Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Of Keyboard Killers and Ant Thugs

You may be going, what on earth is that a picture of? Nothing so mysterious, just a new keyboard that I haven't taken out of its plastic case just yet. This would make our third keyboard in six months and I'm not taking any chances. Remember the episode with the oatmeal and the gazillion rubber cups that almost made me pop a vein? That happened in October. Husband immediately got me a replacement and it lasted until a couple of days ago when Marguerite spilled some cranberry juice on it. As you know, we're held hostage by several colonies of ants who are such thugs, they've dragooned us into meek submission to their presence here (I kid you not. The wretched creatures are INDESTRUCTIBLE! And the tiny ones are the worst! They're scrappy, but completely not in an endearing manner... Effectively, they'll completely drive us away in May, a mutual "good riddance" issuing from both camps). Anyway, with the current heat and the allure of cranberry sticky sweetness, they've set up residence under the keys of the keyboard, which led to said keyboard's retirement, which then leads us to the plastic covered third keyboard. I know it's silly, like one of those nouveau riche caricatures with expensive gaudy furniture that are forever to remain wrapped in plastic. Chances are, things will get spilled again and the tacky plastic case will be the new keyboard's savior. Anyway, I can type fine. I do end up accidentally pressing two keys every so often, but it's not like it's a typewriter with no "backspace" and "delete" keys. Don't get me wrong. I love typewriters. As convenient as computers are, my imagination still clings to that childhood daydream of my grown-up self, an eccentric writer in Greenwich Village, pounding away at a typewriter in the wee hours of the morning. Here's my grown-up reality: I live in Metro Manila, I'm dependent on the computer, and working in the wee hours of the morning has lost all its romance.
Okay, I'm off to be perky for the rest of the day. Starting now!  !!! :D


The Rooster Crows at 4am! said...

I had an ant problem here in the phils with my keyboard, too, but so far have managed to keep them at bay now with some ant killer. However, I think they have moved to our toaster oven since I see they have taken up residence there now!

spinninglovelydays said...

That's what's been happening here too. There doesn't seem to be getting rid of them for good. They just move from one spot to another, and they're probably multiplying by the second too. Hate 'em!!! :)

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Ivy- You made me laugh! Sorry about the ants though. Can you get Terro there? It seems to work great on the small ants for us, and kills the nest too. I reviewed it here

spinninglovelydays said...

Hi, Sharkbytes. We're actually using Terro right now, but there are just too many of them. I think the entire building is infested with ants. I think they consider themselves the permanent residents and us the transients. Glad I made you laugh :)