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March 2024

Weird and Creepy Neighbors: What to do?

My weird and creepy neighbor saga continues with some other homeowners and renters experiencing stalking like behavior. A nice man with a large and new pickup experienced vandalism when one of the self-described "homeowner coalition" members decided that she didn't like where he was parking and marked up the door panel with a Sharpie. I don't remember the exact message written on the door panel, but the complaint had to do with him not parking in his driveway and taking up a space in the guest parking.

Another young man had his employment threatened because he parked his work truck with the company name on it in the guest parking overnight. Why he needed to use the guest parking is not anyone's business. Clearly, you can access the guest parking when you are cleaning up your garage, have a visitor coming, an emergency, or some other type of temporary issue. They called his employer and complained about this, and so the employer removed his privileges. It's strange that a man across from me can park his spare car everyday in the guest parking, a vehicle that leaks oil and has made a mess everywhere, and he has never been asked to remove it or to pay for an extra spot in the designated area. This just goes to show that the squad picks and chooses their victims for personal reasons and not for any legitimate complaint.

I am sure this is not the only employer that this squad has tried to reach and influence. They do this because they are weak, cowardly, and have never been in control of anything. Bullying neighbors from the safety of their anonymity gives them an adrenaline rush, something they can't get any other way because their cowardice is a barricade to enjoying life; and they don't work; and they don't have enough money to travel and enjoy life. It's truly sad and unprofessional that any supervisor would indulge these type of people and act on their gossip. Supervisors that act on gossip are disgusting, unprofessional, and doomed to fail.

Let me make my suggestion again: get a job, or maybe go volunteer and be useful. Stop looking for neighbors to attack and harass.

Whenever I need to complain about something, I include my full name and the reasoning and rationale. I am not afraid. I do, on occasion, complain about a neighbor, like the guy that let all his wives and girlfriends park behind my garage. Even when my employer sends me a survey with questions, I answer truthfully. I do not lie about anything or sugarcoat any facts. A legitimate complainant will always try to mitigate the situation with kindness and reason before creating a full-blown grievance, and someone truly trying to solve problems will always include their name. If you complain legitimately, and you don't receive the results you want after significant time, then maybe those results are in the works, or maybe they are simply unattainable. The point is that people that hide their identity are cowards. Cowards require constant scrutiny. A coward will always sneak around and steal or vandalize.

One of these squad members hiding behind anonymity worked short-time for an attorney. Now she is an expert on the law, an assertion that is truly irritating to successful attorneys all over the world that have spent years in school learning and working for a degree and a license. She came out on her porch one night yelling at me, "You are gonna get sued for slander!" If she really knew anything about law, she'd know that's a long-shot. Slander suits just don't go anywhere unless you're rich and famous. Maybe she thinks she is rich and famous. Maybe she will at least become famous...

I don't want to digress too much, but writers never have friends. People that think they know a writer, always imagine themselves in the essay, story, play, or poem. They are either angry because they believe they are actively featured in the work, or they are infuriated because they are left out of the work. I want to clear things up and be very specific. If someone maliciously harasses me, calls my employer, uses the United States Postal Service to threaten and intimidate me, or stalks me in any other kind of a way, and I receive proof of this person's identity, they will be prosecuted. And I will sue the pants right off of them, full-blown. And anytime I need to clear the record, I will write and publish my problem so that thousands of people can read it if they want. My writings are a record of what is happening in my life.

My essays are lousy as compared to the artists that I read and adore. But my essays provide details and insight into human behavior and social problems. If you are feeling as if you have the right to harass someone in their own home, in their community, then you are setting yourself up for an extreme disappointment. You could become ... famous ... for all of the wrong reasons. If you are acting creepy and concealing your identity, then you don't have any credibility. If you are sneaking around vandalizing, setting up parking cones, taping fake notices to vehicles, sending weird mail around, gossiping and collaborating with drunks, and not working at a job, then maybe you have a mental problem. Go find some meaningful, fun things to do.

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Isn't it Illegal to Stalk and Harass Through the US Mail?

A weird and creepy fan can come out of anywhere, even your own neighborhood. I really don't know which one of my literary masterpieces that my super fan is referring to in the weird letter below, or why my superfan believes I waste much time thinking of them, or why I am deserving of a certified letter that costs five bucks, but I'm grateful for the clicks. I'm grateful to all of my fans and super fans that don't know how to make a bookmark and just click around all over my site looking for a single post or a single word. That drives up my Google rating.

But chronically accusing me and my dogs of something untrue, harassing us, is not okay. It's injustice 101. It's scary because it's a whole coalition. You can see that on the envelope. Anyone would be intimidated. No wonder I am so upset. I am officially ganged up on by an entire coalition! I'm losing it!

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I wonder if the dogs know they are accused of *insert drumroll*...barking!

Sometimes Travis does go out there to bark. Usually he barks when he's hearing another dog bark, and that dog is barking because another dog is barking over on a different street, and so on and on. He also barks at nosy people that stick their eyeballs into the fence. He barks at screaming babies and junk cars that rumble around, the trash truck, and occasional sirens. He barks when he hears people yelling and talking loud. But he isn't out there at night; he isn't out there in the cold or the heat; he isn't underfed or underloved. No evidence of any of these accusations of him barking exist anywhere--no pictures, no audio, nothing. If they had any audio it would be because they harassed him and made him bark by making noises of their own. He and Gladys are just normal dogs, living a normal life, minding their own business. They are a case study in how humans should be, especially the minding your own business part. Well, Gladys is nosy, but that's okay. The weird thing is that I was home on the days referenced below, except Monday. The author writes that the dog is barking for fifteen minutes, and I'm thinking, so what? It's baloney anyway. I have cameras all over the place, and I know when he is out there. I can see him. I can see him pee on the welcome mat, step in the pee, and jump right back into the house. It irritates me to death. He's a scaredy cat, and Gladys is such a coward she never visits the patio when I'm not home. She uses her pee pad.

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This isn't the only time that I've been harassed via mail, but this time does stand out for its cowardly flavor and pathetic nature. It's really dumb that someone would go into a nearby post office and send off such unpolished and unprofessional, pathetic prose. There must be a law against this kind of behavior. Surely the second letter they threaten to send will trigger the harassment law, or at least the law against bad literature. It's a disgrace to paper to send out something that lousy. Since I am just as much of a pretend lawyer, probably even better than the author of that pathetic letter, I'm going to impress upon Travis that he needs to get out there and do a bunch more barking. The more barking, the better. That way the author of the creepy I-Wish-I-Wasn't-So-Bored stalker letter could get some kind of rehab, and me and Travis could go to Austin to watch some bands.

I guess I felt pretty distressed when I first read all of this. Like any good English composition person, I started annotating it and making comments, running it through the copier, and downloading the documents into an Adobe file. But most importantly, and this really matters, I want the authors to know that the word is sot, not sod. Example: You are a drunken sot. When critiquing my writing the least they can do is get it right. And they remark in the letter below that "I left them no choice." People that know me can already testify that in most situations that are ridiculous and stupid, I am not interested in providing anyone with a choice. That's such a weird thing to write, almost like a little passive-aggressive threat. A threat cliché

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And seriously, it is incredibly sad and disturbing that adults can act like this when all they have to do is mind their own business. All they have to do is use their minds and their work for something good to benefit society, and not bother anyone. When they make a fake call to complain about me, when they fixate on something they think someone wrote, when they try to harm an animal at its own home, they are taking time away from something more important. They are choosing to exist in chaos and not thrive in peace. It's all in the Karma.

 


Thoughts on Last Night's State of the Union Address

Last night I watched President Biden's persuasive address to the nation, and it's clear to me that the Republican Party came out of the night looking foolish and out of touch. If people are sick of inflation, then look to corporate greed for a solution. Obviously, Biden is in a power struggle of sorts with big pharma and big corporations. If they can point to his policies as problematic, they can later line up to Trump's trough and slurp up lavish tax cuts at the expense of the working class and middle America. Big oil and other polluters like them will once again be allowed to operate without those pesky regulations that strive to protect ordinary citizens. They will once again start disregarding the rights of minority and immigrant communities. 

What Trump and the Republicans aim to do is unethical, immoral, and anti-democratic. Republican Party personalities always lie to their constituents and claim that interfering in the personal lives of citizens is not their goal, but one only need to look at the mess after the overturning of Roe v Wade to uncover the false narratives around their ridiculous claims. 

Marjorie Taylor Green, Lauren Boebert, and disgraced US Representative George Santos clearly represent the level of low intelligence and obnoxious personality types that populate the Republican Party. Their refusal to send aid to Ukraine, while people die and a democratic European country is destroyed by Russian aggression, is only one example of poor judgement laced with hate and bigotry. 

Hate is an indulgence, and members of the Republican Party are morally irresponsible and unable to do what is right for our country and for the world. The fixation on hate and isolationism destroyed their sense of duty and justice. 

And last night's "kitchen rebuttal" looked and sounded completely ridiculous. Katie Britt snarled out a hateful, fear-mongering, rebuke that lacked any evidence, but capitalized on her hateful nature. As a woman, I felt embarrassed by her look and her sound. Every Republican bends over for Trump, a man that steals, lies, and sexually assaults women. Trump, the con-man, will destroy American progress.

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