Collateral damage is a U.S. Military term for unintended or incidental damage during a military operation. The term started as a euphemism during the Vietnam War, and can refer to friendly fire or the destruction of civilians and their property. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collateral_damage)
When I awoke sometime near 12:30 am this morning, I was startled awake by what seemed to be a burning rubber smell. A smell so strong that I could taste it, and in part, made me sick to my stomach. I immediately got up and began looking around the house out of concern for what might be going wrong.. As I wandered around the house, checking appliances, our primary heat source, and of course the garage I noted that the odor was not just that of burning rubber, but it had overtones of toasted sesame, and onion that had been left out all day. Itâ€™s at this time that I realized the only reason that this smell could be lingering in the air. We had sustained collateral damage in our war on the raccoons. I went over to the computer and sure enough, the video, that I share with you, explains it all.