I hate bugs.
Not all insects -- just the ones that have overrun my kitchen and back porch in the last few weeks.
It started one morning with an army of ants lining my sink and one cabinet. I blamed their visit on the recent wet weather, but opened up a can of Raid on them nonetheless.
Then the flying critters arrived. I'm not even sure what they are. They are tiny and arrived one evening last week by the thousands.
By the next morning, they had caked the outside of the kitchen window -- drawn there, no doubt, by the light we'd left on overnight.
So I brought out the heavy artillery: a huge, fluorescent-fuelled bug zapper. The first one I put up just glowed, no zapping. A trip to Wal-Mart later, we had a new zapper popping and crackling its way through the night.
And being a typical guy, I was mesmerized by the bright light and thoughts of imminent death. I watched it for hours over the weekend, even using a towel to brush the bugs off the overhangs and into the zapper.
Cruel? Probably. But sometimes you have to be cruel to those things that bug you.
It is amazing what the thought of a short vacation can do to the work ethic.
I'm planning on taking a few days in early July to join my parents at Jekyll Island for an extra-long weekend of golf and fishing.
It was a year ago about this time that I last made the trip to my favorite island -- just as the inaugural edition of The Mirror was being put together.
The vacations since have been few and far between -- except for some recent days off here and there just to try and get things squared away at my house. (And those, of course, really were not really "vacation" days.)
But all that will be OK starting July 7.
I'm planning to make it a true vacation: I'll have my laptop, but the cell phone, pager and other trappings of the real world will stay behind (or at least in the car).
Meanwhile, we here at The Mirror are working hard to get ready for our one-year anniversary celebration next week.
We're keeping it simple and informal -- an old-fashioned cookout next Wednesday evening (from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.) in the parking lot of the Magnolia Center here on Jackson Street. Technically, June 30 is three days before the anniversary of our first edition hitting the street, but who's counting?
We're coupling the event with a Chamber After Hours, so stop by and visit. We'll have some hot dogs and hamburgers, kids' activities, office tours and other stuff.
So stop by and help us celebrate this milestone.
After all, The Mirror is your paper, which means you've also got a little something to celebrate.