Sometimes, squirrels miss their mark

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 05:13 PM.

A squirrel dropped to the ground about eight feet from me this past week. Seeing the little rodent do that reminded me of a similar incident I experienced recently.

I fell off a ladder cleaning gutters. It wasn’t a bad fall. I was about only six rungs up on one of those ladders that can be folded in multiple ways and has a locking mechanism every five rungs. I stepped on the first rung above the first locking mechanism — that wasn’t completely locked — and the ladder collapsed.

I went down hard but fell to the ground just about straight on my back, my head luckily just missing our railroad tie landscaping edge. Other than knocking the air out of me and sustaining a deep bruise, both to my rear end and my ego, I was no worse for the wear.

The second thing I thought about after I shook off the fall was that popular AFLAC insurance commercial that shows the guy falling backwards off a ladder in slow motion while he’s thinking on the way down, “Oh no! Wait a minute, I guess everything will be OK because I have AFLAC.”

I don’t personally have AFLAC. I guess remembering that commercial was a comedic moment after the embarrassment and adrenalin rush from falling off the ladder.

Which brings me to the first thing I thought about when I fell. I doubt any of my female readers — if there are any — could even conceive of thinking like I did. The first thing I thought was, “Did anybody see me?”

After laying there for a minute to catch my breath, I rolled over on my elbow. I looked at both neighbors’ homes and to the street to ensure that no one had seen me unceremoniously flailing on my way down off the ladder to the ground. When satisfied my manliness — publically at least — was still intact, I thought about the AFLAC commercial and chuckled.

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