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This blog is where I express myself to the world or at least to those who might stop by to read what I post . Maybe God will use what I post (I am a Christian and this blog will have a most decidedly Christian bent to it) to good effect in the lives of my readers.

I may turn some of my posts into a book. I may cease blogging here altogether. Who knows. But for now..I am content to post away in this, my own little corner of the world.

Rather than reading through my now lengthy list of posts you may wish to read what I consider to be my very best posts or you can just read the posts that deal with a single subject category that might interest you.

Please know that I am open to any input on any topic I write about. If you have something to say about anything you see written here please....feel free to speak up in the form of leaving a comment or sending me a PM (private message).

And if you are in San Diego and wish to meet the one and only Carlos (that's me )...drop me a private message. I always enjoy meeting one of my readers!



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Rats, tarantulas, and rattle snakes...oh my!

Posted 09-09-2009 at 11:23 PM by carlos123

The title of this blog is said in the spirit of the famous saying..."Lions and tigers and bears...oh my!" and could aptly describe my surprise to learn that the San Diego area not only has naturally occurring tarantulas and rattlesnakes but also RATS!

Lots of RATS!

Bear in mind that I came from rat free Alberta in Canada where there isn't a single rat!

The site of a rat in Alberta causes the government to go into motion to exterminate it like the government down here goes into motion for a terror attack.

They break out the SWAT team, the firetrucks, the police, the local PTA and school auxiliries...they put out news bulletins and otherwise warn the population to be on the lookout for...well...a RAT.

Of course in Canada concerned citizens cannot shoot any RAT that is unfortunate enough to make it past the border into Alberta. Guns and Canada don't mix you see. The fact is that Canadians are all but defenseless against the little critters. It is illegal to even carry around pepper spray up there. For real.

The women all run for the nearest chair while clutching their babies and calling 911. While the braver of the men stand ready with a phone book to squash the first rat that pokes it's ugly head from behind the furniture.

Tonight I was sitting quietly working on my computer and kept hearing this pitter patter noise outside my window like that which a Possum might make while scrounging around in the leaves.

Eventually I'd had enough of hearing the rustling in the leaves and peeked out the window into the night to see if I could observe monsieur Possumus scrounging around.

Not that I was mad or anything. I was just curious. Enough to interrupt my work (it takes a lot to pull me away from my computer when I am in the midst of figuring out some complicated computer algorithm). I wanted to find out if it was indeed a Possum and to get me a bit of nature sighseeing in for the night.

To my complete surprise I found out that the rustling was caused by RATS!! Yup. RATS!

Having arrived from Canada less than a year ago I of course instinctively started to dial 911 but then thought better of it.

My new landlord had told me just a couple of days ago of some incredible encounters with rats though I had pretty much concluded that he was perhaps telling me some tall tales.

Turns out he wasn't!

There's RATS in that there bushes!

I saw them scurrying up and down the bushes in the little tree bush outside my windows! Watering at the mouth at the thought of biting into my my fresh and tender fat!

I don't know what to say or do. I mean how can I possibly go to sleep tonight wondering if a swarm of RATS is going to eat their way through the screens on the windows and come and munch on my exposed feet in the middle of the night?

Or poke their beady heads into my open mouth while I snore!

I am going to have nightmares of the local population of rats all lining up around the large pool outside and drinking of the water to quench their thirst.

Now I will have to check the pool carefully before I swim in it to see if any rats fell in and drowned the night before and might be floating around just below the surface of the water.

Woe is me for I am now a man sorrounded by RATS!

Worse yet...woe is any unhappy soul unfortunate enough to end up homeless around here. I don't think there would be anything left by morning!


PS. This post is a bit exaggerated in some respects though based on some snippets of actual truth. I really did see RATS!
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  1. Old Comment
    Maybe you can keep a cat in your house LOL.
    Posted 09-13-2009 at 04:45 AM by haller32 haller32 is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Good suggestion Haller32. Only thing is that I am...well...allergic to cats LOL. At least here in the States I can break out a .22 rifle if any get inside the house. That is when and if I can afford a rifle .

    Posted 09-13-2009 at 09:56 AM by carlos123 carlos123 is offline

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