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They Came from the Water . . . [Jun. 27th, 2005|03:30 pm]
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[Current Location |Detroit, MI, USA]
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Look at this thing!

Every year in SEMI, the 'fish fly' returns to cover the landscape for multiple days.

These creatures spawn from the water. Lights attract them at night, and they swarm and swoop around any available source. Fluorescent and neon lights tend to be favorites for the fish flies, but any light will do. Consequently, the fish flies attack local stores, clogging every available lit window and sign with thousands of their troops at the peak of their season.

Fish flies tend to provide one major annoyance. The life span of a fish fly approximates 24 hours. In the local area, after a few days of night swarming, the fish flies begin to collect around unkempt store fronts. All store fronts begin to smell very weird.

but their zig would smell like ripe fish.

Flies on the wall.

I named him 'Pinky.'

Is that a fish fly on your pinky, or are you happy to see me?

Huge closeup of Pinky.

A lighter shade of fish fly.

A closeup of the colorful fish fly.

A side view of the colorful fish fly.

A closeup side view of the colorful fish fly.

Fish flies in love.

If you were a fish fly, then your lifespan lasts for 24 hours. You have no mouth, and your goals are to find a place to land, find another fly, and make sweet love.

Wanna scare children? Show them the photos and tell them that if they drink seawater, they could find these growing in their stomach.

Never mind the fact that water in the Detroit River or Lake St. Clair is probably contaminated with plenty of nasty things like pesticides, which would probably cause illness where these critters at best would probably be destroyed by stomach acid. After all, kids will believe anything. Hey, maybe it'll get them interested in science!

The world knows them by the name "Mayfly," but in Detroit, they're "Fish Flies."

And "soda" is "pop" here, too.

But that's a whole other subject.

I love fish flies. Fuck the haters.

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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-06-27 08:09 pm (UTC)


Man, I can't tell a brown recluse from any of the other spiders around my area.

In fact, these flies provide an excellent food crop for the local spider population. Once the day of the fish fly ends, the summer of the spider begins in full.

Around here, the different spiders rise from the depths after the first string of days above 60 F. They stick around, wax and wane, and then after this period ends, that's when they get really freaking big and plentiful.

I know the brown recluse usually does not grow to a larger size than like a nickel or quarter, but man, there are a lot of different kinds in MI.

One of my former co-workers came from Australia. He really didn't like spiders because they have tons of pretty much every poisonous everything in Australia, including a banner crop of spiders. When his family moved to Michigan, he carried his instinct of fear of spiders from his experience in Australia. The first summer night when he noticed a small bug in a corner of his room to be a spider, he flipped out . . . only to find out that it was a common house spider and generally harmless.

My Heidi hates the fish flies. She tends to not like any bug or arachnid. I was up late one night recently when a shriek came from upstairs. She had another harmless insect on her laptop screen.

I tend to take care when a bug is rather big (over the size of a half dollar) . . . centipedes are pretty common in older city homes, and they get to be as long as a human male's palm.

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From: superluser
2005-06-27 08:45 pm (UTC)
...so do people drink the water from lake St. Clair? I recall news from the 80s where some PCB blob from Dow Chemical pretty much killed all hope of it being a safe body of water ever again.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-06-27 09:05 pm (UTC)
Well, I suppose if one went swimming in the local waters and happened to ingest some by accident, one could 'drink' the water.

When I worked at a local marina one season, the other guys that worked with me hauling in the boats had to enter the Detroit river to do some work under a dock.

The one that stayed longest in the water was treated to a wash of contaminants and in particular . . . high fecal matter count. He developed a pretty nasty rash on his body which took days of antibiotic cream to cure.

They didn't know it, but a heavy rain that day featured an overload of the Detroit sewage treatment system. The excess began to flow from crapper to water.

The Detroit water treatment system isn't the worst in the world, but a lot of the works are decades old.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-08-11 07:15 pm (UTC)

Delayed Response

Not too long after this, in mid-July, the residents received a report concerning the state of Detroit's water production.

They have intakes near the Detroit river, and they have multiple water treatment stations. The drinking water was reported to be within acceptible levels for all people.

I remember that I came across a report once that claimed that NYC's water was the cleanest there can be.

I am not sure how Detroit's water ranks in comparison to other metropolitan water systems, but I would find it difficult to swallow tap water from non-city-grid faucets, particularly ones from wells in areas where the population has increased by more than 100 percent in the last 20 years.
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