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27 May 2011 @ 07:48 pm
Maybe some people go out and do things on a Friday night?  
I had a day off today, which was lovely.  I spent the morning with my Grandpa - we went to a thrift store, where I found an honest-to-God Buffy the Vampire Slayer metal lunchbox.  Amazing!  Then we played cards and he beat me every hand because he is a big cheater.  I took a bunch of pictures of his garden (along with assorted and sundry other random things today), but I am too lazy to get them off my phone, clean them up, and upload them, so that's a post for another day.

Why am I too lazy?  Because I spent THE REST OF THE DAY WRITING.  Because I'm an idiot.  Because I decided I just had to hurry up and write a Fringe spec for AFF, said submissions being due on Wednesday.  Though I'd like to submit Monday at the latest.  I might be able to, as I managed to get the whole first half done today.  25 pages!  Of course, TV is always easier to write than features, at least for me.  Hopefully I'll finish tomorrow, and then have Sunday to edit.

I'm actually happy with it so far, considering that when I started writing I only had the teaser and the final scene in mind.  I still don't actually know how I'm going to resolve it - and that's half the fun!  It's a Season Four ~premiere, and I think it's also exciting to try and figure out one possibility for how a show will come back after a cliffhanger.

Other than that, it's been a pretty normal day.  Two of my neighbors had a fight.  (A real fight!)  (Not really; they were just yelling at each other.)  This one neighbor of ours is a total tool.  When I was a freshman in college he stole my cat.  He actually stole my cat.  (He'd been feeding it and letting the kids take it into their house to play with, and I asked him to stop when I was home on spring break.  My dad calls me a few weeks later to tell me that this guy claimed he hit it with his car, took it to the emergency vet, and if we repaid him the $500 he spent we could have it back.  My dad called the cops, but they wouldn't do anything and told him he could take it to small claims court, which to this day I think is absolute bullshit.  We all have to stop and think about what our neighbor's actual name is; we call the whole family The Catstealers, as though that is their last name.)

ANYWAY, Catstealer has two dogs that roam the neighborhood.  They replaced his previous dog that roamed the neighborhood until he tied it up one day so tight that it ended up choking itself.  (Have I mentioned that this guy is an absolute and total dick and probably should be investigated for animal cruelty?)  I guess these dogs crapped all over my next-door neighbor's front porch.  These are big dogs, so I think it was, y 'know, a lot.  My neighbor walked over to Catstealer's house and knocked on the door.  All their cars were out front, but no one came to the door and answered him.  So my neighbor went back to his house, got a shovel of the dog crap from off his front porch, walked back to Catstealer's, and THREW THE DOG SHIT ALL OVER HIS DOOR.  AMAZING.  So then Catstealer comes out, and they go at it.  

Once we hear there's a fight going on, we all run to our windows to eavesdrop, as one does.  The story was only pieced together later when my brother reports - he'd gone outside to listen.  I actually wasn't able to hear much because AN ACTUAL GODDAMN BIPLANE was circling overhead.  I did manage to hear our neighbor threaten to "take care of the dogs" if something isn't done, so we're going to keep the cats inside for a few days just in case he does something stupid like put poison out.  Now, I'm not a fan of dogs running free like that, but it's not the dogs' fault.  They're just dogs.  It's Catstealer's fault for not having an actual fence up (it's this rickety wood thing), and not keeping the gates closed, etc.  So I hope nothing does happen to the dogs; I actively hated his previous dog, because it would run up on you when you tried to get in your car and was mean, whereas these current dogs are just kinda annoying, but I was still upset when I heard how it died.

So anyway, that was kind of fun.
enigmaticbluesenigmaticblues on May 28th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
Woot! I love good writing days. I always feel so virtuous later.

Also, we had neighbors who were like that. They were awful, awful people, and there were several altercations. So, I wish you much luck in dealing with your set of awful people.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on May 28th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Oh, we don't deal with them. We interact with them as little as possible. I do not doubt at all that if this guy thought we'd crossed him or something, he'd hurt the animals or even do something worse. We won't even call animal control on them, though there have been many times we've wanted to, just because he's the kind of guy that would retaliate. We just hope one day he'll move, but I'm afraid it's not going to happen.
cath822cath822 on May 28th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
Wow, that's rough. Did you ever get your cat back?
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on May 28th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
Nope. That summer is when my parents got me Mr. Phoenix as a replacement, I guess. We also never saw the cat again, really, and Marshall was sorta-kinda friends with one of the daughters for a year or so. We think the cat was gotten rid of pretty quickly, either taken to a shelter or dumped. Obviously he was too much of an asshole to give her back to us.
a universal sigh: DW - Ten - eyebrows and hairnaushika on May 28th, 2011 05:11 am (UTC)
Wow, that is a hell of a story. Those neighbors sound like real winners! Your other neighbor who threw the shovel of dog shit cracks me up. Hopefully he won't hurt the dogs and it was just an idle threat. If anything, he should call ASPCA and report them for letting them run around and getting choked on leashes and stuff.

Shannon: dexter doorkungfuwaynewho on May 28th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, with the previous dog that was actually mean and threatening, Animal Control was called several times by several different people, including the postal worker who delivers our mail. They would come out, be unable to catch the dog, then just fine the guy. The end. Apparently they're fed, so I guess AC has bigger fish to fry?
nhpwnhpw on May 28th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
He STOLE your CAT? How is that not illegal? (And why do I think that if someone stole a DOG a bigger deal would be made out of it by the police?)

Maybe some people go out and do things on a Friday night?

Two weeks, man. Two weeks. :D

Good luck with the writering!
Shannon: b5 almost kisskungfuwaynewho on May 28th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
I know! Apparently if you let your cat outside then anything can happen to it and it's your fault. Like, if this guy came over and took, say, a bicycle we left in our driveway, it would be stealing. But because he came over and took a cat that was outside it's something for small claims court? I was in LA at the time, but my sister told me that my dad was so upset she thought he was going to have a stroke.

For some reason I can't calendar and for about half an hour I thought it was this upcoming weekend, and got kind of panicky, LOL.
Martinela_loony on May 30th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
You're neighbours are definitly bringing something to the streetxD
I hope as well that the dogs will be fine but that somebody gets something done against Catstealer (I'm sure this is their name^^), people like that are just annoying.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on May 31st, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
Well, we haven't seen the dogs running the neighborhood since this all went down, so maybe it did some good? (I'm hoping he's just brought them in, and not that he dumped them somewhere.)
(Anonymous) on May 31st, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
One of the major reasons we opted not to move two summers ago is because we get along with all of our neighbors. One we don't like so much, but that's just because she's nosy. Not so much an animal thief.

Props to the guy for launching the dog poo at Catstealers' door!

Shannonkungfuwaynewho on May 31st, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
We got along with almost all of our neighbors when I was a kid, and it seems like every person who's moved onto the street in the last decade or so has been a jerk of one variety or another. (At least we got rid of the people right across the street; it was nothing but basketball all year round, urgh.)
Holly: Laura Excuse me what?hollywobbles on June 2nd, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
I can't believe he STOLE your CAT. I... I just... I CAN'T BELIEVE HE STOLE YOUR CAT.

...I can't believe he stole your cat.