Winds of Change…

You know me. I *ALWAYS* end things on a high note. :0)

It’s not a goodbye.
It’s more like, I’m moving on, and hoping to catch you all on the flip side. Hopefully I’ll meet a whole bunch of you cool people next weekend.

I just want to leave you all with one last thing to ponder…

If you're not making enemies, you're not making a difference.The past is exactly what it is… the past.
It’s gone now, and you can’t go back.
The future is unwritten and uncertain.
No one promised you a “tomorrow”, did they?

All we have is today. The here and now.
Live it to the fullest.
With lots of love, enthusiasm, and balls of steel.

Leave your mark and make a difference.

-=e=-

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Another victory for parents

A N A R C H T I C A: No hope, no future, no justice…may not apply soon.
I may have to come up with a new name for where I’m living. :0)

If you recall the heartbreaking story of the Bayers… whose children were taken away, and they haven’t seen them for a month, despite no wrongdoing, and the judge was “too busy to sign the release orders” (but sure as hell wasted no time signing the orders to take them away, though… funny that.)

Child agency finally releases kids
“We reached out to Children and Youth reporting what the boys said. We thought they were going to help us. Instead they snatched the children,” Angela Bayer said.

Yes, yes, yes… the kids made up a story that their biological father had molested them (I’m presuming to get out of visitation?). But what was the logic in removing them from the *MOTHER’S* home????

“We will be working now to tell other parents in Monroe County about Children and Youth and to warn them never to look to Children and Youth for help.” They cautioned, “If we knew then what we know now, we never would have let them into our home without a search warrant.”

I could have told them that. Unfortunately, I had to learn that the hard way too… and then it was too late.
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No the system isn’t perfect…

… it’s absolutely and completely screwed.

America’s child protection system has immense power. It operates in secrecy. It enjoys total immunity. Parents and children have few meaningful rights. Under current law, the system created to protect children has become America’s greatest source of family and child abuse. It desperately needs substantial reform.

Don’t want to read any further? Go surf to another site, okay….?
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Power of the web

Wow!!! I wasn’t expecting that kind of a response… thanks everyone! :0)

Just a little testament to the power of the web. And miracles.

It was far from a “One Man War”, believe me. You don’t get out of these things without a lot of money (*waves to in-laws*), massive legal firepower, and friends.

Just a quick backdrop…
It started in 2000. My wife partnered with a former co-worker, after the company they worked for, folded. Their home remodeling company was doing decent… but then they were offered to buy a rival company run by a sleazeball. It was supposed to put their company ahead of the game… but it was a scam. The (former) owner was slowly draining the funds. Before you knew it tens of thousands of dollars worth of checks were bouncing. We lost our house. Faced several bouts of jail time, as my wife’s partner left her holding the bag. Kids were getting depressed and missing school, so CPS was called by the school… things got worse and worse.

We needed help. Not punishment.

As usual the state had other plans… despite our biggest problem being money (or the lack thereof), they still found ways to fine us for everything from Animal abuse (reaaaally long story there), to CPS taking the kids, having us pay child support for it, and a demand we pay our landlord $2,250 to keep the landlord’s house from foreclosing (to which they snicker and say “Oh, Eric, you make that sound like a hostage situation” *raises eyebrow*). The entire story is long, boring, very detailed and can fill a novel. I’ll probably write it someday…
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Enemy of the State: The Final Chapter…

 

Sorry, America... I have my OWN war to fight right now...
WE DID IT!!!“… there’s talk of taking them away again…. They can’t do this to us!!!.”
Enemy of The State, January, 2002-

 


UPDATE: 02/12/03 – At 12:22 PM, after a year and a half of ridiculous charges, and last minute courtroom suprises… The Court of Common Pleas has CLOSED OUR CPS CASE, and restored full legal custody of the Adorable Brooks Kidz back to us!!!!

No findings were ever established (Gee, what a shock).
MY WAR AGAINST THIS STATE IS FINALLY OVER, PEOPLE!!!!! WE WIN!!! WOO HOO!!!!!

Extra -Special thanks to all of the awesome people who made it possible…
Alwin Hawkins; The Fabulous Jann; Jeff Clark; K.D. Kelly; Amber Eden; Susan; Tina; Zeldman; Alan Herrell; Faith; Jen; Lisa and Todd; Batgrl; Skarlet; Lee; Kimberly; Red Eagle; Chloe; VASpider; Susansuth; Maria; John; Dan; Mike; Nico; Angel; Jeff Huffert; Atty Wes Niemoczinski; D.A. Brian Gaglione; Atty. Jane Roach; State Attorney General Mike Fisher; Warren County, N.J. Prosecutors office; Carolynn-Allen Evans, William Doolittle, and Patrick Mullen of the Pocono Record; Catholic Social Services; CPS Watch; Justice For Families…

AND ALL OF YOU PEOPLE THAT SAT THROUGH THIS WHINY DRIVELING CRAP FOR ALMOST 2 1/2 YEARS!!!!
See you at Ruby Tuesdays tonight for a celebration (As a family again. Using our newly-received State Income Tax refund. Ironic, no?)!!!!!!!

*SMOOCH*
-=e=-
the triumphant

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Is there a mouse in the house?

Don’t mind me… I will be a cranky bastard for the next few days.
Like the old African parable of the lion with the thorn stuck in his paw. Anyone who wishes to keep their head in the center of their shoulders, had better avoid me in the next few days…

You know those molars? The ones I’ve been grinding out of sheer aggravation, for the past 2 1/2 years? The exposed nerves? Well add that with a sinus infection from two days ago, which is slowly settling in those raw pockets of nerves in my mouth… and you have a blinding, searing, MADDENING kind of pain that I have probably experienced maybe once or twice in my whole life.

The soonest I can see a dentist is Tuesday. Until then, Ora-Gel, Tylenol 3’s, warm salt water, and swishing with vodka, so I can take just enough of the edge off, so I can suck on the nerve, pull it just so it’s out of the way of the infection, and whatever the hell metallic filling fragment seems to be touching it.

When the sun goes down, and the fever starts, I can scare a werewolf….
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
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Ugh… it’s that *month* again.

The unimaginable happens to me and those close to me every October. This is the month where the “worst case scenario” is almost a guarantee. Here in Anarchtica, it is to the benefit of all elected officials that statistics are in the extremes…

If you are in front of a judge this month, you are guaranteed to be incarcerated for even the tiniest of infractions. Prisons are filled to the brim this month, as judges, district attorneys, and anyone else up for re-election can boast of their “high conviction rates”, “low crime”, and how they’ve “taken criminals off the streets”.

You are nothing more than a sacrificial lamb for their statistics. You’re not quite innocent, but you are *definitely* not the hardened criminal they make you out to be. You are run through the system as “just a number”…

…and your family can’t do a damn thing about it.

Come November, the incumbents will win in a landslide…
Why? Because those living a trouble-free life will buy into this PR bullshit.

The recipients of this heavy-handed justice aren’t allowed near a voting booth for at least 60 days. Their family’s spirits are too broken to even consider voting these jokers out of office, though they should anyway.

Their voices will never be heard and their stories will never be told.
It’s a win-win situation for the truly corrupt.
It’s set up that way.

Not to worry. All is fine in my world…
At least that I know of. There’s nothing pending for any of us.

It was finished in my war last year, where losing meant “losing everything”. Victory over that war came at an unimaginable price to so many people around me.

Like I said, this is the month where the “inconceivable” happens.

There are still the bad guys, and old scores to settle. New plots of retaliation. I sit quietly in the darkness, with my glistening blade, and wait for them to come.

Welcome to my dark and scary world.

I approach October with baited breath, apprehension, and all the bitterness of days gone past.

I hate October.
But bring it on anyway.

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The Angel with no name…

(A conversation in the darkness)

“I did good, right?”

“You didn’t have to. We would have fought the armies of Hell for you.”

“I know… but there’s enough going on.”

“You didn’t have to do this. You were meant to be.”

“Apparently not. Hey, there’s an reason for all of this. We just don’t know it yet.”

You inherited my uncanny ability of bad timing…
And my sense of self-sacrifice.
Off to the Heavens, my little warrior angel….

Daddy will always love you.

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Danke Shoen

Danke ShoeeeeenTRIVIA QUIZ:
Who is this guy, and why do I love him so?

I mean, I’m talking “I-wanna-have-his-baby”-kinda love here…
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Hell is for Children

A lot of people ask me what is the horrible thing that we’ve done that brought C&Y into our lives and why they’ve decided to stay as long as they have.

This probably the most-asked question I get. Well, I owe you guys this much:

Considering we “claim” that we don’t drink, do drugs, physically, mentally, verbally or sexually abuse our children… I guess it’s only natural for you to wonder this.

Fair enough. I’ll tell you.

Are you sitting down?

A year and a half ago, my eldest daughter didn’t want to go to school.
Her guidance counselor sicced them on us after repeated warnings.

*GASP!*

Whaddya mean, “That’s it???” ??!!??
It’s big shit out here. Schools lose big bucks from the state, based on student attendance. They have their own police that show up at your door (anyone remember “Truant Officers”?). Parents get fined, parents go to jail, kids get taken into protective custody.

Our case worker at the time: “I can’t wait to close this, so I can go back to *REAL* cases”.

When we moved out of Monroe County, and into Pike… my wife decided to Home School them ( Hi, Ruminator! ). We worked closely with the East Stroudburg School District and Pike County C&Y on how to go about doing this. My wife was handed applications for “Homebound Instruction”, the caseworker approved it, and it sat in the doctor’s office for over a month, unsigned.

Guess what? Do you know the difference between “Homebound Instruction” and “Homeschool Instruction”? We didn’t. “Homebound Instruction” is when your child can’t go to school because of mental or physical disabilities.

The dumbass woman at the district handed us the *WRONG* papers.

Once the superintendent of the district got word of this, he had our caseworker’s ass *NAILED* to the wall. She should have known the difference. I understand she was driven to tears with the reaming she got for her share of the incompetence.

That caseworker eventually became our CASE SUPERVISOR a month or two later.

…. and a lightbulb flips on over everyone’s heads! Now you get it?

Our lives have been living hell ever since. Then the “Animal Abuse” saga happened over the summer, that was all she needed to hook her claws in …and good! The case was supposed to close in March 2001.

Visits twice a week, surprise visits, court–ordered counseling, parenting courses… and all sorts of ludicrous demands in a “family plan” that we signed under duress, because they had our kids hostage at the time.

My personal favorite is the fact that I had to pay them “Child Support” through this.

We have to remake the kids beds, because it’s not up to their standards. They’ll flip if they see so much as a crumb on the rug. God forbid there’s a toy on the floor… that’s “clutter”.

Our psycho landlord stopped paying her mortgage in May, 2001. The house we’re renting is in foreclosure.

July, 2001, on a cell phone call to the court house, when we were *this* close to getting our kids back… she told our case workers we owed three months rent, and eviction papers were drawn up. No one ever bothered to ask her the name of the law firm handling it… ‘cuz the sheriff’s department knew nothing about this. We paid psycho landlord all that money (some of you helped!). We paid rent faithfully until we were served by the sheriff at the end of September 2001 and *advised* not to pay rent, and save up for a new place.

We have less than a month to find a home, approved by them, or the kids are spending a minimum of 6 months in foster care.

I have a “Wanted to Rent” ad in the paper. I have friends calling and emailing leads. Our names are listed in every Real Estate in the Poconos. We look at at least 2–3 houses a week. Either they’re ridiculously–priced, dumps, we have too many kids…,

Or if we manage to get as far as “when can you move in?”, C&Y calls and verify things with the landlord. Suddenly the landlord has “other people looking at the house/moving in”.

The case is confidential. They can’t discuss the details with the landlord. I wouldn’t rent to a pack of child abusers, would you???

Now you know the *WHOLE* story. At least as much as you need to.

Btw, my eldest daughter was in the paper last week as she made honors. Last month, another was cited for her community service in the Girl Scouts. Another just asked me today if I can take time off next week to see her honored in assembly as “Student of the Month“….

Of course, that’s all irrelevant.

Just something for you to think about…
With all the time they spend on us, there’s a little Kare, a little Deborah, or a little Matt Rossi out there being beaten, raped, and/or murdered by subhuman trash who had no right to reproduce. In the time it took you to read this blog entry, a child died in the United States. Four more will be dead in the next 24 hours.

… and those sadistic bastards at Children and Youth are nowhere to be found to help any of them.

Breaks your heart, doesn’t it?

Hell is for Children.

Eric Brooks

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The Chinese Finger Lock

My wife & I saw our new therapist today.

Yeah. I know what you’re thinking: “Eric, you’re the SANEST guy I ever met, wtf????”

I know. But it’s court ordered by Pike C&Y part of the whole “Family Plan” we had to sign (under duress, I might add…) in order to get the kids back over the summer. It also includes little diddys like “No more pets” and “no more Motels” (guess we have to sleep in the streets if a snowstorm strands us in Stroudsburg, or we go on vacation.). Carole & I had to seek counseling under this “Family Plan”. Not the kids, who are constantly having nightmares. Just us.

Unlike the other dickhead we had, whom I lovingly refer to as “Dr. Mind Control” (that guy could have put out a report to say “we’re fine”, at any time, and ended this bullshit, but instead he just wanted to keep the sessions going even after my EAP insurance ran out… just to keep getting paid.) …We like this one. We’ve even scheduled the kids (whom I think *need it*.) to see her.

She works for the same organization that was instrumental in raising 1/3 of the “ransom money” we needed to pay “Psycho landlord” (no eviction yet…btw) in July. They see eye to eye with us on a lot of what’s going on.

After trying to cram our saga in a 45–minute session, she offered this sage advice:

“Through total submission, you’ll achieve full control again.”

That may not make sense to you, but it’s the most brilliant fucking thing I’ve heard in a long time.
We have been fighting this part of the war all wrong.

This may come as a shock to you all… but in real life, I’m a smartass. Very sarcastic, and very rebellious.

No, Really.

And Carole is too. There is a constant “pissing match” as they rub one of us the wrong way…. deliberately. They pit us against each other, and all sorts of dirty tricks.

The agency only wants to dominate us, to wield full control over every aspect of our lives. And we always fight them tooth and nail every step of the way… thereby the need to “teach us a lesson”.

It’s like the “Chinese Finger Lock”. Instinctively we pull and resist… and their grip tightens.

She also said: “If you let them beat you, and they see they have the power over you… they *will* let you go.” This organization has had plenty of dealings with Pike C&Y. I believe her. As much as I’d love to crush them with a good lawyer… I know the price is too high to pay. It’s too bad, because I’m sure Lorimar Pictures would love to buy the movie rights… if we have one hell of an ending to it.

In real life, I’m also very charming and diplomatic (read: professional bullshit artist and two–faced.). I can pull this off. Let them break us… and we win. Makes sense in a “Zen” sort of way.

A Sensei always told me: “The battle is always won first in the mind.”
I can’t believe it took me this long to figure this out.

I looked up to see a beautiful blue sky today.
I haven’t been able to see in color since October.
It’s a brand new day.

Eric Brooks

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Fear sucks… it really does.

A great topic is going on at The Back Porch. It’s all about fear.
Fear (like racism, hatred, and greed) is taught… it’s not a “natural instinct”.
Bet you didn’t know that.

Whether it’s a horrible (traumatic or embarrassing) life experience, or some neurotic lunatic drilled it in your head when you were younger. Think about how many times your mother stopped you from grabbing something off the stove… the fear didn’t set in until you finally got burned, didn’t it?

You became afraid of the dark after you saw your first horror movie, and that pile of clothes on the chair began to take the form of that hideous creature in the movie… just waiting to kill you in your sleep. Or you won’t get up to pee in the middle of the night for fear of being confronted by a ghost of a battered woman with slit wrists screaming at you.

Fear comes from losing control over your circumstances. When it’s out of your hands, you can become scared shitless real fast.

The only known cure for fear is to meet it head on. When you’re on the edge of the cliff, and nowhere to go but straight down…. sometimes the only thing you can do is take that step forward, and take a “leap of faith”… I’ve done it more times than I can count, and something has always caught me.

Like I said, it’s out of your hands. What have you got to lose?

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Zorro or Batman?

I almost never like anything I create.
For some strange reason, I’m really liking the way “Enemy of the State looks. It’s got a cross between “Zorro” and “Batman” going on here. At least I think so. Got the swashbuckling CyberPal carving a flaming “E”, the logo is the “Batman Forever Alternate” font… the colors are dark and foreboding with an air of uncertainty… and for once, I’m getting a minimal amount of shit when I check it in Netscape 4.7.

I had to take an extended leave from work while my wife is away. There’s no one else here for the kids.

My son and I are constantly switching off between the two heroes on videotape. I have to tie a cape on him when we watch the Batman movies, and he always goads me into a swordfight with our brooms when”The Mask of Zorro” is on.

I’ve always loved that movie. And it’s taken on such a significant meaning in our lives lately.

Like I said before, I’ve been confronted by enough assholes with badges, holding their guns, talking to (unarmed) me… been told enough times: “We do things differently out here”… that you can’t TELL ME our being New Yorkers doesn’t have just a little something to do with it?

That’s why My son and I like “The Mask Of Zorro” so much. Zorro fought for oppressed people living in the corrupt government of Alta California. Where “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. He also saw the price Don Diego de la Vega paid for his heroism. He lost everything he had, and was thrown in jail for 20 years. My son, at the age of four, knows that good people go to jail too.

Just like his mommy.

In the case of both Batman and Zorro, their heroism was born of great personal loss. Heroes are made, not born. Made out of a need by someone hurting to insure that what happened to them won’t happen to anyone else. I see it in my son’s eyes. I see it when he tries to protect his sisters (who happen to be three times his size).

My son wants to be a hero.

Where we came from (NYC), people with badges selflessly run into flaming buildings, return gunfire, and save lives without giving a second thought to how it may cost them their own. Not hound hard-working people who have fallen behind in their bills or down on their luck. Or because some joke of a roadside judge has nothing better to do than issue arrest warrants on a slow afternoon…

I picked my son up in the sheriff’s office the day they took his mom away. They gave him coloring books, and candy and even stuck a deputy sticker on his chest in order to cheer him up from the sight of his hysterical mom, being escorted by “biiiiig touuuugh” sheriffs…. going into a courtroom, knowing what awaited her.

Once we were out of the courthouse, he peeled off his “deputy” sticker, and threw it in the nearest trash can.

He even knows who the bad guys are.

Every day, when I have to do something I don’t want to do… call someone I don’t want to. When I lose all fight in me, and just want to curl up into a corner and give up. I just have to look into the eyes of that future superhero with the little plastic fireman’s hat, and red cape…
and I get just enough strength to keep going…

The little guy is *already* my hero.

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What Is The Lesson Here?

Screw you...Home Depot!10/17/01 – I’m sitting here with $2,800 in my pocket, a broken heart, and a quease you can’t possibly imagine.

The law: If you bounce a check, you either make good on it… or you go to jail. Makes perfect sense. In essence, you basically took an item or service… and you didn’t pay for it. That’s stealing.

Yes, I understand that.

When you privately own a company, and a sleazy con artist cleans out your bank account right from under you… it’s still your signature on those checks, and you are responsible for making those checks good.

I understand that too. That was never in question.

But when a judge looks at your history… sees how many times you’ve been in court since the summer of 2000 trying to straighten this mess out; refuses your money, goes back on a previous agreement because of the District Attorney and decides "Enough is enough! You need to learn your lesson…"

Sorry. I’m lost there.
Clarify this for me Judge Cheslock… what lesson needs to be learned here?

Don’t write checks when there’s not enough money in the bank account?
Well, DUH… that’s common sense. It took three weeks for all of the NSF notices to pour in and to find out how a sleazoid was cleaning out a bank account with back-dated checks. She immediately went to the bank, had the account closed, and put all of the new business deposits in a new account. Put a stop on any outstanding checks that were going to bounce.

Then there’s the matter of $10,000 in bad checks… work with these people to keep it out of the courts. Take care of each court case as they come in.

Did that. It’s cost this family close to $19,000 in restitution and court costs. It cost us our home. It’s driven her parents and our friends to the point of bankruptcy.

Every account she has faced in court has been bad checks from a three week period of June, 2000. Once there was a problem… she stopped writing checks.

Did you take that into consideration, Judge Cheslock?

How about in July, 2000… when she handed over evidence to a grand jury in New Jersey? They found the previous owner of "Creative Design" , Ed Giguere guilty of fraud, and theft by deception. He had to cough up $50,000 in restitution to the homeowners he took deposits from, or be someone’s "wife" in a Jersey prison.

Charges that he originally really tried to pin on my wife?

She turned the tables on him… thanks to a judge and a grand jury that actually looked at the evidence and employed wisdom to their judgement. New Jersey quickly saw justice being served.

It was supposed to set the precident in Pennsylvania. It was supposed to pave the way to a civil suit, that would result in restitution to dozens of homeowners seeking justice here. A light at the end of our tunnel.

"No way", says Monroe County’s idiotic District Attorney, Mark Pazuhanich to my wife. "You have too many checks and criminal cases out there that need to be cleared up first… then come to my office."

In other words… "let’s do this the ass-backwards way."

Let’s leave tons of honest, hard-working people screwed, and angry, and willing to lash out at someone else. This short-sighted view will let a true criminal and con-artist, known for starting a business, running it to the ground and selling it off to an unknowing sucker… leaving them holding the bag. He did this four times before "Creative Design". He’ll keep on doing it until a judge decides "HE needs to learn a lesson".

I saw the hopelessness in this situation last fall and begged her to "let’s get the hell out of here, and battle this from a safe distance… on our terms, and in our time."

Her argument was "What are we teaching our children? To run from their problems?"

Yeah… look where that’s gotten us so far.
Is that the lesson, Judge Cheslock?

Screw you...Home Depot!We prayed for a miracle… the case against Home Depot was hopeless. This one has gone on since October 2000. We’ve had the restitution money in our hands at least three times over… then some other case comes up, that wouldn’t wait either… and out went the money. Her defense lawyer pulled every trick in the book to keep postponing it.

Largely, thanks to my in-laws, we made it at the last minute. But we were $200 short of the $2,801.61 five minutes before the court session, my boss loaned it to me.

Out of breath, running six blocks from an ATM to the courthouse, I was stopped at the courtroom doors, and asked to pick up my son from the Sheriff’s office. She was told in the elevators that the judge and Home Depot’s lawyers wants to give her 6 months… whether she had the money or not.

Carole’s attorney got it down to thirty days. Two sentences running concurrently.

Thirty days of me taking care of five hysterical kids, who have ALREADY been through hell and back; trying to figure out where the hell we’re going to live, as the house we’re renting went into forclosure last month (remember when I had to send all that money to my landlord to get the kids back?); and an agency watching our every move, ready to pull those kids back into foster care at the first sign of trouble…

The answer? Take a leave of absence from my job, go on welfare,
and let the taxpayers pay for all this, or I lose the kids.

Yeah… I learned the lesson, your honor…

Screw you...Home Depot!Home Depot, a multi-billion dollar corporation can use the law to screw over anyone they want. I’ve got the money right in my pocket… and they won’t take it, because they don’t need it.

Don’t look at a family working their asses off trying to right a wrong, Judge Cheslock…. just look at the arrest warrants, and the number of times she’s been in court for bounced checks because of a three-week period in June 2000, and judge her on that. Nice.

Screw you...Home Depot!All of you that shop at Home Depot, and planning on giving them your business… get the hell off my site right now.

And don’t come back.

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My day in court…

Black Italian Double-breasted suit: $0 (Hand-me-down)
New Haircut: $0 (Didn’t have time)
Leaving your dogs alone in the State of Pennsylvania: $2,250.00

“Your honor, it was a time of tough decisions. A time to walk, hitchhike, and make it to work everyday by any means necessary. What happened was unfortunate, and I offer no excuses.”

That line impressed the hell out of the Magistrate, who I have to say was one of the fairest and kindest judges I’ve ever met. At certain points of the informal trial, I envisioned the outcome a thousand times worse than a mere fine.

“It’s actually refreshing to have someone take responsibility and not offer excuses for what they’ve done…”

A husband and wife was in a similar situation in that same court yesterday.

They are now spending the next three months in Pike County Correctional Facility.

I consider myself lucky.

Eric Brooks

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Puddy at my doorstep…

Hey... it can happen??!!??Yeah, life is good.

Carole heads off to work at night, and I have “Puddy” show up right at the door, just minutes after she leaves… like clockwork. It’s a nice feeling to have someone snuggle with me at night again.

Carole knows, and has no problem with it. Truth be told, she’s actually encouraging it.

“Puddy” is apparently a housecat that somebody no longer wanted (or lost). I can tell, because she’s still kinda fat, and relatively clean, even though she has no collar or tags. She shows up every night looking for something to eat.

What did you *think* I was talking about?

Now that we no longer have dogs to eat our leftovers… Puddy and I have a great working relationship. She also boosts the kid’s spirits (If you recall, the kids were taken away, without even given a chance to say “goodbye” to them.), since we’re not legally allowed to have pets anymore.

Carole named her “Puddy Tat”. Original, no? This is the same person that named a black cat “Snowball” and an orange tabby “Dog” back in our N.Y.C. apartment when we first got married.

I’m trying really hard to be the tough guy here…. enforcing it in
everyone’s heads that we can’t keep Puddy as a pet.

The other night, the kids took her in because she was crying from the flashing lightning… I crashed after doing an all-nighter and going straight to work.

I was told Puddy spent the entire night sleeping on my chest.

So here’s the situation:
1) We can’t have pets…
2) I hate cats…
3) It’s EXTREMELY dangerous where we live. We spot bears crossing the road almost every day, looking for food for the upcoming winter (which is going to be a *BITCH*… you heard it here first!). We actually spotted a Bobcat on our property the other day, among other wild predators. Puddy won’t stand a chance out there alone. It’s just a matter of time before a wild animal either tears her to shreds, or gives her rabies.
4) You should see the kids’ eyes light up every time Puddy shows up. They go outside and play with him, try to sneak him in… then I have to be the bad guy and put her back out.
5) I’m probably more attached to this cat than I want to admit.

So what the hell do I do now?
Pictures of Puddy coming soon… (’cause I like to torture myself that way.)

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