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Editor’s Notebook: Have some respect for the noisy little buggers

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Letter-writer Isabel Ruff of Arlington notes, correctly in my view, that we in the local area should have some respect for the cicadas when they start emerging from the ground later this month.

The noisy, love-starved bugs have a place in the overall ecosystem, she notes, and so we should treat them nicely during the six-week-or-so period between the time they emerge from the ground and the time they ascend to rock-and-roll heaven, having left the next generation in place to emerge 17 years hence. (Hmmm, my current age plus 17 years? That’s not a math problem I want to contemplate right now.)

Of course, there is some up-side for the cicadas – they are going to be singing their songs while looking for some affection from the opposite sex during their brief time above the ground. And as such, let me give them a theme song: “Where the Action Is” by Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon (get it — “Boom-Boom” and “Cannon”?), which was itself theme song of an ABC music show aimed at teens, produced by Dick Clark, back in the 1960s. Before my time, but YouTube makes everything accessible.

Click on the embedded video below. Kind of fun. As the lyrics say: You can’t resist the sound of the driving drums …


— Scott McCaffrey

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