Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 09:17 AM.

It’s late July, it’s hot in the morning, it’s hot in the evening; I’m in the South.  After parking my car in the lot to go into my office building, I noticed a June Bug on the car next to me.  Picking him up, I felt the familiar sensation of a cocklebur crawling around in my hand.

He was green – the type of June Beetle I am accustomed to in the Deep South – the kind I would tie a string carefully around his leg and fly.  Batteries, Bluetooth or a wireless connection were not required.

I’ve never really thought of June Bugs as pests, but a lot of folks do.  These fellows spend the winter as larvae, deep in the dirt and then start popping out from June to August.

In the last couple of years, researchers have used June Bugs to demonstrate the ability to develop tiny vehicles/robots that can continuously generate their own power with their wings.  The research gets a little deeper, but I don’t think June Bugs will be used to spy on you in your backyard yet.

After heading from the parking lot toward the door with the June Bug in hand, I thought about the many times I had “flown June Bugs” as a child.  As a matter of fact on this hot July morning, I was percolating the feeling of having a rope tied around one of my legs up around my groin.  I decided it was best not to take him inside and try to locate a string to fly him around the office. 

Honestly, by the time I made it to the door, I decided we are all pretty much June Bugs on strings being flown by people, jobs and technology that we think we can’t live without.  I felt the rope around my leg getting tighter, as I was being drug by my leg into my office.

Sitting down, I wasn’t ready to give up my computer or my cell phone, but I would have liked to hear some sort of music from the 1960’s, possibly Creedence Clearwater Revival.  You know what I mean, some of feeling of being free.

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