#atozchallenge: Yellowjacket

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The yellowjacket is a predatory social wasp of the genera Vespula and Dolichovespula. The eastern yellowjacket and the aerial yellowacket are the most common of these.

Here in Atlanta, they’re mostly seen around Bobby Dodd Stadium on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, home of the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets…

Sing along with Buzz (the mascot)!

I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech, and a hell of an engineer—
A helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, hell of an engineer.
Like all the jolly good fellows, I drink my whiskey clear.
I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer.

Oh! If I had a daughter, sir, I’d dress her in White and Gold,
And put her on the campus to cheer the brave and bold.
But if I had a son, sir, I’ll tell you what he’d do—
He would yell, ‘To hell with Georgia!’ like his daddy used to do.

Oh, I wish I had a barrel of rum and sugar three thousand pounds,
A college bell to put it in and a clapper to stir it round.
I’d drink to all the good fellows who come from far and near.
I’m a ramblin’, gamblin’, hell of an engineer!

The Yellowjackets is a band started in 1977 by guitarist Robben Ford, who brought together keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip, and drummer Ricky Lawson. Ford left halfway through the recording of the second album, 1983’s Mirage A Trois and was replaced by saxophonist Mark Russo. There have been other changes over the years, but the band has recorded 27 studio albums and won two Grammy Awards, the 1987 award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance for "And You Know That," from their 1986 album Shades, and for Jazz Fusion Performance for their 1989 album Politics. Here is "And You Know That."

From their most recent album, Parallel Motion (2022), the title track.

One day remains! What will I come up with for that? I’ll give you a hint: more music! See you tomorrow!

16 thoughts on “#atozchallenge: Yellowjacket

  1. Oh my the dreaded yellow jacket. Aggressive beasts with nasty stings. Yrs ago my hubby worked out west and was mowing the lawn at a business. The owner was showing some Japanese business men the operation in an airplane hanger when they saw my hubby run through the hanger and hot on his trail, was a swarm of yellow jackets. He ran past them out the other side and jumped into a pond where they hovered over him for a bit. He was sent to the hospital because he got bit over a 100 times! Yup ran over their nest.
    As for the music…not quite my style but I appreciate their expertise


  2. We had a real problem with them on our former wooded property. They love to go to the ground and attack when you step on their nest. We are both allergic, especially hubby who has to carry an epi-pen.

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  3. Great word for the letter. I’ve never been too thrilled with having yellowjackets buzzing around me, but fortunately I rarely see them around where I am. Maybe they’re like lightening bugs and not around this area.



  4. Funnily enough there was just a reminder post in our neighbourhood facebook group about a specific bee/wasp that is common at this time of the year, very big but very harmless. They’ve been asking us not to hurt them. Maybe they also should get a band named after them! :)


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