There are so many good people here. This area is full of people who would actually wait a half an hour with my keys outside my car, hoping that I would return, so that nobody would steal it.
They returned my keys the next day with one request, "Do you have 10 bux you could spare? I'm a little broke and need some food."
We gladly gave him two fivers, but if we had more, we'd give it to him as well, knowing the money ain't going to the food. None-the-less, dude didn't steal anything from our car and he returned our keys. Next time I see him, I may bring him out for lunch to get that meal.
Anyway, last night's experience wasn't as neighbourly.
My love is mostly the one to bring the dogs outside, as I can't carry The Golden up our flight of stairs. He's being stubborn and refusing to get into the apartment, because it's not his home. So, Papi has to carry him.
Obviously I can't, but I usually go for the walk with them and hold doors open while my love carries the flailing four legs to our floor.
Last night, my bitch of a back told me to stay put, so out went Papi on his own to explore his new area.
In this hood, there are a lot of people with addiction problems. It's just been the way of this district for years. It's much better now, but there's still some issues.
Sir Bark-A-Lot remembers when mi esposo was a big ol' drunk and subsequently, does NOT like drunks.
Hence, he did what he does best and tried to terrorize the guy by the nipping at his heels and yapping. My love hasn't mastered the art of 'Alpha', and the little fucker of a dog behaves horribly when he's with Papi.
Our ghetto drunk was not impressed, and back and forth went the argument between the two. However, the only thing I heard from the window was an angry, "Try going to an AA meeting!"
I called my love to tell him that everything he says is heard loud and clear up in our suite, which means that everyone else can hear it too.
That was when I got the full story. This nutbar of a drunk waited for my love to return, because he knew our car, since Papi had put something in there while he was waiting for the one eyed big man to do his doggy biz.
As soon as the drunk saw Papi come back up the sidewalk, he had his revenge by approaching Papi, stating very loudly, "Next time I see your dog I'm going to kill him."
Papi retorted, "Next time I see your face I'll be calling the cops." Instead, mi esposo came up and told me the story and called the cops then and there.
While my love and I stood outside waiting for the police, this dude was doing his best to intimidate us from his apartment window, because his apartment is next door to us.
Now we have a neighbour who is threatening to kill our dog. Not the nicest welcome to the hood we just moved into 5 days ago.
Not to mention, my love has come from spacious plots of land where nobody sees each other and nobody talks, never mind threaten death.
Papi was genuinely terrified, as this guy knows where we live and what our vehicle looks like. It's hard not to spot our fucking vehicle with all the stickers on it.
Oh, dude also has our phone number, because that too is plastered on the side of our car for my love's pet care business.
Well, cops showed up, and after speaking to the sloppy drunk, he told us that we should just ignore him. Seriously. Anyone who would threaten to kill a 'chihuahua', stating 'it's owner sicked it on him' has to be a little off kilter.
"Do your best to keep your distance from him," was the end result, with the tag, "If anything else happens, call us."
Then through my love speaking to the cop, he informed him that we just moved from the West Side, where he's lived all his life, and having this experience really scared him.
Cop stopped for a second and tried his best to understand, "Why on earth did you move HERE?!?!?" There's always a punch line. Even from a cop.
I explained to my love that this is what it's like living in this 'community'. There are wonderful people, but that also means there are sick people.
Just so happens, the sick one knows where we live, what our car looks like and wants to kill our dog.
Having said that, he probably won't remember a thing today and may even tip his hat all neighbourly like the next time he sees Sir Bark-A-Lot.
It's just the law of the big city.
i feel completely at ease, and comfortable with all types of people