An unexpected passenger. Photo by Brian Hagberg.

Just One of Those Days

September 18, 2023

You ever have a moment where you see what’s happening around you and think, “Oh, so it’s gonna be one of those kinds of days/weeks?” Yeah, that was me this morning.

As I was on my way to pick up one of the kids for one of their appointments, I heard a strange sound behind me in the car. The best way I can describe it is that it sounded like when you have groceries that are shuffling around in, and most likely out, of their bags while on your way home.

I looked back once and didn’t see anything. I heard it again and when I looked over my left shoulder I saw a chipmunk on the rear window sill.

Inside my car. Inside. My car.

I felt like the Griswolds during Christmas Eve when Clark had to replace the Christmas tree and brought an unexpected guest into the home.


Though in my case, it probably would have been more appropriate for me to yell, “Alllviiinnnn!!!”

If you know, you know.

I didn’t actually panic. Not really. Other than keeping an eye out to make sure my little friend didn’t decide my pant leg was an appropriate place to hide, I remained calm.

My daughter was excited about the whole thing. While discussing the situation with my wife on the phone, Caitlin excitedly exclaimed, “Daddy, it just went under your seat!”

So now he’s closer to my pant leg, great.

I decided it would be in my best interest to change vehicles since we were still so close to home. When we got there, Caitlin found out our visitor had left a present for her.

“Look, Daddy, he pooped in the car.”

Thanks, kid.

Our adventures with the chipmunk complete, at least for the moment, the rest of the appointment and return trip went off without a hitch.

While still working on ensuring that the chipmunk is no longer making his permanent residence in our vehicle, we discovered that the driver’s side window no longer goes up. Naturally assuming our furry friend had chewed through the wires. We set about the task of tearing the door apart.

About halfway through we . . . ok, she, realized we could just pop the control unit out.

Thankfully, I guess, we found that the button was just broken and were able to get the window up utilizing the controls on the circuit board.

A new control switch is on its way, I hope and should be an easy fix. Knock on wood.

Still, not the best way to start the week. Happy Monday.


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