Chorus of Crickets, Cicadas, and Katydids

Posted on: August 12th, 2011 by Anthony Rapino 20 Comments

Come August, the crickets and cicadas weave a blanket of sweet chirrups over every day.  To me, it’s a song of coming harvest, autumn, and eventually winter death.  To them, they’re just trying to get laid.  And who could blame them?  In a few short weeks they have to mature and propagate the species.

Never mind all that.  I know you’d like to continue this fascinating discussion of bug sex, but we have more important things on the table.  Such as?  Right, such as…

Such as important questions.  Pressing questions that need answering lest we all plummet deep into raging seas of digestive fluids. Yeah.  That important.  So pay attention.  First question:

What are you going to be for Halloween?  I’m gonna go extremely “out there” this year and dress as a successful writer.  Insanity!

Okay, next question.  If you could choose to drink only one type of beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?  You probably think I’d say coffee or beer, right?  Wrong.  I choose arsenic-laced wine, because if I can only have one type of beverage for the rest of my life, I don’t want to live.

One more.  What do you want your family to do with your body after you die?  At first thought being buried or cremated sounds fine.  Then the idea of being shot into space or buried at sea sounds romantic.  But no.  How about being stuffed and mounted?  Or fed to wild dogs?  Meh.  When I die, I’d like all my body parts re-purposed.  My organs can be donated.  Make lampshades out of my skin.  Necklaces from my teeth and nails.  Meat pies from my fat and muscle.  And of course you already know I’d like my skull mounted in a writer’s office, like I have Sunshine.  Either that or plant me under a pumpkin patch.

By the way, I’ve been given the Liebster award by E. Arroyo from Chandara Writes.  According to E., Liebster “…comes from German and there are multiple translations, ranging from favorite to dearest to sweetheart. This award is meant to give the blogger with less than 200 followers a little spotlight.”

Thanks, E.!  I am a dear sweetheart.  Almost always.  Usually.  Okay, like 68% of the time.  But that’s still pretty good.

20 Responses

  1. Gef says:

    Only one beverage? I’d probably go with coffee, though iced tea is a treat I never tire of.

    • Sweetened or unsweetened? I do like my iced tea as well.

  2. Diana Lee says:

    As always, when I finish reading you, I’m sitting here with a grin on my face. Thank you for that x

    • And as always, after reading your comment I’m left with a grin too. 🙂 Glad you enjoy my skewed humor.

  3. Lampshade out of your skin? That wouldn’t have anything to do with making a shoehorn out of my shin would it?

    • No, not at all. But it *may* relate to making rib cages into coffee table. 😉 (allusions abound!)

  4. EArroyo says:


    You’re not dull that’s for sure. Always a pleasure finding inspiration here.

    • Wahoo! Sure glad that’s the case, E.

  5. marcy says:

    well, if I had my choice of costumes for Halloween, I’d probably go as a witch, complete with slinky black dress, stiletto heels, and a wand that would actually work 🙂

    As for a drink that I’d never get sick of, it might be iced coffee laced with Kahlua…mmmm

    and death, well, you picked my least favorite subject but one of my favorite characters (DEATH). I guess I’d choose cremation. I mean, why waste space/earth, right? And in 50 years, who’s gonna care anyway? Unless I get so frickin’ famous that people want to flock to my grave like I was Jim Morrison or something – tho I can’t quite see that happening.

    thanks for visiting, fellow liebster 🙂

    • I like the sound of that costume, Marcy. 😉 You know, contrary to popular belief, I’m not a huge fan of death-talk either. I don’t know why I do it.

  6. Cate Gardner says:

    For Halloween I’m going to be me because I’m the most frightening thing I know. Muahaha

    • Now-now, Cate. Such crazy talk! 😉

  7. Katey says:

    Oh yeah, TOTALLY a sweetheart! Liebling!

    What are you going to be for Halloween?
    I haven’t dressed up in years. I think I’m already the weird cat lady writer person, so the costume is always in place.

    If you could choose to drink only one type of beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    Good answer!

    But wine. Definitely wine.

    As for the last one, I like the repurposing idea. I’m not a huge fan of leather so perhaps not my skin, but the other organs are fair game. Burn the rest so no one can make a partial zombie, I say.

    • Ha! Good point, I forgot to consider possible zombification. Oh, and now that you mention wine…yeah. I know I brew beer, but wine may be the way to go.

  8. Laurita says:

    The responsibility of species propagation is a heavy burden to bear.

    Teeth necklaces, eh? Not a bad idea. I always thought it would be fun to have a little shed-like tomb built, with a pay phone outside. A motion sensor would make it ring, and the unlucky soul to answer would get a recording of my voice – “Let me out of here!” Fun!

    • That is an *awesome* idea! 🙂

  9. Food for thought…

    1. No clue, but apparently this website can help.
    2. Vanilla chai latte, mos def.
    3. Ejected into Earth’s orbit (along with all the other space junk out there).

    But I like your answers, too.

    • Good answers! Thanks for the link, I’m going to play over there for a bit. 🙂

  10. Angela Perry says:

    Pst. If you blog more, you won’t be able to hear the crickets… 😉

    I haven’t decided what I want to be for Halloween yet. Any suggestions?

    • Eek! Right you are.

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