Guest Of The Nest

I'm only a guest!

I’m only a guest!

The cursor has once again moved to the middle of your virtual calendar, so it’s time for me to offer you up another Picture Day Wednesday post that’s guaranteed to help put the hump in your day.  And it will be quite a treat for some of you, as I am about to post something I have very, very, very rarely done in the four-plus years I’ve managed this blogosphere wasteland.  Something so unnervingly wretched that it may make the glass in your computer monitor crack and possibly even cause your retinas to spontaneously combust.  Viewer discretion is advised….

holly cats

Yes, that hideous beast on the left is me… or at least what I looked like on April 23, 2010 when this photo was taken.  You probably also recognize a much younger Ody in my picture dayarms… and if you squint (The sissy pink flea collar helps), you might be able to make out his brother the dear, departed Spilly being cradled by that lady.

Just who is that lady anyway?  Well, she is someone I knew from my Millionaire message board that earned the nickname Holly (No, not that Holly).  She’s from the Los Angeles area, but was in town for the funeral of an in-law (Her husband grew up a few miles from me).  I had that Friday night off work due to double surgeries the day before (Seriously… kidney stone lithotripsy plus a little knife work to remove an infected cyst on my neck.  I’ve had better days), so it gave us the opportunity to meet up and I was quite surprised that she wanted to check out my happy little nest.  That photo above was taken by her bodyguard son on his cellphone, and he kindly sent the picture to my email.

One of the chosen few who got to play with that rascal Spilly.

One of the chosen few who got to play with that rascal Spilly.

While I have personally met a number of the people I knew from that message board (though oddly enough, none of the people I culled for ESN characters), Holly’s the lone one who got to see what at the time was my still relatively new home.  The gals I became close with in the chat room there secretly got me a number of housewarming gifts after I’d moved in the previous May, and Holly’s was the first to arrive… a squirrel coat hook that I still use to hang my coat and jacket on.

Holly also had a vital role in inspiring a character who it would be almost impossible to imagine Evil Squirrel’s Nest without…

the possum hunter!

Time to rake the possum…

Yes…. had Holly not crossed my virtual path, there’d be no Buster…. and that would be a shame.  To find out more about how Buster came to life, you’ll want to make sure you check out this Friday’s Prompt the Squirrel post (And of course, if you haven’t already, sign up for PTS2, dammit!)

Do it, or Angel's gonna go apeshit on your ass.

Do it, or Angel’s gonna go apeshit on your ass.

I’ll have more photos next week that hopefully won’t stop a clock…

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About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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26 Responses to Guest Of The Nest

  1. what no buster? I’m glad Holly was there… a world without Buster would be awful…

  2. Wow. Someone actually got to meet you. And Spilly! It’s only Wednesday, but it feels like Thursday. Actually, I think my lost hour is getting me today. I’m so tired I ca barely keep my eyes open. I need about another night or two of sleep. You’re such a big guy. I don’t know what I pictured … but you can come and fix my shower anytime.

    • Getting up early for those equinox sunrise pics can be hazardous to your health. I wish I had my camera with me while coming home from work, because right now is when the rising sun is low and directly over the road going east… I could’ve even got some great pics of it this morning since it was partially obscured by clouds and looked an awesome shade of orange…

      I’m tall for a squirrel. I can actually reach the top shelves at Mecca without having to stand on my tiptoes… and that’s saying something given how high they put those shelves up now. I have no idea how short people shop anymore…

  3. Wow, you revealed your secret identity and let us look into your secret hideout all in one post. I am beginning you are not as evil as you led us to believe. Anyway, thanks for sharing with us. Good to meet the guy behind the squirrel

    • Other than the still I posted from my Millionaire appearance, I’m pretty sure that’s the first pic of myself I’ve put up. I’ll now have to beat all the groupies off of me with a stick… though that shouldn’t be hard since any potential groupies would have to be blind….

  4. Trisha says:

    Lucky Holly! She got to meet you in person, see the nest and hold dear little Spilly! If we ever get caught in a time loop and have to repeat 2010, please ask her to wear a white coat so we can see Spilly better next time. 🙂 I’m curious to read about how she inspired a creature such as Buster!

    • Had that picture been taken with a real camera and not a cellphone (And a 2010 version of a cellphone at that!), I think Spilly would have come out a little clearer. Well, that and the lighting in my house is practically Transylvanian. It’s so dark, you can’t even see the gauze bandage covering the gaping hole in my neck from that stupid cyst.

      • Trisha says:

        You’re right, I didn’t even notice the bandage from the cyst. Double surgeries after kidney stones and a cyst…that does not sound fun!

  5. draliman says:

    It must be weird to meet someone from the bloggy (or message board) world in real life. Does Holly know she has the dubious honour of inspiring Buster, or do I have to wait until Friday to find that out? 🙂

    • To some extent she does, but she gradually deviated away from the group and I haven’t had contact with her in a few years. She knows there’s a Buster Possum, but I doubt she’s ever read my blog…

  6. fanrosa says:

    Yay!! I miss Holly…and Spilly. Buster? Not so much….

  7. Without Buster, who would I murder in my dungeon of horror???????

    Hugs, Sammy

  8. guys… we R two new two yur blog still…. two noe manee characturrz yet……..sew we will just send ~~~~~~~~~ waves…….. & say grate two “meet” everee one !!!! happee wednesday
    🙂

    • You probably weren’t aware Ody’s original partner was his littermate Spilly. Biskit replaced him when Spilly had an unfortunate date with the Rainbow Bridge 5 years ago…

  9. OH I am so jealous of Holly getting to meet you but how could such a lovely woman be the inspiration of Buster? I guess I will just have to wait to find out. ❤

  10. Piglove says:

    aaww – that is so totally sweet! and squeals – we wanna meet you too. XOXO – Bacon

  11. Kat says:

    Hideous beast? I think not!

  12. Yeah, ES, really hideously ugly. I’m gonna sue you for a replacement laptop screen. /sarcasm

    Nice to see you again. 😀

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