Squirrel nuts

August 13, 2006 at 12:32 am (Uncategorized)

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I totally dig squirrels. Call them over-educated rats if you want to, but I learned to respect the critters as a child when I hunted them with BB guns. You could knock one of those suckers right out of a tree, he’d hit the ground 60 feet below, and get up running. Tenacious, high-spirited and sly. I like that in a backyard dweller. Plus, they always look like they know something about you, don’t they? You stare at one, he’ll pause in his acorn munching and stare back in that sidelong way. Squirrels are cool. Even mean ones. I secretly mourn every time AO kills one and then tosses them in her pool. We’re not buying that suicide bit, AO.

Residents in Winter Park, Fla., are angered over the city’s response to a squirrel that attacked at least seven people this month, according to a report. The squirrel attacks happened at Winter Park’s Central Park over the last several days.

A 3-year-old boy was bitten by the animal several times and has a two-inch wound on his leg, according to the report. Another child was reportedly bitten on his calf and a man sitting on a park bench was attacked by the squirrel. He suffered a bite and scratches on his arm. The attacks took place between August 1 and August 4. Some people now say the attacking animal should have been captured sooner. One citizen said he captured the squirrel under a bucket after it attacked his friend. He said he released the squirrel when county animal-services workers failed to arrive after two hours. City employees captured the animal this week. Winter Park received notice from the Florida Department of Health Epidemiology stating that the results on the squirrel were negative for rabies.

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38 Comments

  1. Nadine said,

    Ok so this has nothing to do with squirrels — well, I DO like them.

    Anyway, does anyone here have a MySpace site? I started one last March and didn’t do anything with it, then started visiting lately and am getting addicted. Just wanted to know if anyone wanted to be my friend on MySpace! Heh.

  2. jarheaddoc said,

    Squirrels are the one animal I will actively try to run over in the road. Little bastards. Rats with tails, but in the same league as a bear as far as being smart about finding food.

    Cool picture, though

  3. Bobbie said,

    I will actually give a squirrel the opportunity to get out of the road if I have a choice in the matter. I also do that with rabbits, possums and any other creatures that happen to be strolling down my street over the course of the day. The only time that I have a problem with them is when they black out the city for an hour or so at a time because they’ve been fired by a transformer.

  4. Sulu said,

    city electricity problem -sucks even more for the fried squirrel-

  5. Mainetarr said,

    ok, I just finally got a minute to sit here and get caught up on the blogs. Here and SJ. Apparently I ruffled Nicks feathers. But, Jaysus, enough complaining already. I guess I will have to stop reading his blogs all together. It’s bad enough the blogs suck, but the constant complaining is just too much. Easy fix is to just stop reading them. I never realized how thinned skinned the California folks are. He can sure sling out the complaints, but he can’t take them very well. Ah well, he was tagged a whiner and there is no coming back from that now. Every post makes it worse for him.

    Squirrels—we have a neighbor who is a mildly retarded 40 something year old man. He’s got the mentality of a 12-13 year old. A few years ago, he found a baby squirrel in his yard. He took it in and nursed it to adulthood. Well, the friggen squirrel is like that guys shadow. He is always with him. On his shoulder, on the ground walking with him, etc….It’s the coolest thing. They obviously are smart, and this one is fat. He lives on a shelled peanut diet and I bet he weighs 20 lbs. I think they are pretty cool. I have already had a talk with this particular squirrel and warned him about AO. He just nodded with the look on his little face that he had already heard about the squirrel slayer down the road. Pool, my ass, he seemed to say. Rumor has it the squirrels all gather at AO’s house because they hear she’s nuts (pun intended).

  6. Bobbie said,

    I’m guessing that you meant gather instead of gater. I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one still having that porblem this morning.

  7. Bobbie said,

    Before anyone thinks that I came to Nick’s defense in his latest blog, I wasn’t. I just offered an example of another part of the country doing the same thing to people and offered a possible solution to his problem. I will agree that Nick is a whiner. He definitely got off on the wrong foot with people and it doesn’t look to get any better. Maybe I’ll join you in your boycotting his blog, MT-it definitely is not worth the read if the only thing he’s going to do is complain all the time. It makes me wonder what he’s going to do when he has to spend his first winter there.

  8. "The Weasel" said,

  9. AO said,

    Hey! Those squirrels commited suicide. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  10. Bobbie said,

    That’s the best thing that you can do right now, AO.

  11. Linda said,

    Hokey smoke! Nobody mentioned my favorite squirrel, Rocky the Flying Squirrel from Frostbite Falls, MN. He’s got that gullible, perky thing going on, along with his awesome flying / gliding. He always cracked me up. And no, he doesn’t remind me of anyone, no, I swear he doesn’t.

  12. LaFlamme said,

    Wow. You guys are actually talking about squirrels?

  13. Bobbie said,

    That is the blog topic, right? What else did you expect us to be talking about tonight-your choice of underwear and how it “cups you all day long”?

  14. LaFlamme said,

    Yeah. That’s the second time I’ve been asked about my choice of undergarments. The first time we did Question Mark, I was asked if I’d ever owned a thong. And I’m so shy and delicate, too.

  15. Gil said,

    I don’t care who you are, that squirrel catapult is some funny shit. I actually tinkled a little.

  16. Linda said,

    I don’t remember that question — what was the answer? if you are not too shy to say

  17. Bobbie said,

    You, shy and delicate? Be careful or you may make Gil tinkle some more.

  18. Bobbie said,

    Since I have this picture in my head, I’ll share it with everyone else as well:

    Just imagine “Blossom” Mark running around in a thong acting like Pee Wee Herman after one too many Allen’s. Maybe that’s why he never answered the question!

  19. LaFlamme said,

    I think my answer was something to the effect that, yeah. I did buy a thong once. But in my defense, I thought it was a hat.

  20. jarheaddoc said,

    Rodent disposal without having to clean your pool:

    http://www.prairiedogshootout.com/huntingvideo.html

  21. Linda said,

    Sure, Mark, they’re “tenacious, high-spirited and sly”, but get them together in a pack and it’s trouble for sure.

    http://dbmt.blogspot.com/2005/12/squirrel-blog.html

  22. jarheaddoc said,

    Posted By: Nick at August 13, 2006 07:12 PM (Suggest Removal)
    Many of you bring up good points. Whining? I wouldn’t go that far, but I am definitely going for a sympathy vote. Self-absorbed? That couldn’t be any further from the truth. Take it like a man? Easy for a woman to say. Want to pay my bills? Want to pay for my wife’s doctor bills when she is in the hospital with an asthma attack? Didn’t think so, so don’t get personal. And, I don’t know where people thought I was ripping on anyone in the Mystery Photo blog, that was two of my co-workers. Anyways…

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    Posted By: jarheaddoc at August 13, 2006 08:34 PM (Suggest Removal)
    Nick, you start referring to people’s actions in terms of chicken feces and you don’t want us to get personal? Do we need to add hypocritical and two faced to the whiner tag?

    Find something unique about Maine to comment on, from the perspective of a ferrener, that’s humorous and attracted you to Maine. When in Maine, buddy….

    Maybe Dan/Jean/HWWNBN has finally gotten a job. His name is Nick!

  23. AO said,

    Eww…I personally hate thongs. The one time I did buy one…several years ago. My husband asked me how it felt. My response was: You know how it feels when you have a wedgie? You know how you can pick it out? Well, this is one wedgie I can’t pick out. Enough said.I hate thongs and, I hate the MAN who invented them. Yeah..it’s a man for sure.

    Mark…hope you’re getting a nice warm “hug” down there!

  24. AO said,

    JD, that clip was just gross. I’d never kill a squirrel. Hell, I’m the first one in my ‘hood’ to stop and let them cross. I’m the first one to go out and feed them. Kill them? NEVER!!

  25. Bobbie said,

    Then why do they always seem to die in your pool if you’re so nice to them?

  26. Bobbie said,

    An FYI for anyone who has posted in the SJ recently:

    You may want to check the name that you put your post under if you are using an alias. Either it’s a glitch or they are exposing your real name to prevent any further incidents like they’ve been having with Dan recently. The most recent case is when “Chrissy” suddenly became “Paula”. You may want to go back a few blogs just to be sure. I happened to click on one that had the alias of a blogger changed to the name that they had used to register for the site.

  27. Linda said,

    Old age?

  28. Linda said,

    the squirrels in AOs pool, that is.

  29. Bobbie said,

    I’m sure that’s the case, Linda. Or atleast that’s what AO will tell you. LOL

  30. AO said,

    I finally figured it out. My pool was so green from all the rain we had that, the squirrels thought that they were jumping from the trees onto tthe grass. Thats how green my pool was! They thought it was grass! Ha. It took me a while but, I finally figured it out! Or, they were just bent on suicide.

  31. Bobbie said,

    If that’s what you want us to believe, then that’s what we’ll do, AO. LOL

  32. Nadine said,

    AO I left you a cool site to visit under the “Shell Shocked” blog 🙂

    (And anyone else who wants to see what celebrity they look most like!)

  33. K2 said,

    Me too brain dead to comment on rodent nut. Me just get back from my grandmother’s memorial service/family reunion in the Ozarks. (And you Yankee imperialist dogs thing The County is backwards?) Long day. Me catch up tomorrow. Sorry we bomb your harbor. But you nuke our town. Me like white rice. Me digress.

  34. Nadine said,

    So….ummm…no-one has a MySpace site, eh? Too bad, it’s fun!! (Unless ya just don’t wanna admit it?? Hehehe!)

  35. Sulu said,

    Isn’t myspace for kids?

  36. K2 said,

    Mr. Sulu, set me a course for high school. Checkov — warp 7.

  37. Nadine said,

    No Sulu, that would be Trix cereal

  38. silly wabbit said,

    Kix are for trids!

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