I always read your articles, as I love them and learn something every time. Too bad I didn't know you when you were in Tucson.
This article reminded me of all the things I tell myself as I'm working in my yard. Such as, "If you're not bleeding, you're probably not done" and "If you're sticking to the insides of your gloves or shoes, it's time to quit. You lost this round."
I keep a pair of glochid gloves and never touch the outside of them. That means they never quite get put away, but live on the rung of a ladder I seldom use. Pick them up as a pair by pinching from the inside. And my favorite treatment for glochids is to shave whatever body part they're in. Between my fingers? Yeah, I shave there. Pretty often, if the truth be known. I learned from the bad luck of my neighbor, who got a glochid in his eye and ended up in emergency, to hose down those opuntia microdasys before taking a shovel to them, which is my favorite way of cutting them back.