Monday, January 5, 2009

Of Mice and (Wo)men

I started my new job today and I just want to rail at the injustice of the universe for a moment.

Because there was a MOUSE in the clinic! He ran in the front door last Tuesday (it's an automatic door that closes very slowly to give handicapped patients plenty of time to get in) and apparently he managed to find enough food to hang out for the past week.

And when I suggested bringing in a trap and squashing his little head, I started to realize that, even though I've always been the bleeding heart liberal everywhere I've worked in the past, a new day has dawned.

Because every single one of the women I worked with chorused, "No! You can't do that!"

So I won't.

However, if I were to set a pail of water, with a cunningly contrived little gangplank, I mean diving board, in the kitchen, it wouldn't be my fault if he found out he couldn't swim.....

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  1. I put you in my rss feed so I will probably be the first commenter from here on out...

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  2. I think you could get some more mouse catching ideas from watching Tom and Jerry....

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  3. Oh try a sticky trap they are kind of humane. I am not afraid of mice..but they do carry many germs..perhaps if it runs up one of their legs they will change their tune! :)

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  4. If your new office is like my office there will be lots of food for the mouse to eat and possibly raise a family on.

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  5. when in doubt, put some peanutbutter on a mouse trap... works every time :)

    gp in montana

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  6. Yes - make that little stinker walk the plank! (But I can't look - eeek!)

    Thanks for becoming a follower on my blog - I really appreciate that!

    :^) Anna

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  7. I got up one morning before my son did (I was visiting him in MO) and out of the corner of my eye saw a little mouse run from one end of his kitchen to the other and yelled out to my son to get some traps or tell the land lord about it...He said "I'll get right on it" while he continued to lay in bed with his alarm was on snooze...I bet I go back next year and see that darn verment running around...leases say 'no pets' but they do nothing about those creatures, lol

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  8. The problem with sticky traps is, once the mouse is stuck to it what happens? Well, he stays there till he slowly dies of thirst and hunger, which is really dreadful. My first choice would be a regular old mouse-trap, but that's been vetoed by my new co-workers. I once trapped a groundhog in a live trap and carried him away, snarling and hissing, to a new home, but I've never seen one small enough for a mouse.

    So it looks like walking the plank is it.

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  9. I think they make traps to catch the mice alive (but then I guess you have to figure out what to do with it).

    I've been less of a softy then pretty much every woman I've ever met - not sure what that says about me.

    Death to the mouse.

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  10. Hi Jeanne, found you through Rachel Cotterill and her recent post.
    Cyberspace is very small isn't it?

    Loved your story about the mouse. Can't you give him a pot of cornmeal to live in and make peace with him? Maybe he can become your mascot. Depends on what kind of clinic you work in, I guess.
    Best to you.

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  11. And once your co-workers find mouse droppings near the coffee pot, they'll be ready to listen to reason. Ugh.

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  12. Too darned funny! The thing is - those "humane" traps are more inhumane than a traditional trap!

    Thanks for visiting today!

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  13. Ha, ha, ha, oh thats just too funny. I lost my soft spot for mice when my cat brought one into the house and I couldn't find it for half a day. It creeped me out. Gone I want them all gone. No mercy.

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  14. Growing up, us kids rescued four baby possums after their mother suffered a road pizza fate. Out of the four only one survived. Two of these died in a pail of water, exactly as you described.

    I don't think my mother ever cared for having possums around, and now, after reading your plot, I'm suspecting fowl play.

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  15. Here's hoping that the mouse either wanders out or takes a dive!

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  16. Life has taught me to "Let it go".. we are programmed to react.. "let it live" is my new motto.. what would death serve..

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  17. ???? They just want to leave the mouse there? Don't they know that when there is one mouse there are 20?

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  18. Warren -- maybe after the mouse is dead I can just tell my co-workers he's playing possum!

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  19. You are one funny Lady!!! Glad you found me through Feather. Miss Texas but enjoying Ohio, except this icey mess! Tips and place I must see or eat would be so very much appreciated!
    Happy New Year! Mice Suck is all I can say!

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  20. I think the glue traps are horrible. I like the spring loaded things. This is my word verification: missesse (a very bad mispelling of mice's?)
    Are they watching us? Remember Willard?

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  21. Your comment made me laugh! Thanks!

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  22. There are traps that do no harm to the mouse. Go to a hardware store and ask for one. They look like a small rectangle box with a door at the end. When they walk in to get the peanut butter, the trap tilts and the door closes. At that point it is up to you whether they live or the trap becomes their coffin. When you let the furry creature go, keep the trap. As others have noted, there are many more if there is one.

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