'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Conversation with a Neighbour

Neighbour:  "Do you have a pet possum now?"
Me: "Er, no.  Have you seen one?"
Neighbour: "It's just that I heard you talking one evening to one when it was on your studio roof ...  and then the other night I saw you following it when it walked along the top of your fence and across your clothesline and then it went under your house.  You seemed quite conversational"
Me:  "Ah, well, actually there are a number of them, have been a number of them, and I've been trying to catch them."
Neighbour:  "Looked to me like you could have just grabbed them."
Me: "Er, well, yes... (thinks about lying and saying I am the possum-whisperer) ... er ... (thinks about explaining I have a blog and like to take pictures for it) ... (ends up just smiling lamely).


  1. This is just the beginning. Your neighbour will secretly contact "the authorities". One thing will lead to another and before long they'll come for you in a white van and carry you away as you scream "I'm a brush tailed possum! Let me go!". Your neighbour will be watching with arms crossed and a knowing shake of the head - civic duty done.

  2. Having a blog explains a lot of odd behaviour --- like taking photos of your food whenever you eat out!I'm forever looking at my life to see what would make an interesting post.

  3. Yes blogging gives a whole new perspective on life and, obviously, on possums (or is it possa?).

  4. YP - When you mention 'civic duty' for some reason I am reminded of a certain series of unfortunate meter-reader kidnappings that occurred in your district.

    Helsie. I blog therefore I am.

    GB - it's possi.

  5. A group of people who search for marsupials are a possi posse. Discuss.

  6. Possibly a possi posse.

  7. We is gonna get us together a possi posse and we is gonna KETCH us thet they varmits and thet they varmits is gonna HENG!


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