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Dad 2, Rats 0

While certainly not our typical “here-we-are-in-a-new-country” first blog post, our inaugural entry from Jakarta has the most important element of a good news story: if it bleeds, it leads.

We have indeed made it to Indonesia, have started settling in to our new home, gone through a week of school in-service training, and are looking forward to the beginning of the school year in one more week. But the most exciting news of all has been the ongoing battles between man and beast in our abode.

We are in a lovely house, complete with a back yard and a pool! It is the single-floor living, however, that is providing the most entertainment. On our second evening here, a bag of chips disappeared off a shelf during the night, only to magically reappear in the middle of the room, with teeth marks chewing through the plastic. We bought a series of small “sticky” traps, and by the next morning one of them had vanished (and we still haven’t found it).

But then, all heck broke loose. On the next evening, I was in the bathroom when Susan started shrieking about a rat. She chased it into the kitchen, keeping an eye on it and the 2 sticky traps attached to its body. When I got in there, she handed me my crescent wrench (the only “appropriate tool” we could find) and locked the door.

He’d crawled up into the stove, so I had to chase him out with a spatula – a process I had to repeat once he climbed into the base of the refrigerator – but then things got exciting. Chasing him around on my hands and knees and swinging the wrench like a wild man, we scurried together all around the kitchen. Sparks flew when I hit the tile floor, and his squeaks echoed into the living room (according to the kids). But the battle eventually ended, and the last task of the evening was to clean up the mess…

But then tonight, as we started Dr. Zhivago (we are so sophisticated), I saw another scurrying form head into Alea’s room. This one was a bit easier to corner, as it was a bit younger. Hopefully that doesn’t mean there is a nest of them somewhere.

In any case, we are on the lookout for more rats, and Susan has completely turned around concerning pets. According to her, we start actively asking around for 2 cats tomorrow!

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8 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. I’m glad you’re there but…..ew.

    1. Nancy Pope on August 3rd, 2011 at 9:35 pm
  2. MMMhhhoeeehahaa.. you gonna miss Mumbai..

    2. Eddy & Hilde on August 3rd, 2011 at 10:25 pm
  3. the first shot looks like a murder scene, just needs a chalk outline of the “victim”.lol

    3. Daniel John Strachan on August 3rd, 2011 at 10:35 pm
  4. OH DEAR. That’s all I got…

    4. Sara Behnken on August 3rd, 2011 at 11:37 pm
  5. What’s for dinner tonight?…I hear they taste like chicken. =D

    5. Susan Stutz Atkin on August 4th, 2011 at 6:36 am
  6. Get the cats…they work wonders!

    7. Heather on August 9th, 2011 at 8:53 am
  7. Why did you have to show that? I think its disgusting killing it and then showing it to the world.


    8. Amore on April 8th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

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