A local man is now trapped with his own thoughts on his evening walks as cicadas are slowly dying off.
Jeff Riggle, 37, is back to thinking about his self-loathing, fear of intimacy and strained relationships with family members now that the screeching noise of cicadas doesn’t fill the air when he walks around his neighborhood. It wasn’t a welcome change but it also wasn’t a surprise.
“I knew this was going to happen eventually,” Riggle said. “I cut my therapist loose once summer started because noise blocked out the voices, but they’re back and more aggressive than ever. In another 13 years or so I’ll be happy again when those buzzing bastards come back out. Or if I remember my headphones on a walk.”
Riggle said he plans to stay inside this fall and winter.