now, although a couple of mourning doves and a pair of cardinals appear to have taken up more or less permanent residence, to the delight of the cats. (Mourning doves very courteously spend long periods sitting thoughtfully on the bird feeder just outside the dining area window, a window equipped with both a window sill AND a little cat tower which provides excellent window viewing in a comfortable environment, so this is excellent for everyone except arguably those trying to make coffee in between loud updates from the cats regarding the presence of Birds At The Window.) Anyway, in theory it takes up to a year for the bats to find the bathouse and settle in and start performing their insect consumption duties. Go bats.

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It's a shuttle, it's a plane, no...

Unexpected read of the day, from NASA's space shuttle launch blog:
They've found no issues other than a sleeping bat that is hanging on to the external tank. The bat is not expected to interfere with launch this evening.
I get that in the Shuttle versus Bat tussle, the shuttle wins, but I can't help but hope that the bat wakes up in the early evening and realizes that he picked one dangerous place for a nap.

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