ninja squirrels

April 21, 2008

I watched a squirrel gracefully bound across the street in front of my car the other day. His small body and bushy tail undulated comically to the other side of the busy thoroughfare. As I absentmindedly watched, my car idling at the red light, I was reminded of a trip Tom and I took a couple of years ago.

We name all our vacations and dubbed this trip to Cupertino, “Pilgramage to the Mothership.” (Yes we are Apple freaks, why do you ask?) The plan was to make our way to 1 Infinite Loop, gaze adoringly at the building, and perhaps touch the hem of Steve Jobs garment and be healed… then head on to San Francisco for some sour dough bread.

I couldn’t tell you the name of the back road we took, but I can tell you the strangest phenomenon took place. As Tom barreled along the winding, seemingly deserted country road, a squirrel darted out in front of our car. Tom swerved a bit to avoid hitting the poor little guy. Just then, another squirrel hurled it’s tiny body into the street, in what seemed like a suicide attempt. Before we knew it, we were under attack. Squirrels were darting and dashing in front of our car at every turn. After about 10 or 15 minutes of this onslaught, we realized what was happening.

Ninja Squirrels.

We were being inundated by them. They apparently had an evil plan. I am quite sure their scheme was to cause us to lose control, run off the road, and at that point, these mini ninjas would ransack the vehicle for salty, nutty snacks. The kind most road-tripping motorists tend to have on hand.

Luckily Tom, being an excellent driver managed to swerve through this diabolical stretch of road without a any problems. No squirrels were injured and our snacks were intact, although our nerves were a bit jangled. We laughed nervously and continued on to the Mothership.

It was only at the end of our destination, when we arrived in San Francisco and began unloading our bags, that I noticed a small object lodged into the side of the car. Dang I thought, a stone had hit the car and caused a small dent. However, upon closer inspection, it became evident that this was no stone.

No.

It was, in fact, a tiny ninja star.

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15 Responses to “ninja squirrels”


  1. I could almost hear their squeaky little “Hiiii-yah!” ninja calls as I read it! I’m so glad you made it through the Cupertino ordeal with as little damage as some rattled nerves and the need for touch up paint!

    Your writing is wonderful.
    So clever you are uh huh!!!
    Ok Yoda’s sneaking through… bye now.


  2. This was soooo much fun Linda!!! Both the illustration and the story!! Gosh, thank you for this.. ha, ha.. just wonderful! You are so talented, but really really talented, you know this right? I keep repeating it to you but I’m not quite sure if you are understanding this… ;o)

    Isn’t the Bay Area the best place to be??? I love it so much. I lived there for 6 years and left my heart not only in San Francisco, but in Stanford, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Berkley, Menlo Park, ….. too :o)

  3. artseafartsea Says:

    This is hysterical. A LOL moment. Thanks, I needed it.

  4. VisualKaos Says:

    Sweet!
    Wanna see what that road looked like?
    http://tresgatos.net/VisualKaos/?p=46


  5. as i started reading this i remembered a time when my hubby squashed one too (by mistake) and the kids cried and cried….i bet we’ve all done it at one time or another….nice illo

  6. studio lolo Says:

    Soooooooo funny!! I find it odd that when we swerve to avoid hitting squirrels, they do their best to bob and weave right towards us! I’ve had many a squirrel bounce off my hubcaps which seemed to be done on purpose. I believe in your suicide theory!

    I’m in the process of giving you another award. I can’t help myself 🙂

  7. valgalart Says:

    haha yer funny! this happened to me in San Louis Obispo county but substitute giant tarantulas!!! Lots and lots!

  8. bobo's slave Says:

    I guess they’ve read your post of “Where…”. You want bunnies, then they gave you bunnies, and they’re generous enough to give you lots of them.

  9. bobo's slave Says:

    Oh so sorry! I’ve mixed up those squirrels with bunnies. Please forgive me, I’ve fever last night, my mind is not clear now.

  10. bobo's slave Says:

    Oh so sorry! I’ve mixed up those squirrels with bunnies. Please forgive me, I’ve fever last night, my mind is not so clear now.

  11. Megan Says:

    haha thats a great drawing! im lovin it! 🙂

  12. elizabeth Says:

    This is awesome! Reminds me of the ninja hamster my friends had in college–a stuffed rodent that sang “Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting” and twirled a tiny little weapon. Okay, fine, your ninja is a little more frightening. 😉

  13. Ratlion Says:

    OMG! How did I ever miss this one?!!! Ninja squirrels! (Falls off chair laughing)…

  14. chickengirl Says:

    LOL this is too good. I almost need to see this on a regular basis to make me smile.

  15. Niki Brown Says:

    YES! Ninja squirrels!


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