Our off-island readers often tell me that this blog helps them feel connected to Ocracoke. They remember fun family vacations here, and enjoy seeing vintage photographs that remind them of simpler times.
Readers like to think of Ocracoke as an idyllic island community of friendly natives; an unspoiled beach where they frolic in clear, warm water; a town known for great music, quality shops, and excellent restaurants; and a village surrounded by opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and other water sports.
Ocracoke, of course, is all of the above...but it's not perfect. Every once in a while (not very often, mind you) I think of something less than wonderful about my island home but I seldom share those thoughts in this blog...but I will today!
The other day I poured Lachlan a glass of one of my favorite drinks, cream soda. I set the half empty bottle on my kitchen counter. The next day I decided to have the left over soda with my lunch. I knew it would not be fizzy, but that was OK. I put ice in a glass and poured the soft drink. Out came a big old water bug. It was very disgusting, and I was so glad I hadn't drunk directly from the bottle!
Now, aren't you happy I didn't post a photo?
Water bugs can be a nuisance anywhere in the south, and Orcacoke is no exception. I have been fairly successful in combating these pests with borax. I sprinkle it under the steps, near the outside doors, and behind the kitchen appliances. As a result I have remarkably few water bugs in my house, but it seems impossible to entirely eradicate them all.
So, if you rent a cottage or a motel room on the island and find an occasional water bug, please know that the proprietors are not neglecting their sanitation routines. Even the cleanest and best of island homes is invaded now and then. If you are nimble and fast you can probably stomp on most water bugs you see scampering across your floor. And they really look more disgusting than they probably are.
Our most recent Ocracoke Newsletter is a compilation of humorous stories told by or about islanders. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092113.htm.