Tastes Like Chicken

Saturday, January 11, 2003
_Tastes Like Muskrat
Apparently it's getting harder to come up with a good bucket of deep fried muskrat in the tidewater region. Say it isn't so. What a shame that it's so difficult to track down meals of oversized aquatic rat meat. At least there's still a market for their organs: "He gets about $3.75 per pelt, he said, and sells the musk glands to perfume companies for $50 a quart (a quart involving about 200 'rats)."

Mmm, organs by the quart...

And, could it be...? Mystery meat no one is willing to say tastes like chicken? "Some diners mention dark meat of turkey; others, roast beef with a twist."

Wednesday, January 08, 2003
_William Gibson's weblog
I hear this guy can write.

_Is that a possum in your bra...?
The baby possums are easier to put up with in your brassiere than the baby squirrels, says Allison Adams of Round Rock.

"The hardest to deal with in my bra are the squirrels," said Allison, 23. "The possums are actually the easiest. They're adorable, beautiful little animals, and since they're used to being in a pouch with their mom, they're used to the feeling. The squirrels, they're not used to it. They're moving around, and every once in a while you hear them squeaking."

"Just whenever the babies come in, it's the easiest way to warm them up," she said. "The most I've had at one time was 12," Allison said, speaking of a passel of young possums.

Allison, who works at the Northwest Animal Clinic in Georgetown, puts baby animals in her bra regularly. She figures over the past six years she's stuck baby possums, squirrels, kittens or cottontail rabbits in her bra a total of 75 times.

Doesn't this itch? "No," she said, "they get grabby, and sometimes it's a little much. 'Cause when they're on their mom, they have to get grabby. It's instinct. So you just kind of write it off as the thing that's going to happen every now and then."

Allison says she can go for quite some time with animals in her bra. Maybe one day one of them will play possum in there and refuse to leave.

"I can walk around all day long with them in there," she said. "When we're going somewhere, I mean, it's unrealistic to keep them in the car in a carrier for four or five hours. They get cold. It probably looks pretty funny," she admitted. "A tail hanging out here, a tail hanging out there."

How does her fiancé feel about it? "Everybody has to ask that," she said. "Well, it's kind of a stunner when I come home and he goes to hug me, and he can't, because I have hissing possums. But I guess you get used to that."