Bees – They’re ripping my flesh off!


Lodge Grass Golden!
Lodge Grass Golden!

Remember the scene from Tommy Boy – [During the pretend “bee” attack] Bees! Bees! Bees in the car! Bees everywhere! God, they’re huge and they’re sting crazy! They’re ripping my flesh off! Run away, your firearms are useless against them! Yep, they are about to get pulled over and “Tommy” played by Chris Farley – remembers an old trick to get rid of the cops! ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUR14_ry1Zo ) Watch it and get back to me –

I had the great fortune of meeting the local “bee guy” today. Okay – they did not rip my flesh off but I am allergic and was a bit paranoid. I bought 1 gallon of honey for well lets just say “the local price”. It was so cool to go through the whole Bee farm and learn all about extracting honey. From separators to supers the vernacular was one I was very familiar with – I grew up raising bees with my dad. My fondest memories were getting suited up and harvesting honey. Of Course my father never put an electric motor on the separator. Nope, old skool all the way – hand crank that separator all day till my scrawny arms were sore. (My dad was an electrician and ya think he would have mounted a motor)

The bee man of Lodge Grass was really cool and told stories that I never even thought of raising bees back in Ohio. The best story was of an impudent bear that just walked up to a hive and harvested a super of honey and walked over to the bushes. The bee man thought well okay I will just load the rest up – but you guessed it the bear finished his honey early and now is a carpet in the bee man’s house! Imagine a bear coming full speed in honey lust and having the presence of mind to drop shoot all while wearing a harvesting outfit.

Well, the naturalist always say that if you eat local honey – you will build up your immune system. I will be eating my gallon of honey like a fat ole bear this winter!

Tommy Boy
Tommy Boy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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7 thoughts on “Bees – They’re ripping my flesh off!

  1. That reminds me of an episode in Argentina that I really need to post something about…

    “Killer” bees. ‘Nuff said.

    By the way, I’m supposed to get my copy of your book today. So, my weekend plans are set…:o)

      1. Amazing! I’m in HK now, and there is this New Zealand honey (e.g., Manuka honey) that sells for $50 per 250g (half-pound) for their highest quality. Average price for this honey is around $25/pound… I’d take the $1 stuff 🙂

  2. My favorite memory of bees and beehives is in the old man in Ho Chi Minh City. He had such deep eyes full of stories as he pulled the combs out of their cases. I wished I spoke Vietnamese.

    My other favorite memory is pouring honey and milk over my plain Cheerios for breakfast as a kid!

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