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It’s the Hiligaynon word for ants. Actually it’s the Hiligaynon word for one ant — if you have more than one ant, or a group of ants — it’s mga subay.
In our apartment Jerry calls me Ant Killer.
“When ants will see you Tita Mel they will shout to each other … ANT KILLER!” he tells me this everytime I thump up and down the stairs holding a 30%-extra-for-the-same-price can of Baygon .
Truly, I don’t like killing ants (or anything for that matter) but ants in my bed, ants in my undies, ants in the kitchen, on the floor, in my lunch/coffee/dinner, stairs, couch, kitchen table, office desk, laundry clothes, shoes. It get’s a bit much.
So when Jerry shoved past my MacBook Pro a few weeks back to grab at a mango smoothie, and spilled the sticky liquid down over the keyboard and deep into that long horizontal space between the main body of the computer and the screen. I was not at all pleased.
And like Nostradamus I was spot on — only my prediction was confirmed within a few short hours rather than half a millennia — ANTS.
Little black ants that sting. Living in my laptop.
Do I need to write more?