The Final Chapter (part 6)

[BRINDLEKIN TALES – Book 3: Chapter 17f]

Re: Not a peep out of ’em!
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 26, 2021 8:54 PM

> Excellent idea to get there early. Let’s hope it’s not too wild and woolly an adventure.

I’m used to being slapped in the face most of the time, so it wouldn’t surprise me. If it looks dicey, I’ll just walk away. I’ll be recording it all, so you’ll see, soon enough.

> Fabulous!

Even better: if you search “zasu pitts” on Youtube, you’ll find a nice collection of her full-length movies. Will be watching two more tonight, (starting with “The Crooked Circle,” which is a pre-code comedy/mystery) just to forget Deek’s latest mind-fuck. Which will be part 2 of the “Deek’s BS” videos. Coming up shortly. He LOVES to ruin a person’s day; it might very well be the best thing he knows how to do. I suspect he’s learned that trick as a young street hustler in New Orleans. Tries to make you feel guilty about SOMEthing, no matter how good you are. It’s a type of power play.

Upon returning his devices a half hour ago, he commented about the pups: “I don’t know what you do to them, but I don’t like it.” Referring to their supposed lack of pep after staying with me. They’re actually well rested and calm, instead of hyped up from all the street craziness. If he wants an enemy, he’s got one. But I have to cover all that up, for the sake of the doggies. As I’ve been doing ever since around a year-and-a-half ago, when I resumed our association upon seeing that incredible pup he adopted. That’s Lucky. But now there’s also Flaco, whom I likewise adore.

What an awful start to part 6 of “The Final Chapter.”

– Zeke K-Holmes


Subject: You’ll be glad to know I got my first shot this morning!
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 27, 2021 11:14 AM

They administered the Moderna vaccine. I was surprised and pleased that the whole visit was well executed, with large tents and a short wait time. I was in and out of there in less than an hour. My 2nd shot is scheduled for May 25th. But what bothers me still is this:

Had I not been tipped off by a kindly stranger in a grocery store, I would’ve never known about Maxine Hall’s walk-in for seniors. The few online SF resources that cover where to get the vaccine, lists that place as limited to ONLY those within their network. So no one’s gonna bother. When you phone them, their recorded message ALSO says you need to be a network member, to get the vaccine! IOW, they have NOT updated this change, which began barely a week ago. Or perhaps that’s their underhanded way of keeping a flood of people at bay.

San Franshitsco should have done this early on: vaccine centers ONLY for the elderly, before letting everyone else in. I mentioned this to the other clerk at the corner store where Morey works, and all he said was: “At least you got YOUR shot.”

So I replied: “That’s an I-got-mine-you-get-yours mentality. What about all the OTHER older folks who don’t know about this place? To base this on who you know or some random tip from a stranger, is disgusting.”

He just shrugged his shoulders and stepped back inside. And this is EXACTLY why I hate the middle class. They act like they care about the poor, but when you scratch the surface you see a different skin. They do NOT care to grasp the inequities that are living nightmares for those below their financial scale.

So now I’m going to post to Reddit’s “AskSF” sub, about Maxine Hall. SINCE NO ONE ELSE HAS BOTHERED. As for Deek:

I’m thoroughly disgusted, as he’s obviously coming up with excuses off the top of his head, to NOT have the pups come over more than once in a blue moon. He’s JEALOUS over how much they like me. I think he’d rather see the dogs dead than let them visit frequently. Oh, and another concern about adopting a pet through the SPCA (and anywhere else for that matter):

I would most likely not QUALIFY because I just live in a room. And I doubt they’d be impressed enough to have a change of heart after watching some of my Brindlekin videos. And we’re talking, theoretically, about adopting not one, but TWO, dogs. They are very cute, sweet doggies, and someone else would snatch them up in a pinch…someone with lots of moolah, and a nice home with a backyard.

– Zeke K-Holmes


Subject: WTF? AskSF blocked my post!
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 27, 2021 11:49 AM

No rhyme or reason to it. The block was IMMEDIATE. So obviously I have been permanently censored from posting anything there! They had previously banned me for two days, over a discussion of younger people cutting ahead (by lying about their eligibility) re. vaccinations at the Moscone Center. Yet I said nothing out of line, just affirmed another person’s claim with online references. I suspect ageism on the part of the moderator. That is: the “boomer remover” mentality…just kill ’em off!

Click here for a larger view.

Re: You’ll be glad to know I got my first shot this morning!
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 27, 2021 12:34 PM

> Good!! I got Moderna, too, and had zero side effects.

I was planning on treating myself afterwards, to get a bite to eat. But then I realized there are no restrooms open in the city, so I just scooted back home. The bus getting there and back showed up quickly both ways. There were no disturbing vagrants present at the center, and it was clean and well ordered.

> The whole thing’s disgraceful.

That’s why I call it “San Franshitsco” any more.

> Right. And the lousy organization and lack of communication further puts people in “competition” for those precious shots. The pandemic has truly turned over the rock, revealing what squirms away from the light underneath.

At least I’m documenting all this, on a local basis. There will come a reckoning.

Deek’s ignorant, foul behavior has caused me to stumble under the weight, a dark force screaming in my head that my faith is delusional. I will not fall for that, but simply lick my wounds. Too bad there isn’t a vaccine for stupidity, ’cause he really needs a shot! Make that a double.

Yesterday’s 2-part video sharply exposes his dark side in a condensed few minutes. I told him I’m getting my first shot the next day, and he remarked (again) that COVID is fake; then said it’s all over already. I told him no, not by a long shot, and he needs to get vaccinated, too, as I don’t want him to get sick or die from it. He just brushed me off as if I were some clueless fool. I have NEVER before seen someone so well programmed to destroy his life in every possible way. He’s his own worst enemy, and I fear the dogs will be sucked into his personal doomscape; with me, helpless to save them, but simply be a witness to this horror. Flaco & Lucky are the BEST THING to ever happen to me, in my entire life…but look at the nightmare scenario entangling it all!

> That’s one thing rich people are good for–pampering their pets. Food, shelter, vet care.

In their little castles of smug self-righteousness. Though SOME of their castles are not so little! They are silent monsters, the most dangerous kind of all. San Franshitsco IS a city of monsters. But what city in America isn’t?

– Zeke K-Holmes


Re: WTF? AskSF blocked my post!
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 27, 2021 1:14 PM

> That is FUCKED UP!!!

I successfully posted the Maxine Hall notice to another sub, “r/sanfrancisco.” It has 229k members. Let’s hope they don’t take it down, too! I’m saving the link to check up on it over the next few days.


Subject: Can you believe this?
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 27, 2021 5:42 PM

Weirdly enough, my Maxine Hall post showed up on the AskSF sub, anyway! I know, because I just got a notice that someone replied. And, of all things to say, instead of just a simple “thanks:”

There are a bunch of sites offering walk-ins for everyone regardless of age. Why is Maxine Hall 65+ only? Weird.

–and my reply:

Because younger people were LYING to get their shots, which pushed out the elderly. They’d claim to have asthma, when they don’t, or claim to be working in a high-risk environment, when they don’t…and the clinics took their word for it, no verification required. Including thousands MORE young people from outSIDE the county. This was going on at Moscone Center, too! An earlier walk-in site limited you to one of eight zip codes. So Maxine Hall had the good sense to LIMIT their walk-ins to the elderly. Otherwise the same BS would go down, and once more, senior citizens would be shoved aside.

The idea that old people were ineligible until recently, if they did NOT have some serious medical condition, is DEPLORABLE. For being old in and of itself, is ALREADY a serious medical condition. But I ALSO think that young people who LIED at the expense of older lives (thus spreading further misery and needless death) have a medical condition of their own…and it’s MENTAL. Talk about the “boomer remover” mindset! It’s called “line-jumping,” and it was even discussed on this very sub. I guess you missed it. See:

Is it still possible to do standby at the Moscone Center if you’re under 50?

Also see:

The Wild Ways Young People Are Jumping Ahead of Granny for the Vaccine

–end

– Zeke K-Holmes


Re: Can you believe this? ADDENDUM
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 27, 2021 6:37 PM

And I got 15 upvotes on r/sanfrancisco, and 11 upvotes on r/AskSF. Never got so many upvotes before, and in such a short time. It’s a lot for me, as I often grate people with the blunt truth, especially regarding LGBT politics. Just look at all the brouhaha around me on the MCN list service!


Re: Can you believe this? ADDENDUM
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 28, 2021 7:51 AM

> Ha! Indeed!

Because so many who claim to be LGBT friendly, still don’t consider us newsworthy! Why, they’d rather hear about a cat being rescued from a tree, than anything about those queers…even if we were being hauled off to the gas chambers by gov’t mandate.


Subject: To quote or not to quote, that is the question!
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 28, 2021 10:35 AM

Prior to the span of more than two decades previous, I had come to realize that I am a grandiloquently quotable author; in fact, I’ve begun referencing mySELF now and then, since my esteemed body of opuses has piled up like a sempiternal mountain of earthly debris exhumed for the establishment of a new, old-kingdom Egyptian pyramid, or that of a high-rise apartment complex for the principality of Wallachia’s entire populace. (Take THAT, Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton!)

For this astounding revelation, I predict that I will become more widely quoted than even Shakespeare, the Bible, or Eloise Bowles…IOW, the most quoted wordsmith in all of history, and for all tomorrows ad eternum.

Feel free to quote me on that.

– Zeke K-Holmes


Re: [MCN-Discussion]- Woke math
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: Discussion MCN
Date: April 28, 2021 9:27 AM

On Mon, 26 Apr 2021 15:01:23 -0700 Rob Copout squoinked:

> This is seriously being considered by state education people. Also in Oregon. Not to mention Virginia.

Your own racism shines through, Mr. Copout! This booklet is a serious attempt to put an end towards neglecting African American students when it comes to learning math. Similar to stereotyping women as incapable of mastering mathematics (like the infamous Barbie Doll “Math class is tough!” brouhaha), our educational system as it now stands, inculcates the same disregard for people of color. Do you know any FAMOUS black mathematicians? I doubt it. Start here:

10 Famous Black Mathematicians and Their Contributions

In sum: this is not “woke” math, this is proper math! For the time is way overdue to learn that not all mathematicians are white, and that black children are just as capable in excelling in math or any other subject, with the right teaching methods, that is: free of racial prejudice. Does that bother you for some reason?

 


Subject: My Bodhisattva Premise as Applied on a Global Scale
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 28, 2021 12:27 PM

Good physician, I am now honored to present you with my astounding conjecture as it applies to our entire species in general, in as terse a manner as possible:

Just as the challenges presented to us by our bodhisattva agents, they are likewise presented on a worldwide dimension. Some of our personal challenges are programmed to appear insurmountable, that is: with seemingly impossible odds stacked against us. But the lesson here is that, with constant faith and persistence, nonetheless we shall overcome these crises, as well. Thus, it is the same regarding global issues.

For while rapid climate change, imminent threat of a nuclear holocaust, and one pandemic after another (for examples) may grossly APPEAR to be insurmountable, they are NOT. Though that is precisely how they’re meant to play out. But again, with faith and persistence on the species level, they, too, shall be conquered. With that will also arise a NEW awareness of nature’s true divinity, and our role in it…and we shall then pave the way to a utopian destiny. With this curious twist:

Homosexuals shall lead the way.

– Zeke K-Holmes


Re: My Bodhisattva Premise as Applied on a Global Scale
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 28, 2021 12:50 PM

> I’m down with it!!

Only your hairdresser knows for sure, Wattson.


Subject: The Shoe Thief is Back! [my latest video – 36 secs.]
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: Zeke’s Mailing List
Date: April 28, 2021 6:16 PM

Shoe thief, or package thief? He has a key to the building AND drives a vehicle. What a perfect arrangement. The building manager SAID he was gonna change the front gate lock a few months back, but obviously that hasn’t happened. And that stolen key can be copied dozens of times over, and handed out. Lovely! I’m sure there’s an interesting story about how he GOT that key in the first place. A one-night stand with a stranger can cost you! I call them “fiends with benefits.” (That is NOT a typo, by the way.)


Re: Did you know that Max Fleischer’s Olive Oyl was fashioned after Zasu Pitts?
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 28, 2021 7:27 PM

> I did know that. And the woman who played Jack Nicholson’s wife in “The Shining,” Shelley Duvall, played Olive Oyl in the Popeye movie. She was perfect in that role. A guy used to live here whose grandfather, E.C. Segar, was the creator of Popeye. Many stories to tell.

Six degrees of separation! I’d love to hear some of those stories! I just looked up Popeye, and found this timeline page of his cultural and fashion influence here and abroad. He’s still going strong, into the 21st century!

https://popeye.com/timeline/

I just learned Ms. Pitts spelled her first name with TWO capital letters: “ZaSu” because she was named after two aunts: Eliza and Susan. And she even wrote a delightful homemade candy book BEFORE the candy thermometer was invented:

Candy Hits by ZaSu Pitts
https://www.amazon.com/Candy-Hits-ZaSu-Pitts/dp/B0007E5APO

And here’s an ebook about her that I just downloaded, published in 2010…so recent! Quoting from the description:

“Most often remembered for her gestures, expressive eyes, and body language on the screen, ZaSu Pitts was an unusual actress (and also an excellent cook: she often gave homemade candies to her coworkers, and her collection of candy recipes was published posthumously). This affectionate study of both her private life off-screen and her public persona details how the multi-talented actress become one of filmdom’s favorite comediennes and character players. The book includes many rare photographs.”

I like to think her kind spirit is reaching out to me, in this remarkable time of my life. Interesting, because I never paid her much attention as a teenager, when I watched her on the Gale Storm show, or some old-time movies. In fact, I never gave her a thought until a few days ago when I discovered Youtube’s collection of classic films. And I thought: “I really like Zasu Pitts!” So I guess she was happily dwelling in a cozy corner of my mind, all those years! And now, she’s emerged from that corner with a smile that beams a joyful light my way.

More generally speaking, there is SO MUCH from that period of America (the ’30s and ’40s) that enchants me, when it comes to authors and movies. And, I guess, the zeitgeist of that era.

– Zeke K-Holmes


Subject: Bedbug treatment tomorrow…I’m ready for it.
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 29, 2021 4:26 PM

Laundry’s all caught up and bagged. Tonight I’ll remove the tarps on the floor, along with the eight throw rugs…toss out the tarps, and bag the rugs for the laundry a few days down the line. Having to purchase new tarps every time is a waste of money, so it just occurred to me, why not use cardboard flats discarded by the restaurant next door? They’ll be covered by the rugs anyway, and will still keep the dirty floor under wraps. Easy and free to replace, as there is an abundance of clean, broken-down cardboard boxes on every block. Besides, the pups really like stretching out on cardboard surfaces…guess it’s their street wisdom. They always seek a clean spot to sit upon, whenever possible. Not that Deek cares much about their well-being.

He seems hell-bent on keeping them away from me, making all kinds of horrible, false accusations in order to justify this. Possibly planning to get Flaco pregnant and start his own puppy mill right there on the streets! And he knows that would put me in a rage; I’ve made that very clear, in hopes he wouldn’t go there. Because if I even get a whiff of him trying to get her inseminated, I’ll call Animal Control. But I bet they wouldn’t do a damned thing. These doggies are the nicest thing to happen to me, but look at the situation I’m in! The rest of my life will probably be a misery.

– Zeke K-Holmes


Re: Bedbug treatment tomorrow…I’m ready for it.
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 29, 2021 4:59 PM

> What a fucking ordeal. So sorry you have to endure it, over and over and over again.

It’s a living nightmare…no letup. Even when Flaco & Lucky visit (much to my profound joy), knowing they’ll have to be returned to Deek in a short while, is a dark cloud.

> I sincerely hope not.

The rest of my life WILL be a misery, if the pups are lost to me…how could it not be? There is no way around that, for I will miss them unto my final breath. Not that I won’t live on in reasonable stability because their love stays with me, but a huge chunk of my heart will be cut out and never be healed. If things should come to that, I hope to god no one will ever say to me, “Just get another dog.” For they are my friends, unique unto themselves, and can never be forgotten or replaced. Their boundless joy whenever they see me is EXACTLY what turns Deek against me.

So there is my blunt emotion, Wattson, minus the element of my Bodhisattva Premise. “Keeping the faith” is easier said than done. Deek will come around; I should not entertain ugly scenarios, they do me no good.

My new pair of spy glasses arrived yesterday, and I applied a bit of superglue on the top rims of the lenses, to prevent another mishap. Keeping the first pair, though, as they can STILL record as well as usual. I’m getting better at using my spy pen, and I may start wearing THAT, instead of the glasses, whenever I see Deek. Both types of spy devices have their pluses and minuses. But the pen is better concealed, hands down.

– Zeke K-Holmes


Re: Interesting Reply from an Amazon Seller!
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 29, 2021 5:18 PM

> Oh, there probably were peaceful dynasties. But when they did go to war, they didn’t fuck around. I ain’t no expert, but I delved enough into Chinese history to know that they’re old hands at empire and cruel domination when they’re in the mood.

But our western culture has been brutal too, and very foolish by treating other cultures abusively. Thus, we have no good card in the hand, to turn things around. Be that as it may, since my extraordinary tales will soon liberate all people on this planet, and bring true peace and prosperity across the globe, I consider it a waste of angst-inducing time to conjecture worst case scenarios on any issue. Or IOW:

“What, me worry?”

– Zeke K-Holmes


Re: Interesting Reply from an Amazon Seller!
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 29, 2021 6:02 PM

> That’s the ticket.

It has to be, Wattson…any other path is self-destructive! I know I sound crazy, but so be it. I am obsessed by an astounding vision, and my devotion to Flaco & Lucky is key to its fulfillment. How a very personal, little thing in life, tended to by one person alone, can be the trigger to global emancipation, is a curious revelation. However, being “alone” in this is actually an illusion, as we are all connected, and who and what I am today, is the accumulation of all the influences I have received from the outside world, along with what’s inside my head: a melding that unpredictably morphed into Divine Potency! “The Butterfly Effect,” one might say.

Nor is caring for two, sweet homeless mutts with curly, waggy tails and bright faces a “little” thing.

Only two days left in April…may they be miraculous. The last time the pooches were over, Flaco clambered onto my lap, as I lay stretched sideways along the cot, with my back against the wall. Prone across my extended legs and facing me, she stared into my eyes for a LONG time. So much love! I stroked her warm, furry back in dreamy repetition, and she soaked it all up. She emanates sweetness, with a brindle-gold aura!

And when it was time for me to rise, she kept trying to stay on my lap, which I consider a tremendous compliment for all the respect I give them both. But she finally acceded, as I gently placed her onto the cot beside Lucky. Her brother, who is SO good to her! That same day he hopped back onto the bedding and rested his head upon her hindquarters where she lay, and just watched over her like the good sibling he is.

I put the extra effort to get ALL my sleeping bags run through the dryers, yesterday and today. Because the doggies love their fluff! Normally, I would bag half of them away, and heat the rest up some weeks later, as my comfort is not as important to me, as theirs. The two adult bags combined, provide an excellent cushion from the cot’s jointed rods.

I have four kid’s sleeping bags, and two adult ones. And not a SINGLE one will go to Deek, should he ask, “Do you have an extra blanket?” They are for the dogs, and the dogs alone. Besides, he is quite resourceful, that is, totally capable of providing for himself…and he “LOSES” whatever I give him, three or four days later (more like he trades or sells them, I’m sure; for meth).

He treats me like a bottomless pit of lucre, no matter how often I explain to him the limits of my funds. You’d think he’d be tickled pink to have a friend like me, helping him and the pups out. But no, he sure isn’t. Just my luck to wind up with a monster for a friend. Well, at least he hasn’t held his failure to collect that stimulus check over my head…in fact, he accepted it gracefully. Which really surprised me.

Anyway, the hints are there, and plenty of them, that he is not the fucked up person he seems to be…but my main bodhisattva in this cycle of my life, with Arwyn being the previous one. And going further back: Randolph Taylor.

– Zeke K-Holmes


Subject: Of course he shows up tonight,10:30 PM…
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 29, 2021 11:04 PM

…just before bedbug treatment day. But not to have the pups over. It was a pretty good visit, though he immediately started whining about the dogs’ behavior, when all they were doing was playing ’cause so happy to see me.

“They don’t act like that when they’re not with you!” he exclaimed.

“You mean playful?” I said.

“No, biting and fighting each other.”

“Oh for god’s sake, they’re just playing with each other, Lucky’s just being silly giving love nibbles to Flaco. It’s cute.”

He was nonetheless calm, wanted some money but all I had was $13, and told him I didn’t know he’d drop over tonight, you’ll just have to wait till tomorrow. So he’s gonna return in the morning to pick up his devices, and more moolah. He’s really good at dropping by at the worst times, but I was glad to see the pooches, anyway.

Caught it all with my spy pen, the conversation at least, because most of the view was blocked by my shirt or arm. So looks like using the spy glasses is better. Will upload the recording some time tomorrow.

– Zeke K-Holmes


Subject: So now my quasi-fascist neighbor shits on me again!
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 29, 2021 11:48 PM

After visiting with Deek, I notice he hasn’t left that corner, and the dogs started barking up a storm. Because some houseless creep was bothering them (and him). So I stepped out once more, to remind Deek he can’t hang out here, he’s disturbing my neighbors. So he got going, thank god. I have it all on film, will upload tomorrow night.

Well, guess what…I just got this stupid email from my neighbor down the hallway, Moe Fleisher. He has NO idea of the crap I’ve recently gone through, including with the manager and the neighbors at the OTHER end of the hallway. I have yet to respond; maybe I won’t even bother.

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Dogs and the nature of things
Date: 2021-04-30 07:33
From: Moe Fleisher
To: Zeke Krahlin

Zeke,

Thank you for handling, just now, the situation with your friend below
my windows. It was not long ago I had to endure a loud encounter you
had with him regarding breeding.

I may be mistaken but it seems you “babysit” his dogs on occasions
and sometimes for days at a time. I mention this as it is an example of
enabling him to the detriment of your neighbors. Since your babysitting
began, he again has been a problem (kind of the, if you build it they
will come).

Bottom line is, your attempts to help and your compassion for the dogs
are not enough.

Enabling always fails.

peace – moe

Save The Redwoods – savetheredwoods.org


Subject: Here is my draft response to Moe Fleisher (I haven’t emailed it yet.)
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 30, 2021 12:14 AM

On 2021-04-30 07:33, Moe Fleisher wrote:

> Thank you for handling, just now, the situation with your friend below my windows.

You’re welcome.

> It was not long ago I had to endure a loud encounter you had with him regarding breeding.

That was a rare conflict that couldn’t wait another moment, where I could speak with him away from the building.

> I may be mistaken but it seems you “babysit” his dogs on occasions and sometimes for days at a time.

That is true. Though the correct term is “dog sit.” And, like W.C. Fields, I hate babies.

> I mention this as it is an example of enabling him to the detriment of your neighbors.

Detriment? Hardly, they are a sweet addition to this building. Residents are delighted to see them, except for one very troubled neighbor, for whom I’ve already mailed two complaints to Ablahblah Realty. I think you may be unaware of this horrid situation. This is the mother and adopted son in 208, Myrtle and Adisa. He was allowing his teenage friends to loiter in the hallway, sometimes for hours, being noisy, belligerent, intimidating and (worst of all) refusing to wear masks. Here is a copy of my first complaint to Ablahblah.

And my second complaint, which includes a video link to a horrific encounter with Adisa and “friends” at the front gate, as well as photos of elevator workers not wearing masks. Though if you want to get right to the video, here’s the link.

So, as you can see, Deek is not the only difficult person I am currently dealing with…some of whom even reside in our building! And, in their own way, are as bad as or worse than dealing with Deek.

> Since your babysitting began, he again has been a problem (kind of the, if you build it they will come).

You’re blowing it out of proportion. Deek hardly comes by the building. There are far many other nuisances occurring on our block that have nothing to do with him…including the ongoing disturbance of the peace late into the night by the Hohokum workers, that “shoe thief” with a vehicle who has the key to the front gate, and the somewhat frequent homeless campers on the 16th Street side of the building. Not the same people all the time, but it’s a popular spot…which noise from them you, unfortunately, are subjected to.

> Bottom line is, your attempts to help and your compassion for the dogs are not enough.

Maybe yes, maybe no. But compassion IS the key in all matters, no matter what. Whether it’s Deek, crazy neighbors in our building, a well-meaning but misdirected manager, or elevator crewmen who don’t wear masks.

> Enabling always fails.

I am doing everything I can to spare these two lovely pups from his ignorance. That is a far cry from “enabling.” Animal Control will do nothing in this circumstance. I have even gotten the police on him, but to no avail. I have also been trying to persuade Deek to let me buy the dogs off him, where they can live safely and happily…and he’d still be able to have their company in the daytime. I have warned him incessantly that they should not be living on the streets, they’re little doggies and will come down with crippling arthritis if he keeps this up. Nonetheless, he is showing marked improvement in caring for them.

The doggies, Flaco and Lucky, are very sweet natured and absolutely quiet while visiting me. They used to bark a lot at other residents in the hallway, because this pandemic has made encounters with occupants extremely rare. Thus the pups were not accustomed to seeing anyone else in the hallways, except yours truly. They have since adapted, and their barks to and from my room are much softer and infrequent. I welcome you to watch any of the numerous videos I have of them, on my Youtube channel…they are a delight. Here are three among many lovely examples.

Sincerely,

Zeke Krahlin


Re: Here is my draft response to Moe Fleisher (I haven’t emailed it yet.) ADDENDUM
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 29, 2021 1:19 AM

Append this to the end of my letter to Moe:

“FYI: I’ve even been trying to turn the pups into mascots of the Castro, through my Brindlekin Tales (including my distribution of 2,000 “Brindlekin Tales” business cards). After all, it’s part of my collection, “True Tales from the Castro (eat your heart out, Armistead).” If they take off on the local level, there will be many residents watching over the dogs, and Deek will be under pressure to take better care of them. Or they just might be taken away from him. Your putting the word out could help make this come true!”


Re: Here is my draft response to Moe Fleisher (I haven’t emailed it yet.) ADDENDUM
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My Dear Wattson
Date: April 30, 2021 8:48 PM

> This, added to what you sent previously, should be very effective. You rightly put the emphasis on the pups. You’re doing all of this for THEM, Deek is secondary.

The letter is done, with important extra sentences inserted into some paragraphs, the inclusion of the manager’s letter claiming the dogs are violent, and a link to the blog entry that lists some of the ways in which I’ve helped keep the building safe. I think the impact is much greater now, as a result. Moe is friends with the manager, but I have no idea if Kevin’s told him anything about his mess-ups, or would like Mr. Fleisher to know. However, it is MY well-being we’re talking about, and no one’s gonna tell me to keep it all hush-hush. I’m sure that it will rub Moe the wrong way, that I invite him to help me with the pups…and that’s exactly why I did that. His statements against me are over the top; he’s behaving like a bully. However, his mother is very ill and she may die…and because of the pandemic he can’t visit her. So I’m sure this has soured him considerably. I’m hoping that I can have Flaco & Lucky over more often, and invite Moe to enjoy their company from time to time. After all, he trusted me with HIS pup, Skellington III, years ago…and this is a GREAT opportunity to return the favor. Especially during such a painful time in his life. Anyway, here is the final draft, good to go AFAIC. If there’s anything you think I should change or leave out, please don’t hesitate to tell me. I trust your judgment, Wattson…as I always have, and always will. I’ve used everyone’s real name, which I will alter for the blog.

FINAL DRAFT, LETTER TO MOE:





On 2021-04-30 07:33, Moe Fleisher wrote:

> Thank you for handling, just now, the situation with your friend below my windows.

You're welcome.

> It was not long ago I had to endure a loud encounter you had with him regarding breeding.

That was a rare conflict that couldn't wait another moment, where I could speak with him away from the building.

> I may be mistaken but it seems you “babysit” his dogs on occasions and sometimes for days at a time.

That is true. Though the correct term is "dog sit," and, like W.C. Fields, I do not like babies. "Days at a time" is when ongoing rains or very cold nights occur in a string.

> I mention this as it is an example of enabling him to the detriment of your neighbors.

Detriment? Hardly, they are a sweet addition to this building. Residents are delighted to see them, except for one very troubled neighbor, for whom I've already mailed two complaints to Ablahblah Realty. I think you may be unaware of this horrid situation. This is the mother and adopted son in 208, Myrtle and Adisa. He was allowing his teenage friends to loiter in the hallway, sometimes for hours, being noisy, belligerent, intimidating and (worst of all) refusing to wear masks. Here is a copy of my first complaint to Ablahblah.

And my second complaint, which includes a video link to a horrific encounter with Adisa and "friends" at the front gate, as well as photos of elevator workers not wearing masks (who immediately resumed donning them full-time, after I posted some photos to the company's Twitter and Facebook accounts).

Referring to letter #1: almost immediately upon receiving a copy of my complaint, Myrtle and son made a false allegation during a meeting with Mr. Bond (I was not present), that one of the pups had bit Adisa and drew blood. Which is a bold lie, as well as suspicious, considering the timing of their complaint. I never leave the dogs out of my site, neither of them were even near the dogs at any time, and: they do not bite. That includes when they're on the streets...at worst, they approach someone within a few feet and yap away. Usually, some sketchy, meth head vagrant, or a wobbly drunk. But what really takes the cake, is Mr. Bond mailed me a signed letter, making the most outrageous claim about Flaco & Lucky, which you can read here.

I don't know what he was smokin' when he wrote that, but I sure don't wanna try any! He has actually greeted the pooches several times with a smile on his face and, while they may have barked, no biting was incurred, including when he held his hand out. Mr. Bond has since made his peace with me, and the false accusation went nowhere. He even said he saw my confrontation with Adisa on April 4th, via the lobby camera, and asked if I had anything to add to it. So I emailed him a link to the video I took, that he may do with it what he will.

So, as you can see, Deek is not the only difficult person I am currently dealing with...some of whom even reside in our building! And, in their own way, are as bad as (or worse than) dealing with Deek's infuriating manners. Because not wearing masks indoors can be deadly. Thus, while doing my best to save two doggies' lives, I'm also saving human lives. Not a shabby track record, I'd say! Though it's an uphill struggle in every case, with threats to my well-being in the mix. And it is not the first time I've helped keep this building safe, not by a long shot. I wrote a brief history in the following blog entry.

> Since your babysitting began, he again has been a problem (kind of the, if you build it they will come).

You're blowing it out of proportion. Deek hardly comes by the building. There are far many other nuisances occurring on our block that have nothing to do with him...including the ongoing disturbance of the peace late into the night by the Hohokum workers, that package thief with a vehicle who has the key to the front gate, and the somewhat frequent homeless campers on the 16th Street side of our building. Not the same people all the time, but it's a popular spot...whose cacophony you, unfortunately, are subjected to.

> Bottom line is, your attempts to help and your compassion for the dogs are not enough.

Maybe yes, maybe no. But compassion IS key in all circumstances, no matter what. Whether it's Deek, crazy neighbors in our building, a well-meaning but misdirected manager, or elevator crewmen who don't wear masks. But you're right: it's not enough, it needs to be a community effort.

FYI: I've been trying to turn the pups into mascots of the Castro, through my Brindlekin Tales...including my distribution of 2,000 business cards (a copy of which I've attached), which I've documented here.

After all, it is part of my collection, "True Tales from the Castro (eat your heart out, Armistead)." If they take off on the local level, there will be many residents watching over the dogs, and Deek will be under pressure to take better care of them, or they'll be taken away from him. Your putting the word out could help make this come true!

At least several Castro residents have already confronted Deek with the question: "Don't you think it's cruel to keep these little dogs outside in the cold all the time?" I've warned him he will lose the darling mutts, unless he gives them up to me. So a precedent has already been set re. community awareness; it just needs massaging. Considering how so many people are unemployed and bored out of their skull (thanks to this pandemic) this charitable, very "Castro" project just might be the ticket for brightening their lives. Full of purpose and a noble cause to boot. Besides: if you ever have the great fortune to spend even so little as a minute with these brindklekin, don't blame me if you fall in love with them. They have that power!

> Enabling always fails.

I am doing everything I can to spare these two lovely pups from his ignorance. That is a far cry from "enabling." Animal Control will do nothing in this circumstance. I have even gotten the police on him, but to no avail. I have also been trying to persuade Deek to let me buy the dogs off him, where they can live safely and happily...and he'd still be able to enjoy their company during daylight hours. I have warned him incessantly that they should not be living on the streets, they're little doggies and will come down with crippling arthritis if this continues. Not to mention all the other hazards of their being houseless. Nonetheless, he is showing SOME improvement in caring for them, though tragically at a glacial pace.

The pooches, Flaco and Lucky, are sweet-natured, and absolutely quiet while visiting me. They used to bark a lot at other residents in the hallway, because this pandemic has made encounters with occupants infrequent. Thus the pups were not accustomed to seeing anyone else in the hallway and lobby, except yours truly. They have since adapted, and their barks to and from my room are much softer and far less often. I welcome you to watch any of the numerous videos I have of them, on my Youtube channel...they are a delight. Here are three among many charming examples.

> Save The Redwoods - savetheredwoods.org

Save The Mutts - tinyurl.com/brindlekin

Sincerely,

Zeke Krahlin

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