Subject: West Niles Virus. Sept. 30, 2005.
At the present there is big scare about a thing called West Niles
Virus. Some people are dying from it and they have been spraying
certain areas by airplanes to try to control the things that they
think are carrying it which are mosquitoes.
To bring you up to date in the past I put about 16 mosquito fish in
a small lake which is on the way from Sonora, Calif. to Columbia, Calif.
Ater checking it again there are now over 10,000 mosquito fish in that
lake which is about one acre big. Some of my friends assured me that
the lake would dry up each year. It has not dried up and the rains
for the new season have started. So much for advice from you friends.
There are now no mosquito larva in the lake of any kind. A few days
ago I checked the lake again and notice a lot of things moving with
each step I took. I though it may be young grasshoppers but it turned
out to be over 10,000 water frogs on the bank. My mother told me a
million time not to exagerate.
The next thing that came up was that I decided to take my fishing
boat out and see how it ran due to the fact my son and I had done
a lot of work on it. A friend warned me that I had better not go
because the news said it might rain. One thing about me is that if I
decide to do something, I'm going to it no matter what, don't try to
convince me with facts. We went out and saw a big cloud coming but I
was bound and determined to run the boat and check it out. Sure enough
the the waves got very high and water was going over the front end of
the boat in our faces. We finally got to shore and it really started
It then started to lighening with 600 stikes throughout the county
and most of them within a few feet of us. The strikes were so close
that it was affecting the pacemaker that regulate my heart.
I thought we had had the course but my sone got the boat on the
trailer, a rain coat on me and started down the road. It then
continued to rain very hard and started hailing. It was making so
much noise that we thought it was going to break the windshield. We
had to slow down to about 20 miles an hour with the windshield wiper on
high speed so we could even see the road.
We made it back again and my friend who gave me the advice to not
go because it might rain really enjoyed telling us, "I told you so."
It turned out that we didn't get the motor fixed. It still misses on
one of it's two cylinders. So much for taking advice when it is given.
Last to all I found a small lake that was part of the new overpass
going around Sonora. This was about an acre in size. It had staid
with water in it thoughout the year. I decided to put some mosquito
fish in it. I threw about 6 in but was not for sure they all made
it to the water. Today I took a different route to get to the
water and put about 4 more in it. When I was looking at the fish
in the water I noted that there was a cloud of something in the water.
Many different pieces of something. I next noted that there were
adult sized larva of mosguitoes about with one hundreth of them about
to take flight. It's hard to believe but there must have about 400
thousand of them in the water. That's enough mosquitoes to give
most of the people in California the West Niles Virus. Some one of
my friends suggested that I should tell the authorties about this
but I figure it would take them many months to get around to spraying
I figure I'll go out and catch 100 or more mosquito fish at a small
lake where they are so thick that you can just put a little bread in
the water and they will come in to eat it in such great numbers that
you can just dip them out quickly with a small minnow net.
Let's hope it all turns out for the good.
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