An Unpleasant Surprise

14 May 2007 · 7 comments

How lovely. I just got to work. Imagine my delight to discover that unwelcome visitors have once again set up housekeeping beneath my office. Yes, it’s true — the skunks are back.

Jeff just walked into my office to discover the smell. “Oh — that’s nice,” he said.

If I were blogging full-time from home, I wouldn’t have to sit in a skunky office!

I just hope this is temporary. I don’t want to have crawl under the trailer again to retrieve a skunk corpse…

1 Joel May 14, 2007 at 12:46

Do it! Go ‘neath the trailer! Bring your camera! I loved that entry.

2 B May 15, 2007 at 05:44

Not having much experience with such visitors I’m curious whether they develop slow leaks, or perhaps fire off in response to stimuli (phone ring, door slam, belly laugh, dropped stapler, etc.).

I’ve seen plenty of non-stinky skunks that seem to have self control — so perhaps they purposely mark dens that they don’t want to share with other animals (and people).

3 Lynn May 15, 2007 at 08:43

Is it mating season? The stink when they mate. Yuk.

4 John May 16, 2007 at 12:08

According to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, it’s open season on polecatus lonesomeus all year long.

Know anybody that’s into that sort of thing?

5 Pam May 17, 2007 at 15:54

Actually, skunk is Mephitis mephitis!

6 Mom May 17, 2007 at 18:22

Hmmm, I didn’t notice any smell when I worked at the shop last night. Maybe they are spraying in the morning out of protest at having their nocturnal habits interfered with?

I can just see this, too, when we try to replace you: One of the job requirements might have to read, “Ability to tolerate skunk odor in office.” Or perhaps that will be one of those little employment facts that will be better off kept to ourselves. (Surely, we have enough positives and perks to offer to offset that small matter.) ;-)

7 Mom May 18, 2007 at 11:47

I want to add that every time you talk about leaving, I get cold chills, because I know how hard it will be to fill your shoes — and it’s not just because of your skunk-removing abilities that I say that. :-)

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