Sunday, April 9

This is a bit gross, so if you’re squeamish, you might want to stop reading…

Joe and I are having our front porch stabilized, and in the process of removing the stairs, the carpenters revealed the final resting place of what appears to have once been a possum. Why it chose to die under the bottom step, I don’t know. Did it freeze to death this past winter? Was it sick? Did it die of a broken heart? I guess we’ll never know.

What I do know is that I can say unabashedly that I’m glad it died before it found its way into our basement. I know that sounds cruel, but I say that only because we had about three of the neighborhood cats who took up residence on and off in our basement this past winter. We concluded that there was a hole somewhere in the foundation (presumably under the front porch) because that’s the only way that they could have found their way in.

We weren’t really all that upset that there were cats living in the basement. They were just trying to keep warm. Still, they did set off the alarm a couple of times and pissed all over the place on more than one occasion. One night the upstairs smelled so bad as a result of the cat piss that I used like half a bottle of Febreze in the basement and burned a bunch of candles upstairs, since it was one of the nights we were rehearsing with our band.

The point here is that had it been a possum living in the basement, that would have been a much bigger problem. They are considerably more wild than a neighborhood cat, and I’ve heard that they can be mean mother fuckers when cornered. I’m glad that the poor bastard who died under our stairs never found his (or her) way into the basement.

R.I.P.

10 Comments:

Blogger Brad said...

You Yankees amaze me LOL. No offense bud, but you guys obviously are woefully lacking on wildlife when a POSSUM thats been dead for God knows how long creates such excitement LOL! I have racoons looking for dog food on my back porch every night even here in the middle of San Diego hahaha!

4:38 AM  
Blogger The Persian said...

yikes that is gross!! Stray cats making their way into your house and peeing on things? wow..that is even more horrible!!

7:34 AM  
Blogger tornwordo said...

Pretty, what's for breakfast, lol. We found a petrified rat inside the walls when we renovated the bathroom last year. I think it had been there for decades.

So who got the honor of picking it up and putting it in the garbage?

7:56 AM  
Blogger Sandouri Dean Bey said...

brad-
hey we have racoons and skunks and coyotes here too!! :)

jim-
yes, it was gross. but they just peed in the basement. fortunately, there was no way for them to get upstairs. just the stink made its way up.

tornwordo-
wow, a petrified rat! that's cool!
the carpenters took care of it. i'm sure it's not the first time they've come across the remains of a critter when doing a renovation.

11:35 AM  
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8:06 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Wow. Couldn't even really identify that thing! I agree- far better off under the steps. Cats in the house: disruptive, but not abnormal. Possum: Big Trouble!

10:04 PM  
Blogger Sandouri Dean Bey said...

M.-
Χάρηκα! Θα ρίξω μιά ματιά στο blog σου :)

10:26 PM  
Blogger castor said...

Life really can be cruel ... !

10:05 AM  
Blogger kate m said...

A haiku dedicated to the the possum:

fur and tail on rocks
decomposing under porch
spring cleaning began

9:05 AM  
Blogger Sandouri Dean Bey said...

kate, you're absolutely brilliant. i think we should have that engraved on a plaque and put on our front porch steps!!

10:38 AM  

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