It was bound to happen eventually.
1. Skunks do not look both ways for oncoming traffic. Obviously their preschool curriculum is deficient in the traffic safety department.
2. Skunks are really hard to see at night.
3. When a skunk decides to streak across the road after dark, right under your wheels, it is impossible to stop in time, even at speeds under 30.
4. Small skunks do not make much of a bump when run over, leaving the driver unsure that said skunk was actually flattened.
5. However, attempting to park the vehicle involved in an enclosed space, such as a garage, will immediately remove all doubt.
6. Cats do not approve of the smell of skunks.
7. Husbands don’t appreciate it either.
8. Well, for that matter, neither do I.
9. There’s plenty of room to park the van outside indefinitely.
10. The stench is significantly improved after letting the van sit outside overnight.
Driving home last night, after dark, coming up the winding bit of road uphill from our place, a smallish skunk decided he was going to cross the road right then, without looking both ways for traffic. This didn’t work out so well for him.
I saw it right after it went under the wheels, way too late to stop. I actually wasn’t sure I’d hit him; it was the slightest of bumps. However, as soon as I pulled into the garage, Mr. Caffeinated asked if I’d hit a skunk.
I promptly pulled the van back out into the driveway. It smells much better today. Which is good, because the TPMS light came on last night, and I need to take it in to Les Schwab. Sorry, guys…