Blind squirrel, bulldog gumshoe

Sometimes even a blind squirrel gets a nut, especially this time of year. Squirrels collect and bury their nuts to have a good stash through the winter. We may see more squirrels this time of year compared to more southern states because some go into hibernation. But they do come out of hibernation occasionally to come to the ground and grab nuts.

According to the SquirrelPlace.com, “Early spring is the hardest time of year for squirrels, because buried nuts begin to sprout and are no longer available for the squirrel to eat, and new food sources have not become available yet. During these times, squirrels rely heavily on the buds of trees. Squirrels’ diets consist primarily of a wide variety of plants, including nuts, seeds, conifer cones, fruits, fungi and green vegetation.

That’s why during spring I hear then scurrying across my roof and raiding the bird feeder. Squirrels are intelligent even with their little quarter sized brain.

Every bird feeder we buy with the sales pitch, “squirrel proof” on the label, doesn’t work. Soon after the feeder is hung in the tree in our little court yard,  the fuzzy-tailed buggers are up the tree and then on their way down to the feeder and actually chew off the covers of the little holes expressly drilled for birds. Linda and I have a collection of feeders hanging in our bird-feeding tree like a hoarder whose house is stacked with more stuff than acorns on an oak tree.

In our oversized crepe myrtle, once we started keeping a couple of feeders in our tree, gifts for Linda on her birthday, Christmas and even our anniversary consist of various version of bird houses and feeders.

Last week, the Chesterfield planning commission allayed community concerns about vehicle title lender businesses permitted to be located in freestanding buildings.

My preference would be to require them to locate in a shopping center type environment with at least five businesses. The policy change, which the Planning Commission settled on last week would change the way vehicle title lending businesses are located in Chesterfield.

Theoretically, you won’t see these types of lenders directly from the street and that means a whole lot. Out of sight, out of mind.  

County staff did a great job reworking the policy after Bermuda Supervisor, Dorothy Jaeckle, sent the idea for the change down to the planning commission. And, the Planning Commission passed policy.

On another note, after writing the story (page 1) about a new building at the Meadowville Technology Park, in Enon, which is the size of three Walmarts (404,200 square feet): The submitted site plan, its code named Project Bulldog. Seems that Chesterfield’s Economic Development Department, likes to keep large projects under their hat, until they are ready to announce that they lured a new business to the county.

While the name of the so called company, Bulldog, which will locate adjacent to the Amazon distribution facility at Meadowville, is not a supply company for dogs, it is noted on the plans as a pharmaceutical supply company .

If one is to search the site plan with a fine-tooth comb, there is a hint of  what the business really could be. The phrase medical supply pops up. Hmm. Not “big pharma,” but a bandage, post operative equipment and other non-prescription supply company.

While that really doesn’t tell us what the business is, it might deserve a Google. After a quick search I realized the company was located in Chicago. Then another search of medical supply companies in Chicago quickly revealed the Project Bulldog.

A Chicago medical supply search resulted in a company called Chicago Medical Supply. That website is an Amazon related company. It was obvious this could, maybe 90 percent, is Project Bulldog.

If one were to go to the Amazon website and search for medical supplies, what comes up and covers an entire page and more is pretty much every medical supply you can think of. It’s just like any other item offered by Amazon, pages of options.

It seems as if an affiliate of Amazon, in business for only two years, and whose billing is processed though Amazon, makes Chicago Medical Supply a good choice for Meadowville.

The medical supply company can take advantage of Amazon’s shipping.

So yes, sometime even a blind squirrel gets a nut, and blindly searching for a new Amazon supplier/partner, yielded more than expected.

Although we don’t need more car-title loan businesses in the county, especially visible along our main corridors, and definitely not real obvious at the entrances to the county – the Planning Commission approved the standalone policy and the Board of Supervisor will still have to approve the policy as well.

But it’s on the way, and the county will have a leg up on keeping the predatory lenders with less access to open in our county, reducing property values and discouraging new businesses from locating near these operations.

Sometimes even a blind squirrel gets a nut.

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