We've been recorded in Cincinnati Bell history!
Grandpa is back and this time he's saying "Hello and how do you do!" to the Cincinnati Bell DSL installers.
The installers arrived at 9:00 am. I didn't really think anything of the rats' presence because it was morning and nothing wakes them up that early! I walked the DSL installers back into the room where it was to be installed, introduced them to the phone jack, and then escaped back out to the front room just to make absolutely sure everyone was asleep. I had tracked down some lids just in case I needed to tuck them away for a bit. It was my lucky day though! They were all snug as a bug!
I went back into the computer room. The installers were having a bit of trouble with something and we were all focused on what one of the two installers was doing. Meanwhile Grandpa was awake and checking things out. Before we knew what was going on, there was Grandpa sitting on the installer's back cleaning himself. The installer, who is on all fours, ultimately looks around his shoulder and sees Grandpa. I thought that man was going to lose it. I swiftly grabbed Grandpa, put Grandpa on my shoulder, and apologized to the installer. Grandpa jumped off, got swooped up again, and was carried out the room.
As the installers were leaving I found out that the other installer actually liked rats; one of his cousins had some. The installer whose back Grandpa fell in love with however was absolutely horrified of rats. The rat-friendly guy couldn't stop laughing.
Three years later... A friend of ours is working for Bell as an installer. He ends up having a rough installation experience where (in short) the customer answers the door in the buff with his dog and the dog takes a bite of the installer. After returning to the office and telling his co-workers of his story, he hears "That's nothing, you should hear about the house of rats...." Grandpa less than a foot long in 1997, was three feet long in 1999 (and probably a good 40 pounds).
Like cats, rats develop a particular fondness for those that dislike them.
tip: When navigating through the RatTails,
clicking on the image that looks like the image above
will take you back to this table of contents!
Disclaimer: There are many non-sarcastic accounts and tips on the web regarding rat care. This is not
one of them. These are merely accounts of our experiences with rats, our perceptions of these experiences, where we've failed
and where we've succeeded. These accounts are here for two purposes: