Skunk.....

.... this morning's Coffee & Patio expedition was interrupted slightly by a frolicking (and blissfully ignorant of my presence nearby dutifully holding down a patio chair, reading Smithsonian, and sipping coffee) striped skunk.....

.... first time that I've seen a skunk in the back yard before, actually.... and boy, was he happy with himself..... sniffing here, there, hither and yon.... running a few paces and repeating the process..... he was the most self-involved that I have ever seen a woodland creature be..... sniff, run, sniff, nibble, etc..... little guy passed within twenty feet of me and never even raised his beady little eyes from the grass and dust......

.... he eventually disappeared into the jungle on the right-hand side of the back yard and I returned to my reading without serious incident.....

... by the way, did y'all know that John Paul Jones (the Father of Our Navy) died in Paris at the age of 45?...... no?..... well, he did, trust me....... his grave in Paris was forgotten over the years, and in 1905 a group of Americans dug up his moldering bones and brought them back to the USA after proper identification..... he now lies, resting peacefully in a beautiful sarcophagus, in the Chapel of the Naval Academy in Annapolis.....

.... some stuff you just can't make up......

..... anyway, I'm off on a field trip to my Sainted Mother's house for some chicken casserole....... y'all be careful out there...... you never know when a skunk - whether real or proverbial - will take a notion to wander past......

by Eric on June 29, 2008 | Bullshit (11) | TrackBack (0) | Ummm, Ok....
Bullshit So Far

If it become road kill we get the announcement from a mile away.

Bullshitted by Cappy on June 29, 2008 05:10 PM

I stopped in the middle of the lane the other evening just to watch a Momma skunk and three babies shimmy across the road. They were fabulous! How can something so cute stink so bad? Of course, I asked the same thing about my babies.

Bullshitted by Sugar Britches on June 29, 2008 06:01 PM

I hear you - I will keep watching for skunks. :)

Bullshitted by Richmond on June 29, 2008 10:14 PM

.. indeed, Cappy.... normally when we see skunks around here they're pretty flat.....

... you know, Sugar Britches, I'd never though of it that way!... ha!....

... keep a sharp lookout, Richmond... you can never be too vigilant these days....

Bullshitted by Eric on June 30, 2008 07:05 AM

I have recently heard of skunks coming into someone's yard and actually chasing people. In both cases, the skunk was lured away by the chasee and shot.

Bullshitted by Lou on June 30, 2008 08:28 AM

I think we have one of those bastids living in our bushes. Bad idea to piss him off, innit?

Bullshitted by Elisson on June 30, 2008 09:38 AM

So... From this month's Smithsonian... Which article was the best? The viking ship, Muir's Yosemite, or the painted greek statuary/acropolis.

It was the viking ship for my money...

Bullshitted by The Maximum Leader on June 30, 2008 10:55 AM

Yep, you did the best thing..just play possum and let that two toned kitty with a fluid drive just amble on through..

but the redneck instinct..which although smells ain't near as bad as that skunk..in me always say go get the gun..and I have taken enough of them vinegar baths to know better but I have no doubt that the next one I see will arouse the same survival defense mechanism...

"Sweetthing bring me the gun!"

Bullshitted by GUYK on June 30, 2008 11:45 AM

JPJ's body lies a moulderin in the grave..

No skunk so far at our morning coffee on the patio ,just those feisty little hummingbirds

Bullshitted by DanToom on June 30, 2008 02:57 PM

Did it have a French accent?

Bullshitted by Cappy on June 30, 2008 08:23 PM

Skunks get a bad rap 'cause of their stinky aroma. They're actually a lot of fun if they've been de-scented, and the little ones don't start producing stink-juice for a few months.

We had a litter of baby skunks one year at Scout camp, and they were playful & inquisitive critters. Not quite as fun as baby raccoons or kittens, but infinitely preferable to a litter of slugs or salamanders...

The major downside to skunks is that they seem to contract rabies like a Tri-Delt catches herpes. Otherwise, de-scented skunks would be a great pet.

Bullshitted by El Capitan on July 1, 2008 11:58 AM