New San Francisco Bay Area Barbie Dolls
Matel Toys Inc. Announces The Release Today of Models of Limited
Edition Barbie Dolls for the California Market:
Pleasanton Barbie: This princess Barbie is only sold at the Stoneridge
Mall. She comes with an assortment of Kate Spade handbags, a Lexus,
a lapdog and a cookie cutter house. Options include tummy tuck, face
lift and a workaholic Ken.
San Ramon Barbie: This trendy homemaker Barbie is available with
the Lexus SUV or Ford Windstar minivan, gets lost easily, and has
no full time occupation or secondary education. Traffic jamming cell
phone sold separately. Optional matching gym outfit.
Oakland Barbie: They are working on developing an "Oakland Barbie",
but she keeps getting shot.
Richmond Barbie: This recently paroled Barbie comes with a 9mm
handgun, a Ray Lewis knife, a low-rider Chevrolet with oversized
wheels and tinted windows and a Meth Lab Ken.
Rancho Cordova/Gold River Barbie: This yuppie Barbie comes with
choice of a BMW sports car or a souped up Hummer 2, Starbucks
cup, credit card and shallow Ken.
Stockton Barbie: This white-trash model comes in Wrangler jeans
two sizes too small, a NASCAR shirt, big hair, a six pack of Coors
Light and a Hank, Jr. CD set. She can spit over 5 feet and she can
kick Ken's ass when she's drunk. A pickup is available with Confederate
flag bumper stickers.
Tahoe Barbie: This collagen injected, rhinoplastic Barbie still has not
learned that you can't wear a leopard print ski outfit without looking
passe, even if you are actually skiing.
Berkeley Barbie: This Barbie actually comes in two variations. One has
long gray hair and archless feet, sandals with white socks, no makeup
and a mutt. The other version has frizzy hair, a dingy white tanktop, low
cut jeans and scratch-n-sniff armpits.
Bakersfield Barbie: This tobacco chewing, brassy-haired Barbie still
has not learned that you can't wear high-heeled sandals from Payless
with no pedicure and without breaking a heel and falling while you
chase your beer-gutted, hollow gold-chain-wearing boyfriend. Her
make-up is dark red lip liner with lips covered in a sparkly pink color
or no fill-in at all. Her ensemble includes low-rise acid-washed jeans
with assorted colored G-strings that stick out the back of her jeans,
a white barely-there see-through shirt. Her long, layered hair is
bleached/highlighted and BIG. Accessories include: CD-player
equipped with Bon Jovi,rusty old Ford pick up.
Texas Transplant Barbie: This bitch of a Barbie comes with a Ford SUV
(Texas plates), a knife to stab other Barbies in the back, and tons of
makeup. Carnivore Ken sold separately.
Piedmont Barbie: This True Blonde shops exclusively in Walnut Creek
and Carmel. She drives her Land Rover (sold separately) to the Oakland
Public Library. She has an MBA from Stanford but has never worked
outside the home. Her child stroller is bigger than your house and her
tennis trophies are discreetly hidden behind CEO Ken's golf trophies.
She knows enough Spanish to talk with the nanny; Tagalog to speak
to the cook; and Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean, to talk with the
gardener, house painter, and housekeeper respectively. She is a
lifelong member of the Junior League and her Piedmont estate on
Sea View Drive is featured in Architectural Digest. Her family owns
a winery in Napa, but she buys cases of "2-Buck Chuck" at Trader Joe's.
Hence the need for the rear-loading Land Rover.Her dirty little secret?!
She's a closet Democrat !!
September 29, 2003
Bedbugs Are Making a Comeback in U.S.By BILL DRAPER
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - They creep quietly beneath bed sheets in the darkness of night, in search of a blood feast from an unsuspecting, slumbering host.
They engorge themselves with blood and disappear with the same stealth.
Once thought virtually eradicated in the United States, the bedbug is back.
"An insect is living beside you while you sleep, it withdraws three times its body weight in your blood, it's a psychological concern," said Frank Meek, national pest control technical manager for Orkin.
By the end of 2002, the little bloodsuckers had been reported in at least 28 states. And that could be just the start of a much larger problem.
"It's still at the beginning stages," Kansas State University entomologist Ludek Zurek said of the bedbug's return. "I'm predicting it's going to get worse. Nobody knows why it's coming back."
Some say an increase in international travel is to blame.
Mike Lawton, a staff entomologist with Western Exterminator Co. in Irvine, Calif., said people from countries where bedbugs are rampant are staying in U.S. hotels and motels, bringing the insects with them.
"They've (bedbugs) had an incredible impact on high-end hotels," he said. "You've got to keep it hush-hush. If the word 'bedbug' gets out, it scares a lot of people away."
Zurek said a majority of new cases reported in 2002 - 31 percent - were in hotels and motels. Of the remainder, 28 percent were in apartment complexes and dormitories; 25 percent were in single-family homes; and 16 percent were at other locations.
Bedbugs conceal themselves in mattresses, bedding, crevices in walls and floors, and even behind loose wallpaper. They are flat, wingless critters that are about the size of a small lady bug as adults, and they turn from pale brown to red brown after feasting. They don't carry diseases.
A survey by Atlanta-based Orkin found that in each of the past three years, reported bedbug infestations in the United States increased. Bedbug reports to Orkin increased 300 percent between 2000 and 2001; 70 percent between 2001 and 2002; and 70 percent from 2002 to 2003.
"That's just the calls I'm aware of," Meek said.
Bedbugs, which are classified as ectoparasites, have been increasingly found in residences - and that spells trouble.
While hotels and motels must tackle a bedbug problem immediately for their financial well-being, individuals might not initially recognize a bedbug infestation in their homes. Even after a person realizes there's a problem, he or she might not know how to fix it.
"Once they're brought in, you need to deal with them quickly," Lawton said. "Females can lay hundreds and hundreds of eggs. They go through their life cycle every 30 to 50 days, they stay hidden and are very hard to get to."
Barry Eldridge, president of The Bug Clinic in Spring Valley, N.Y., said people who thought bedbugs were just a fairy tale are finding out otherwise.
"It's not life or death, but it's a public health matter because people are getting bit, and over time, someone who doesn't recognize the problem can become quite ill," Eldridge said.
Zurek said the signs of bedbug infestation are hard to miss.
"Not everyone will be rushing to report it, but if people have them, they'll know because of the odor and the sheets will get dark and red because of the feces of the bedbugs," he said.
Bedbugs can live up to a year without a meal, they thrive in hot places and their bite usually is undetected until a person gets out of bed, Lawton said.
"They inject a chemical that numbs you," he said. "They feed on you and you don't even know it."
Zurek said bite marks usually show up as little red spots with a lighter red area around them. Unlike chigger bites that tend to be grouped in one area or pattern, bedbug bites can be all over a person.
Lawton said the best way to get rid of the pests is to hire an exterminator. He said over-the-counter spray insecticides only work if everything in a bedbug-infested room is taken apart and every tiny crack or crevice sprayed.
"Materials we use today don't last as long as they used to," Lawton said. "In the past when bedbugs were introduced to an area, the stuff used on cockroaches would do the trick. But we've switched to use a lot of baits for cockroach control, and that doesn't work on bedbugs."
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