I'm going to invoke Joey's call for a Weekend Wobbly, renaming it a "Wednesday Wobbly". This is aimed at the vampire bee that attacked me yesterday, although he's most certainly dead by now.
There I was, enjoying my ride home on a lovely day when, from my left blazed a kamikaze vampire bee! I have no idea what I did to provoke him, but I think, based on the attack, he'd been plotting this for a while. He probably stalked me for days. That's what I get for not varying my route.
So I was just happily riding along, and WA-PANG!, that vampire dive-bombed me and rammed his stinger right into my neck, probably going for my jugular! I was shocked out of my calm, and sent into all, WTH?! mode.
My initial thought was that I'd been hit by a bee, yeah okay. But then I could feel that telltale sign of bee poison pumping into my body and was all, "It dive-bombed me, stinger first??" So I scratched at the site while continuing to pedal in order to remove any such stinger. The pumping sensation abated, so I figured I got it.
Then I lodged into all worse-case-scenario mode. I am a bit sensitive to bee stings, but nothing too serious. But who knows when I might get sensitive enough and go into full
To make matters worse (in my mind), yesterday, I uncharacteristically had forgotten to bring my wallet in my bike bag. I NEVER forget my wallet, but yesterday I somehow did. So I was already in a bit of a panic. What if I got a flat? What if I crashed? What if....? I had no money, no identification. I would end up a puffed up, homeless Jane Doe!
Plus, I had to go tute in a couple of hours, it would take me nearly that long just to walk home from where I was! But as I got closer to home, my panic subsided. I'd also realized that if I was going to get all puffed up and die, it would've happened by then.
I was certain that there was no stinger doing mean things to me anymore. In fact, I don't think the stinger had gotten embedded very well in the first place, so it had released its grip pretty readily, sending only a mini amount of vampire bee venom.
When I first got home, it was hardly even noticeable.
This morning, it's a bit more lumpy
As I said, I don't know what I did to provoke him, maybe he was just having a bad month and I was a handy target. So let me just say that I do appreciate the bees of the world. For their contributions to the continuation of humankind and for their impressive work ethic. My computer is even named "Clover" (but that's kind of another story).
Rest In Peace, kamikaze Vampire Bee.