March 08, 2006

The Mouse That ... Well, Asphyxiated Horribly in the Dead of Night

SO I WAS OUT having the oil in my car changed when the mechanics made an unpleasant and gruesome discovery. One moment, they were changing my car's air filter, and the next they were digging around in the casing, muttering about "something nesting in here." Then, they pulled out the mouse.

For a moment, I felt a twinge of pity as one of the mechanics showed me the dead field mouse. It was a tiny thing, and had undoubtedly crawled into the air filter looking for warmth during the cold New Hampshire winter. The mechanics surmised that it became trapped and suffocated shortly thereafter, and it seemed like a bad way to go.

Then I recovered my senses, and realized that Industrial Civilization had won yet another great victory over these disease-carrying, crop-stealing, air filter-chewing four-legged menaces. Thank goodness the satanic little rodent hadn't had the time or the inclination to start building a nest in the air filter, or start chewing its way through my car's wiring. Because clearly those would have been his next steps! Yes, it could have cost me hundreds -- perhaps even thousands -- of dollars to deal with his wanton course of destruction.

God -- I hate mice! I hate them! Foul, disgusting, dangerous creatures!

Ah. Sorry.

Anyway. I am hopeful the mouse did not suffer all that much, and I'm relieved that I was able to get it out of my car before it caused any damage. What gets me, though, is this: I just can't figure out how the mouse got in there. I guess through the air intake, but ...

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at March 8, 2006 07:46 PM | TrackBack

Would you hate them less if you learned that they sing like birds?

Posted by: Dean Esmay at March 10, 2006 06:53 PM

Oh, link:

Posted by: Dean Esmay at March 10, 2006 06:53 PM

Dean, after long and careful consideration of your question, I can honestly say my answer is, "No."

I mean, that's great they can sing. That said, they still eat crops, spread disease and ruin the electrical systems in untold numbers of automobiles. Also, they freak me out. Thus, my position remains that all mice, rats, and similar rodentia should be destroyed using all practical means, up to and including tactical nuclear warheads.

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at March 10, 2006 08:51 PM