Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Get me to the airport, put me on a plane. Hurry, hurry, hurry, before I go insane.

I am suffering from a bout of writer's block. Or as my fine, Canadian friend, Z. Dawg, would say, writer's blocque. I think I am slipping. I have forgotten to bring my camera on a couple recent hikes and adventures. I'll try and get it together for you fine folks who keep visiting this site in droves.

Despite the foregoing, I did want to pass on some very important information I recently discovered. Did you know that Australia has an earthworm, The Giant Gippsland Earthworm (Megascolides australis), that can grow to be 12 feet long and 6 inches in diameter?

Neither did I, until today.

Did you also know that the platypus, a normally shy, much-ridiculed, goofy looking animal, has a pair of short spurs on its back legs attached to highly toxic venom glands?

Those who have survived the trauma, though rare, report pain "strong enough to induce vomiting which can persist for days, weeks or even months. The pain is resistant to morphine and other pain-killing drugs and anaesthesia of the main nerve from the spur site is often the only way to relieve the patient's suffering."

I wonder which hip hop star will be the first to have trained attack platypus guarding his crib.

On a completely different note, Lost in Translation is on tv right now. Great flick. Or flicque.

Peace out. Keep it real. And watch out for the platypus spurs.