Last week one of my Facebook Friends, Lightnin' Rod Wilson, a great blues musician, posted a picture of a squirrel with a beautiful guitar. It was really cute. In spite of another snow storm yesterday, I have seen signs of spring, including a lot of squirrels out running around.
I used to do hearings at a boot camp type facility which is located in a really beautiful rural area. Wild life commonly populated the woods and sometimes wandered out onto the road. As I drove away one day I saw two squirrels in the middle of the road quite a distance in front of me. They ran out of the road and I thought to myself, "Smart squirrels." Wrong. I got up to about fifty yards from the spot where I first saw them. Suddenly, two squirrels come darting out of the woods, one chasing the other. Then they stop right in front of me and start wrestling, WWF style! I hit the brakes and slowed as much as I could without skidding or fish tailing, but they just kept pummeling each other, oblivious to the danger of the car. Finally, a third squirrel came running up to them, looking like she was screaming at them and waving her cute little front paws. After a few seconds of this, they broke it up and all three ran off the road.
I thought to myself, "What the hell just happened?" I figured the two squirrels who chose to duke it out in the middle of the road must have been drunk. No other explanation seems adequate. There must have been some red-neck squirrel bar back in those woods, with red-neck hillbilly squirrel music on the juke box. The third squirrel was a girlfriend to one of the wrestlers, and the other wrestler must have hit on her or something. So the two macho boy squirrels got in an argument. The red-neck squirrel bartender told them to take it outside. As soon as the girl squirrel realized they got themselves out in the road, she had to go break them up. If they both got hit by a car, she would lose a boyfriend, and a replacement boyfriend, all in one splat. I always wanted to go back to that place, go back into the woods and find that little squirrel bar. Never got it together to do it, though.