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A couple of days  ago, I stopped by my neighborhood coffee shack in search of a refreshing beverage, only to find the barista and the shack under attack by winged marauders. A small swarm (about 10) honeybees–and yes, they seemed to be actual bees as opposed to wasps, hornets, or yellowjackets–had driven out the barista and were making free with the syrup bottles. Emboldened by the warm fall weather and probably look to lay in a little more sugar water for winter after a cool, rainy summer, the bees had developed a taste for the sweet stuff that only Torani Italian soda syrups could satisfy.

The barista told me that she had called upon her boss to disperse the horde. In what can only be described as a Guy Move, he showed up with–wait for it–a bright pink tennis racquet which he proceeded  to wave about at the bees. The customers found it hilarious and the bees probably did, too. After watching this ineffectual display for a bit, she told her boss to clear off and settled for keeping the window screens on the coffee shack closed as much as possible.

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So I was in the grocery store, post-holidays, when I came across the strangest batch of candies I had ever seen. It was a box of chocolates in the shape of mice, their tails curled so you could hang them from your tree. Around Christmas time, you become accustomed to any number of festive chocolate shapes–Santas, snowmen, etc.–but this was the first time I had ever seen rodent-shaped ones. Is this a holiday tradition I’m not aware of or are chocolatiers running out of animal shapes for their holiday creations? Regardless, I can report that the chocolates were excellent, if somewhat off-putting.

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“U R a Wizard!”

—Message written in the grime on the local gas station gas pump

I guess this is where all the Hogwarts student gas up their broomsticks …..

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As I was driving in to work yesterday, I passed a grey Jeep that had the upper half of a zombie attached to its front bumper. Best. Halloween. Decoration. Ever.

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Saw something scuttle behind the bottom of one of the light poles as I was walking up to the library. As I looked closer, a vole darted out, we were both startled, and headed in separate directions. I’m not sure if there are more voles on campus this year or if they are just making more appearances.

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The other day I saw a squirrel rush out, bite the cap off of a newly emerged toadstool, and procede to chow down. Now I know why squirrels often act so squirrely: they’re high on mushrooms.

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Then you should have been working along with me and my colleagues in the depths of the University of Arnor Library about a half an hour ago when we had a 4.9 earthquake. Gave us a quick jolt, but shook nothing loose except our nerves. Off in search of a calming cup of tea. Or something stronger.

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