No, this is not going to be a post about how I want to live in their houses (half of them live in the exact same house I do, except with better furniture), or how I am in love with their husbands (we are a quirky neighborhood, not Desperate Housewives), or how I wish I had their well-behaved children. (Ha! They don't have well behaved children either!) No, I just wish the ridiculously funny $hit that happened to them happened to me every once in a while so that I would have some good blog fodder.
What I am about to tell you is a true story, but if you are like me there is no way you are going to believe it. And, if I didn't have Boy Child and a smart phone - I might also have more than a shadow of a doubt.
Card carrying PETA members this is not the post for you. Do not say you were not warned.
True Story That I Wish Had Happened to Me (but just *kinda* because it freaks me out a whole lot, so if it had happened to me I am not sure I would have even lived to tell about it).
Now, if you were here when I wrote about carrying a machete to the crapper because of irrational fears, you know that some National Enquirer stuff has happened right here in my neighborhood to people I know. You also know that I am not a fan of and possibly deathly afraid of small, furry rodent type and actual rodent animals. This includes all kinds of squirrels, rats, mice, opossums, raccoons and basically any small animal that moves on the ground and is not like a cat - and some cats I am deathly afraid of.
Many of my friends live in the same neighborhood I do and frequently we pass each other driving - either in and out of our neighborhood - or on the main street out of our neighborhood that leads to the main street that leads to the highway that gets us the hell out of dodge. You get the picture.
So, when we pass each other it's common for us to wave, honk, or text (from the safety of our final destination - and I don't mean hell - because texting and driving is illegal...and dangerous).
I wasn't at all surprised last Friday when I passed my good friend, Sin (not her real name, just what we call her...and I'm pretty sure it's not spelled like that), on the road. I wasn't even surprised when I saw that she had texted me shortly after. What did surprise and disturb the hell out of me when I bothered to read her text and view the accompanying photo a few hours later, is what the text said:
TEXT (Sorry, I wish I had screenshot so that you could experience this fully, but I'm too lazy to download it.):
Are you on Butch Cassidy Road behind a family with a dead rat on their window?
ACCOMPANYING PHOTO (which almost made me vomit).
|See the dead rat right at the lower part of the back window??? WTF? Right?|
And, because I was in a state of shock after seeing some random rat on some freak's window I said, "This is some freaky stuff right here on my phone, son. Ms. Sin just sent me a text and it said, (and then I read it to him) and here is a photo of a DEAD RAT on someone's window??? WHAT DO YOU SUPPOSE THIS MEANS???"
Right away Boy Child (who is like a police officer/detective) said, "That's really weird mom because when we passed them on Butch Cassidy Road I saw something weird and long on the back window of their car and I thought it kinda looked like a rat, but then I thought why would someone have a dead rat on their window, so I thought it must have been something else."
And literally (as crazy as this sounds) with that ridiculous run-on sentence/explanation I calmly put down my cell phone, went about my business of putting the kids to bed or whatever it was I was doing, and didn't give the Dead Rat On A Car Window another thought until yesterday morning. (I guess you could say I didn't give another rat's a$$. See what I did there?)
That's when Sin called me.
We had a great ten minute conversation on the phone and suddenly she said, "Oh, hey did you ever get my text with the dead rat photo?"
I immediately traveled back in time (not literally, just in my head) to the text and said, "Uh, yeah. That was super disgusting. What the hell was it?"
She said, "Did you not see it in real life when you passed us on the road??? On our car???"
Me: Uh, NO.
Sin (cackling): Well, it was on our car.
She proceeded to tell me the story of how her beloved cat (not beloved by me because if I want a dead rat, I will kill my own) brought her yet another bird and when she wasn't that amused killed her a king size rat and decided to put it on her car (because that's where we put things when we want to show our love).
After her whole family examined (not too closely) the dead rat on their car, my friend, Sin, got a stick with which to push it off the car and dispose of it.
Now, mind you, it's hot down here in Texas. Last Friday I think it was somewhere around 120 degrees in the shade. And she was damned when she found that the dead rat was stuck to the window. Literally stuck.
"Like chewing gum. There was no easy way to get that sucker off without touching it with my bare hands and I'll be damned it I was gonna do that."
So, the family called a quick family meeting and made a *reasonable* decision to drive that thing off.
Now, this is not a trend that I am aware of, but due to the prevalence of cats down here in South Texas and the heat, which does not seem to be letting up one bit, it might just turn into a trend for people who find prizes from their cats in the form of dead rats stuck to their cars like bubble gum.
It took quite a lot of driving because apparently he was a stubborn dead thing.
And eventually it took a little more than driving (I will spare you the details on that one).
When Sin finished telling me this story, I was torn between laughing hysterically and being deeply disturbed. All I could muster was, "Cheesus. That is one hell of a story."
I. cannot. even. imagine. Nor do I want to. If any cat of mine put a dead rat on my car, he'd need those nine lives of his. And, seriously, do I need TLC with this kind of entertainment right at my fingertips?
So, I guess what I am saying is that #2 on the list (right below "Carry a machete to the crapper.") is: Do not allow defenses to go down and children to con me into getting another cat no matter how much I might want the story.