Site ColumnsBy Michelle
March 7, 2004 - 3:52 AM
This week in Washington, DC the temperatures got into the intrepid spring range, which means that daffodils are coming up in front of my house and my allergies are making my sinuses miserable. This happens every year: for a handful of days in the winter I long for warmer weather, and then it arrives and I miss the clear cool air!
But this year we're expecting a form of spring entertainment we have not experienced since 1987, namely: the return of the 17-year locusts. Last time I saw the red-eyed monsters, I was a junior in college, interning in the publications office of a much-too-conservative think tank during the Reagan administration. It was impossible to walk through Farragut Square downtown without stepping on bunches of them. These things are big, some more than two inches long, with bright red eyes and beautiful lacy wings, and whether you love or hate them, you don't want to hear them crunching underfoot!
My children have only seen these locusts on display under glass in the Field Museum in Chicago. I had tried saving one in a glass jar in the freezer, but it didn't remain intact through my moving from Washington to Chicago and back again. Before that summer break in college, I was several years younger than my younger son is now. And the next time they're back, my older son will be older than I was when he was born. So, like the spring, this is something I am looking forward to...at least, until the novelty wears off.
Trek BBS Today
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from the beginning of March 2002:
- Waymire 'Delighted' By Phlox/Cutler Relationship
Kellie Waymire (Elizabeth Cutler) said that she never imagined her character would develop an attraction to Doctor Phlox, but was "delighted" by the unexpected development and hoped that it would continue.
- Bakula Highlights Social Commentary In 'Detained'
Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer) said that an upcoming Enterprise episode would discuss some of the prejudices expressed since 9/11, particularly the experiences of Arab-Americans.
- First Look At 'Nemesis' Villains
E! News aired a two-minute feature from the set of Star Trek: Nemesis, giving viewers a first glimpse at the make-up developed for Shinzon and the film's other villains.
More news can be found in the archives.
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Donna Murphy, who played Anij in Star Trek: Insurrection, turns 46 today.
Today's Television Listings
- Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time -- not the time change! -- UPN will show a rerun of Enterprise's "North Star". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
Enterprise discovers a settlement of humans living a 19th-century Western lifestyle on a Delphic Expanse planet, so Archer and crew set out to learn how they got there.