Sunday, October 01, 2017

The ocean breaths salty.

Usually when I'm feeling a little sideways I head to the beach. It washes away all my troubles. It makes me feel better in a way nothing else can.

I was actually going to post this yesterday, but my neighbor with the dog ruined all of my zen. I was composing this post and their dog started barking non stop for an hour around 9:00. They know their dog barks but they still leave it outside. And I've effing had it. So when I they came home I went over to yell at them. It went like this.

Me- I just listened to your dog bark non stop for an hour.

Her - Well, what do you want me to do, put her down?

(because there is no solution between putting her down and making it stop barking)

Me - I don't care what you do with it. Why don't you keep it in YOUR house.

Her - we have nice things and don't want her to pee on our stuff.

Me - well it isn't fair for ALL of these neighbors to have to put up with your dog. If I have to take you to court I will. Then I stared at her for effect to make sure she knew I was as serious as a heart attack.

So.... now I guess I need another beach day.


  1. Capital of Texas RefugeeSunday, October 01, 2017 8:56:00 PM

    "Don't hold the knife, throw the knife ..."
    -- Ice-T in Albert Pyun's "Mean Guns"

    A similar principle applies: you're done talking to these people.

    For what it's worth, I've only ever lived in one place where I thought my neighbors had my back, and only some of them.

    So now I'm just an ornery son-of-a-bitch to my neighbors unless they show some fundamentals of kindness when I first meet them.

    First impressions now to me aren't the main thing: they're the only thing.

  2. I am kind and respectful to ~everyone~. It costs me nothing. Which is why when people don't treat me fairly I will come down pretty hard.

    But, we will see if I'm done talking to them. My project starts tomorrow and they are right in the debris path. So this should be interesting.

  3. Capital of Texas RefugeeTuesday, October 03, 2017 3:48:00 PM

    "Hey, guys ... do you have any jackhammers you can bring to the job site?"

    "No ... why?"

    "Could you rent some for me?"

    Yeah, I'm that kind of ornery. :-)

  4. You are going to laugh your ass off when you see the pictures tomorrow. They've literally been up there with a jackhammer all day. My neighbor decided to stage a revolt and let their dog bark though most of it.

  5. When we bought this house, the property kitty-corner south had a pair of GSDs restrained by only an efence. They barked at us. At first we shrugged it off, and figured once they got used to us they'd stop. No such luck, they barked at every damn thing that moved within their sight line. We're rural enough that there are no laws about it, and since there's some ~300yards between the houses it wasn't as bad as it could have been. We learned to ignore it. When our Tibetan Mastiff turned 2 he decided that he was done being barked at. 11pm one night he slipped his collar and chased those two GSDs in their doggy door (which thankfully was one of the kind that required a sensor on the collar to open, so he couldn't actually follow them into the house). They never barked at him again and only rarely barked at us from then on.

    The folks who moved in when those folks moved out didn't have any dogs, and we were relieved. But this summer new folks moved in, and they have two dogs who often put out on tethers. They are slowly getting used to us and barking less and less. Which is good, because my dog has clearly decided he's not going to tolerate it and it has been an interesting summer handling him!

  6. It seems the only way you can really get back at people like this is to get a dog. And I LOVE dogs. But Mr S. is allergic. My contractor has more rules than they do for barking dogs. They really try to put every roadblock in place so you can't do anything about it. What I need is one of those stereos that shred newspapers hooked up to a dog barker. OOOOH! Maybe I could hire a band to play my deck! My choice would be Anthrax. I'm not a huge fan, but I did see them in concert once and thought I was going to lose hearing in one ear. It rang for three days.

    I kinda feel like there is a certain type of female that feeds on these dogs. They are very possessive dogs, and some chicks seem to have an emotional need that these dogs fit into.

  7. I agree, and they're usually the ones having a cow about how my dog is going to injure their baby while said "baby" is busy wrapping his flexi lead around my dog's legs, snapping and snarling the whole way.....

  8. Here, play this on a system with a high powered bass setup, might fix the neighbor dog problem for a day or two ;) (note, playing it on a system with poor bass capabilities means you may not hear a thing!)

  9. Oh thanks. I like that is growling instead of barking for the most part. I've got a pretty good bass system. Got a sound bar for Mr S.'s bday a couple of months ago with a mongo bass. Living in earthquake country I still haven't gotten used to they baseness of it. The ground rumbles in California. So I'm still constantly freezing and then waiting for shaking. No shaking? Just the sound system.

    Cute dog.