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After the fire

For me, it started with a blaring car horn.

Hearing this sound at 8:00 in the morning is not unusual in our neighborhood. Many tend to hit their horn instead of a doorbell when picking up a friend. We’re resigned to it, though it sometimes inspires my husband to sing “In the ghetto…”

This was different, though. This person was leaning on their horn. Like it was malfunctioning. Or something was wrong.

I went to our second-floor bedroom window that looks out on 22nd Street and glared with my best how-dare-you-some-folks-are-sleeping look. I saw a white minivan parked in front of my house and a Mexican woman standing outside it who seemed agitated. She was arguing with the driver and pointing at the house next door. The horn continued to blare. I wondered if it was stuck and she was trying to tell the driver how to fix it.

Her eyes met mine and she seemed embarrassed, though I think by now I looked more curious than angry. She hurried across the street and the van started driving off in another direction, horn still blaring. What the heck was going on?


Pigflu cheatsheet

So in the last couple days we’ve all been seeing the news, and tweets about the pig flu. Rumor has it that Mexico (where the virus originated) is going to be shutting down schools, public transporation and the border to keep the virus from spreading.
All in all it seems that the advice for this thing is pretty much the same advice during standard flu season. If its in your neighborhood, dont play pattycake with your neighbors. Be cleanly, and if you get sick make sure to clean up after yourself and stay away from others to prevent the spread of the thing.

Here are some helpful (but still common-sense-y type) tips to help you stay healthy (lovingly jacked from the CDC site):

There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
  • If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.


San Diego toy company takes on toxic toys

I always like meeting inspiring entrepreneurs and San Diego is full of them–thank goodness. I met one yesterday, Daniel Monahan, who started a designer toy company called DANO2 based in Carlsbad. His company’s first product came on the market in the fall and it’s a non-toxic teething ring that’s all US-made from medical-grade plastic and pediatrician approved. While safe and functional, so teething kids can give them a good and gummy workout, each design is also fun with a circus theme that parents like.   

Safe teething rings from San Diego

Safe teething rings from San Diego

Daniel and company have more products like the teething ring in the works for parents who want safe choices for their kids. Everything they make is far above the standards set by Congress to try to prevent shoddy toy products from making it into playpens and playrooms around the country. Daniel explained that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has much higher standards and says any lead content above 40 ppm is unsafe, but our Congress set the limit on lead content at 600 parts per million (ppm).  Anyhow, the teething ring was tested, of course, and showed no detectable levels of lead, so chew on that.

Daniel is a dad, sculptor and entrepreneur. Before starting DANO2, he had graduated with a business degree from UCLA and was creating toy art for art collectors.  After their daughter was born, his wife asked “why aren’t you making toys that your daughter can enjoy?” And, the next thing you know, they were bringing a new company into the world.

The children’s toys Daniel and team have come up with so far include the teethers, the “DANO Ducki,” and a stylized baby doll named “Tum.” And all are tested to verify compliance with local and international safety regulations and are free of lead, phthalates, and bisphenol A (BPA). Very cool.

The full DANO2 product line is available online at and in select specialty stores. Check them out and tell them the San Diego metblog sent you!

DANO2 Circus Rings

DANO2 Circus Rings

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