Friday, December 16, 2005

I had the great pleasure of meeting Squirrel Jeff last night. Squirrel Jeff is a sculpture student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has been been wearing a squirrel suit, foraging for food and living the life of a squirrel for three weeks. Squirrel Jeff used to be Hawaii Jeff. Hawaii Jeff had never seen squirrels before moving to Michigan, and was fascinated by our furry rodent friends. Not everyone is Squirrel Jeff's friend. Bear is mean to Squirrel and steals his food. "Bear is big and strong, but squirrel is fast and cunning," Squirrel Jeff explained during a PowerPoint presentation, never breaking the dead-pan tone of a film-strip narrator... not even when showing the construction paper bear traps he set out for his ursine rival.

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