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Boston Idol
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#1 Posted on 15.7.04 1645.59
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Once upon a time, I carelessly dumped
a large filet of cooked salmon into a
garbage can without wrapping it up.

A few days later as I was walking past
the can I noticed a putrid smell that I
immediately recognized from my early
childhood in the tenements of Portland.

I carefully lifted the lid and just as I
had suspected, the trash was teeming
with hundreds of maggots. Worse yet,
because the can had been almost full
when I dumped the salmon, the inside
of the lid was covered with maggots.

The maggots inside the can didn't pose
a problem, the garbage men would take
most of them away when they dumped
the can, but cleaning that lid wasn't
going to be very pleasant.

As I carried the lid around the corner
so that I could hose it down, I noticed
a busy ant trail leading from the hedge
across the walkway and into the garage.

"It's worth a shot", I thought to myself.

I delicately placed the lid upside-down
in the middle of the ant trail and went
inside to watch television.

When I came back an hour later, the ants
were dragging the last of the maggots
across the walkway toward the hedge.
The lid, which had been teaming with
maggots earlier, was now spotless.

I carefully picked up the lid, took it
around to the front lawn, hosed it
down, and placed it on its side
next to the garbage can.

Then I went into the garage, got some
ant stakes, and placed them in the busy
ant trail where the lid had been.

A few hours later, the ants were gone too.

Frank
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#2 Posted on 15.7.04 1700.44
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Yup. That's "Random".

What could've possibly entered your mind that made you post that?

(Not in an "I think you are an idiot" way or anything, just you know how sometimes you're talking about something and that makes you think of something else, then about four something elses later (in your mind) you blurt out the next thing in your stream of thoughts, and the person you're with is like "WTF?!" I'm genuinely curious about what led you to post that.)
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#3 Posted on 15.7.04 1705.43
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What are ant stakes?
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#4 Posted on 15.7.04 1739.46
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> What could've possibly entered
> your mind that made you post that?

a) Ole Anderson vs Dave Meltzer

b) Ric Flair vs Bret Hart

c) Bob Ryder vs Dave Scherer

You know, stuff like that.

> What are ant stakes?

Poison.

Frank



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#5 Posted on 15.7.04 1806.38
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I have a deep childhood fear of maggots and swarms of ants. And I have played with scorpions in the deserts of the middle east and ate roasted spiders and beetles in Thailand. But when it comes to mostly harmless ants and maggots, I will clam up and puss out. If I was Boston Idol I would first jump backed and screamed like a school girl then I would send my wife out to throw some lighter fluid in the trash and burn the whole thing. I better get over this fear of ants and maggots before I have kid. Can't have my son thinking of how much sugar his dad has in the tank when I am constantly sending him out to kill bugs. And it is only ants and maggots I am scared of. I love tarantulas, snakes, lizards, all sort of creepy crawlers.

That was a classic heel move, putting the maggots against the ants like that. Genius.
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#6 Posted on 15.7.04 1822.23
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My father used to get a kick out of walking around our backyard killing ants with a blow torch. Not sure how effective it was, but he sure did get a kick out of it.
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#7 Posted on 15.7.04 1904.29
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    Originally posted by Boston Idol
      Originally posted by JayJayDean
      What could've possibly entered your mind that made you post that?
    a) Ole Anderson vs Dave Meltzer

    b) Ric Flair vs Bret Hart

    c) Bob Ryder vs Dave Scherer

    You know, stuff like that.
That would *definitely* get you a shootangle.com columnist gig. ;-)
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#8 Posted on 15.7.04 1915.13
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Those ants are using their political pressure to hold the maggots down. Nonetheless, the maggots brought the brawling, while the ants brought the workrate. Match started slow, but picked up at the end, building to a hot finish.

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#9 Posted on 15.7.04 2044.59
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    Originally posted by Boston Idol


    A few days later as I was walking past
    the can I noticed a putrid smell that I
    immediately recognized from my early
    childhood in the tenements of Portland.


Sherman Street?
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#10 Posted on 15.7.04 2100.25
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I would say that the ants carried
the maggots to something watchable.

Frank

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#11 Posted on 15.7.04 2147.25
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    Originally posted by SeVen
    I have a deep childhood fear of maggots and swarms of ants. And I have played with scorpions in the deserts of the middle east and ate roasted spiders and beetles in Thailand. But when it comes to mostly harmless ants and maggots, I will clam up and puss out. If I was Boston Idol I would first jump backed and screamed like a school girl then I would send my wife out to throw some lighter fluid in the trash and burn the whole thing. I better get over this fear of ants and maggots before I have kid. Can't have my son thinking of how much sugar his dad has in the tank when I am constantly sending him out to kill bugs. And it is only ants and maggots I am scared of. I love tarantulas, snakes, lizards, all sort of creepy crawlers.

    That was a classic heel move, putting the maggots against the ants like that. Genius.


As a victim of fire ants on several occasions when I was growing up in Florida, you have every right to hate the little fuckers. I was bedridden for three days after being pushed into a 3 foot tall, five foot round mound. After that, I have kept a hatred for the bastards. As a kid I would demolish their mounds with a super soaker after that incident. I became like the Punisher.
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#12 Posted on 15.7.04 2207.41
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    Originally posted by Boston Idol
    Montgomery Street, Portland, Maine


I thought we had all the tenements in the west side of Portland, then I remembered that Washington Ave/Congress St area...
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#13 Posted on 16.7.04 0023.55
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I lived on Montgomery Street in 1971-72,
then we moved across the park to Smith
Street from 1972-1976. In fact a good
friend of mine still owns that building.

I use the term "park" liberally. It was
half paved, half dirt and broken glass,
with a swingset, a slide, monkey bars,
a teeter-totter, and a dried up fountain.

One of the good things I remember is the
hot summer nights when all the kids on
the block would stay out past 10PM playing
hide and seek in that park.

Back then it was safe to do that, there
were so many kids and everyone knew who
belonged on the block. A few years later
we started to hear stories about razor
blades in apples and older kids beating
up younger kids on Halloween. The world
around us was changing.

Some years after I left Portland, Gerald
Johnson, who had also lived on Montgomery
Street, stabbed a man to death in that park.

I still remember the night Gerald and his
brothers brought their electric guitars and
amplifiers into their back yard, which was
separated from the park by a chain link fence,
a ubiquitous feature in the inner city, and
gave a "free concert" for all of us kids.

We were all scared of Gerald because he had
a quick temper, but it's still odd to think
that a guy I knew when he was twelve grew
up to be a murderer. Then again, my best
friend fathered four children by three women
before he was twenty-one and got kicked out
of school for beating up one of his teachers.

There was one guy, Robert Peasley, who was
sort of a neighborhood mascot. The older
kids got their kicks by beating him up or by
getting him to beat up other kids. I once
ran two blocks with ten kids chasing me to
avoid being the solution to their boredom.

Years later, after I moved to California,
I hit a growth spurt that took me to about
six feet tall and 180 pounds. I went back
to Portland one summer and I was thinking
about settling a few old scores. I spotted
Peasley in the park from an upstairs window.

He had been beaten up so many times that he
walked with a limp. That day I realized
that fate had already settled my scores
with the residents of that neighborhood,
especially the ones still living there.

Frank

(All bets are off if I ever meet Joe Adams.
Nothing disgusts me more than an instigator
who never fights and hides behind his older
brother. I'll make him walk like Peasley.)

(edited by Boston Idol on 15.7.04 2224)
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#14 Posted on 16.7.04 0531.28
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    Originally posted by Boston Idol
    (Montgomery Street, Portland, Maine)


Answered my only question.
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#15 Posted on 17.7.04 1105.34
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My exroommate had a... I'll call it 'WACKY' ...thing he did where he would let chicken sit outside for a few days in the back yard and let maggots get on it and it would attract all the ants to it. Then he would pour boiling oil on the ant mounds.

No shitting! It was crazy! He did it once a month. As long as I didn't go back to the corner where he laid it out, I was ok. And I can't complain cause we didn't have any ants around the yard, all over the place.
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