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While the Western states brace for a grasshopper invasion, or locust swarm, the cricket just hangs around your backyard driving you slowly crazy.

But, in reality, the cricket, part of the same family of Orthorperans, which also includes the katydid, is one of the least bothersome and most noble of insects.

Many believe their songs are blessings. Good luck, in fact.

In parts of the world, a cricket found in the house will be kept in small cages, given food and water in the hopes they will live past their average life span of a year, and continue to bring good fortune.

Like grasshoppers, they're great leapers.

Unlike grasshoppers, they have wings, but only use them to rub them against parts of their body to make that beautiful music.

The "Cricket Love Call" comes from males courting their potential mates, or warning other males, "She's mine."

Insectopedia,” a fascinating look into the world of insects by Hugh Raffles—who has a particularly fascinating chapter on today's subject.

It's about the bizarre world of cricket fighting.

Where's Peta when we really need them?

Crickets are pitted against each other, in far off places, like southern China.

There's massive wagering on the outcome of televised matches, performance-enhancing drugs for bloodline-bred crickets, and traditions that go back to the Tang Dynasty.

Champion crickets are honored; the losers are released and "watched over" by a curse against any who would harm them.

Raffles describes 72 types of cricket personality, methods of training and gives us Master Fang's five human qualities found in the best fighting crickets.

1. When it is time to sing, he will sing. This is trustworthiness.

2. On meeting an enemy, he will not hesitate to fight. This is courage.

3. Even seriously wounded, he will not surrender. This is loyalty.

4. When defeated he will not sing. He knows shame.

5. When he becomes cold, he will return to his home. He is wise and recognizes the facts of the situation.

Hugh Raffles writes:

“The more I’ve learned about insects and the more amazing they’ve become to me, the more strange it seems that we kill them without the least thought."

One thing I do know; your chirping on the subject will be most welcome.

J. Peterman

 

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March 26, 2013 12:09 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

First of all,  the Tang Dynasty?  These guys designed NASA space drinks?!?

March 26, 2013 12:11 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

and then there are fighting Crickrets?!?  What do the birds do, wear Kevlar? Hah! I've seen birds scoop crickets up and fly away, chewing as they go...

March 26, 2013 12:34 AM
1474 10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 comfortable1 said...

Nothing worse than, while trying to sleep in a less-than-Ritz-Carlton roadside inn, one lone chirping cricket keeps you awake all night - all the while eluding capture by one too afraid to peer into all the corners of the seedy motel room in hopes of finding and killing the pest.

March 26, 2013 12:38 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

Male crickets, they say, chirp their songs.

Female crickets listen, are drawn in and choose their mates.

Then they go off to make beautiful music together.

You know, sorta like country/western music.

March 26, 2013 1:30 AM
First-comHr-1 TooSlim55 said...

72 types of cricket personality? That has to be a government funded study!

March 26, 2013 1:50 AM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

A study run and managed by someone with zero personality.

March 26, 2013 6:35 AM
Tommy_avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

Life on a little known planet for all creatures great and small.....fishing with circkets on the trout stream of my youth brought a boy great success and Ma Typical would roll those rainbows in cornmeal and pan fry them along with a bottle of ketchup and a loaf of white bread that had me chirping. Especially with a Nehi grape pop. There was a ittle store nearby that sold those little pecan pies that came in a mini pie pan/2 for a a quarter. I am still fascinated by bugs and often talk to them as if they could hear me. Perhaps they do. That's the buzz.

March 26, 2013 7:22 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

A new government study shows conclusively that taxpayers do not like to pay for studies about crickets.

March 26, 2013 9:20 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Lotlot-it could be worse:they could be studying the nutritional value,and snack appeal....yikes!

March 26, 2013 9:25 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


We have all, by now, heard of the Hawthorne Effect: "The changes that the act of observation will have on a phenomenon or object being observed."

How are we to be sure that at least one or two of the seventy-two behavioral traits or "types of cricket personality" are not the result being watched?

Chances are they are being bred and reared in controlled environments which would be like studying the behavior of boys at boarding school in the belief that you then knew everything there was to know about small male humans who tend as well to sing, fight and to go home when they get cold.

March 26, 2013 9:29 AM
First-com roux said...

Peter Lake, thanks for that Buddy Holly reference.  Just a few minutes of that song has gotten my blood stirring so I am now ready to get my lazy rear in gear and get some things done.  Enough sitting in front of my computer!

March 26, 2013 9:35 AM
10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1 House Guest said...

Stoney:
"The Onion" on line two. Lunch at 11:30?

March 26, 2013 9:46 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Yes, PL -- Thanks for Buddy Holly and the Crickets rendition of "That'll be the Day" ! Good memories there. We know what happened to Buddy, but where are the Crickets?

We have heard since "the day the music died" in 1959 that there is a curse on the performers of pop music, and this article by the unimpeachable (ha!) Enquirer, seems to support that claim... They probably needed a few more Crickets for good luck....

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/teen-idol-death-curse-from-buddy-holly-to-today

To topic -- When I find a little brown cricket in the house, I gently pick him up and place him outside on the grass. PETA would be so proud. BTW - I also have one of those wee brass ones resting permanently on the stones of my hearth. So, not that I am superstitious, but if there is good luck, I'd like to have some.

March 26, 2013 9:57 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Okay.

For the first time since we came here, there is a significant number of Juncos in the sour cherry trees competing, I suppose, for mates and nesting places.

With their sooty heads and bodies and white bellies they look ready for employment at Highclere.

Mr. Typical has it right: crickets and hoppers are deadly trout bait just drifted along on the surface.

March 26, 2013 10:05 AM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

Crickets are a good source of protein, and resistant to radiation & drought. The thought of having to cultivate them as food should motivate us to keep our planet healthy.

March 26, 2013 10:06 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Rusty said...

With all this admiration of crickets I deffinately agree with Mooseloop in getting them out of the house.  They munch into woolens just like moths.  So beware.   Keep the brass in for luck; put the hoppy one out the door.

March 26, 2013 10:50 AM
First-comHr-1 TooSlim55 said...

Right on, Stoney. LOL!

March 26, 2013 10:54 AM
First-com KPJGO said...

I've eaten crunchy fried crickets in China. They are the only insect that I will actually pick up in my hand and then toss out the door.  Then there's always our friend Jiminy Cricket and wishing on a star....

March 26, 2013 10:54 AM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

I remember being absolutely terrified of a cricket that got into my room when I was a little girl.  It was the ugliest, scariest thing I had ever seen. I can still feel that fear. But, now I think crickets, and most other bugs for that matter, are really cool. I love the sound of crickets at night--reminds me of home. Unfortunately, that sound is frequently overshadowed by the sound of the cicadas at night. They can be so loud!!! When I lived in Northern IL, I remember the cicada sounds coming in huge waves getting louder and louder, then quieting down; cycling over and over again.  And these were the annual cicadas, not the 17 year ones! Here in Milwaukee, I frequently hear crickets again, and we have lots of lightning bugs too.  It can be very magical at dusk in my little city garden.

March 26, 2013 11:18 AM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

Oh, and btw, congratulations to you all for hitting the C note yesterday. Sounds like a fun time in the club car last night. I peeked in this morning and saw all the dirty glasses and dishes. Aren't we lucky that on the virtual train, no one has to clean up?

March 26, 2013 11:59 AM
10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photo SkyWalker said...

The only un-charming fact about crickets is that they eat your woolens!

March 26, 2013 11:59 AM
First-com Islandtim said...

I am an Adventurist doing daring things around the world  (air, land, sea, jungles) and have picked up a few outdoor CRICKETS to calculate air temperature Count the number of chirps in 14 seconds, add 40 = air temperature in Fahrenheit Example:  30 chirps (in 14 seconds) + 40 = 70 degrees Fahrenheit_______ For Celsius:  Number of chirps in 25 seconds divided by 3 plus 4 = air temperature in Celsius Example:  48 chirps divided by 3 plus 4 = 20 degrees celsius This is the universally accepted formula of Dr. Amos Dolbear

March 26, 2013 12:14 PM
First-com Islandtim said...

 I am an ADVENTURIST traveling the world searching for dangerious and exciting experiences.  As such I have picked up many bits of near usless information, one of which applies to todays conversation of CRICKETS:  How To Determine The Outside Air Temperature By Counting Cricket Chirps.....  Count the number of chirps in 14 seconds, add 40 = air temperature in Fahrenheit Example:  30 chirps (in 14 seconds) + 40 = 70 degrees Fahrenheit_______ For Celsius:  Number of chirps in 25 seconds divided by 3 plus 4 = air temperature in Celsius Example:  48 chirps divided by 3 plus 4 = 20 degrees celsius This is the universally accepted formula of Dr. Amos Dolbear and it does work!  

March 26, 2013 12:14 PM
First-com Islandtim said...

 I am an ADVENTURIST traveling the world searching for dangerious and exciting experiences.  As such I have picked up many bits of near usless information, one of which applies to todays conversation of CRICKETS:  How To Determine The Outside Air Temperature By Counting Cricket Chirps.....  Count the number of chirps in 14 seconds, add 40 = air temperature in Fahrenheit Example:  30 chirps (in 14 seconds) + 40 = 70 degrees Fahrenheit_______ For Celsius:  Number of chirps in 25 seconds divided by 3 plus 4 = air temperature in Celsius Example:  48 chirps divided by 3 plus 4 = 20 degrees celsius This is the universally accepted formula of Dr. Amos Dolbear and it does work!  

March 26, 2013 12:21 PM
10041_445991248814972_692962064_n Com-100Com-300First-comHr-1 The Giraffe said...

Stoney - a bunch of Juncos have also arrived here at our feeder.  We haven't seen this many in years.  They would fit in well at Highclere and would probably be nicer than Thomas.

March 26, 2013 12:24 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

and while you're counting, if youhold the cricket in your right hand,and face North,, West will usually be on your left. 

March 26, 2013 12:46 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

Enjoy the Juncos--they must be migrating north for the summer. We've had them all winter along with the ubiquitous sparrows.  I love that the cardinals are beginning to belt out their spring songs.  I've seen a couple robins; our neighborhood us lousy with robins in the summer, so they are on their way!

March 26, 2013 12:52 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Stoney, Giraffe - You have juncos, and I have gold finch!

They have come in flocks to gobble the sunflower seeds. Some purple finch are here too. (They are really red, not purple, but who's quibbling?)

There was snow on the deck this morning, about a half inch,but now it is melted yet flurries keep drifting past my window. We were in the 20s last night, but all the way up to 37 now! This is the oddest spring!

Islandtime - Your Berting (repeating) was interesting, because you edited each one! Sometimes the Send button does not Send immediately, so some people hit it again, and voila, you have a mulitplied post. Give it a few seconds to "take."

Welcome to the Eye Village! Your explanation of the method for finding the temperature by the scientific counting of cricket chirps is fascinating. (Or I can look at my indoor/outdoor thermometer that says 72/37--hooray for technology!)

Hello, Hazel!! Has it warmed up over there yet? This "Global Warming" is getting to me!

March 26, 2013 12:55 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

I marjorie - Those gross-looking crickets are probably the ones we call "mole crickets" that prefer to live in dark places, like under the house! They are ugly and funny looking. Not the cute, brown ones that we like to use to catch fish. Don't tell PETA.....Crickets, as TT said, are great for bait!

March 26, 2013 1:02 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Speaking of birds, yesterday at breakfast I saw the
plumpest, brightest, most brilliantly colored cardinal that I have ever seen in
my life. How he was passed over by the College of Cardinals in favor of that
Argentinian Cardinal, Pope Francis, I will never know. 
The cats in the neighborhood were gathering under the tree, where this
fella had settled, licking their chops and hoping he would weigh that branch
down just a little closer to the ground. 
I don’t have any photographic evidence of this and may never will, but I
swear on the last dead pope’s grave that it’s true. I believe that in Argentina
the Cardinals consider crickets to be a delicacy.

March 26, 2013 1:06 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

I have been in a funk since we heard the news of Andy. I was not surprised as she and I were "Cancer buddies" but the reality is altogether different. When something like that happens you know for certain what b.s. it is that there are "no virtual friends." Anyway I have been too grumpy to comment on anything but I would like to catch up. A little.

I have had many hangovers. Most of them were well worth it and yes, I learned all the lessons but chose to ignore them unless a hangover would ruin plans, make me late etc. Unfortunately I am unable to only drink expensive Champagne which never gives a hangover.

When I was pregnant the midwives suggested I have a glass of red wine in the evening.

I like Crickets. The sound of a cricket is somehow grounding. And the episode of Frasier where he and Niles try to get rid of one is a classic.

March 26, 2013 1:08 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

ISLANDTIM.................I too am an adveturess. I have early morning bus duty this week & had no time this morning to pack a lunch, so I paid $1.75 for spaghetti & a roll in the school cafeteria ( or caf as HAZE would say) It was actually delicious. Mission accomplished! Your exciting adventure bound self must be bored by us plebes.............

March 26, 2013 1:08 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Islandtim ~ If you are looking for useless information, you have come to the right place. Just look for any line that begins with Paolos said.  If you are looking for something dangerous and exciting, MissPark4 and Miss Bebe will be along presently.

March 26, 2013 1:09 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

PAOLOS.........................I thought it would be vulnerable children........................

March 26, 2013 1:15 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Miss Skywalker, I have never knowingly had a cricket munching away in my woolens...oh, nevermind.

March 26, 2013 1:16 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

It's lunchtime. Maybe a martooni or three will help.

March 26, 2013 1:23 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

A grasshopper walks into a bar.........

March 26, 2013 1:23 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Miss Bebe ~ I was just talkin' about you and POOF there you are! I will have a martooni for you before I return to the drudgery that is life on the job. I might even have another for our dear ChefDeb. I will suffer the hangover for both of you, "taking one for the team" as they say in the Bronx.

March 26, 2013 1:32 PM
Tommy_avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

Timmy- Your post reminded me of my Cup O' Joe time with Ms Typical. I refer to the commonality of common sense and science. Farmers and skilled craftsmen and great cooks and true outdoorsmen know the science and the math without the catchwords and the complex formulas. The practicality of knowledge seems to be lost sometimes in the name of test scores and paper degrees. Effective people in the real world use their wits and the power of observation and EXPERIENCE to meet the challenges and the nuance of THE GAME OF LIFE. My ohilosophical and spiritual life outlook is about not just learning about my environment and the people in it but being out there seeing it firsthand, falling down, getting a bee sting, doing a belly buster on the high dive, cutting my finger with my pocklet knife, picking up a little Blue Jay and having Momma attack me and peck my head all the way home. Fireflies still blow my mind and when camping crickets and tree frogs sing better than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. A sunrise and sunset still blows my mind and I can feel a storm coming well in advance.  Moose and Stoney- I can also bring 'em in with a can of corn when I look around and after seeing there are no Isaak Walton purists around and I put the flies away. Trout may not have much memory but they can be particular.

March 26, 2013 1:45 PM
Tommy_avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

CD- a good champagne cocktail is indeed a perfect way to beat the megrams. Billy Holiday during a long bout of the blues makes them tolerable. Losing a friend of any kind is just a very "shitty" experience and grumpiness is to be expected....but gray skies are gonna slear up put on a happy face...I can see Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie as I type.

March 26, 2013 1:46 PM
Tommy_avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

slear clear oh well.

March 26, 2013 2:13 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

I've always had a deep appreciation of crickets.   Most probably because they look like they were imagined, designed, engineered and manufactured at the dawn of the industrial revolution.  I am certain that they inspired many of the mechanical marvels that followed; as well as many of the creatures roaming the earth in 'B' horror movies.
 They were steam punk before steam punk. I believe they are one of Creations better works. They always seem to be smiling and causing their human observers to smile a bit too.

March 26, 2013 2:45 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Especially applies to grasshoppers. Even if they spit.

March 26, 2013 2:50 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

Nice to see you chef deb, even if you are grumpy and sad.  I hope some spring weather comes your way soon. That should help a bit. Sending sunshine and warm breezes your way. (Not from here, it's cloudy and cold here, but from somewhere.  Pick your favorits spot!)

March 26, 2013 2:58 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

It must be 42° F. in that apartment.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qq5vklpAOc

 

It’s for you ChefDeb…I
hope it helps take the grumpies away.

 

March 26, 2013 3:16 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Bebe,
I will give you $1.75 tomorrow for spahgetti and a roll today!

March 26, 2013 3:31 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

For your listening pleasure…

 

You think Tommy is hip? This guy makes Tommy Typical look like an accountant…that’s
right…an ACCOUNTANT…

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQOdvo4K_K4

March 26, 2013 4:04 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

You're right,Paolos- I couldn't hear the crickets when they were outside. Or inside

March 26, 2013 4:11 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Two hours ahead of yesterday, with a little bit of work and elbow grease, we could make it to a C-note by nap time. This isn't just a dream folks, we can do it. Not for me, mind you, but do it for Little Tommy. the shoe shine boy with the surf board taste and for Peter Lake who must be plumb tuckered after staying out all night last night cleaning out the club car.  Oh, I know he tells y'all that it's self cleaning, but let's be real...have any of you ever known anything (other than a cat) to be self cleaning?   Don't mind me, I am just chirping away.

March 26, 2013 4:24 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

PL..................my treat! mmmmmmmmmmmm..................... Roll tide, roll...........................

March 26, 2013 4:57 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Am I # 54?? Mine does not number them, so I am guesstimating....Making 100 comments on crickets seems like it would be some kind of record in itself!

I liked Imarjorie's reference to "Little Grasshopper" and got diverted for over an hour just looking at old Caine clips! It did not seem so cheesy at the time....Were we more naive then? I see the resemblance to Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi now....

It just takes some of us longer to grasp the "essence of being, " Grasshopper.

Somebody better get us over to food, or we will never make 100....ChefDeb, calling Chef Deb! "Grasshoppers" to drink? Recipes for "Grasshopper Pie"??

I looked it up, but have not made one....Is it good? Have you made it? Any tips or variations from what this gal did to hers?

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/03/grasshopper-pie/

March 26, 2013 5:35 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Miss L Marjorie and Miss MooseLoop ~ I can understand the two of you confusing the cricket with the grasshopper, I am guessing you were both "in drowsiness half lost" while the rest of us were diligently studying this work by Mr. Keats in British Poetry 101 or maybe you were day dreaming of some midnight rendezvous with Buddy Holly or one of his Crickets.

On the Grasshopper and the Cricket

The poetry of earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper's--he takes the lead
In summer luxury,--he has never done
With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
The poetry of earth is ceasing never:
On a lone winter evening, when the frost
Has wrought silence, from the stove there shrills
The Cricket's song, in warmth increasing ever,
And seems to one in drowsiness half lost,
The Grasshopper's among some grassy hills.

March 26, 2013 5:36 PM
1474 10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 comfortable1 said...

Mooseloop - thanks so much for the very kind words about my photos!  I'll indeed go back and add locations for them all.  In the meantime, you can see most all my photos on my travel photo blog at http://jane-thejourneyisthereward.tumblr.com. ; I actually labeled all my photos on that blog!  ;-)
  I say again, I am a very lucky gal to have the health and opportunity to travel so much and believe me, I appreciate every single moment of it!  (Although I also appreciate my own little bed and pillow, too!)   And a second thanks to those of you who expressed interest in my personal blog (http://jane-alifewelllived.blogspot.com) and in Mom's upcoming book.  I just got an email this morning that the editor has made her first pass through the manuscript and that it's gone back to the biographer for a teensy rewrite. (I'm off to Death Valley a week from tomorrow and then to China in August as one of 12 folk who will be volunteering at the Wolong Panda Preserve in Chengdu. I can hardly wait for that trip and am even excited about cleaning out panda enclosures.)  To circle back to today's topic, I'll try the cricket-on-a-stick in China.  NOT!

March 26, 2013 5:37 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


I was expecting lunch with an old friend but the godson and his mother were a bonus. It was fairly short, a little huggy and very nice.

paolos ~

I forwarded Sticky to one of our grandsons, a drummer. In my opinion Mr. Wickett has it all over Buddy Rich but not Krupa.


March 26, 2013 5:43 PM
1474 10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 comfortable1 said...

I'm a mess.  Can't get the link to work right.  Here's my photo blog one last time and then I give up!! (http://jane-thejourneyisthereward.tumblr.com) ; If it doesn't work, so be it!  Geesh!
 

March 26, 2013 5:57 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Miss Comfortable 1 ~ You were so close.  The redirect takes you here.

 

http://jane-thejourneyisthereward.tumblr.com/

 

March 26, 2013 6:01 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

comfy1~ made the addy work by editing to the .com - -seems there were additional symbols showing up in the bar/link....  so just click on it,eYesters,and when shown the error message, go to the address and delete everything that shows up after the .com, one symbol/letter at a time.  Loved the night view

March 26, 2013 6:03 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Stoney ~ There is nothing that can hold a candle to studying the "Masters."

March 26, 2013 6:05 PM
Tommy_avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

p- Mr. Wicket has more cool in his Sticky than I have in my entire collection of kazoos and my bongos. As fate would have it on the side bar as I listened to the cowbell I saw Lee Marvin and the wonderful Wanderin Star. Paint my wagon by golly.  http://youtu.be/xnbiRDNaDeo

March 26, 2013 6:24 PM
1474 10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 comfortable1 said...

You got it to work, Paolos! Thanks! Thanks for positive feedback, RoadYacht!

March 26, 2013 6:50 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

Paolos--you must have heard the 'grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" that was erupting in my throat trying to access the 'tumblr' blof of comfortable1--thanks (once again!) for your expertise.  And again, I wonder:  how DO you get any work done outside the Village and keep us so entertained and informed??  You, sir, are a riddle wrapped up in an enigma---but oh! such a welcome enigmatic riddle you are.******On topic.....I don't think I like crickets....they drive me to distraction mid-summer.......altho' I always did like Jimminy Cricket ( as mentioned afore by Moose)......yes! the can and do(!) eat your finest and favorite garments......I've heard they bring good luck, but I strongly doubt it.........no!! I would NOT like to eat them...........

March 26, 2013 6:59 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

and if it wasn't for Jiminy Crikett, I would never have learned to spell eeeeanseewhyseehellopeedyeyeaye.....

March 26, 2013 7:05 PM
Tommy_avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

http://youtu.be/FaZ1Au4xlyE and now my version kind of sort of. Nurse bring me my meds.

March 26, 2013 7:42 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

OH MY!  club car-e-okee tonight

March 26, 2013 7:43 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Stoney & Sir Paolos,

I think this guy deserves mention on your list of drummers extraordinare.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsKq3HD0EFc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Take 5

Peace out

March 26, 2013 7:53 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

PAOLOS=oh you just HAD to put up those posts to get me out of my very bad mood and damn it, it worked! I dare anyone to get through that Sticky Wicket video without grinning and foot tapping. Thank you!!

March 26, 2013 7:55 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

bebe,

You be carefull on your early morning bus duty. I'm preaching to the choir, but never, ever, turn your back on the little munchkins, or the bus driver in some cases.

You deserve free spahgetti for a month with extra roll......tide.........rolls.

March 26, 2013 7:56 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

PL Yup, never lost the touch…

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ5ijKgx9eM&NR

 

This was 30 some years later.



March 26, 2013 7:58 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Tommy ~ Yoiu ARE Ben Rumson, if not Kid Shelleen.

March 26, 2013 8:29 PM
Tommy_avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

Or The Dirty Dozen's Major John Reisman: I never went in for embroidery, just results.

March 26, 2013 9:03 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Bebe - So sorry you have bus duty........some of my worst teaching memories were of bus duty.....kids smart mouthing, arguments over line breakers, and then one time a tornado that came roaring by across the street while we were trying to evacuate the kids off the curb into the building cafeteria...!!

No one who has not been there can appreciate the stress of being on bus duty, hall duty, potty duty, and even smoking area duty (1970's).....teachers are so under-appreciated!! If all career lawyers and doctors had to be teachers for a few months, the entire profession would change for the better. They have no idea what we put up with! You are expected to be counselor, nurse, parent, instructor, psychotherapist, and even legal expert when teaching these days. Kudos to you!

Paolos - We were aware of the difference between the grasshopper and the cricket, but there is precious little about the cricket, so the natural leap to make some kind of comment is to include the cousin of the cricket, the grasshopper. Please forgive our generalizations....Have you ever drunk a cricket?? But the grasshopper, on the other hand, is a delightful (if somewhat green) drink! You have to like creme de menthe!!! So there, I rest my case....I raise a cold grasshopper to you for your health!!

March 26, 2013 9:35 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

ChefDeb ~ Always happy to oblige.

March 26, 2013 9:53 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Miss Carol ~ I will tell you my secret, but keep in mind that I am a professional and you should not try this at home or at work. In the morning it is first things first. I always pal around at the coffee maker and get my games of solitaire and bejeweled taken care of in the first hour. That leaves me three hours before lunch to listen to customer and employee complaints.  Since it is policy that all our customers and employees must always be kept happy, that leaves me three hours of nothing better to do than ramble around the streets of this Village like Otis stumbling around the streets of Mayberry on his way to the Sheriff's office.

March 26, 2013 9:57 PM
Img_5428-1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Capt Neptune said...

78 right now as I try to type and stay up with the monkeys and watch USA/Mexico play soccer.  If SUPER BERT was here, we would have 100 in a matter of seconds!

March 26, 2013 10:22 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Ahoy Cap'n Neptune, Couldn't we all take off to the Bahamas on your yacht tonight and maybe take in a cricket match in the morning?  

March 26, 2013 10:23 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Eighty. Do I hear eighty-one?

March 26, 2013 10:31 PM
Tommy_avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

The sound of crickets...wait a minute...I just intercepted a radio message...I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That's my dream; that's my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor... and surviving to make that 100th post.

March 26, 2013 10:50 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


You don't look it

March 26, 2013 10:52 PM
Tommy_avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

I'm gonna filibuster like ol Huey Long on the senate floor 'til the crickets come home and FDR returns to Trinidad, Mr. Ry Cooder. "I'm for the poor man — all poor men, black and white, they all gotta have a chance. They gotta have a home, a job, and a decent education for their children. 'Every man a king' — that's my slogan."

March 26, 2013 10:56 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

ninty nine bottles of beer on the wall,ninty nine bottles of beer, if one of those bottles should happen to fall, ninty eight bottles of beer on the wall

March 26, 2013 10:57 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

ninty eight bottles of beer on the wall,ninty eight bottles of beer, if one of those bottles should happen to fall,ninty seven bottles of beer on the wall

March 26, 2013 11:00 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

ninty seven bottles of beer on the wall, ninty seven bottles of beer, if one of those bottles should happen to fall, ninty six bottles of beer on the wall

March 26, 2013 11:02 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

(That was thhe song we sang on every school bus ride to a "Field Trip" that was done in my grammer school days)

March 26, 2013 11:03 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

I can smell the baloney sandwich, and grapes, or a peach...in my minds sealed vault of coveted secrets

March 26, 2013 11:04 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

or the peanut butter and grape jelley, on white, cut diagonally...I'm thinkin one would be good right now!  great memories, in secret scents

March 26, 2013 11:05 PM
Tommy_avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

On the Mosquito Coast not to be confused with the Cricket Inland, Charlie spoke-My father often talked of things being revealed - that was true invention, he said. Revealing something`s use, and magnifying it; discovering its imperfections, improving it, and putting it to work for you. God had left the world incomplete, he said, and it was man`s job to understand how it worked, to tinker with it, and to finish it. I think that was why he hated missionaries so much - because they taught people to put up with their earthly burdens. For father, there were no burdens that couldn`t be fitted with a set of wheels, or rudders, or a system of pulleys.

March 26, 2013 11:06 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Stoney,

Opening day is less than a week away!

March 26, 2013 11:06 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

ninty six bottles of beer on the wall, ninty six bottles of beer, if one of those bottles should happen to fall, ninty five bottles of beer on the wall

March 26, 2013 11:21 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

and then there was the time I went to the lumber yard. I walked into the office and asked if I could buy a 2x4. "How long do you want it?"asked the clerk. "A long time"sez I, "I'm going to build a porch"

March 26, 2013 11:29 PM
Tommy_avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

As the barkeep wipes down the bar in the Club Car, a tall man sits on the stool at the end tuning in the old metaphorical Philco to another episode of Lights Out. Wyllis Cooper at the mic.

March 26, 2013 11:42 PM
Tommy_avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

The Cricket on the Hearth is bringing me some good fortune.

March 26, 2013 11:48 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Nos da Hazel.........

March 26, 2013 11:51 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Yay! Still awake, or awake again  100!

March 26, 2013 11:53 PM
Tommy_avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

Love/Music-Cricket or Human is made by rubbing something together. The sounds of something/anything is but a result of a good intention.

March 26, 2013 11:58 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

where's the glitter, and the falling balloons?? and the shopping spree? the music? the Unicorn? clown? cotton candy?

March 26, 2013 11:59 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

I can see again!!!

March 27, 2013 1:36 AM
13091 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 janej78 said...

Peter and Paolo(1:02 very funny), We watched Cat Ballou tonight while we ate fresh cracked crabs and franchese bread dunked in garlic butter. Steve had some Pinot Noir and I had a Dos Equis Amber with lime. My son dropped by to help us out and he liked Kid Shelleen; he's usually not into older movies and really doesn't like the 30s and 40s black and white movies we watch....oh where did I go wrong?
 
bebe, how lucky for you...I can't imagine anything more fun than a busload of "squawking" young kids. You have to love them.
 
Stoney, from when I was about 12...I guess Gene Krupa was the first drummer I was crazy about....any day over Buddy Rich. Louie Belson is another terrific drummer...I've seen him, Art Blakey and Billy Cobham live. Max Roach, Elvin Jones are another couple of favorites I can think of off the top of my head. I've also seen Tito Puente and Poncho Sanchez more than once.... different drumming, but drumming from the best. Cool that your grandson is a drummer.
 
I'm surprised no one mentioned Connie Stevens' role as Cricket Blake on Hawaiian Eye. Don't ask where this bit of trivia came from because I have no idea...it just popped into my head....though I googled because I thought it might be Stella Stevens and Cricket was all I vaguely remembered and I didn't know the name of the show...just that there was a character named Cricket on some tv show..
 
comfortable 1, I look forward to the publication of your mom's memoir. I think it's great that you've seen this through.
 
ChefDeb, glad you're back to foot tapping and grinning..
 

March 27, 2013 2:20 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

now wait just a minute...when we speak drummer, do we forget a guy named Winter? An Albino that has aname that means White-Winter? Did he have 127 types of percussion on a rack when I saw him? Live? in Evanston,Ill?

Honor Roll



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