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 Post subject: Learned something useful already, on page 45!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:40 pm 
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I moved to Phoenix last week (funny coincidence: I didn't realize IJ was partly set there). Spotted my first cockroach last night, and I knew just what to do!

This is why we read great literature.


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 Post subject: Re: Learned something useful already, on page 45!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:22 pm 
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I'm so jealous you have cockroaches to try this on.


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 Post subject: Re: Learned something useful already, on page 45!
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:26 am 
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ruinedmap wrote:
I'm so jealous you have cockroaches to try this on.


er. I can't say I've ever been (or seen someone) jealous of someone else's cockroach problem. Until now.


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 Post subject: Re: Learned something useful already, on page 45!
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Erg. So gross but so glad you took the picture. Are you planning on using new tumblers each time? If so, have fun at the thrift store buying 8 dozen heavy tumblers, or stealing them from hotel rooms.


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 Post subject: Re: Learned something useful already, on page 45!
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:02 am 
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Oddly, the glass sat firmly enough on the tile that it kept the roach in, but not so firmly that I thought it would suffocate. So I sent him on a long sea voyage and washed the glass. My guess is that David Foster Wallace didn't actually try this out. (But with 1000 pages to write, who can blame him? He had enough to do, rifling through the neighbors' dumpsters for discarded medicine bottles to transcribe their labels into footnotes)


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 Post subject: Re: Learned something useful already, on page 45!
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:24 am 
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Be careful of that eye mucus!

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 Post subject: Re: Learned something useful already, on page 45!
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for a second I thought this was facebook, and moved to click the 'like' button :)


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 Post subject: Re: Learned something useful already, on page 45!
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nice! glad there are practical applications.
i got the impression from the text that suffocating the roaches was a long process. page 45 says
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After a couple of days the glass is all steamed up and the roach as asphyxiated...


My thinking upon reading this was that the glass is heavy enough via the floor to just mostly stop air moving in at a rate that the air grows progressively oxygen poor over this period of days, like if you put someone in a garbage bag with a small hole near their feet. I'm sort of horrified with myself that that's the first simile i could come up with, hopefully illustrative.

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a little obstacle course of glasses with huge roached dying inside, stoically, just sitting there, the glasses gradually steaming up with roach-dioxide.

I somehow you're not convinced Orin is mentally ill up to this point then that seals it for me, somehow I can understand most of that behavior, the problems sleeping, with intimacy, with hating mornings, a Terminex subscription of sorts, but leaving those roaches there for days at a time, having to hop around them to shower just seems...crazy.

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 Post subject: Re: Learned something useful already, on page 45!
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:09 pm 
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That's hilarious! Be sure to let us know how long it takes him to suffocate.


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 Post subject: Re: Learned something useful already, on page 45!
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:44 pm 
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HumanComplex wrote:
Be careful of that eye mucus!


I had a nightmare about flying roaches already.

This entire thread is hilarious, btw.


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