Squirrels and such

During my visit to the California State University, Sacramento — it was actually my two year tenure as student — I learned a couple things beyond the confines of the classroom.  Mature trees dotting the campus were a beautiful park-like assembly, and furry, fluffy-tailed rodents, the active squirrels who called the campus their home, were fun.  Squirrels took advantage of the free meals available all over campus.  Outdoor areas of the various eateries offered up a buffet of food discarded on the grounds.  Perfectly sized bits of chips, bread, salad pieces and an occasional sweet all of which were too insignificant to whomever originally held the meal.  One afternoon as I spent time pouring over my statistics notes while sitting at an outdoor table, a very daring squirrel approached my cart.  I have the kind of cart that elicits comments like, “…that’s one serious cart…” from a professor of mine.  It is top-of-the-line academic quality cart.  All kinds of pockets and compartments give it that “I mean business” exterior.  A mesh pocket on one side must have held complete welcome to my furry friend because this fearless squirrel climbed right in!  I had nothing edible to offer.  A quick look around and he was off for better outcome under another table.  Flora and fauna did abound on that college campus I called home for two years.  What a joy it was to sit in the shade provided by those trees and be entertained by the collegiate squirrels who showed just how clever and courageous they could be in their efforts to find a gold mine scrap of food.

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