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“Thanks for the lift, Sharon,” said Brigid, pulling on her seat belt. “One of these days I really need to get that driver’s license.”

Sharon nodded and pulled the car out of its parking space. “So why don’t you?”

“Well, I usually don’t need one. The bus takes me to and from work, and anything else, Greg is usually home and plinking away on the laptop, so I can get him to take me. But no, the inconsiderate jerk had to get invited to a writer’s conference off in Pennsylvania somewhere, so I’ve got no car all weekend.”

“The nerve of some people,” said Sharon. “But I don’t mind, shopping is more fun with somebody else. And I want you to try this new store, anyway. It’s brilliant. Karma-friendly shopping! Nothing in the store except organic, local food; everything has to be in recycled packaging, and they don’t carry anything tested on animals. What is it you need to shop for? I bet you’ll love it.”

“Ant traps,” said Brigid.

“Oh,” said Sharon. “Um.”

“As long as they have organic, locally-grown ant traps that weren’t tested on animals, we should be good to go,” said Brigid.

-The Gneech

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Originally published at gneech.com. You can comment here or there.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 14th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Ant traps that'll keep them in one place, of course, until you can release them back into the wild? I bet those exist SOMEHOW. Right?
May. 14th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)

Maybe some sort of glass device with a room for sugar water in the bottom?
The trick is to design it so that ants fall in, but can't get back up.
(You can get wasp traps with a similar unction; a bowl of sugarwater at the bottom, then an inverted funnel over it and a 'holdingchamber at the top. Seems the buggers tends to take of straight up... )
May. 14th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
That contraption also works on fruit flies.
May. 14th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
But is it completely organic and locally grown%3Pr
May. 14th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
It's as organic and locally grown as a glass, a paper funnel, and orange juice can be. The animal testing part, however…

Edited at 2010-05-14 08:27 pm (UTC)
May. 14th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Now I'm going to have to check for ant traps the next time I'm in my local karma-friendly store.
May. 14th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
As an anti-ant measure, I've been trying to get my folks to try diatomaceous earth. It's made up of microscopic fossil lifeforms that have glasslike bodies. The pieces are so sharp that they will do bodily harm to insects that attempt to walk through it. Otherwise, it isn't poisonous, ecologically harmful or anything like that.

We're still trying to find a local source, tho'.
May. 14th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
I know what diatomaceous earth is, but it sounds so poetic...

She was a mystery, an enigma,
A study in contrasts.
She was a child of the diatomaceous earth,
An angel of the ethereal sky.

--Me, just now
May. 15th, 2010 07:46 am (UTC)
Yes, it's called an Aardvark.
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