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Chief Henry
06-14-2001, 11:41 AM
Hey KP, I just read an article about the fire ants in Houston after the Flooding. Have you seen these fire ant balls that float on water? Have you any experaince with these ants ? They
sound very nasty.

Phobia
06-14-2001, 11:53 AM
I haven't seen the floaters but, yes I have too much experience with fire ants. They are nasty for both humans and pets. In certain areas of Houston, rolly-polly bugs are worse though. Rolly-polly's won't bite you, but they can become a nuisance just because there are SO many of them and they crawl into your house and die - it's a real pita.

I'd still rather live with the heat, fire ants, & rolly polly's than have one day in freezing temperaturs. :D

Chief Henry
06-14-2001, 12:09 PM
We've had 90 plus weather the last several days, but now as i type, we are getting much rain. What freezing ice are you referrring too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:cool:

Ethelyn
06-14-2001, 12:32 PM
The ants here are terrible. Some of my friends who lost cars in the flood happened to come upon a couple of mounds of them which made it almost impossible for them to walk through the floods to make it to safety.

Now it's hot as . . . well you know

Phobia
06-14-2001, 01:15 PM
Ethelyn,

Did you weather the flood ok? I nearly got stuck near the heights. My girlfriend lost her brand new pathfinder in a parking garage under the Allie Theater. I think there is a topic discussing the flood from 2 or 3 days ago.

Welcome aboard.

Dante Hall's girlfriend used to post on this board last year. All the Houston people got together to watch the Chiefs/Rams game last year including her. I don't think they are together anymore though. It was pretty fun - if we do it this year, we'd like to see you come out for it.

Phil

Ethelyn
06-14-2001, 02:10 PM
That's fine with me as my son plays for Kansas City. You may have heard about him - his name is Mikhael Ricks. This year he's gonna play tight end behind Tony G.

Luckily I didn't have any water damage. I live by the Astrodome and the street decided to flood on Saturday. I work at 610 and 290 and I heard that the streets were flooded really bad, but I was okay.

Thanks

Chief Henry
06-14-2001, 02:17 PM
Ethelyn,


Are you serious about being M. Ricks mother ?
Welcome aboard. Can you tell us about your son, now a CHIEF?

Iowanian
06-14-2001, 02:21 PM
I had a buddy in college who lived at Lake Okechobi FL in the summers with his dad(who played for the redwings)....

he trimmed palm trees(?) for a summer job, and got into fire ants...they swarmed up his legs to his "junk"....thousands of bites...he was hospitalized for 2 weeks....

~it sounded very unpleasant....I'd be buying nutcups with ant traps;) if I lived there.

JohninGpt
06-14-2001, 02:24 PM
I live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and we had a lot of flooding from the same storm Monday Morning, about 8" of rain in two hours. I saw several fire ant "rafts" float past my house, but what really freaked me out was the 4 foot long Rattle snake I killed in my front yard after the water subsided. The snake was found by my 5 yr old daughter, that scared the hell out of me, but rest assured a shovel still makes snake heads fall off.

John-
Great White Snake Killer

Zebedee DuBois
06-14-2001, 02:33 PM
I happened to be in Huston during the 93? flood and saw ant-balls floating by. I tried to drown them by tapping them with my foot, but didn't make much progress. Probably a dumb thing to do, but I was bored waiting for the water to go down so we could leave the place I was stranded at. Lucky I didn't get bitten.

Zeb,
Strangely at home, waiting for the electrician, alarm service guy, and a tree trimmer.

Chief Henry
06-14-2001, 02:34 PM
John,

Did your daughter come to the house to tell you about the snake or did you notice your daughter playing outside and then you observed the snake near her.

These fire ant "balls that float" must be a strange sight to
witness.:eek:

Ethelyn
06-14-2001, 02:42 PM
Well, he got a raw deal in San Diego last year. His speed was great, but he never got the ball. He was always the last to come back into the huddle, because he always went out for the long passes. The reason that he was released, strictly political, was that he was a bad influence on Ryan Leaf. Imagine that.

When he initially went to the combine a couple of years ago, some of the Kansas City scouts saw him and I think that he was told if he was ever released, KC would pick him up.

He got released . . KC picked him up. He didn't play last year except for the last game in Atlanta and then he was on special teams. From what people have said his speed is good, he's quite athletic and he definitely has a height advantage. He's trying to gain some weight for the Tight End position. He'll probably be the (I hope) second tight end, but he'll get some playing time. He's a free agent after this year and maybe if KC doesn't keep him, maybe he can come down to Houston (closer to home).

If you want something a little better than what I've given you, let me know.

JohninGpt
06-14-2001, 02:43 PM
Henry,
Actually she calmly walked into the house and in her best 5yr old "matter of fact" voice said "Daddy there's a big snake in the front yard". I figured it was probably a black snake or a king snake and went to take a look. When I saw what it was damn near pooped myself trying to find something with which to decapitate it.

John,
Big Chicken

Phobia
06-14-2001, 02:49 PM
Ethelyn,

I am aware that you are his momma. I used to read on the old board but didn't participate too much after I moved to this BB. I couldn't believe the way you were treated over there. I'm certain you'll be given proper respect over here and not just because you are a player's mother. I think everyone (except Packfan) is shown respect on this board.

Ethelyn
06-14-2001, 03:18 PM
Well when you deal with a public figure :D like Mikhael is, you get some ridicule, but that was ridiculous. Someone on this BB asked me how I could stand it. I guess you have to be a parent to fully understand, but I appreciate your being candid.

Do you know what happened to the other BB or what I need to do to get Lurker removed from under my name? Lurker sounds so sinister.

HC_Chief
06-14-2001, 03:24 PM
Hehehe - you can ditch the 'Lurker' tag by editing your profile.

Click on 'Edit Profile', then enter whatever text you want in the 'Custom User Text:' field :)

JohninGpt
06-14-2001, 03:25 PM
Ethelyn,
Just a few more posts, 25 total I think, and you will become "regular". I don't know what you have to do to put your own smart-alleck remark under your name, even though I've tried:D .

John,
Recently lurking

Ethelyn
06-14-2001, 04:12 PM
I did an "edit" profile. So now I'm gonna see if that works, or if I have to to the 25 thing

KS Smitty
06-14-2001, 04:45 PM
Ethelyn:
You need to post 35 times and then you get to be a "regular". You can't change that until you reach 100 posts then the option will appear.
Mrs. Smitty
Helpin Smitty get to 100

Bob Dole
06-14-2001, 04:51 PM
If anyone ever watches a rerun of Fox's "When Animals Attack," there's a guy from Texarkana on it who was swarmed by fire ants here.

Apparently he was out deer hunting and somehow fell out of his stand and broke his hip. Unfortunately, the fall also landed him smack in the middle of a fire ant mound. The guy laid there for something like 24 hours...getting bites until he passed out, then waking back up to try to drag himself off the mound, which stirred them up and made them bite until he passed out, and so on...

Nasty little buggers, they are...

KCTitus
06-14-2001, 05:01 PM
I cant remember my 100th post...anyway...welcome Ethelyn, we will be expecting the inside skinny from you now.

HC_Chief
06-14-2001, 05:03 PM
I saw that one, Senator! That poor guy went through hell

Baby Lee
06-14-2001, 06:12 PM
fire ants are the debil!

Never a truer word. What I hate the worst is when you're standing around and they swarm you and somehow know not to stat stinging until enough of their brethren are on you to put you in a real pickle. Happened to me once outside church, while I was in my Sunday best. Wasn't in said best for long. Very painful, very embarassing.

Must run in the family, after the incident, my family informed me that, before I was born, when my father's parents came down to Louisiana to first meet my mother's parents, my grandpa lit on an anthill and got a nasty enough dose of 'em to land him in the hospital. Talk about your first impressions.

Ethelyn
06-15-2001, 07:17 AM
Thanks, Mrs. Smitty as it really didn't help when I went to the Edit profile. Good looking out.:D

Any way I hope that I won't do or say anything to anyone that will offend them especially when it comes to talking about Mikhael, and his skills or lack thereof as so many people will assume. I'll take up for my son when the need arises, but don't be too hard on him

C U soon