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My wife is from Belmont County, OH, which is overrun with the little bandits. You see them everywhere, including flattened on the road. I have no idea why they are so plentiful there.

Our own neighborhood in Normal, Illinois, just a half-mile down the street from the university, has a raccoon family or n. Last week one of them met its demise on Normal avenue, where the speed limit is 30 mph.

But then, when I see people crossing the street while texting and wearing earbuds, I have to wonder if we're that much smarter than raccoons.

mac macgillicuddy

The real intrigue of this post is the back story: What could be so short stocked at 1:30 AM that it's worth a trip out to such a faraway place????

Cleveland Bob

Yeah, Lance...what did you need that desperately at that hour of the night?

That said, we've got LOTS of racoons in our neck of the woods.

A couple of months ago I had to wait for a light to change back to green as I was stopped not by a red light light, but by a large gang of eight racoons. These midnight amblers cared little for my car or my right of way as they hunkered across the road.

All things being equal, I'm actually quite fond of them.

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