Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick
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Yellow-Jacket Hell update. Also "Science on Tap" tonight.

Well, it seems I am a little allergic to wasp-stings, after all. The lip is just a little less swollen today as it was yesterday, which was worse than the day I got stung; I think holding a 3-hour lecture class last night did me no favors. That was fun. Picture not being able to feel one side of your mouth very well, and that side is thicker than usual. Yes, my friends, I was sort of drooling during class. Go ahead, laugh. In fact, I was so sore and swollen after class last night that brushing my teeth caused my lip to slip open :-(

Took two Benedryl last night before bed, which caused me to sleep 10 HOURS. Unfortunately, it barely seems to have helped reduce the swelling. Took a trio of ibuprofen this morning, and am drinking a beverage full of ice today. These things help a little, I think.

By the way, on a tip I looked up "yellow jacket," and it appears that's what assaulted me, not a bee. Yellow jackets are WASPS. Thus BASTARDS. They do not pollinate plants like our little friends the bees. Folks out at the KC Renaissance Festival call all the little stabbers out there "sweat bees," but they certainly are not. Sweat bees are a very different critter, and also not evil like the wasps. I'm pleased to feel friendly toward bees once again.

I should point out that, as a teen camping in northern Minnesota, I was once stung about 200 times by an entire hive of yellow jackets. They clung to the backs of my legs as I sprinted away down a hillside, stabbing and stabbing. That night, I enjoyed a great deal of hallucination and could not sleep for seeing a red-eyed, crysknife-toothed monster about the size of a raccoon in the corner of my tent. That was something else.

On a positive note, here's something that everyone in the area ought to visit: "Science on Tap," hosted by the KU Natural History Museum. Tonight's event is called, "Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Expanding Universe," a talk by Professor Bharat Ratra of Kansas State University, from 7:30pm - 9:00pm at the Free State Brewery in downtown Lawrence.

EDIT: More info about "Science on Tap":

It meets in what used to be called the beer garden - the back room of Free State Brewery. For really full talks, they have held as many as 100 people back there (some opted to stand). I understand that the waitstaff is very patient about this.

They recommend big groups arrive by 7pm and maybe call ahead to request a large table. That room has two of those big 12-seat tables.

Hope to see you there!
Chris
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