Whereas protecting the Vicksburg vs. Ridgeland softball sport final week, I observed all 5 of Ridgeland’s infielders doing what seemed to be a choreographed dance routine.
From third base to first, and even within the pitcher’s circle, the entire gamers have been waving their fingers in entrance their faces and shaking their fingers in unison.
It was completely different, however rehearsed cheers are an enormous a part of softball tradition so why not dancing? Possibly they mixed the 2 into a brand new artwork type, I figured.
A couple of seconds later I spotted the reality — they weren’t dancing, they have been shooing.
Sure, of us, it’s that point of spring after we welcome again our out of doors associates, the gnats. These little bugs swarm on golf programs, baseball and softball fields, and customarily wherever good instances are had and a patch of pure grass exists.
Whereas leaving our workplace on Washington Road the opposite day I observed a gaggle of gnats — cloud or horde, each very becoming, are the suitable phrases in response to the web, though I slightly benefit from the alternate time period of “rabble” — gathered close to our workplace. I’m certain that rabble was as much as no good.
I attempted to take an image, however photographing gnats in fading daylight is sort of as tough as maintaining them off you.
This week I’ve been swarmed by them at 9 a.m. at Clear Creek Golf Course, swallowed a couple of for lunch in downtown Vicksburg, and swatted some away at Bazinsky Discipline. On the aforementioned softball sport I stayed low and nonetheless and so they principally left me alone. Maybe they have been having fun with the dancing on the sphere an excessive amount of to hassle me.
Gnats are a number of the most annoying bugs round. Mosquitoes are terrible, however you don’t really feel each chunk at the very least. Gnats may also chunk, after which fly into your ears, nostril and eyes. The actual jerks are those that buzz shut sufficient to your head to get you to smack your self like an fool. You simply know they’re laughing to all of their buddies.
I do know the COVID-19 masks mandates have worn out their welcome for lots of people, however they do have one profit. A masks will preserve you from swallowing a gnat or having one fly up your nostril. Typically the latter path results in swallowing. We’ve most likely all gained a pound or so this week from this.
There’s not a lot we will do, sadly, to reclaim the world from our new insect overlords. Gnats appear to be seasonal, and that is their peak. We simply have to attend them out.
Within the meantime, does anybody have any cool gnat dances? Possibly we will put them on YouTube or TikTok, get them to go viral. May as properly put them to work for us whereas they’re right here.
Ernest Bowker is the sports activities editor of The Vicksburg Publish. He could be reached at [email protected]