Two Of A Kind


I’d forgotten about this picture. I took it the week before last week. I’m not sure where this duo came from. Could be they were already in the office, but my guess is that they ended up hitching a ride on my backpack that I’d set down on the ground while I was fixing a flat two miles away that morning. Regardless how they arrived, there they were, wandering around my desk’s top, perhaps trying to figure out where the hell they were, which was 10 floors up above the Howard Hughes Center in Westchester. Not exactly ideal ant stomping grounds.

Some people would ignore them. Some people would kill them. Then there’s me, covering them with a cup to keep them from going anywhere. And then later on at lunch — after taking that macro image — somehow herding them into the cup, and making sure they don’t get out as I shuttle them down the elevator and outside to a planter box that I tap, tap, tapped them into in the building’s courtyard, whose surroundings may have been just as foreign to them but at least was a more proper place for a pair of ants to be ants.

Here’s hoping they hooked up with a local colony that welcomed them with open antennae.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."