After I finally managed to earn my Associates Degree in the correspondence program, I took the next step towards furthering my personal journey of educational osmosis; I enrolled in one of the most prestigious evening college Bachelor of Accounting programs in Cincinnati. Ok, you got me, it was the only evening option available to me. But hey, I didn’t just earn a degree, the degree was just part of the deal. Icing on the cake conversation osmosis; things I will never forget.
I live in California now, but I grew up on Prytania, in Hamilton, Ohio. When you grow up in a place like Hamilton, you grow up with cicadas. What? You don’t know what a cicada is? Oh, well then, allow me to educate you. A cicada is an insect, a big stubby-looking flying insect with big orange eyes, (many are red), and a mouth that doesn’t bite. It makes a huge constant racket over 100 decibels in its quest to attract mates and oh, it lives underground for 17 years. Some of them live underground for 13 years but they all live on or near tree roots until it’s time to come up from the ground, only to mate. When they do come up from their underground roots, they arrive in ‘broods’ of thousands, sometimes millions. They don’t bite or eat, they only suck tree sap. If they land on you, just flick it off – it’s stupid, it just thinks you’re a tree.
I swear I’m not making this up.