Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hanta Virus Anyone?

Turns out, an unused 1966 Airstream parked on a cattle ranch in southeastern Montana comes with it's fair share of a mouse population. Upon opening the camper, it quickly became apparent that a little clean-up was needed. OK, so more like an absolute sterilization using Gamma rays. Jamie and I hit up the nearest Ace hardware, dropped some coin on cleaning supplies (they were out of Gamma ray guns), and dove head-first in to an all-out cleaning frenzy. They say you can only contract Hanta virus by disturbing mouse droppings, causing the virus to go airborne. Wow.

Jamie Googled (that's a verb now...incredible) Hanta virus and it certainly sounds like something to be avoided. I sure hope we don't die...it's not even fall yet.

Never one to let a deadly virus slow him down, Jamie tracked down a vintage Airstream specialist here in Missoula who is going to fix this thing up for him. New wiring, furnace, appliances, cabinets, hardwood floors, seat cushions/mattress, etc. The whole shebang. Homeboy's even going to give it a professional polish job so I can use it for a mirror when I'm plucking my eyebrows on steelhead trips. I hope Jamie realizes how much time I'm planning on spending in that thing this fall.

If you look closely, you can actually see
the Hanta virus entering Jamie's body

Mattresses, curtains, upholstery, carpet...it's all gotta go.

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