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Billy the Hut
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So I decided it's time to settle in for the night, & changed into my PJs. Of course that was Larissa's signal. Once I was changed she says "Oh, I need you to run down to the corner, we're out of milk". I grab my coat, it wouldn't be the 1st time the elderly couple at the corner store saw me in my PJs.

Well I'm walking along, staring at my feet & I hear something in front of me. I look up. It was claws on the sidewalk. 24 feet in front of me, (I know it was 24' because the cement squares in the sidewalk are each 3'x3') looking right at me, is the biggest, fattest skunk I've ever seen. I was careful not to move. I didn't know there were skunks in the Boston suburbs. I'd seen plenty in western MA where I grew up.

It watched me for a moment, then seemingly bored turned away & crossed the street. Wandering off into some neighbor's yard.

I need to pay more attention when I'm out in the evening.
I'm glad it found me boring.

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Aw, skunks are cute! And you would have to try pretty hard to get sprayed. (You never had any trouble from the ones you saw where you grew up, right?)

(Now, a skunk out in the daytime, that would be a different story; that may mean it has rabies, and will leap up to 20' to bite and claw at the enraging wetness of your eyes.)
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kuhrusty wrote:
Aw, skunks are cute! And you would have to try pretty hard to get sprayed. (You never had any trouble from the ones you saw where you grew up, right?)

(Now, a skunk out in the daytime, that would be a different story; that may mean it has rabies, and will leap up to 20' to bite and claw at the enraging wetness of your eyes.)


See, leave it to Kuhrusty to find the silver lining to any potentially disasterous event!
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kuhrusty wrote:
Aw, skunks are cute! And you would have to try pretty hard to get sprayed. (You never had any trouble from the ones you saw where you grew up, right?)

(Now, a skunk out in the daytime, that would be a different story; that may mean it has rabies, and will leap up to 20' to bite and claw at the enraging wetness of your eyes.)

Too True.
As a kid I recall a curious dog we had getting the worse end of a skunk's attention. That was nasty.
Honestly my biggest worry was a car would pass & freak it out. I live on a fairly busy street. Fortunately it was unusually quiet on the street.
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kuhrusty wrote:
(Now, a skunk out in the daytime, that would be a different story; that may mean it has rabies, and will leap up to 20' to bite and claw at the enraging wetness of your eyes.)

On the upside, it has treasure type H.
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kuhrusty wrote:

(Now, a skunk out in the daytime, that would be a different story; that may mean it has rabies, and will leap up to 20' to bite and claw at the enraging wetness of your eyes.)



Reminds me that one night I was at my uncle's house in Indianapolis, almost downtown. You would think there would be no animals like that. But there they were, opossums crawling from the sewer grates at dusk! UGH! I can't believe they live down there all day in the middle of the city.
I am used to them where I live. but in town you figure you're safe from their creepy little baby doll hands. shudder...
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My wife is the critter queen of the world. One day she calls me at work because she's spotted an opossum that needs to be rescued. It's about 4 pm and the opossum is on the fence between the freeway and the service drive.

After trying to talk her into calling animal control (the official guy was gone and the regular police would only come for a vicious dog) I reluctantly left work to help her.

She had a box. That was her plan. Put the opossum in the box. She did not have gloves or long sleeves or a 10' pole or anything s sensible person would consider mandatory.

Being the primary breadwinner in the family, I declined her offer to let me get the opossum off the fence. So did the opossum. It held on for dear life as she, now wearing my gloves and coat, attempted to pull it from the fence. One of the neighbors poked his head out from the window to let us know "That thing's been there all day. Maybe there's something wrong with it".

I declined to ask him why HE hadn't called animal control. Finally, she got it so only its teeth were still on the fence. I say only, but of course, opossums have eleventy-three shiny white very sharp looking teeth. He finally landed in the box which I quickly closed over his head, then put in the bed of my truck. He objected to the box, so I gave him a decent shaking (to my wife's horror) before securing the lid with a bungee cord.

We drove him to a nearby field and released him. As he exited the box, I could tell he was still angry about the shaking. He moved towards us, rather than the shade and comfort of some nearby trees. I regretted my lack of boots but figured a New Balance to the kisser would probably dissuade him.

Luckily he must have sensed my impending manliness and wandered off towards the trees. It was then that my wife began berating me - the opossum, had been so grateful that when she pulled him from the fence swinging by the tail like some sort of Pit and the Pendulum with teeth, he peed on her favorite shoes (and my coat). Somehow, she felt I was to blame.

The best part though? We got home, she took her shoes off outside and went inside to see how best to remove her opossum operfume letting the dogs out. Her favorite dog, Syd (stands for Small Yappie Dog, which he is), promptly peed on her shoe.

My advice? Don't mess with opossums.
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I'd get the rabies shots. Better safe than sorry
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sdonohue wrote:
My wife is the critter queen of the world. One day she calls me at work because she's spotted an opossum that needs to be rescued. It's about 4 pm and the opossum is on the fence between the freeway and the service drive.

After trying to talk her into calling animal control (the official guy was gone and the regular police would only come for a vicious dog) I reluctantly left work to help her.

She had a box. That was her plan. Put the opossum in the box. She did not have gloves or long sleeves or a 10' pole or anything s sensible person would consider mandatory.

Being the primary breadwinner in the family, I declined her offer to let me get the opossum off the fence. So did the opossum. It held on for dear life as she, now wearing my gloves and coat, attempted to pull it from the fence. One of the neighbors poked his head out from the window to let us know "That thing's been there all day. Maybe there's something wrong with it".

I declined to ask him why HE hadn't called animal control. Finally, she got it so only its teeth were still on the fence. I say only, but of course, opossums have eleventy-three shiny white very sharp looking teeth. He finally landed in the box which I quickly closed over his head, then put in the bed of my truck. He objected to the box, so I gave him a decent shaking (to my wife's horror) before securing the lid with a bungee cord.

We drove him to a nearby field and released him. As he exited the box, I could tell he was still angry about the shaking. He moved towards us, rather than the shade and comfort of some nearby trees. I regretted my lack of boots but figured a New Balance to the kisser would probably dissuade him.

Luckily he must have sensed my impending manliness and wandered off towards the trees. It was then that my wife began berating me - the opossum, had been so grateful that when she pulled him from the fence swinging by the tail like some sort of Pit and the Pendulum with teeth, he peed on her favorite shoes (and my coat). Somehow, she felt I was to blame.

The best part though? We got home, she took her shoes off outside and went inside to see how best to remove her opossum operfume letting the dogs out. Her favorite dog, Syd (stands for Small Yappie Dog, which he is), promptly peed on her shoe.

My advice? Don't mess with opossums.

"I call the big one 'Bitey.'" —Homer Simpson, about the family of opossums living in the cockpit of the Springfield monorail
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You leave the house in your PJs?!?!?
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You have to go out at midnight to get milk?!?!? How dis-organised are you?!?!?
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nnf1 wrote:
You leave the house in your PJs?!?!?
EYE of NiGHT wrote:
You have to go out at midnight to get milk?!?!?

Walking down the street in your PJs at midnight lets everyone know they're just guests in your house.
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EYE of NiGHT wrote:
You have to go out at midnight to get milk?!?!?

If that's the worst I face in life, or the most difficult thing my wife ever asks of me I think I'll be alright.
However, it wasn't so late as midnight, but I must admit I was a little put out.

EYE of NiGHT wrote:
How dis-organised are you?!?!?

Organization, what is that?
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Next time tell the Groucho Version:

Last night I encountered a skunk in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I'll never know.
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You leave the house in your PJs?!?!?

It puts the meth dealers at ease.
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Re: A scary fright in the night
Billythehut wrote:
I didn't know there were skunks in the Boston suburbs.
I used to live three blocks away from Fenway Park, and I saw skunks several times. Or multisensory hallucinations in skunk form, I suppose.
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I used to live three blocks away from Fenway Park, and I saw skunks several times. That's how I knew the Yankees were in town.
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Billythehut wrote:

... I didn't know there were skunks in the Boston suburbs. I'd seen plenty in western MA where I grew up.


Coyotes, too. I once got out of a conversation with a Jehovah's Witness by pointing out a red fox walking up our street. He lost his train of thought and wandered off. As did the fox.
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nnf1 wrote:
You leave the house in your PJs?!?!?


Better than blatantly wearing them to the grocery story in the daytime as I have seen many young women do where I live, over that past few years.
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