January 21st 2012 7:57 am
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Mom has noticed a strange weather phenomenon in Cincinnati. It seems that despite the constant changes in weather, and the overwhelming rainfall; it can always be counted on that there will high winds and probably rain, on: Tuesdays. Tuesday of course being trash collection day. THIS Tuesday, like a high proportion of other Tuesdays, was a day of high wind and also rain. Fortunately, in our neighborhood, many kindly neighbors will capture garbage cans for other neighbors, especially the neighbors who are gone all day long, otherwise that would leave their garbage cans blowing about Suburbia for the whole day.
This past Tuesday, Dad brought the garbage cans from the curb to the back of the house about mid-morning. Dad pre-emptively laid the garbage cans on their sides, figuring they would get knocked over by the high wind anyway.
Dad did not bank on the LIDS coming off.
Mom was NOT happy when she let ME, Pennie, into the house that evening, after I had been out for a bit, and discovered that the garbage cans were on their sides with the lids off. I admit that I have been known to enter the garbage cans, in search of tasty bits.
Mom did NOT detect me actually inside the garbage cans. She did proceed to thoroughly wipe me down once I was inside the house.
TODAY, Mom threw a bag of trash away into the outside garbage cans. What did Mom note?
There was a distinct pattern of Pennie Paw Prints on the INSIDE of the garbage can.
Curse the Evidence! Curse this constant mud! Mom would never have truly known if I had been inside that trash can if it were not for this constant rain and constant mud forcing me to leave behind evidence of dumpster diving!
I claim that it was not ME, Pennie, but rather a very large raccoon that had left the paw prints inside the garbage can! Yes. A 50 pound Standard American Brown Raccoon is on the prowl in Suburbia. I must be vigilant.
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