• http://www.bitter-girl.com shannon (bitter-girl)

    Hoo boy. I don’t think I’d trust mine anywhere near a skunk…not after our dachshund got skunked in the face last year and he LET HER RUN INTO THE HOUSE AND DRIP SKUNK SAUCE ON THE CARPET.

    (Capitals added for *extreme emphasis*)

    I bet Jon wouldn’t do anything nearly as clueless, though, so you’re in the clear.

  • babbling

    does your dad like Jon? that’s a stinkyyyyyyyyyyy situation to put Jon in!!!!!

  • justlisa

    I almost let a skunk in our house once. Thought it was the cat. Big mistake! I suppose there is no good technique for removing a skunk from a house or a window well.

  • http://thisthatmotherthing.blogspot.com AnitaBonita

    Oh my LORD, that is funny!

  • toddlermama

    Please take pictures! Jon will perform this horrific feat and save the day, right? Because it’s only fair, after bringing up Those Gays… (been there, bit my tongue on that…)

  • http://www.mamaincharge.com Lauren

    oh please don’t forget the camera.

    this needs to be documented.

    or video! even better ..

  • patchuga

    I love your dad. That is exactly something my grandpa would have said and requested help for.

    I need to know, though, if Jon did in fact crawl down and rescue the angry skunk.

  • JennJenn

    Amen my good woman.

    I know the situation all too well so I empathize with you, A LOT.

  • bananie

    so classic. what a fabulous story. well crafted and the suspense was perfect (esp as i cringed at the word “homosexuality” being uttered in your father’s presence).

  • Trips’ Dad

    Wow… not sure which is stronger or more satisfying: the sigh of relief or the shot of laughter! (BOTH are good on a Monday morning!) As an inactive SLC Mormon who questions everything every day, I appreciate the PALPABLE parental tension… I appreciate it “with every fiber of my being.” :)
    PS – I appreciate your artistic eye, too (whichever it is, right or left, doesn’t matter) – thanks for sharing your daily photos.

  • http://www.lifeandtimesofchantel.com Chantel

    I think that it would take a “different” kind of love for me to save people from skunks.

  • http://brewerburns.blogspot.com Jennifer

    That is absolutely fantastic. Absolutely. Did Jon go over and get the skunk out?

  • http://charmarie.com charmarie

    Afterall skunk removal is important.

  • Charlie

    Would your dad let Jon use his gun?

  • http://www.digitalpretzel.com fred

    and the oscar goes to…… your dad.

    well played.

  • http://verycontrary.blogspot.com/ Mary Craig

    I love many people in this world, but for NO ONE would I crawl into a window well to confront an angry skunk.

    That’s right. Not even for my kids, whom I love more than anything (including chocolate, if that gives you an indication of the depth of my feelings), would I mess with a skunk.

  • diana the goddess

    Hey Heather, I just wanted you to know that I just got a new computer for work and the very first thing I did when I got it home was log into Dooce.com and save you as a bookmark, my very first bookmark. I love you,

  • Vir-gin-YA


    I lloovvee the smell of skunk. I don’t know why. It just reminds me of my best summer time memories of childhood – hanging out with friends, sneaking out in the middle of the night and hearing the little critters walking under my window on the hottest of nights – not memories of being sprayed, because that has yet to happen :P

    I have never met another who loves the smell. I always joke around that I could wear the parfume if they ever made it.

    Anywho, I hope your dad got some loving from Jon.

    Take care


  • http://hmckillip.blogspot.com Heather

    Simply awesome! Great laugh! Thanks!

  • http://www.manicaldays.blogspot.com Maniacal

    Aaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahaha How funny is he! Using the tone of voice and everything….

    Soooo did you say….Yeeeeaaa, not THAT MUCH dad! LOL

  • mediaguy74

    Too funny. Did he go over and get the skunk out?

  • http://shutyer.blogspot.com/ carla

    You guys are freakin hilarious!

  • http://www.bethanyhiitola.com/blog/ Bethany

    Heh, heh.

  • http://moodswingcreations.com/blog DeniseTN

    LMAO…pretty clever, isn’t he?

  • http://theboldsoul.com The Bold Soul

    Oh, that is about the sneakiest way I ever heard of to get a relative to do a dirty job for you. I don’t want to read this to my mother… she is already a pro at manipulating family members into doing chores she doesn’t want to pay someone else to do, and now that she’s 72 she plays the “decrepit old lady card” often. She doesn’t need the “do you love me? Really? How much?” card, too!

  • http://figcookies.blogharbor.com Caren

    OMG!! That’s AWESOME. LOL

  • http://www.whitemtnmom.blogspot.com Jessey

    Skunk removal is true love.

    Other examples of TRUE love, ditch digging, tool rental and furniture relocation.
    All the above from personal experience.

  • wrensuicide

    Oh. My. GOD. I was so afraid that something awful had happened to someone in your family. That is a relief. Your dad is pretty hilarious. ^_-

  • http://undonelady.blogspot.com/ UndoneLady

    I just PMP! That is hilarious!

  • Christinathemom

    that is totally unfair…

    you made me spit cheese on my computer..
    now are you gonna come help me clean up the cheese doodles off my screen?

    too funny..

  • http://clickmom.typepad.com clickmom

    PS I noticed that now you “take photos every day” and don’t specify a camera. Did you go Canon? Cause I never thought I would, but I made the switch about 3 years ago, after being a Nikon girl for almost 20 years, and I love my Canon. I’ll never go back.

  • http://clickmom.typepad.com clickmom

    I’m not actually sure I love anyone enough to help out with a skunk problem. Good thing the husband’s motto is “I work hard enough to pay someone to do it.”

  • Trisha

    I was nervous too that the story would end sad and depressing. So how did it turn out? Did he get the skunk out? And without the need for rabies shots?

  • heather j

    You are a very gifted story teller! You had me on the edge of my seat wondering what horrific fate had befallen your dad. But, more importantly, it shows Mormons DO have a sense of humor. Of course, your dad was probably dead serious.

  • M

    Vive le PUE!…….

    ** side note ** when skunks fart….what do they blame it on?…or is that even a necessity in their little homes?..**

  • http://www.suburbanturmoil.blogspot.com SuburbanTurmoil

    HA HA HA HAHAHAHAH! That is the funniest thing I’ve read in a lonnnnnnng time! Great surprise ending. :)

  • myra

    I’m pretty sure that if my husband had to choose between a fight with an angry skunk and having a conversation with my folks, he would choose the skunk. Jon must be dedicated!

  • http://hannitashouse.blogspot.com/ hannah

    That is damn funny!

  • http://www.annalisablog.com flip9880

    That was too funny Heather!!! My dad calls on my husband everytime he has technical problems. Technical means setting up their bedside clock when the power goes off. I guess he’d rather do those things then dealing with a skunk…UGH!

  • http://francisstreet.typepad.com Sonnet Blanton

    fucking beautiful.

  • http://wackymommy.org/ Wacky Mommy

    That was good. Are your folks skunk-less now?

    ps — loved the pictures of Leta from Friday’s post.

  • Bearsmama

    I just HAD to comment on this one. Made me laugh out loud after a pretty miserable day with two whiny, unhappy little kids. That skunk brightened my day! :)

  • http://www.dooce.com Jennifer in Ohio

    I can’t wait for the follow up to this.

    Please, please include video! And make him wear the clogs when he’s removing said skunk!

  • Bearsmama

    I just HAD to comment on this one. Made me laugh out loud after a pretty miserable day with two grumpy, little kids. That skunk brightened my day! :)

  • http://fyse.floatingface.com Fyse

    Brilliant. I must confess I spoiled it for myself a little by skipping to the punchline early. Couldn’t help it. I knew something awesome was coming and my eyes flicked down of their own accord and saw the word ‘skunk’.

  • http://www.hopefulloser.com hopefulloser

    That brought tears to my eyes :-)

    Now I can’t wait to hear how it went. Please don’t leave us hanging.

  • http://rivetergirl.blogspot.com rivetergirl

    Brilliantly written. This is the reason that you’re an Inter-Web institution.

  • http://12tutufondue.blogspot.com Bill

    When you get the skunk out, you have to weigh it.

    State Law.

    I’ve got the bathroom scale if you need it.

  • Ofladrt

    Love has its limits.

  • http://www.issasworld.typepad.com issa

    What is that? The guilt trip before the guilt trip? I loved it though. Too freaking funny. Your dad is gifted.

    Oh and I love the picture of Leta on the whoopee cushion. Most dads, mine included would be proud.