Mountain of tissue

Okay this will be a quick post but I had to share. My daughter had to stay home from the sitter today because she is sick, but I have a deadline so I have to work I really don't have much choice. Her nose has been running like crazy and I mustve left the tissue on the coffee table after I last cleaned her nose. Well they say a picture is worth a thousand words so here ya go...

Not a great pic its from my camera phone and was taken pretty quickly but the pile of tissue is bigger than she is and there is more on the floor (brand new just opened box and all). I could'nt even be mad because she seemed so happy smiling like "look what I made daddy".

Woman Is Treated for the friggin Black Plague?

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The infected patient, whose identity was withheld, came down with symptoms last week and continues to be treated in a hospital for the disease, which is characterized by swollen, black lumps under the skin, officials said. She may have contracted the disease from fleas in the area around her Country Club Park neighborhood.

Although the disease is "rare, it is important to remember that this still can happen," said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

Traps have been set out for squirrels and other wild animals in the area to determine the extent of exposure, officials said. Neighbors are being warned to avoid contact with dead animals and fleas from rodents and pets.

Although human cases of the plague are uncommon, it is endemic to ground squirrels and some rodents in parts of the Angeles National Forest, Tehachapi, Lake Isabella and Frazier Park.

An outbreak of the plague beginning in 1347, infamously known as the "Black Death," wiped out as much as one-third of Europe's population in the Middle Ages. After the 14th century, the plague reoccurred sporadically for the next 500 years.

The last major urban epidemic in the United States occurred in Los Angeles in 1924, resulting in dozens of deaths. On average, about five to 15 people get the plague every year around the country, mostly in rural areas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Go Carlos!

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I'm a Mencia fan from way back and this is his best rant ever...

Principal Forces Kids To Use Buckets in Classrooms As Toilets: Officials Defend Action As “Honest Mistake”

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INGLEWOOD, California (AP) — A principal trying to prevent walkouts during immigration rallies inadvertently introduced a lockdown so strict that children weren’t allowed to go to the bathroom, and instead had to use buckets in the classroom, an official said.

Worthington Elementary School Principal Angie Marquez imposed the lockdown March 27 as nearly 40,000 students across Southern California left classes to attend immigrants’ rights demonstrations.

Marquez apparently misread the district handbook and ordered a lockdown designed for nuclear attacks.

Tim Brown, the district’s director of operations, confirmed some students used buckets but said the principal’s order to impose the most severe type of lockdown was an “honest mistake.”

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There has been quite a bit going on lately and because of this I haven’t really had the time to post as often as I would like. Just to start the process of catching up, I'll tell you about the most exciting of my recent adventures.

Last weekend a swarm of bees decided to start a hive in our backyard particularly inside our patio ceiling. It was easily one of the most interesting and worrisome things I have ever had front row seats to. On Sunday when it started, there were 4-10 bees floating around the patio at any given time and by Monday afternoon there were 20-50, as one would enter an opening in the patio another would come flying in from the sky to join the squadron flying around, almost as if they were sending radio signals back and forth to each other (not really into bees I’m sure a real nature buff will email and tell me that’s precisely what they were doing) but in any case it was pretty surreal to watch it happening.

The bill for removing a hive can range anywhere from $150 to nearly $600 so it was fortunate that the bees weren’t able to successfully establish their hive and apparently the life span of the worker bee is only a couple of days, so defeated they began to climb out of the patio and fall to their deaths. At first I was relived but after a while I began to get frustrated. You see, in just a couple days over a thousand bees had made their way into my patio and now they were piled up all over the patio floor dead. Needless to say it was quite a mess.

It took a couple hours, a broom an electric blower and a water hose but the patio is now cleaner than ever. And while the wifey still looks up cautiously before stepping out of the house and onto the patio its fair to say things are pretty much back to normal.