Friday August 2nd 2013 Tim Candler
General Patton, insisted soldiers under his
command in the North Africa campaign of the second World War, wear neckties and leggings along with
their steel helmet. His reason was to prevent injury from Spider and
Scorpion bites. And, I am told, General Patton thought lace up leggings
also useful to prevent Rats from climbing up underneath a trouser leg.
In my own campaigns against the
outdoors, I have begun to use socks over the trouser leg to discourage Tic
and Spider. I don't believe a Rat has ever attempted to climb my leg, and I
have some confidence that if such a thing had occurred, I might have
noticed. Sock of any color, over trouser leg is not an attractive
look, suggests I am possessed by a number of perversions. But the necktie while in the outdoors, is something I am
seriously considering. Not a glamorous red or a yellow one, because those two colors
attract the attention of Hummingbird Youth.