Was That A Rat?

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Let me introduce all of you to Kevin.  Kevin is the one on the left, not the security guard. 

Yesterday, I shared with you our dining experience at Fogo De Chao, and I mentioned that there was a funny story about our walk back to the hotel.  Well, here it is.

The restaurant was a few blocks from our hotel, and our hotel was right across the street from Freedom Plaza.  Freedom Plaza just so happens to be where they have one of the Occupy D.C. camps.  More on that another day.

There we were, eighteen of us, walking back to the hotel.  Kevin wanted to walk by the Occupy camp, and I told him I would walk with him.  Everyone else stayed on the opposite side of the street.  As we were walking through the crosswalk, he told me that he would be my protector and I replied that I hoped so.  Of course, we were laughing and joking about getting too close to the camp. 

We rounded the corner, and I saw something scurry across the sidewalk, or so I thought I did.  I asked him if he saw that.  He didn't, so I blew it off.  Less than three steps down the sidewalk, I saw something else scurry across the sidewalk so I grabbed Kevin's arm and said I saw rats.  He said he didn't see them, and kind of laughed at me like I might be seeing things.

I turned around to see what was behind us, and there were two rats scurrying across the sidewalk.  But at the same time I was turning around to see the rats running behind us, Kevin saw them running in front of us.  His voice went up two octaves as he half way yelled, "Let's get out of here!" 

Just so you know, I am laughing almost hysterically just thinking about it.

We hightailed it out of there, screaming and laughing the whole way.  Kevin said something about us getting a jay-walking ticket, and I was laughing to hard to respond.  When I saw a rat the size of a small cat coming up out of the sewer, I could've cared less about a jay-walking ticket. 

This could be one of those you just had to be there stories, but it was just too funny for me not to share.  The one thing that keeps me laughing is how Kevin told me he would be my protector right before we saw the rats, and how he sounded like a girl telling me to get out of there. 

Another thing that keeps me laughing is wondering what the people in the Occupy camp thought of us two hillbillies screaming and running from the rats that were running right into their camp.

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  • Reply Karmyn R February 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    That is funny – however, it just makes me think even less of the Occupy movement – they are attracting rats! EEEEEK…..

  • Reply Steph S. February 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    That is hilarious! It’s amazing how big those things can get, isn’t it? I had never seen one that big until we went to Florida a long time ago and saw one on the wharf. Believe me, I ran too!

  • Reply Cynthia D'Alba February 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I saw a few river rats while I was living in Memphis, They were HUGE…like the size of a cat! I was in my car but if I’d come across them while walking, well, I wouldn’t be walking any longer. I’d be running!
    So where’s the picture of these supposed rats?

  • Reply Sayre February 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    When you get a large group of people together, they generate trash. Rats LOVE trash! You can bet it’s not being moved out of camp nearly fast enough to keep the rats at bay.
    That is a funny story!!! Love your protector getting all girly on you.

  • Reply Wes February 3, 2012 at 6:59 am

    That’s good, McD should have sprung for a place in a better part of town!! HaHa!! I heard stories about Rats there, the only ones we saw were at the Capital building!?

  • Reply Leanne February 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I am sooooooooo glad you shared this!!!! I’m laughing so much I almost can’t type! Sounds like the rats that ‘occupy’ NYC….

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