Okay, so two or three months ago my Ma asks me about pulling some weeds from a planter area at the front of her house. My next to oldest brother had usually done this for her, but he went out of town on a job and so I was "elected." I quote her, "They get worse and worse every year." I said sure, I get over there (two months ago), and it is all dead stuff in the planter area except for two cacti plants. I call my brother, and he says, "oh yeah, the round up is in the shed. I always spray it." PW here is not a big fan of chemical weed killers (e.g., I like to harvest worms for fishing.). So I tell her, "Ma, let the weeds grow back for a couple weeks, then I'll pull the weeds WITH THEIR ROOTS and this won't be a problem again for at least two or three years in the future." She agrees. My two weeks turns into two months and she makes me aware of this fact yesterday. "Where's so & so?" I asked hopefully, he's still out of town. "Oops, mea culpa Ma. :embarassed: I'll get it to it this week." So this morning was perfect for pulling weeds out of a planter. I look at 'em, and the things are waist high! Oh well, the sooner I get started the sooner I get done. I go to pulling weeds out by the roots and all is well, or so I think. I reach the end of the job, by the front door, and decide to dust off my hands. You know the expression, "job well done" kind of tactile thing you do for yourself. I start to dust off my hands and then OOOOOOWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! The backs of my hands were loaded with cactus spines. My actions simply drove some of them in deeper. I never noticed them while puling the weeds, and they were only on the backs of my hands and no where else. As I type this now, I had just prior removed the last needle sharp spine! My SOUTHERN Dog once took on a YANKEE porcupine as we were hiking the Appalachian Trail. These spiny devils things were only on the backs of my hands. My Dog had them on both his jowls, his chest area, insides of both front legs and "underarm" areas. I do NOT know how he managed to maintain as I pulled the quills out!!! I just talked Ma into getting rid of the cacti and replacing them with a small, aloe vera type spiny plant. Okay, question, do I need to tear off a corner of my man card? If Brown Dog were still around, I'd think He be embarrassed about me.