Area Woman Fears Reputation As Bee Magnet
on 5/1/2005 (10)
BAKERSFIELD, OH - Suzie Noonan tapped her finger apprehensively at the sights and sounds outside her window. A gentle warming rain, and an explosion of green maple buds marked the end of the long Midwest winter and the return of...
|Naaahh! Somebody get a rolled up newspaper!! |
"Relax, Suz, it's just me. I shouldn't have snuck up and pinched you on the shoulder like that."
Noonan's husband, Danny, gently reassured
"I know this is the time of year you dread the most...things will be different this year, I promise."
Of course things were the same every year for Noonan, known locally as the "bee magnet" extraordinaire.
"*sob*...no they won't! It'll be the same as every year, like last summer's cake dedication at the company picnic. I was never so embarrassed and horrified in my life. They had to call in an exterminator, and all the moms told their kids to stay away from me. And 2 years ago at the Hershey factory in PA, they told us to call ahead of time next time we we're coming so they could tell us they were closed for the season. I-I-t's too much to bear! *sob*!"
Indeed, Suzie Noonan is one of millions of American women known to attract bees in record numbers, perhaps due to their sweet body chemistry, scented body oils or floral colored clothing that fools bees into thinking that they are pollinating flowers. The experience can be quite traumatizing, as women are not built for the rigors and stress involved with bee incidents, and the return of summer can be quite unwelcome.
Noonan's husband laughed reflectively
"Funniest thing you ever saw! One year a bee landed on Suz's neck and she spazzed out, made these crazy yelping sounds like a whacked out Yorkshire Terrier and ran around in circles slapping herself. It was like Curly Joe from the Three Stooges or something. It was the absolute funniest!"
Doctors recommend avoiding floral patterned clothing, especially red, and fragrant oils and lotions, especially coconut, to avoid attracting bees, although cautioned that wearing dark colored clothes and eschewing perfume probably wouldn't attract men either.0" sty
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