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Poetic Bumble

A couple of quick things today, dudes. I’ve got a poem and a cute bumble bee.

No, seriously. The bumble bee is really very cute, especially for what it does.

You know what? Let’s just go to the video and let you decide for yourself.

See? I told you it was cute. I mean, how often do we get to see a bee give some guy’s finger the high-five?

Now for something a little more. . . somber. It’s a touching poem by a dude named Raul Gutierrez, who has a 3-year-old child. Lately, Raul has been keeping track of some of the more. . . wobbly bits he’s been telling the little dude. It’s a wonderful little piece that ends with an amazing stinger, one worthy of a high-fiving bee.

Get ready to feel your sensawonda get kicked up a notch or three and then get kicked in the nads. Just a warning. Watch out for that last line. Still, a very moving poem.

Lies I’ve told my 3 year old recently

Trees talk to each other at night.

All fish are named either Lorna or Jack.

Before your eyeballs fall out from watching too much TV, they get very loose.

Tiny bears live in drain pipes.

If you are very very quiet you can hear the clouds rub against the sky.

The moon and the sun had a fight a long time ago.

Everyone knows at least one secret language.

When nobody is looking, I can fly.

We are all held together by invisible threads.

Books get lonely too.

Sadness can be eaten.

I will always be there.

Yeah. See what I mean?

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Sunday Shriek: Quiet Riot Of The Living Dead

Sometimes, dudes. . . Sometimes there’s a person who has a stroke of genius and then shares it with the rest of us.

Come with me now, way, way back. Back to the dim, fondly remembered days of the 1980s. When men wore parachute pants and women thought shoulder pads and poofy hair made them look good.

And a seminal production of American cinema graced the local multiplex: The Return of the Living Dead. An astonishing horror comedy, with wonderfully bad practical special effects and a bit of an homage to the Romero Living Dead movies. It also introduced “bbbrrraaaaaaiiiinnnnsssss” to the lexicon.

Good stuff.

Go see if it you ever get the chance.

Or you can just watch below.

Where some wonderfully great dude put part of the movie together with the music from Quiet Riot, the one-hit wonder song that defined a year, Cum On Feel The Noize. We couldn’t spell in the ’80s either, apparently.

Anyway, take a look


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Drowning Is Anything But Dramatic

Here’s the deal, dudes. As summer comes on, more and more of us will be out on the water. As a parent, I found this article to be quite timely.

It also managed to scare the snot out of me. My family and I are big beach folks. For a week every summer, we head down to Florida’s Crescent Beach and frolic, enjoying fun in the sun in the waves and surf.

I thought I was prepared. I thought I knew what I needed to watch for to keep my kids safe.

I was an idiot, as this recent article in Slate will show.

The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the couple swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar. “We’re fine; what is he doing?” she asked, a little annoyed. “We’re fine!” the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard. ”Move!” he barked as he sprinted between the stunned owners. Directly behind them, not 10 feet away, their 9-year-old daughter was drowning. Safely above the surface in the arms of the captain, she burst into tears, “Daddy!”

How did this captain know—from 50 feet away—what the father couldn’t recognize from just 10? Drowning is not the violent, splashing call for help that most people expect. The captain was trained to recognize drowning by experts and years of experience. The father, on the other hand, had learned what drowning looks like by watching television. If you spend time on or near the water (hint: that’s all of us) then you should make sure that you and your crew know what to look for whenever people enter the water. Until she cried a tearful, “Daddy,” she hadn’t made a sound. As a former Coast Guard rescue swimmer, I wasn’t surprised at all by this story. Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for is rarely seen in real life.

Yeah, I know. Frightened the heck out of me, too, dudes.

There’s this thing called the Instinctive Drowning Response—so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., and it’s what people do when they’re actually drowning. And it doesn’t involve waving their arms and shouting and making a fuss so they can be seen by the hot lifeguard and dramatically rescued.

Drowning victims actually are very quiet. Breathing comes first, before speaking. If you can’t breathe, you’re not going to be talking or shouting. They are incapable of actually waving their arms as said arms are locked out to their sides and instinctively pushing down on the water to try and keep their mouth in the air and not the water. They can’t stop drowning and perform voluntary movements like trying to attract attention.

From start to finish, the Instinctive Drowning Response will mean that the victim usually is upright in the water, quietly drowning with no evidence of a supporting kick.

According to Dr. Pia and rescue experts, there are a number of things to look for in a drowning victim.

  • Head low in the water, mouth at water level
  • Head tilted back with mouth open
  • Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
  • Eyes closed
  • Hair over forehead or eyes
  • Not using legs—vertical
  • Hyperventilating or gasping
  • Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway
  • Trying to roll over on the back

The most important thing, though, is when you’re around the water, stay observant. Make sure you know where your children are, where everyone in your party is. If they’re in trouble, you won’t hear it. So it’s up to you to be aware.

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