Saturday, October 22, 2011

.........and finally................

3 strikes, you're out.
It certainly isn't going to be any surprise to me if this particular individual ends up in that predicament.
I'm not saying I want this for this person, but this has been his modus operandi since before he turned 18 and now that he is a "legal adult", well, stealing from grocery and convenience stores and actually getting caught may end up biting him in the @$$ in the long run.
I'm referring to Anthony. Anyone that's been reading any of my blogs for a long time will know who Anthony is.
Caleb actually mentioned this when he came home from - Muay Thai (martial arts) today. He was at Subway and saw Kyle - who told Caleb that Anthony had been caught by security at Fry's shoplifting.
I can only imagine what kinds of things must have transpired in the last 14 months since those 2 left my house. I have given it little thought and would have stayed in that realm for however long, who knows, but Caleb brought it up.
Caleb literally despises Michael. That's Anthony's brother. That's another story entirely. I simply said to Caleb that it isn't worth the energy expended in your brain to give any of them a single thought.
Michael talked some serious trash to Caleb when they left about stealing stuff from us. Some of it was Caleb's things and not cheap things, either.
These people and their extended families? Just another reason I am glad to be an armed homeowner.
There were few details. Simply that security had caught him attempting to leave without paying and that was the end of that.
I have been going to that Fry's for 8 years now, I have only seen real security at the front here and there. I mean, not the greeter people - security as in someone who could actually take whoever/whatever down without much of a problem type of security.

I've never wished Anthony a bad life. I don't think it's a grand thing that his life has never gone anywhere. But, he and the 350 man have one thing in common: no job/school/whatever to make yourself a "productive citizen in our society". When you do nothing with your life - your entire life - where do you acquire a sense of self-worth?

Most of us can look back on our lives and think about the things that we have accomplished. Whether they mean anything to anyone else or not isn't totally irrelevant, but to you and I? It means everything.

I actually fear for Anthony, yet besides praying for him, there is absolutely nothing I can do.
The thoughts of of him and his brother brought up some rather ugly memories from the past and frankly, not worth mentioning here or dwelling upon.

Whatever the case, it's almost 9:00 pm which is well past my bedtime, even if on a Saturday night.

ben

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We had spent an inordinate amount of time looking for the right wallpaper. Today, we finally found it - after even more hours searching. However, this time we went to Sherwin Williams paint store, looked at the masses of catalogs they have there and found 2 very nice looking potentials within 2 minutes of being there. We being me and Lynnette. I enlisted Lynnette to help me find something because I don't want it to look - bachelorish.

We settled on the $33 per roll stuff, jotted down the info and came home. Found it online for $11.99 per roll. Also put a request to a live chat agent to see if they could find a better price, still waiting on that one.

The wallpaper can be viewed here: https://www.wallpaperstogo.com/p-77943-pinstripe-stripes-wallpaper.aspx

The problem with looking for wallpaper online is that you are just getting a picture of it, you really can't tell that well how it looks in "real life" until you see it in hand. This stuff looks VERY nice in real life, the picture doesn't do it justice.

I've spent over 4 hours working out on the front yard and it is far from done. This because I am going to give it a new, fresh look that is going to take some time to execute in terms of changing everything around. I have quite a lot of work to do on the east side of the house, too, but I would rather get the front done first since it's what people see when they drive/walk by.

Well, whatever the case, it feels very good to have found the wallpaper, that was quite the ordeal, really.

I think I'm done working for the day. Church in the morning and then perhaps the afternoon spent on doing more work on the front yard.

Saturday 10/22/2011

What's next?
Not sure yet.
A man admitting in open court, under oath, that a person that lives behind me jumps into my yard to let a cat out of a trap.
350 pound man coming into court with pics that he took over the top of my fence, at the trailer and a judge admonishing him to be 'very careful' because you might be found guilt of surreptitious photography laws.
I wonder if these people are sweating it now?
Especially when I turned around in court and eyed April, proclaiming: I didn't know anyone had entered my back yard! and the judge saying that we weren't for that, contact law enforcement if you want to pursue it.

These people and their lack of having anything to do with their time and therefore finding ways to release their pent up energies by - taking it out on me - have put themselves at risk, legally.
The woman that jumped my fence doesn't work, either and hasn't worked the entire almost 8 years that I have lived here in this "neighborhood". Starting trouble with me when both their properties are complete and total garbage dumps that, if I turned those properties in, would create a living nightmare for them to have to deal with.

I'm certainly standing at a crossroads right now and I haven't decided yet which direction to take. Speaking in terms of Christianity, I would be told by everyone in the world that aren't Christians that I must forgive them. Yes, but there is one caveat to that: they must ASK for forgiveness, first.
Speaking in terms of revenge: just go all out and do everything that I can to retaliate against the whole lot of them. Call the police and file complaints against the 350 man for the photography and the woman for trespassing. Get online and start writing out the property problems on the woman's properties and let er' rip.

Speaking terms of attempting to simply try and reach out and see if there is any possibility that we can all just get past this? I don't really know.

So, I stand at that cross roads and will be standing there until I have opportunity to discuss with Sam, the woman's husband, where it is that he thinks this should all go. I'll just let him speak - but if the conversation never takes place, ie: he doesn't want to talk, then I am going to lean towards turning it all in, since he was also involved in all of this shenanigans to try and make life miserable, including turning in the RV the trailer tenants live in to get them ousted.

There was no good reason for them to do that. That trailer is well back on my property and out of direct view from the front. Considering these people's properties and the countless violations they have going on on them concerning city code and enforcement, it seems to me that they didn't think this through very well. I could force them to either have to get another mobile home placed on that property or, make them remove EVERYTHING off of that property, including the 2 small structures. I am also waiting until I find out what the city says about the trailer, people living in it and what can be done, if anything. The city has yet to come out, or if they have, they certainly didn't contact anyone. I don't know how they determine that someone is living in a thing unless they actually come onto the property.

Whatever the case, I don't really feel that I am in the most enviable of positions in having to make choice as to what to do next. I don't want wars with neighbors, but they started it with me.

As for today, well, the high temps today and tomorrow at 94. Still warm, but not hot. Next week looking for high temps in the 80's. I have BEEN looking for high temps in the 80's for a while now!

I am headed outside to get some landscaping stuff done.

Well I put up a post yesterday concerning the second part of the trip but it ended up in another blogger account I have - and haven't us...