Ted, your story reminded me of something that happened earlier this year at a friend's bee yard.
We were steadying one of his hives and he let it down on an old bathtub and the bees boiled out, instantly there was banana smell in the air, I put my veil on and was wearing a short sleeved shirt, the bees covered my buddy and he began to panick, which in a sick sort of way made me chuckle (because he and I are always teasing each other) he was running around in circles and the bees were getting underneath his veil, which made him panick even more, which made me chuckle even more.
Now, before y'all think I'm totally mean and insensitive, this all took place in mere seconds, which seems like an eternity when something like this is going on.
The funniest part is, he couldn't take it anymore and ran away from the bees and into his house. I went in and told him to come out when he got the bees out of his veil.
I went over to the colony and put it back together and took a few stings on the arms but things worked out and we had a good laugh afterwards.
To this day, he says he freaked out cause the bees got into his veil and were stinging him, it was a funny sight to see though! :evil: