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"I was on the cutting edge of sexy dork a while ago. Now I'm years behind."
burn the hippies. they taste of chicken. 
6th-Jun-2006 03:08 pm
Like any good disciple of Walden, I went into the woods and within the space of a few weeks had already declared ALL OUT WAR with my environment.

Fucking poison ivy.

SO! I'm back in the Johns Hopkins library (read: social hub), hoping that by the time I return to the woods the poison will have worked, leaving all the wildlife within the near vicinity of my tent DEAD.

But I am still loving my job and enjoying life.
Or at least, I'm enjoying the act of extinguishing other life.
7th-Jun-2006 09:37 pm (UTC) - best cure ever
Back when I didn't know what it looked like, I turned a single exposure to poison ivy into a summer long ordeal of weeping, itchy skin. The ordeal ended within three days when I tried wiping the affected areas down with Simple Green, a soap you can find at paint and automotive stores, and other places, but get the original, not any of the newer flavors. Saturate a cotton ball with straight or half-diluted SG, wipe the affected parts just a swipe or two, toss the cotton, repat a few time, then do it all over every few hours. My husband didn't believe me, but did an ankle-by-ankle comparison the next time he had a case, and was convinced.

For killing the stuff, Roundup works pretty well.
20th-Jun-2006 04:21 am (UTC) - Re: best cure ever
I found that accidentally dousing yourself with a hydrochloric acid infused chemical cleared a major infection up over night. Hurt like the dickens, but I have never gotten poison ivy on my legs ever again...
And yes, this is a true story, not one of my myriad wanderings...
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