Tomorrow is trash day, and this ugly mug will be going away. But I just wanted to show you the difference between tough, east-side Detroit squirrels and wussy Indiana squirrels.
On Halloween, many of our neighbors mentioned how surprised they were that we put our uncarved pumpkins out on the porch so early. Everybody said, “Newbies — they’ll learn.” As it turned out we didn’t, probably because this was a bumper year for acorns and the squirrels were otherwise occupied. Still, when we carved them on the 30th we could see evidence that ours had been nibbled on. Not badly enough to wreck them, but enough. The neighbors said we were lucky; everyone on the block has a story about setting a pumpkin out in mid-October and finding it, a week later, entirely penetrated and hollowed-out by marauding rodents. “I knocked on my window at one of them, trying to scare him away, and he just gave me the paw,” one said.
I left this one out to show what damage those mofos can do in just a few days. Actually, I have to admit I rather like the results; the faces the squirrels make are far scarier than anything we could carve.