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October 11, 2001
It's that time of year. Wildlife busy under the cover of night. Winter's aren't bad, still they're gathering food and preparing for months of cold and rain. Rats, squirrels, raccoons, possums and coyote.

Ever notice how skunk smells like burning pencil eraser rubber?

The ocean fog rolled in around midnight. The low cloud-cover disguised the Summer heat. There was skunk in the neighborhood. The smell was unmistakable. It’s nothing new to my nose. But for the first time, it was more pungent than before. Could it be a unique breed of skunk? Or my senses recovering from years of smoking?