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|July 2006 - Digby McFibben|
|Written by Digby McFibben|
Back in my day when you trapped a squirrel it meant we’d be having meatballs for dinner. Nowadays people use these new fangled “mobile rodent transportation pods” that have just about every amenity you could find at the Four Seasons Hotel down in Boston. So, I’m thinking to myself, you don’t treat a steak that kindly, what the heck are people doing with these squirrels?
Well, I know a few folks and we get to drinking sometimes. And, people share a little when they're happy. From what they tell me, people just don’t like squirrels. I usually suggest they marinade them in red wine and garlic but they insist it isn’t that they don’t like the taste they just plain don’t like squirrels.
So it turns out, after they trap these pesky little rodents they put them in their cars and drive them across town. There’s a nice forested bit of rural heaven just a stone’s throw from the dump that appears to be the favorite transfer station. Folks are trapping squirrels just about every week and driving them out to the other side of town and letting them loose. They figure the squirrels will be happy there and eventually their backyards will be rodent-free.
Like I said, I know a few folks in town. I even know a few folks on the other side of town. And, guess what? Turns out that folks on the other side of town were being overrun with squirrels. It also turns out that they don’t seem to like squirrels any more than folks on this side of town do. Yeah, I can see you’re starting to get the picture.
It’s true; the folks on the other side of town are trapping squirrels and driving them over to the lake, “where they’ll be happy”. So, what we’ve got here is a kind of Squirrel Taxi Service. These little rodents have figured out that if you want to get across town, just climb into one of these pods and in a day or so you’ll get a free lift across town. They even provide a meal and drinks for the trip. And, now that they’ve been going back and forth a few times they’ve got plenty of relatives to visit on the other side.
I’ve got a headache. I’m taking a nap
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