It took forever for us to figure out we had a skunk in the house. It shouldn’t have taken us that long, but you have to understand we live in a duplex, and we’ve had problems with our neighbors for years. Now, we’re not the ritziest people. We work hard, though. I work two jobs and my boyfriend does construction work, so he can either be working a 16 hour day for three days in a row, or have no work for a week. On the days he’s not working, he’ll pick up odd jobs and fix up houses and stuff. We made some bad choices a couple of years back, so we have some real serious debts to pay off, and we want to put money down on a new house. That’s why we work so much, so we can pay off the debt, buy a house, get married and start a family, maybe.
But the people that live next door are a nightmare. They throw all-night parties, people coming and going until 3 or 4 in the morning. Makes it kind of hard when I get home at ten at night and have to be up again at six. They throw their trash out on the front lawn. Never even makes it to the garbage can. It’s just junk and stuff rotting or rusting. Makes it embarrassing when we have our friends over, because they have to walk next to that. I think they have to have mice or something nesting in that garbage, though, which is probably how we ended up with a skunk in the house.
Sure, we’ve complained. The guy who owns the duplex doesn’t really care, though. He’s got tenants that pay regular rent, so that’s that. Yeah, he’s talked to them a couple of times, but it doesn’t look like anyone’s going anywhere. We can’t move out fast enough, if you ask me.
We weren’t all that surprised when we started smelling a new awful smell. Took us a while to figure out what it was, though. We just assumed it was more garbage, or something had died or something. Then, one morning, I was headed out to work around six, when I saw the black and white cat-sized animal come out of a hole in the wall, right behind the gas meter. That’s when I realized we have a skunk in the house. The meters are kind of in between the two duplexes, so it’s hard to tell whether it’s on our side or not. I don’t care. We can all smell it, and it can probably get into either side.
I called my husband from work, since he didn’t have a job that day, and told him all about it. He called the landlord, who promised to get Allstate Animal Control out there to get rid of the skunk in the house. I hope so. If only we could ask them to get rid of the neighbors at the same time.