Saga of the Pinch Bug

Classic example of being in 
the wrong place at the wrong time.
A lone pinch bug climbed to a secluded spot
our air conditioning system.
hanging out on a connector plate.
Who knows why. Maybe just
looking for some peace and quiet.
The system called for cool air.
A rumble. A squish. Then silence.
The bug’s last act was to block 
the electrical connection to our unit
with its mangled little body,
shutting the entire system down.
Bug versus central air conditioning.

Our personal David and Goliath story. 
Guess it really is the little things 
that will get you every time!


About Mary Jane

I am a retired English teacher. My husband, Frank, and I have lived on Cape Cod since 2000. I am a lifelong bread baker and writer and have been posting a blog on Falmouth Patch for the last few years. Savory Seasons has been largely devoted to recipes and food in general. I am hoping to expand my focus in this new blog.
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2 Responses to Saga of the Pinch Bug

  1. Janet Taylor says:

    Love that you describe your saga of the pinch bug as your “personal David and Goliath story.” I am now reading Malcolm Gladwell’s version of David and Goliath in an Adirondack chair in Bar Harbor. Thanks for a real life example and glad that the AC is fixed!

  2. Frank says:

    I feel compelled to point out the similarities between this story and the story of the first computer “bug”, discovered by Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. While working on one of the first computers in 1947, the computer suddenly stopped working. On close examination, the cause was a moth that had gotten into the machine and shorted out a relay. She kept the moth in her diary, and errors in computer programs are, to this day, called a “bug”. I was fortunate to hear her speak in person in 1980. She was a remarkable person and an inspiration to many women. You can read more about her here:

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