Exquisite Dead Squirrel

A journal entry from November 4, 1999:

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I took the extra time on the way to BART to photograph my “exquisite dead squirrel”, whom I’ve named Frank.  My song about him is finished.  I changed the wording only slightly from the They Might Be Giants song, and I sing it to him each morning on my commute:

Chorus:
Ba ba da ba ba ba da ba
Ba ba da ba ba ba da ba
Ba ba da ba ba ba da ba
Ba ba da ba ba ba da ba

Exquisite dead squirrel
Lying underneath the BART tracks
Exquisite dead squirrel
I swear I saw his paw move
[Chorus]

Exquisite dead squirrel
silently decomposing
Exquisite dead squirrel
resting on his right side
[Chorus]

How’m I s’posed to let you know the way I feel about you?
How’m I s’posed to let you know the way I feel about you?
[Chorus ×3]

I can’t even remember when I first spotted him on the center island of that underpass, but it had to have been at least three or four months ago.  I know it was a couple months before I started talking about Frank to my friends.  He is really dead.  I think the fall moisture is starting to bother him.  I would almost miss him if he were taken away by a street sweeper.

Well, I photographed him.  Frank is preserved for posterity.  Granted, this is all a little macabre, but I also find it extremely amusing.  I could bury him someday, I suppose.  But part of me wants to know how long he’ll sit there undisturbed.

Marathon squirrel.
Olympic squirrel.
Champion squirrel.
Rotting squirrel.

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Here are some topics that have recently interested me: ♥ The Enigma Machine ♦ Morse Code ♣ Fluorescent minerals ♠ The Long scale and the word milliard ♥ The 21 Spanish Missions of California and El Camino Real ♦ 3D Printing and browsing items on Thingiverse.com ♣ Le Mans and the 1955 winner, a Jaguar D-Type ♠ My huge King James Version Bible, which was printed at least before 1893 ♥ Hyperinflation paper money ♦ Silver certificates vs. United States Notes vs. Federal Reserve Notes ♣ Old Stereoscopic photographs and anaglyphs ♠ Pyramids, such as those at Giza in Egypt and at Teotihuacan in Mexico ♥ The special characters produced using ALT-Codes (ie., Alt 14 makes this: ♫) ♦ Old-style numerals written above and below the line by using Text Figures ♣ The long-s which looks like an "f" and went extinct around 1810. like "Congreß" ♠ How to play chess better, because I really suck at it ♥ Animated gifs of funny movie clips ♦ Archaeoastronomy ♣ Hiking the John Muir Trail ♠ Sighting comets ♥ My DIY Musicbox
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