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  •  ...I was once hiking with smileycreek... (4+ / 0-)

    ...up in the hills above Tassajara in Carmel Valley. I was in the lead (a path that was a single-person-wide path). About 50 yards away was a log with bees buzzing around. All of a sudden a swarm came from the log towards me (I didn't see it as I was just ahead of it).

    Smileycreek yelled, "Run!"

    I took off as fast as I could. I could hear the bee swarm getting closer. I took off my T-shirt and started swinging it around and around over my head as I ran.

    Smileycreek told me she just watched as the swarm got closer and closer. As I ran, I suddenly ran under a big shady spot made by a big oak tree. That shift from being in the sun to going under the shade of the oak tree must have caused the bees to lose track of me.

    The swarm turned left and went back to the log. Smileycreek just slowly walked along which didn't seem to get their attention.

    Those m*therf*ckers were Killer Bees. I reported it to the State of California who afterwards included central California as being infiltrated by Killer Bees.

    Charming!...

    Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences.

    by paradise50 on Sun May 05, 2013 at 12:42:12 PM PDT

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    •  ...that had to be about 1989 or 1990.... (3+ / 0-)
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      Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences.

      by paradise50 on Sun May 05, 2013 at 12:44:22 PM PDT

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      We've had PSAs when they first came here and we were told not to wave your arms but do remove your shirt and cover your head and RUN.

      The waving arms are seen as a threat and cover your head because they go for your eyes and then I think you're supposed to be able to outrun them after a 1/2 mile.
      They'll go back to the hive.

      How you can run with a shirt over your head was never explained.

      Also, I seem to recall them saying never to wear black socks with white tennis shoes and vice-versa, because the bees might mistake you for one of their enemies but can't remember what that enemy was - a skunk maybe?

      We have a Palo Verde right by the driveway and I get a little nervous standing by it to get the mail or while waiting for Mr.AzBlue to back out the car, but so far, they don't seem interested while gathering pollen.

      If we're ever out walking and a ball is coming at us and we can't run, we'll hit the ground and hopefully they'll fly over us.

      All we need is LOVE!

      by arizonablue on Sun May 05, 2013 at 01:37:37 PM PDT

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