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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Those Rascally Rodents Return

We are back to being a one-car family.

With regret, we sold our Subaru back to the dealer after they again repaired the damage wrought by persistent rodents. Apparently, the rodents were not repelled by the home remedies we diligently applied after the last repair of the electrical harness they had so thoroughly gnawed upon. Or, the mechanics missed this site of feasting. Whatever the cause, the results were windshield wipers that would not turn off, and imminent failure of the headlights because some rodents could not be routed.
What in the world is this? 
The picture I took poorly conveys the reality – it astonishes me how the rupture of just a few thin wires can stop so large and powerful a vehicle as a Subaru Forester – these vehicles are supposed to be an invincible combination of comfort and durability!  But, rodents wreaked more havoc than any road condition could cause.

One article described their tenacity saying: Rodents keep coming back into vehicles that are easily accessible to sharpen their teeth.   (More information)  

Frankly, it is a fitting metaphor for what is going on underneath the hood of our great nation. 

·      The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life. ~Theodore Roosevelt

·      America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. ~Abraham Lincoln

·      Only Americans can hurt America. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance. ~ Ruben Blades

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