jmgoyder

wings and things

The rats

on July 17, 2013

All afternoon the phone and Internet have been behaving badly – doing that on/off thing. I am on my IPad now but we are still mere acquaintances, and Zelda is a little nervous since she did witness me destroying her virus-ridden predecessor, a mini-Toshiba laptop. (I threw it on the cement outside and jumped on it a few times – very satisfying.)

My main computer is back having a new keyboard installed to match its new hard drive and CD drive. According to the man fixing it, it will be as good as new in a few days. Good, because Zelda is difficult to type on.

Anyway the purpose of this post is to tell you my hypothesis as to why the phone and Internet have become dodgy. The rats that frolic all night long in the ceiling have eaten the wiring.

If you don’t hear from me for a few days, that is why. And if you never hear from me again, it may be because the rats have eaten me too.

It’s okay – I’ll be back.


28 responses to “The rats

  1. Hope it isn’t the rats 😦 Would love to have seen you dancing on the Toshiba. Be kind to Zelda and you’ll have a fine romance.

  2. i think you may be on to something! i used to love watching (along with the cats) the little mice who were living in our home steal out to the bird feeder and having a feast. all was good until we realized this had side effects such as yours! they also loved the dog food much to our dogs dismay. we used the sticky traps and drove to the walking trail where we let them free. i now wonder from time to time if they made their way to one of our rentals that backed on that trail;0

  3. Please don’t let the rats eat you. My father used to take a baseball bat to them back in the restaurant days. That was in the early 1980’s in New York City where all the underground subway construction at Madison Square Garden had disturbed the rats lair and they came out to bother everyone in their restaurants all around the area. The wild, wild city life of the bad old New York City days lol. I had mice who had eaten the wiring in my oven, they are seriously amazing in what they will eat! Good luck!

  4. bulldog says:

    I know you’ll be back… sort out the problems first… I love that you dumped your “Virus ridden” laptop on the cement and jumped on it… I would love to do that every now and then to my own…

  5. Terry says:

    I lived in a farm house years ago that had rats. One year at Easter, I filled the baskets and hid them when my kids went to bed. In the morning the kids found their baskets, empty…….LOL. Lesson learned, don’t feed the rats !!!!

  6. Colline says:

    That is exactly the type of internet I have been experiencing today. Very frustrating.

  7. Ooh, scary thought. We had them too, and I was afraid of that. We tried live traps and finally since they were having babies, we set out poison in the attic. 😦 I hate that, but there is fire danger through shorts if you don’t nab them. Hope you get rid of your renters.

  8. Oh poop, we have that problem here. They have eaten through our electrical wires in the attic, which we had to replace to a pretty tune. And, they like to eat the rubber parts under the hood of our car. What’s up with that?! Good luck with all this. 😉

  9. They say Alberta is rat-free. I picture them at the Saskatchewan and British Columbia borders saying “oh no, we can’t go there (Alberta), it’s illegal! hahaha

  10. tersiaburger says:

    Get an owl or two friend!

  11. I’m sure it isn’t rats. Probably poltergeists.

  12. tootlepedal says:

    Bad luck with the rats. That sort of stuff is always likely to hurt the brain. We can wait.

  13. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

    I have heard of this ‘rat’ phenomenon and wiring, but never experienced it myself. Here’s hoping they die off soon or transfer to northerly climes for the rest of winter.

    Can’t figure out why rats find wiring tasty myself.

    Hope your communications equipment is better soon.

  14. I can truly empathize… I just got a ‘refurbished’ computer about a month ago after my other one died… and the last week I’ve had problems with the battery dying and shutting computer down…so back to computer guy for a replacement battery…’here’s hoping !!! Diane

  15. Careful, careful. Once the mice chewed through the wiring in the wall of our house, the raw wires crossed and we had a small fire start. Luckily we were home when it happened, smelled the smoke and were able to halt the fire before it got out of control.

  16. dcwisdom says:

    Sounds like you need a couple of cats. 🙂

  17. TBM says:

    Oh dear, that’s not good. I never thought they could destroy that much. I wish you luck!

  18. niasunset says:

    He he he he… you need CATS 🙂 Love, nia

  19. FlaHam says:

    Julie, I truly hope the rats don’t eat you, but if they did I suspect it would be a treat for them considering how sweet you are. Rodents are a PIA, the squirrels here have eaten the lead around the house vent allowing in a bunch of water and a bit of ceiling damage. Hopefully you are up and running full speed soon. Take care, Bill

  20. Fergiemoto says:

    Oh my goodness, those darn rats!

  21. Judith Post says:

    I’ll be back…. After the rats? Is that a promise or a threat? 🙂 (I think I’ve read too much urban fantasy lately. I still can’t do zombies).

  22. bluebee says:

    It’s surprising how common this is in businesses, too, Julie. Rats eating through computer and comminication cables & causing mayhem. Wonder what so tasty about them?!

  23. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    I’m curious if your hypothesis is right. I really don’t know why an animal would eat something that doesn’t nourish itself – surely it doesn’t feel better after eating wires??

  24. Lynda says:

    I just hope they don’t cause your house to catch fire because of their shenanigans!

    PS: I don’t think the rats find the wiring nourishing. I think they chew it to keep their teeth in check. If they don’t chew all the time their teeth will keep growing and they can’t eat. It is the same with all rodents except that your rabbits and pet hamsters are smart enough to chew on wood!

  25. Rat traps! You may have something there. We live in a rural area and once had to have our phone repaired because rats (or something) chewed the wires.

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