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Something Stinks

A skunk sat on a stump.
The skunk thunk the stump stunk.
The stump thunk the skunk stunk.

Say that three times real fast.

I was walking from the office to the house the other night when out from under our son�s car came running a skunk. I had smelled him a few times before but this was the first time I had seen this one. It ran away from me down the driveway and behind the house. I was in hopes that I had seen the last of him. That proved to not be the case.
Off and on all summer there has been a groundhog digging his way under our back porch. I have seen him a time or two but have not be successful in catching him. I will admit, he is good at springing traps without getting caught. I have to give him credit for that. Well, he failed to teach his secrets to the skunk. Yep, you guessed it, I caught the skunk in the trap.
Have you ever given any thought as to what you would do with a live skunk in a trap? Let�s consider this for a moment. You have the north end of the skunk and the south end. As long as you are looking south facing the north end of the skunk you are fine. But if you are looking north, you are looking into the face of the south end of the skunk. That is not so good.
Every time our travels take us through Iowa I can�t help but think about this set up as we cross the North Skunk River and then the South Skunk River. I don�t have any clue as to who named these rivers that or why. Maybe I don�t want to know. However, it had to be someone who knew something about the two compass directions of a skunk. Yesterday we crossed those two rivers again. I handed Vicky my cell phone and to my surprise, she got this picture. She wasn�t quite as lucky on the North Skunk. Maybe next time.


Some things in life should be avoided at all costs just like the south end of a skunk. If you mess around with those things you are sure to end up in a situation that stinks. You are free to explore skunks to your hearts� content. Just keep in mind that most people are smart enough to keep as far away for them as possible. So the next time you are tempted, remember the skunk story.
By the way, there are a couple of things you can do to get the skunk out of the trap without getting sprayed but I will let you ponder that.

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