Yes I know it's opossum, but who says that? I came home from work as usual tonight, after dark, also as usual. I'm tired but it's Friday so I am happy. I gather my purse and my bag of fast food and get out of the car, moving around to the back to open the door and take my computer bag out. I set it on the driveway and pulled the handle out, wheeling it around behind me as I stepped toward the porch and the dead animal. WHAT?
After I stood frozen to the spot for a full minute or 2 it occurred to me that I couldn't do anything right that second and OH! It's a possum! Probably scared him when I drove up the driveway! I stepped over him making sure I didn't hit him with my computer bag as I stepped up on the porch, unlocked the door and went inside.
Um .. does anyone know how long a possum traditionally plays possum once the cats aren't watching from the window anymore? Cause - it's awful cold out there and he's really going to be dead if he doesn't get up and run away soon.
GO Mr. Possum, go! Mr. Possum? Ew.
**Apparently people pay $55.00 for a man to come and take away animals that have crawled up your driveway to die. I guess the city only takes them for free if it is on the street or the parkway. NO, I'm not dragging it down to the street. Ew. He's kind of a cute big headed little animal (his name is Larry) but possums are nasty, germy animals. I'll let a professional handle it.
***And then the man who was coming out this morning calls and says he can't find my address. Turns out he thought I was in another town. If it's my town - the price is $125.00. So lets be clear. There is an empty lot across the street, kitty corner to me. If I were a bad citizen I could pick up Larry with a shovel, carry him across the street and unceremoniously dump him. Ahem. Instead I say no thank you to the $125.00 offer and move on. He calls back - how about $85.00? Um, no thank you. I called somewhere else - IN the town I live in - $150.00! For a possum that is not under a porch or in an attic or inside my garage. Larry is laying peacefully on my driveway, next to the porch. Next phone call - found a guy who can be here in a half hour for $65.00. Sold. Somehow this is not a contingency I have ever planned for. I must remember to plan better.