A squirrel ran up my leg? Probably not, unless we know each other in person. Even then, it's not one I bust out at parties. On the off-chance that you followed my blog I wrote in school you can skip this post. Forgive the blurriness of these pictures as this tale predates any worthwhile camera phone. I was using my DSLR but it all happened too quickly for me to think to switch it over to auto.
Let me start from the beginning. I was on a field trip with my Uni classmates to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Lovely place. We were there to take photo references and to do a bit of plein air painting. The day was winding down and we had already packed up our stuff. We were lying in the shade waiting for the bus to come. Then this little baby (I'm aware this is a full-grown animal not a baby but OMG) showed itself. We had seen several squirrels throughout the day but this one was watching us. It got especially curious when I opened my backpack. I had a few corn chips leftover from lunch and was going to throw it one, but then it got closer. At this point I got nervous. I knew there was really nothing to fear; it didn't look rabid... My own curiosity got me to stay still. So I held out a corn chip and look, its fingers held mine steady! I went to reach for another chip and the thing crawled right on me! This elicited muffled screams from me (I apparently didn't want to hurt its feelings) and howling laughter from my friends who were watching ten feet away. It must have been a sight to see. Me squatting on the ground squealing and squirming with a freaking squirrel casually hanging on to my thigh. I wriggled back and forth and it finally got off of me. It didn't run though. It wanted to see what I was going to do with the rest of my chip crumbs.
That squirrel must have told all its squirrel friends about me, because when I went back to the Botanical Gardens, I could have sworn the squirrels were following me. So if you ever go to the Botanical Gardens be wary of the squirrels, they aren't shy.
Yes I know this has absolutely nothing to do with art but I'm sick in bed trying to get my mind off of that fact.