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Knew I had to be at work 1/2 hr early but didn't remember why until I got there. Mardi Gras. We threw candy and beads and toys and whistles and coins and tiaras to a hundred kids from wealthy families, some of whom cried and fought because they didn't get enough stuff. Then we marched em into the cafeteria where we gave them plates heaped with ridiculous amounts of salt and sugar-laden snacks. I said "they're cream puffs" a hundred times, and "move it" about a million. Before I was done serving kids I was hit with a wave of those who wanted seconds. as in, "when do we get seconds?" and "I WANT MORE!" Then we took them outside to whack pinatas which were filled with guess what, and guess who had to climb the tree to hang them. I got one thank-you from my favorite kid, and she was my favorite before this, but the thank-you, and the smile, and her offer to help, reassured me that she is my favorite for a good reason.

Oh, and some election thing seems to be happening. Wake me when a new guy's in charge.