The conversation above is semi-fictionalized. The true part is that we really do have a black and white striped friend who has been poking around the yard in the evenings. The first night I heard him before I smelled him and when I went out to investigate we just sort of looked at each other for a moment. Then I went back in the house.
I always thought skunks only smelled when they sprayed or died. But if our new stinky neighbor is any indication they kind of smell ALL THE TIME.