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Cities & Towns > Someone Else's Groundhog, and Other Stuff

Someone Else's Groundhog, and Other Stuff

A friend I work with had a groundhog incident himself, and it was alarming. His wife had the front door open, and was halfway out in the yard, when a groundhog was startled by her, ran past, and ran into their house. She was on her way somewhere that she evidently had to, just had to get to.... and because she couldn't locate the groundhog in a few minutes, actually LEFT the house, closing it up and decided to deal with him later.

When she returned, it had torn apart some things in several rooms. And there was a 6-inch hole chewed in the hall wood floor, through several layers of floor, and it looked like the groundhog had gotten into the basement, which is all concrete. They couldn't find it, but left a humane trap down there with some fruit in it.

Two days later they haven't seen any sign of it. Who knows where it is now.

Speaking of habit-forming substances (which Martin was), in the local paper here were notices about a marijuana dispensary opening at the mall, and the state liquor store was able to move back to its old location again. The building had broken in the back corner because it was sinking into the old mine underneath. They poured cement into the mine, apparently.

I am being forced to close out two storage units because I can't keep up with the cost. While I can give all the furniture in one to Goodwill, I can't give them boxes of papers -- of which there are many. I'll have to make room for all these and go through them as soon as I can. That'll be the opposite of fun. Some ancient stuff in there.

It is nice to see the site up again! I hope everyone can post.

Some street painting on the South Side:

and its companion picture around back on the next street:

posted on Sept 1, 2018 8:37 PM ()


I love the elephants and sympathize greatly with the person suffering from too much ground hog. Every day we put something more tempting in the rat trap to no avail. One of our cats once let a flying squirrel loose in the hot tub room and it did a lot of damage before we could get rid of it. Little Callie was a mighty hunter and she liked to take her prey inside to devour it in comfort.
comment by elderjane on Sept 2, 2018 8:04 AM ()
"A flying squirrel loose in the hot tub room" is a story in itself.
reply by drmaus on Sept 2, 2018 9:10 AM ()
The pink elephant is my favorite. That story about the groundhog is really something - during our highway closure there were situations where we absolutely had to be at a certain place at a certain time or suffer terribly, so I can understand how that woman must have felt - do I stay and deal with this or do I go and hope for the best - and maybe by the time I get home the groundhog will be miraculously gone.

Digging through the wood floor is not something I would have expected, but I suppose not surprising because they ARE groundhogs that think in terms of getting underground. I'm still shaking my head at the thought of intentionally leaving a wild animal in a house like that.
comment by traveltales on Sept 1, 2018 9:11 PM ()
Yes, the wife probably had to go to pick up their son or something. Groundhogs chew and like to sharpen their teeth on wood. My sister told me one ate an 8-inch hole through the wall of their shed. I just was amazed at how fast they can do it.
reply by drmaus on Sept 2, 2018 7:19 AM ()
I like that many cities are now getting into the murals on buildings--they brighten everything up!
comment by greatmartin on Sept 1, 2018 9:02 PM ()
When they're well done, I like them. There is one in another area called The Bride of Herron Avenue. I want to get a photo of that.
reply by drmaus on Sept 2, 2018 7:15 AM ()
Are those from Pittsburgh? I lived near there once upon a time.
comment by jerms on Sept 1, 2018 8:56 PM ()
Yes, it's Pittsburgh. The South Side has several more nice examples too.
reply by drmaus on Sept 2, 2018 7:14 AM ()

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