A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A FLYING SQUIRREL AND ANOTHER LOST DAY

About flying squirrels.

I mentioned a while ago that they have returned. I don’t really know if they ever went away, only that I haven’t seen them for a while. During the winter, we could leave the feeders out overnight without them being empty in the morning.

In the air and on the feeder — the flyers are here

I knew they were back when I came out in the morning and every seed was gone. They glide in, eat everything, and glide away. This would be fine if I could afford to put out six or seven pounds of food every day, but I can’t. Not that I don’t want to, mind you.

Last night, Owen went out to bring in the feeders and found himself nose-to-nose with a flying squirrel. The little guy was clinging to the center post between the two feeders and didn’t seem particularly afraid of Owen. He sat there on the tall post looking at Owen while Owen looked at him.

“He had,” says Owen, “HUGE eyes. Otherwise, he looks like a gray squirrel, but smaller. Same fluffy gray coat, white stomach, but instead of a long tail, he has a short bushy tail and big flaps of skin under his arms.”

The two of them stood facing off on the porch until Owen moved to take down a feeder — it was getting chilly out there — and at that, the flyer spread his gliders and silently disappeared into the woods.

“Mom,” said Owen, “I wanted to call you and tell you to get a camera, but I was afraid he’d disappear. He didn’t seem afraid of me. More curious.” I have heard they are quire friendly and make good little — if somewhat clingy — pets. I wish I could feed the Flying Squirrels, too, but it’s hard enough to keep up with the birds, regular squirrels, and occasional chipmunks.

It’s the flyers!

Another new backup drive, another day of virtual exclusion

My other SSD hard drive came in this morning, so today will be another “lost day” in the virtual world. I get to do everything I did yesterday again. That’s not so bad. What is going to be worse will be combing through the files and deleting. The primary reason I’ve left all these files on the internal drive is for easy access to them. This will make it harder. But there’s no choice.

Regardless, it needs doing and it’s my job.

Every time I turn around, another dependable application has been bombed by developers who don’t seem to get that by completely altering the way it works, they are not making our lives easier or better.

WD 2TB SSD and its case

My Kindle used to be useful, now it’s a godawful mess. My filters don’t work and Windows is a jungle. It isn’t going to get better. I think now that developers feel they can do whatever they want, without regard for customers, that’s exactly what they will do. Whatever they want.

We might not want it, but apparently, we have nothing to say about it.



Categories: Anecdote, black & white photography, Flying squirrels, Nature, Photography, Software, Squirrel, Technology, Wildlife

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10 replies

  1. I had this weird scene in my head of all squirrels standing together and the squirrel God says, “You get wings!” And “You get wings!” pointing to only a select few fliers. This scene is better than the mess of technology. Hope all is well!

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  2. Beware the squirrel that flies.., it’s just not right!

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  3. It is a problem. Something at some point has to give though. Or all the ones who object to that kind of treatment will die off and the ones left won’t know any other kind of treatment. I love it that you stick with things, and keep on doing what is necessary, whatever kind of shite they hurl at you! Good for you! You’re an inspiration!

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    • I had a horribly dysfunctional childhood — not unlike yours, just with different religious and physical backgrounds. It may not make you a happy person, but it does make you pretty tough. I don’t win a lot of these battles, but I really want them to know that continuously making changes without ever consulting customers who use products is stupid and ultimately will benefit neither the corporation NOR the customer. That’s how big companies wind up bankrupt. I’ve watched them get huge and I’ve see them vanish.

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