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That raccoon...

...really wants in. Instead of scratching again at the patio door screen, tonight it climbed up the door off the mudroom. When I flipped on the light in response to the animal sounds, the raccoon was staring at me face-to-face through the 9-pane window in the door.

It wasn't startled and didn't jump down in response to my voice and whack on the glass, either. Instead, in climbed back down and ambled its way along the deck and into the dark.

In other, less entertaining news, I inadvertently drove the right front wheel of my car off the road near Fanhihall down in Yorktown Heights, NY last Thursday night. There's no shoulder and the tiny, muddy ditch is filled with rocks. Between the sharp edge of the pavement and the rocks, my car suffered a fair bit of damage. I'll find out how much on Tuesday afternoon when the insurance estimator comes out. I tried having just the broken windshield washer fluid tank replaced in New York on Saturday, but it seems that there are also pumps and a wiring harness involved.

There's also cosmetic damage to the low-slung bumper cover. I don't care so much about that -- the other side of the bumper cover and the bottom left corner trim were already a mess from previous encounters with Chicago ice and a concrete wall in a parking lot. But I'll see what the estimator says and figure out what to do from there. In my opinion, the windshield washer tank is a safety item and has to be replaced.

So life goes. Rocky at times, but no physical injuries were involved, and even the damage to the car is on the minor end of the scale.


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Mar. 30th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Glad you're safe but that is rough.

Best wishes for the best outcome not to be too dear.

Hugs across the e-ways.
Mar. 30th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
That raccoon must be used to mooching at another house. Is it a critter that your neighbors know?
Mar. 30th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
I am glad you are unscathed but I wish the lords of unfortunate events would quit visiting you.

Unless that raccoon has been tamed by someone, I think its behavior is a bit too nonchalant. Maybe it is because I am such a city person but I would worry about rabies or something along those lines. Maybe check with the neighbors to see what they have to say on the topic.
Mar. 30th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
Some of my friends had a mother raccoon and babies move into the attic. The pest control officer told them to put bright lights and rock music up there and she would leave. She did. They didn't have to do it for long.
Sorry about your car.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
I might worry a bit about rabies with that raccoon. Doesn't rabies make animals unusually aggressive?
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