The Other I

January 9, 2010

Bob the Builder

Filed under: Survival Strategies — theotheri @ 4:17 pm

Bob the Builder: R-Vee Playset With 2 Extra Figures and Tools **NEW**When the children’s game Bob the Builder hit the market, there was universal agreement among his sib that our brother Bob must have been the progenitor.

Bob isn’t a builder exactly – he’s a trained engineer who is now working as an accountant.  But he’s a problem-solver.  Whether it’s attic insulation, a wood burning stove, a leaking pipe, a stalled car, or a broken vacuüm cleaner, ask Bob.  He will have an idea.

My very best favourist idea that he ever had, though, he got talked out of.  In fact, as far as I can tell, I’m the only living person who thought the idea actually had possibilities that went beyond burning the house down.

Somehow he discovered that a nest of squirrels had made their home in his attic.  He thought that it would be best if they left, but preferred that they left voluntarily.  So putting poison out for them was dismissed as a potential solution.

What he was going to do until, as I say, he got talked out of it, was to take his barbecue grill into the attic and use it to smoke the squirrels out into the fresh air.

If you think that was a dangerous idea, you are in a majority of about 99.99%.


  1. Why should it be dangerous? I think BobTheBuilder was “right on it”. Smoke would drive most wild animals away; while you are watching the grill you could plop a chicken leg on it (Bob WAS going to watch it, was he not?) and once the squirrels left, you could close their entry. I hope he would not have done it with babies in the nest.
    My vote is for Bob. What DID your family do once the grill was outlawed?


    Comment by budavar — January 9, 2010 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

    • Ah at last a fellow arsonist! No but seriously, I have never been able to be convinced that it wasn’t a good idea either. That now makes at least three of us. I don’t know how Bob finally solved the problem – I’ll ask. It was his house, though, and it is possible that he decided to let them stay for the winter. He’s like that. A problem we never did figure out how to solve in my family house was how to get at the rat that had died in the heating system. It took months for the smell to finally disseminate. And of course, it was worst in winter.


      Comment by theotheri — January 10, 2010 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

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