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A creature appears in the yard. I attempt to communicate with it:


stand-off develops.

The beast LUNGES!

Finally, retreat.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/06/2007 at 11:51 AM
    1. What the heck is that thing?

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 06 at 11:56 AM • permalink


    1. Dammit Tim! I thought you’re an Austrayan!

      If a possum appears in your yard, chuck half of an orange into your neighbours yard! Not only will the little guy disappear into your neighbour’s yard, he’ll never return to your own, because “the neighbour” fed him.*

      *Can also be used to bribe possums to inhabit the yards of people you don’t like.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 05 06 at 12:05 PM • permalink


    1. Careful there!

      The glowy red eyes are a dead giveaway. That critter is demon possessed!

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 05 06 at 12:07 PM • permalink


    1. I’m jealous. Your possums are cuter than our possums.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 05 06 at 12:11 PM • permalink


    1. Is it a brushtail possum?

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 05 06 at 12:11 PM • permalink


    1. Ernie G, I would bet my house on it being a brushtail. We get brushtails and ringtails here, and the brushtails are the greediest, nastiest, smelliest, hugriest little possums I’ve ever met.

      Andrea, what type of possums do you get, if these irritating little brushtails are cute?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 05 06 at 12:15 PM • permalink


    1. Ash_:  See here. Looks more like a rat.

      Posted by Not My Problem on 2007 05 06 at 12:19 PM • permalink


    1. Well, I blame Goreble worming.

      Tim, I take it back.  You don’t resemble Charles Laughton.

      More like W.C. Fields: “Godfrey Daniel, I’ve been savaged by a kinkajou!”

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 05 06 at 12:21 PM • permalink


    1. #4: I’ll say!

      We’ve only got one marsupial over here, and it has to be this thing.

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 06 at 12:21 PM • permalink


    1. It’s a cat.  Note the rodent-like teeth.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2007 05 06 at 12:21 PM • permalink


    1. ”…and he was brandishing an assegai!”

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 05 06 at 12:23 PM • permalink


    1. “T’aint a fit night out for man nor rightwing deathbeast…!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 05 06 at 12:25 PM • permalink


    1. “Must have been a Newfoundland possum…!”

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 05 06 at 12:26 PM • permalink


    1. #7 Not My Problem, they’re selling overfurred rats as O’Possums these days?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 05 06 at 12:26 PM • permalink


    1. Ash_, that’s a Virginia opossum, not to be confused with the Irish marsupial, the O’Possum.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 05 06 at 12:37 PM • permalink


    1. Tim Blair, starring in…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 05 06 at 12:38 PM • permalink


    1. Oh my!
      That’s no possum, that’s a Chupacabra!

      Chupacabras are widely described as otherworldly, and, according to one witness report, NASA may be involved with this particular alien’s residency on earth.

      Posted by Mike_W on 2007 05 06 at 12:39 PM • permalink


    1. Ernie G, I apologise. The [I]Virginia O’Possum is still no real possum. You haven’t had a possum around your house until you’re laying in bed at 3 am, with possums mating in the roof above you, while you silently wait for the better half to wake up and ask you to help them make noise to rival the possums.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 05 06 at 12:42 PM • permalink


    1. #9;

      We’ve only got one marsupial over here, and it has to be this thing.

      We used to have more, but it’s the only one left. Well, in North America, anyway. There are about 75 species in South America.

      None of them mental giants, mind.

      Posted by steveH on 2007 05 06 at 12:49 PM • permalink


    1. It has opposable thumbs.  I see it taking over the world.

      Posted by Hucbald on 2007 05 06 at 02:14 PM • permalink


    1. Big ears for a possum. Here’s what we call possums, ugly things:

      Though Tim’s mistake was he didn’t let the creature share his/her concerns. He didn’t try to understand the root causes of the critter’s unease. He didn’t call a critter therapist.

      Bad Tim. Insensitive Tim.

      Posted by rightwingprof on 2007 05 06 at 02:20 PM • permalink


    1. Fearless bugger gets around. Paid a surprise visit to us last summer. EatsRoots and Leaves.

      Posted by Srekwah on 2007 05 06 at 02:50 PM • permalink


    1. That’s not a possum.  A real possum’s got a mouth on him like an alligator gar.

      Posted by BruceW on 2007 05 06 at 03:19 PM • permalink


    1. #14 Only in Japan.

      Posted by Not My Problem on 2007 05 06 at 03:20 PM • permalink


    1. What, no electrodes, Tim?

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 05 06 at 03:26 PM • permalink


    1. When I first came over to New Zealand to work on my Masters, there was a lot of discussion by DoC about possums.  Nobody stopped to specify they were brushtail possums from Aus.  So I walked around for weeks trying to figure out how the hell they got opossums over here from America, and why the hell someone would do that.

      Posted by TattooedIntellectual on 2007 05 06 at 03:29 PM • permalink


    1. I wonder if that is some witch’s familiar? Don’t witches’ familiars have demony glowy eyes like that?

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 05 06 at 03:41 PM • permalink


    1. I bet it voted Labor in the last election. You can tell by the eyes.

      Posted by Spectre765 on 2007 05 06 at 04:04 PM • permalink


    1. Unlike the kookaburra, it has no mode 5.

      Posted by 2dogs on 2007 05 06 at 04:13 PM • permalink


    1. Ash, a real Aussie would blast away at the thing until it was well and truly dead. There’s nothing cute about possums – dirty, stinky creatures that get into your roof and foul up the ceiling, make lots of noise, strip all the fruit off your trees and fight with each other throughout the night. It’s our duty to kill as many as possible, like they do in New Zealnd. None of this namby-pamby building possum boxes for them ,inner city luvvie sentimental nonsense, please!

      Posted by Big Arnie on 2007 05 06 at 04:28 PM • permalink


    1. It looks like a marsupial rat.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 05 06 at 04:31 PM • permalink


    1. Are your possums as stupid as ours? You can set a North American possum on fire and it will sit there convinced that stillness = invisibility.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 05 06 at 04:37 PM • permalink


    1. Since this is Australia, it has to be either a kangaroo, a kuola, or a Tasmanian devil.  There are no other animals in Australia.

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 05 06 at 05:09 PM • permalink


    1. Picture of a kuola please wronwright. It sounds cute and I’ve never seen one.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 05 06 at 05:25 PM • permalink


    1. Maybe that critter is a spy? Drop bears might have developed an ability to brain wipe lesser critters and take over their bodies for purposes of reconnoitering new hunting grounds?

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 05 06 at 05:41 PM • permalink


    1. Skeeter:

      Just for you, a Kuola Bear

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 05 06 at 05:46 PM • permalink


    1. I assure you people it’s a brushtail possum.
      How do I know this?
      It used to be mine.
      Until I dropped a fruit basket on Tim’s garage roof.
      I haven’t seen it since.
      Don’t thank me Tim, it’s OK.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 05 06 at 05:48 PM • permalink


    1. At least this critter has a place of refuge, unlike so many refugees either turned away or used in medical experiments by little Johnny Howard and his close friend Dubya McBushHitler.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 05 06 at 05:50 PM • permalink


    1. Dons tweed jacket with the intellectual-looking elbow patches, and puts on professorial coke-bottle eyeglasses . Stuffs tobacco into pipe and lights up

      I’m afraid you all are quite wide of the mark (puff, puff). That is not something as common as a mere possum. That is a young specimen of the heretofore-considered extinct marsupial lion, or Thylacoleo carnifex (puff, puff). Mr. Blair demonstrated considerable intrepidity in getting so close to the beast, and is lucky that his wreckless disregard for safety did not lead to his untimely demise ( bumps into test-tube rack, covering floor with shards of glass). I would suggest getting up an expedition to follow the lion’s spoor (puff, puff, crunch, crunch, crunch)and track him down to his lair, where, no doubt, his parental units will be found (knocks contents of pipe into bowl of isopropyl alcohol, mistakenly taking same for ashtray). I’m sure that the Prehistoric Animal Conservation Organization could be induced to take charge of the expedition, in return for funding from the Australian government (suddenly, the sprinkler system is activated). However, we’d best get started before we get too far into this blasted rainy season.

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 06 at 06:10 PM • permalink


    1. #22: why TF did you let it on your keyboard?? (I mean besides the fact that it’s a cute little bugger.)

      #39: ROTFL, I think I must have seen your previous turn on Saturday Night Live.

      Tim, thank God you weren’t bitten by the rabid little thing… or were you? AIEEE!! Cue ‘28 Days Later’…

      Posted by Dr Alice on 2007 05 06 at 06:23 PM • permalink


    1. Eastern Suburb Possum’s can be bitchy when it comes to realestate!

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 05 06 at 06:32 PM • permalink


    1. Margo, possums (I don’t like animal killings etc, are used by New Zealanders for fur hats and coats, and they regard them as rats over there.) Animal experiments are everywhere, North Shore Hospital experiments on little animals everyday! sighs…..

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 05 06 at 06:34 PM • permalink


    1. Which joker switched the Ratsak for steroids?

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 05 06 at 06:58 PM • permalink


    1. #2 Ash, funnily enough I have noticed the remnants of citrus fruit in my backyard, where I don’t have any citrus trees.

      The neighbors have done a good job on me because the cute lil’ bugger is eating the new leaves of my mango tree, destroying the nowhere-near ripe fruit on my pommegranate tree, and mutilating the budding fruit on my paw-paw tree.  What can you use to poison the bastard?  (PS – not my neighbor – murder and all that)

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 05 06 at 07:00 PM • permalink


    1. You call that a yard beast do you blair? this is a Yard Beast tensed like a steel spring and ready to kill.

      Posted by Harry Buttle on 2007 05 06 at 07:19 PM • permalink


    1. I for one welcome our new Marsupial Overlords!

      Posted by Skip on 2007 05 06 at 07:26 PM • permalink


    1. #18, Ash, you haven’t met a real possum until you’ve wandered into your kitchen at 2 a.m., turned on the lights, and found one sitting on your kitchen counter, eating dog biscuits and hissing at you.  (Got in through the dog door)

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 05 06 at 07:44 PM • permalink


    1. The Australian possums were so named because of their resemblance to the New World opossum, the English word being derived from the Algonquin wapathemwa.  Thus we see an animal name sourced from the language of an aboriginal people used for a natively Australian animal, which at the same time is not a name that originates with the Aborigines of Australia.

      All hail English, Devourer of Words, Ravager of Vocabulary!

      Posted by Warmongering Lunatic on 2007 05 06 at 07:45 PM • permalink


    1. Harry Buttle—Just send him along to Dinsdale’s…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 05 06 at 07:49 PM • permalink


    1. #45
      “Never get into an arse kicking contest with a porcupine.” Cohen the Barbarian

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2007 05 06 at 07:57 PM • permalink


    1. At least this particular battle did not end in a quagmire where little Johnny Howard and Dubya ordered Iraqi children to be thrown into the ocean.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 05 06 at 07:59 PM • permalink


    1. You want Possums? Be careful what you wish for. Running on your roof all night with the more inventive devils living inside your ceiling cavity then deciding to gnaw a hole in your ceiling to use as a toilet! Try getting them out, then the real fun begins.

      Throw the fruit next door Tim, throw the fruit…..

      Posted by Nic on 2007 05 06 at 08:00 PM • permalink


    1. Remind me to tell y’all someday about the time my brother traded a possum (American) for a six pack of beer at three in the morning to the sales clerk of the 7-11 in Okeechobee,Fla.

      Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2007 05 06 at 08:03 PM • permalink


    1. #40: Laugh if you will, Dr. Alice. All the great visionaries have been ridiculed at first: Paul Ehrlich, Al Gore, my cousin, Bobo Vanhoy (he invented a pork-filled cookie, but the concept was stolen and modified by an evil corporation. His product? Pig-Newtons). I shall capture the marsupial lion, and he will drink from a dish of milk in my kitchen.

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 06 at 08:17 PM • permalink


    1. #51, MM:

      …ordered Iraqi children to be thrown into the ocean.

      That a paying gig? Does it matter which ocean? The pay, is it hourly, salary or piece work? Is there a benifits package, health, dental, etc? Any certifications required?

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 05 06 at 08:33 PM • permalink


    1. I tried the very same thing with a possum one night. I’d never encountered one before. I called it like I was calling a cat, clicking my fingers to attract its attention. To my surprise the creature stopped, turned around and charged straight for me!

      ps… Shocked and horrified I screamed and ran like hell!

      Bloody thing.

      Posted by Brian on 2007 05 06 at 08:48 PM • permalink


    1. Oh, dear heaven, Paco, I’m laughing so hard I nearly had an accident! I feel better than I have in DAYS! Thank you!

      Think I’ll go to bed now.

      Posted by KC on 2007 05 06 at 08:59 PM • permalink


    1. If you’d like a ceiling inhabitant which spends its days scratching and most evenings in breeding season using the roof to re-enact the worst excesses of Caligula, I have a possum available for immediate collection.

      Posted by lotocoti on 2007 05 06 at 09:02 PM • permalink


    1. #30, a real Aussie doesn’t really blast away until its dead, because s/he is a better shot than that.  A real Aussie calls the kids, shows them how SWEEEET it is with its little baby clinging to its back, then gets out his AK, then realises he can’t shoot because the wee kids will think him a heartless monster and the neighbours will dob on him for the AK.

      Instead he borrows a humane trap (PIMF, almost said HUMAN trap!). Catches the little sucker, drives 20 minutes to his neighbour’s place (so he can throw the half orange), and releases the little sod unharmed.

      Then goes home to find another one has chewed a nest in the plasterboard, and there is four square inches of possum fur pretending to be wallpaper in a nice warm spot beside the fireplace.

      Posted by ChrisPer on 2007 05 06 at 09:16 PM • permalink


    1. Finally, retreat.

      I have to say, Tim, I’m impressed with the clarity of the picture you took while running away from that ferocious … possum…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 05 06 at 09:16 PM • permalink


    1. If the possum wants to rid himself of the Creature, I would advise him to throw a bottle of chardonnay into the neighbouring yard.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 05 06 at 09:19 PM • permalink


    1. CAUTION:  Remember Steve Irwin…
      he knew what he was doing.

      I hope your extended hand held some fruit less as a peace offering, but more to save your arm from being shredded should the possum decide it didn’t like you.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 06 at 09:35 PM • permalink


    1. I have the solution.

      This letter appears in today’s Herald:

      Cars worse than cats

      Oh for goodness sake, talk about tunnel vision (“Killers in your backyard”, May 1). Hasn’t anyone noticed the number of birds, possums, wallabies and lizards that are flattened on our roads each day? Perhaps someone should write an article headlined “Killers in your garage”, an exposé on the family car which is not only obliterating our fauna but is playing a pretty damning role in killing off the whole bloody planet.

      Colleen Starkey Mount Colah

      The answer, Tim, is to drive around your backyard at ludicrous speeds.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 05 06 at 09:39 PM • permalink


    1. Doc Alice

      No rabies in Australia.

      Well, it hasn’t been transferred from the left to the animals, yet. Thank God for small mercies…

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 06 at 09:39 PM • permalink


    1. #45 Harry

      Yes, I am always tensed like a steel spring.
      Grrr, damn paparazzi…

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 05 06 at 09:52 PM • permalink


    1. It tastes like duck. Perfect with a red wine reduction.

      Posted by noir on 2007 05 06 at 09:57 PM • permalink


    1. Paco the Scientist.

      Paco the Kid.

      Detective Paco.

      Paco the Multiglobalist.

      This blog wouldn’t be the same without Paco.

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 05 06 at 10:07 PM • permalink


    1. #38 margos
      At least this critter has a place of refuge, unlike so many refugees either turned away or used in medical experiments by little Johnny Howard and his close friend Dubya McBushHitler.

      Wow! Medical experiments even!
      “Pass the scalpel Igor, let’s see what the brain of a Gitmo resident looks like….”

      Ah ha! Just as I thought! The cranial gord is empty!”

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 05 06 at 10:10 PM • permalink


    1. Or wronwright and his Tardis.  Um, by the way, can I borrow the keys?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 05 06 at 10:12 PM • permalink


    1. Heck. I think it’s cute.

      Posted by Lydia on 2007 05 06 at 10:18 PM • permalink


    1. p.s. The Logies were boring! Sponsor this sponsor that!

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 05 06 at 10:23 PM • permalink


    1. #44 Rebase… uh, wasn’t me! Apple with peanut butter can be used to lure them into the trap that #59 was talking about.

      #47 RebeccaH, I’ve done that one. He was rather preoccupied with eating the steak I’d left out to defrost overnight so I just pushed him out the open window.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 05 06 at 10:28 PM • permalink


    1. #58 I’m positive I live nowhere near you. Don’t try giving away what you don’t own…

      Posted by CB on 2007 05 06 at 10:41 PM • permalink


    1. Ooh, yarn on the paw!

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 05 06 at 10:42 PM • permalink


    1. Possum or Bandicoot Soup


      Oh, the thought of it!

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 05 06 at 10:48 PM • permalink


    1. #71

      The Logies were boring!

      And Ray Martin was a complete wanker, when he accepted the prize for best interview, for the Bindi Irwin piece.

      He carried on about how it’s “moments like these” and how wonderful it is to be a journalist, before giving a nod to Terri Irwin – the subject of the interview. Her face was absolutely ashen. He didn’t bother to note that the interview was unfortunate or that Steve Irwin would be missed. It was all about moi.

      What an ass.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 05 06 at 11:18 PM • permalink


    1. #67 Wronwright: the madeira is by you, sir. Kindly pass the bottle so that I might fill a glass and toast my Master.

      1.618: I want you to send Wronwright a “Paco is Back” t-shirt and . . .and . . .and I want you to take 10% off the retail price.

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 06 at 11:32 PM • permalink


    1. No rabies in Australia.

      We do have Bat Lyssavirus, though, which is just about as bad. If you get bitten by a bat, go to the hospital!

      Posted by Nicholas on 2007 05 06 at 11:46 PM • permalink


    1. Them’s good eatin’, whatever the hell they are.

      Posted by Mitch on 2007 05 06 at 11:49 PM • permalink


    1. #72 Ash, was that the possum’s fault or the defrosting steak’s?

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 05 06 at 11:56 PM • permalink


    1. #78, and if you’re bitten by a moonbat?

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 05 06 at 11:57 PM • permalink


    1. #80 and #81 Rebase,

      It was the defrosting steak I’m sure. If I recall rightly, it was a particularly thick rib eye which would have tasted fantastic cooked on the barbeque.

      Even worse, get to the hospital.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 05 07 at 12:10 AM • permalink


    1. Tim’s report reminds me of my honeymoon.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 05 07 at 01:14 AM • permalink


    1. 76/ Dan, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Ray M. He used to be nice. It appears he’s not now. Didn’t he once have an affair with Hilary (producer) a long time ago or was that rumour? That’s what I was told!

      Memo to Paco: Okies, shall do partner!

      Wronwright a memo for you!!!
      Please present this voucher to 1618 (I’ve lost my decimal point I can’t find it I think rebecca found it in another story) and you will receive a 25% discount on the “Paco is Back” T-shirt!

      Margo have you been married? Tim B are you going to marry me?

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 05 07 at 02:00 AM • permalink


    1. When I was a kid, an uncle and aunt had a house in the country, and I always wondered why the ceiling tiles were a faint shade of yellow, given that all our ceilings were white.

      As I grew older, I would notice on each visit that the ceilings were turning a darker shade of yellow.

      At last, my useless uncle sent me up a ladder with some chicken wire to block up all the holes in the eaves – the yellow staining was being caused by possum piss.  If you looked closely, you could see rings of piss, just like the rings in a tree.  I should have tried to date when the possums moved in by counting the number of rings.

      But it was too late.  Eventually, the amount of piss in the plasterboard grew to be too much, and parts of the ceiling came down in a shower of soggy, stinky yellow plaster.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 05 07 at 02:08 AM • permalink


    1. A closet greenie Tim?

      Posted by on 2007 05 07 at 02:44 AM • permalink


    1. rebase : Then all hope is lost. You might as well get a lobotomy and buy a Prius.

      Posted by Nicholas on 2007 05 07 at 03:29 AM • permalink


    1. Possum mating calls sound a bit like a pig being slowly cut in half with a chainsaw whilst being devoured by a pack of very old very hoarse chihuahuas whos yipping days are over but who can still make a frenzied, kind of wheezing “HCACK! HCACK!” noise.

      Kangaroos sound marginally worse.

      Posted by wreckage on 2007 05 07 at 06:33 AM • permalink


    1. #39 Paco, you’ve still got it!
      My contacts at W.I.R.E.S. report a possum handed in with acute photo-flash disorientation.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 05 07 at 07:09 AM • permalink


    1. my cats regularly kill brushtails.  greenies are outraged by this, but there is a possum plague in melbourne so bugger them.  there used to be a huge and grumpy one eyed brushy that lived under the sink at a family shack.  every time we visited, we kids would open the cupboard door to have a geek at his wonderful demonstration of outraged malevolencs at having his nap disturbed.  ringtails are smaller & all round finer animals with a much reduced capacity for pissing in the ceiling

      #88 masterful description of the noises that rudely wake many australians across this wide brown land, but you neglected to mention the prodigious thumping, reminiscent of the stumbling of several drunken peglegged pirates, that also signals possum orgies in the roof

      Posted by KK on 2007 05 07 at 08:56 AM • permalink


    1. Obviously what is required is a Possum Annihilating Contraption Option on your camera.  Guaranteed to reduce all possums to meat paste in a flash.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 05 07 at 09:18 AM • permalink


    1. No rabies in Australia.

      blink! Really? I don’t think rabies shots are nearly as nasty as they used to be. And I’ve lived around possums all my life, but never heard of them on the roof. Is this an Australian possum thing?

      Posted by rightwingprof on 2007 05 07 at 09:43 AM • permalink


    1. #92 not just on the roof – they nest in it, the bastards.  there is a whole industry dedicated to removing them
      nother linky

      Posted by KK on 2007 05 07 at 09:51 AM • permalink


    1. “It’s charging RIGHT AT US!”

      Posted by mojo on 2007 05 07 at 10:16 AM • permalink


    1. #88. Just on the mating calls of fauna, ever heard a koala’s come on?  Sounds like I’d imagine a bloody big kodiak bear would, and strangely stirring in a Steve Irwin kinda way.

      Or so I’m told.

      Posted by Olrence on 2007 05 07 at 10:35 AM • permalink


    1. 91: Obviously what is required is a Possum Annihilating Contraption Option on your camera.  Guaranteed to reduce all possums to meat paste in a flash.

      Deviled possum spread. Mmmmmm!!

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 07 at 11:34 AM • permalink


    1. #79;

      Them’s good eatin’, whatever the hell they are.


      I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, with a storm runoff channel behind the property. Now it’s concrete-lined, but in the mid-50s, it was full of trees and brush, with a channel for water down the middle.

      Also racoons, squirrels, snakes, frogs, toads, birds. And possums.

      We’d see the latter on occasion wander through the back yard on the way to our fruit trees.

      Some would continue on into the neighbor’s back yard.

      From where they’d never seem to return.

      Seems the neighbor had grown up poor in West Virginia during the Great Depression.

      And his favorit tucker was ‘possum pie. He’d offer to share, but none of us local kids ever took him up on it.

      Posted by steveH on 2007 05 07 at 01:20 PM • permalink


    1. #81 rebase,

      If you’re bitten by a moonbat, do you become one with the next full moon, like werewolves?

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 05 07 at 02:05 PM • permalink


    1. Spiny Norman… no, the influence can be fought with willpower and faith… it can be fought… it…

      Gosh, doesn’t that John Edwards have lovely hair?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 05 07 at 09:46 PM • permalink


    1. He’s gone! Quick, saw off his head- it’s kinder that way!

      Posted by wreckage on 2007 05 07 at 10:06 PM • permalink


    1. A little possum came onto my wall
      A cutesy cuddly furry ball
      I coaxed it near with a piece of bread
      Then slammed a brick on it’s fucking head.

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 05 07 at 10:08 PM • permalink


    1. #101: Oh, no! More shameless quoting of T.S. Eliot!

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 07 at 10:13 PM • permalink


    1. Possum is actually good eating…

      A local Brisbane restaurant Tukka occasionally has Tasmanian possum on the menu.
      I had it on a previous visit, and it was excellent! Tender, but flavoursome.
      Vaguely similar to lmab, actually…

      Posted by DamonK on 2007 05 08 at 08:31 AM • permalink


    1. PIMF!
      lamb!, rather than the genetically copy-righted “lmab”…

      Posted by DamonK on 2007 05 08 at 08:33 AM • permalink


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