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July 16, 2011

On the Go: Sunburn and bug bites, but I'm lovin' summer

Well, it certainly is summer. You know how I can tell? Because even as I sit here, I can feel my sunburned skin blistering as I try to type this column. Who would have thought that trying to capitalize letters could be so painful?

I suppose I have no one to blame but myself, though. I was the one who forgot to reapply sunscreen after going in the water. And I am the one who has to pay the price. But, even so, I choose to blame genetics, which blessed me with the pale skin and freckles that accompany red hair. And as we all know, pale skin and the sun are pretty much mortal enemies, leaving us poor ginger kids caught in the crossfire.

But when it comes to summer bug bites, sunburns pale in comparison (pun intended). It seems like no matter what, about 70 percent of my summer is spent scratching mosquito bites that pop up out of nowhere.

One of the most unnerving things in the world has to be going to sleep and waking up with bug bites that you just know were not there the night before.

There is nothing good about mosquitoes. They spend their short lives going from person to person, you know, just sucking our blood. For nourishment. And, I'm assuming, a disturbing sense of fun.

Oh, and you always know when they're around, because they make this high-pitched buzzing sound as they circle you. Mice, alarm clocks, irritating laughs; nothing good ever makes a high-pitched noise. Mosquitoes are no exception.

And I know this sounds catty, but they're not even cute. At least have some fur or whiskers or something.

I just did a quick Google search to find out how many eyes mosquitoes have (all terrible things have more eyes than necessary, that's just a fact of life), and in my research I stumbled upon a few write-ups saying that some scientists believe that eradicating mosquitoes would have virtually no negative impact on the rest of the living organisms. And the majority of those write-ups weren't even written by me.

I think we know how we can spend the rest of our summer now people …So if we're blaming genetics for sunburns, and those pesky mosquitoes for bug bites (and everything else terrible we can think of, they deserve it), who is to blame for the terrifying, intense thunderstorms that always accompany warmer weather? Ever since I was little, thunderstorms have plain freaked me out.

First there's a shock of light that takes down trees and cuts the power right in the middle of my "Real Housewives of New Jersey" marathons, and then a huge boom of thunder that shakes the whole house. I know it isn't God clapping and taking pictures, because you need two hands for both of those activities.

I guess it has something to do with electricity, but I'm usually too busy cowering under a blanket somewhere to actually go look it up.

But all in all, I can't really complain. This summer has been pretty good so far. I have a job that I love, places to adventure to, and people who I'm going to miss like crazy come fall.

So it would probably be in my best interest to put aside my negative thoughts and enjoy my summer while it lasts. And I'll start doing that immediately _ after I find some aloe.

Adrian Adamo is a 2011 graduate of Oneonta High School. 'Teen Talk' columns can be found at

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