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Monday, May 7th, 2012
The learning

What I learned today at Costco: if there’s a little star/asterisk thing in the right upper corner of a price sign, it means that that product is almost out of stock and they won’t be getting it in again real soon. Who knew?

Also, tomorrow I will be installing new curtains/rods and such, with the help of my mom. This may be entertaining. Most entertaining will be my dad’s “help,” which will come in the guise of telling us exactly what to do, because he can’t get on the ladder to do it himself, though I wouldn’t put it past him to try. This will be fun. I perhaps should start drinking right now. Maybe I will learn patience. Is that possible? I’ve not hung curtains before without the man, so I will undoubtedly be learning new skills. This is a good thing.

I have a deep love of all things weird and parasitical (as long as they aren’t coming after me.) This is a zombie ant. How awesomely cool is that? I learned about zombie ants today.

How deadly is smallpox? I’m just curious. Anybody know? I mean, I know for the Lakota Sioux is was terrible given their lack of resistance of any kind, but in general, is it deadly a la anthrax? Or is it more like the old and young are likely to die, and others recover? I’m trying to learn about smallpox. Help a girl out!

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