This is the story of Harry and Millie.
While they generally kept the “volume” of their fighting turned down—-occasionally it was loud enough for the neighbors to hear. In fact, their fighting was legendary in the neighborhood.
Regarding keeping the squirrels and cats out of their yard, they had very different ideas. The squirrels and cats, that roamed the neighborhood, relentlessly attacked the birds they were trying to attract to the many bird feeders and bird houses they had installed around the property. Harry had gotten very good at making these structures from left over bits of wood and items to be thrown in the trash—-he had even sold a few on EBay.
Harry’s approach was very direct. He would dress in his finest Army Surplus garb and hide out in the bamboo thicket and wait—-BB Gun cocked and loaded. It was Millie that had to deal with the complaints of the neighbors about broken windows—-and (occasionally) a kid with a sore behind. It was Harry that had to deal with Millie when it was their own windows that got “thwacked!”
It didn’t seem to bother him that he was the one that was going to have to fix them—-somehow it was worth it to see those furry bird-food-chomping squirrels, and bird-chomping cat-beasts go “ass over teakettle” out of the trees and off the fences—–especially when they would sometime drop into the Koi pond.
One day when they were having their home re-carpeted Harry came up with an “ultimate weapon” to deter the critters.
While the carpet guys were out in the truck eating their lunch, taking a break from installing new carpet in the living room, he got an idea when he inadvertently stepped on the uncovered tack strip with his bare feet when he had come in from the bamboo to get more BB’s. While a bit “eye-watering” for Harry, it was nonetheless a “light-bulb” moment for him. He put on his gardening gloves and pilfered the carton of tack strip from the carpet guys and headed for the back yard. (Hopefully the carpet guys had more tack strip in the truck.)
Necessity is the Grandmother of invention—–or so they say!
Sort of looks like a lawsuit waiting to happen doesn’t it?
Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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