They Drive by Night was a lesser-known Humphry Bogart film about two guys who own a trucking business, and drive all night trying to make their deliveries, get paid, and keep their trucking business. We don’t drive trucks by night – rather, it’s Bill behind the wheel and I’m shotgun in our glamorous and sexy… VW station wagon, traversing the wilds of New Jersey’s Route 23 at night. Only instead of the excitement of crashes and murder, we rely on the thrills of being in an enclosed passenger cabin with tens of thousands of agitated honey bees. Seems bees don’t like driving in cars.
We are patiently moving each of my beehives up to the farm. Since the bees are out flying and foraging and having a wicked good time all day, we need to wait until after dark to move the hives. That way all the workers and drones are tucked into their little tiny beds for the night and everyone is accounted for, and nobody is flying around sniffing flowers and missing the train. Ya know?
We decided to move the colonies one at a time because a) the hives are really heavy; b) we’re sort of tired and lazy by 9:30 at night; c) it’s been so ridiculously hot that I hate putting on my bee suit, and I hate the thought of closing up the hives and leaving them without any ventilation for an hour.
But it works. We survive, the bees survive. Well, they survive until the next day when the barn swallows start swooping. But that’s a story for the sequel!