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Created by John Eipper on 12/18/09 7:55 PM - re-opposums-and-possums-ed-jajko-us

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re: Opposums and 'Possums (Ed Jajko, US) (John Eipper, USA, 12/18/09 7:55 pm)

On the noble opposum, Ed Jajko writes: 'Possums are occasional visitors to our medium-sized back yard here in Cupertino, California, the heart of Silicon Valley. They are, on the surface, placid creatures that make nocturnal rounds cleaning up the seed that birds have knocked out of feeders and finding bugs and worms in the grass. They are able to climb the six-foot high wooden fences that enclose the yards in my Eichler neighborhood and that provide the only privacy we have in our house, in which our living room has floor-to-ceiling window walls, on one side facing the back yard, and on the other the atrium. I like to observe the 'possums or opossums as they feed, oblivious of my movements in the lighted room behind the windows. I said they seem to be placid creatures but I wouldn't want to tangle with one and most certainly wouldn't want to eat one, whether in a hunter's stew or roasted, toasted, broiled, boiled, or fried. Anyway, hunter's stew, or bigos, ought to have a cow's heart and lots of kielbasa. JE comments: Amen to the kielbasa. Greetings to all from Mobile, Alabama, where we are staying in the historic, 1860s-vintage Malaga Inn. We've already learned from the friendly Mobilians that this city introduced Mardi Gras to the United States, and those parvenu New Orleanians stole their thunder some ten years later. Tomorrow promises an exhaustive day of sightseeing--a guided tour through the city and an on-board visit to the USS Alabama. --

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