Thursday, February 02, 2006

I am not the walrus but instead the dinosaur

Today, while pursuing a housefly with my swatter, I realized I was just like the dinosaur in Jurassic Park. If the fly did not move a bit, I couldn’t tell where it was. But when it began its wild zig-zag, it was easy for me to hunt it down.

And why do they call it housefly? Seems like the term presumes that the fly belongs in the house.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

actually house fly is more descriptive than you think. a great many of our attendant wildlife, flies, rats, etc, have actually evolved to match the specific ecology of human civilization. the house fly may have been an ordinary fly long long ago, but as soon as human cities began to form, they changed. Now, they would be at a disadvantage if we vanished. Our homes *are* their ecosystem.

Thanks for lunch, Erika.