Nope, this isn't about a "Same Time, Next Year" kind of romance. Thankfully. Instead, I want to talk about the kind of event that can add local flavor to a story, to either humorous or serious effcts. To set the stage, watch this quick video from NBC News.
Yep, my fair city - along with lots of others - is experiencing the kind of invasion that appears only once every 13 years - cicadas.
Now, you can bemoan this, weeping in your coffee and keeping your windows closed (highly advisable). Or you can laugh and embrace it, like the little girl in the video. And here's a touch of trivia for those of you who know me from the Abingdon side of things: Joel Anderson, he of the posters, etc. in the video, is one of Abingdon's cover designers.
Cicadas are harmless, but they're about 2 inches long, fat, and they fly fast. So they HURT if they hit you, especially in the face. Having one unexpectedly zoom into your car as you're careening down the interstate at 70mph is not a happy moment (she says, trying not to remember...). On the other hand, watching tourists suddenly try to tap dance around their little bodies on the sidewalk is a whole new show in Music City.
One worthly of a poster. Or a really funny scene in the next book.