I met Ant_Dude2908 on August 4th when he responded to my post in General Market Place looking to buy my first Colony, preferably in the Camponotus Genus.
We battled back and forth for a few days as I hotheadedly begged to met with him and make the exchange personally, the dude just won't do it and finally won the battle of just mailing them to me..
He sent them Wednesday around 6AM and my anticipation at the thought of them being alone in transit ate away at me, but Thursday morning the e-mail update notifications from USPS came through and alerted me that at 6:37AM the package had arrived at my local Post Office, which would be delivered probably the next day.. my work commute put me passing the Post Office so I called ahead and they found my babies and had them prepared for my arrival!
The lady met me at the side-door, handing me the package and I hurried back out to my vehicle.. I stopped and opened the package on the hood of my car and BOOM, there they were! The tube was turned straight up so they were all gathered atop the damp cotton separating the water from them, looking around dazed and confused from all the movement, but seemingly appreciative that the movement had mostly ceased!
I ooh'd and aww'd at them for a couple of moments before I had to return to my commute to work.. before I continued upon my route I got a Pipe Wrap I had in the back of my car and slid the Test Tube into it, providing ample darkness for the babies.. I continued on to work, struggling against the urge to peak at the Colony during the drive.
Work was the same as always, except during lunch I took a quick detour to check on them. I had parked in a Parking Garage but the fear of overheating still terrified me..
I finally got off work and the mad dash began! Wal-Mart, Hometown Pets, Tractor Supply! No body had long tweezers or any sort of heating mechanism to slip food to them, or provide them warmth in my house that stays 72 degrees Fahrenheit. I ended up having to go to Petsmart to gather the required tools to provide them with a comfortable stay in their temporary home, which consists of the typical Test Tube nest w/ a miniscule Outworld to roam in and eat their meals.
They seem rather comfortable after settling in and returning to the calm life of not being jostled by outside influence. They originally seemed to cuddle up into the corner, trying to leave as small a footprint as possible and I think go unnoticed, to calming down and spreading out a little bit after the tube has been placed over the corner of a heating pad, they're stretching out, moving the brood somewhat closer to the warmth and still enjoying nibbling on a freshly slain Superworm.
Now we just wait for the Mini-Hearth to arrive!