Readers respond: Squirrel tales (from the Star Tribune)
Reverend Mother told me that the Strib was soliciting squirrel stories when I saw her at the MOB event; but, it was already over when I went to check it out. I read some of these. If I had sent in a story, it would have been this:
When I was at Gustavus, a few of us were renting out the basement apartment of a local residence, and it had a fireplace. There were about 5 of us, all rugby players, sitting around after a game and imbibing heavily (in celebration of a victory I'm sure, but it would have been the same situation had we lost) when a squirrel came popping out of the fireplace and landed on the floor right in the middle of us.
There was just a brief moment of eye contact with all of us, and then---envision a scene and the music from the Benny Hill Show---all heck broke loose.
The little rodent had us going for about 15 minutes chasing him over every square inch of the place. At one point he was in the bathroom on the shower rod, he took a leap, landed on top of my head, and then continued on his merry way. We eventually did corner him and got him in a towel. We just took him outside and let him go.