Just some random thoughts about opinions, storms and Mozzies

I have strong opinions of that there is no doubt. They cover a wide range of topics like religion and moral values, we all have these thoughts and beliefs, and they often differ from other peoples. That kind of makes the world an interesting place to be honest.
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I do find myself from time to time having to adjust how I share those opinions with others, because I am aware that it is important to not try and force my values onto other people. Just because those are my thoughts does not mean they have to be other peoples too.
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This is easier said than done but I try because I recognise that we gain more from listening to each other. I am rarely offended by other people’s views but I find that my own often do put out a cat among the pigeons, especially where religion is concerned.
If we become blinkered and only focused on our own beliefs then we run the danger of becoming self-centred and it is important in (my opinion) to see it from all sides.
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This week we have had the usual pattern of intense heat followed by thunderstorms in the evenings. Where I currently live in the Pyrenees, it is perfectly positioned to create such weather. The last valley in France is surrounded by high foot hills and mountains and you can clearly watch the clouds gathering over these peaks as the cooler mountain air meets the warmer air rising up from the valley.
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The intensity of the following storms can be quite amazing and ever since childhood I have been in awe of such events. The fizz and crackle of lightening and the following clap of thunder is both beautiful and un nerving at the same time, and serves to remind me that nature still retains the power and can change our lives in seconds if she wants to.
Then that period after the storm where air becomes clear and steam rises from the ground to begin to fuel the whole process again. When I leave this area I will take that memory with me.
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Mosquitos like me, that is a fact. Actually they love me and I should start naming them because I am sure it is the same ones that follow me around all the time. You get to know these things after awhile, they all have their own little mannerisms and habits. Perhaps I should look on them as pets and this might make my acceptance of them a little easier. Even hidden in a crowd of people they spot me and before very long I have a little cloud of them circling above my head.
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It may be my head that is the attraction, being completed shorn of hair has its positives (easy to get ready in the morning) but I feel it makes a perfect landing pad for mozzies and house flies.
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I suppose as this is a summer thing then I could look on my head as being a kind of holiday resort for these little creatures. If only I could charge them rent!
I have tried covering myself in any number of things designed by clever people who see this as gullible market and then even more cleverly marketed by people who are the direct decedents of the snake oil sellers of the past.
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With natural Aloe Vera to sooth and infused with real lemon juice it said on the tube. My first worry was why I needed a soothing type component when the lemon part was supposed to keep them away in the first place.
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Then there is a product called “After bite” Now this felt pen type looking creation is supposed to offer relief straight after being bitten, but it fails miserably unless you consider that having a burning sensation is superior to having the original bite. It is like being bitten and then arming the mosquito with a red hot poker.
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There is also a device that sends a small electrical charge into the bite and renders it soothed. I have yet to try this one and have to admit that my nerve fails me. Judging by the success of the other products on the market, sending electric charges into my body no matter how small they are seems almost suicidal.
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No, it is better that I think of them as my little pack of airborne pets, you never know by the end of the summer I may have them doing tricks.
Andy

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