More critters

So, along with the hornworms and giant spiders, I also now have ugly wriggling grubs crawling around my garage. Seems they are Japanese beetle grubs, which would make sense as there was a large swarm of those on that side of the house all summer. And apparently they will eat my lawn if I ignore them (and/or attract moles, and it all goes downhill from there). So tomorrow night I’m stopping for a ShopVac and grub killer and will clean out my garage and cleanse my lawn.

This is war, critters.

Morning Class

I woke up this morning with stiff joints. Really bad. So I opted to stay home from class this morning.

My left elbow, in particular, hurts badly, and worse when I bend it (not when I straighten it). I think it’s from everyone trying to crank sloppy armbars on me (probably figure they can at least overpower my arm) and me escaping; they never have correct pressure in my arm, but still there is some pressure in my elbow as they attempt to rip it from my body.

Fundamentals Class

Bunch of blue belts, and then one brand-new guy and two newish (Alvin has been training with us in the mornings for a couple of weeks; the other guy was new to us but had a gi and white belt, and he’s in college over at Virginia Tech), so the warmup took more time so they could learn things like single leg, single/sprawl, and shrimping.

Then Andrew showed basic guard pass to side control to mount; partner upas, and start again. He went through that a few times, saw the look of complete bewilderment on the new side of the mats, and so then sent us blue belts off to work the drill (using any guard pass — and preferably different every time) while he worked with the new guys. Worked with Guillaume.

Then one round of rolling, with Buddy.


Started out drilling, almost-passed half guard. Drilled with Guillaume again. Then we did 3-minute (?) rounds of specific sparring from that almost-past position. Bottom could sweep or regain full half-guard; top could pass or submit. Reset after any of those. Then switched top & bottom. With Guillaume first and then Ed, who was back for a second night.

Then partnered up for live rolling, though one person had to start (and re-start after every submission, no matter who got it) in full guard. Skips the knee fighting, that’s for sure. Then switched who was in guard and went again. 3-minute rounds, maybe? With Alvin.


5 thoughts on “More critters

  1. Try beneficial nematodes or “Milky Spore”, both of which are organic and much better for the “good” critters in your lawn and garden that you don’t want to kill (like honeybees, earthworms, butterflies, and even hummingbirds and songbirds.) I dug up my back garden beds two weeks ago and found a ton of the Japanese Beetle grubs too (I delighted in stomping on them) so I just did my first nematode treatment last weekend. Have another in 3 weeks.

    Here’s a long discussion (pro and con) about BN and milky spore on an organic gardening forum.


    • Yes, milky spore is the first thing I’m looking for, since it claims to get rid of those things for 12-15 years. Though that forum post says that it takes a few years to get the full effects of MS. Meh, that’s no good. BN are effective immediately, but I don’t yet see anywhere near me to buy them.

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