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You have stumbled upon the new blog (i.e. random babblings) of a quirky single mom. A shoot-from-the-hip, anti-pink (yet almost gaggingly perky), non-traditional, can cuss like a sailor but loves insanely and has the save the world syndrome gal who is bracing for a future as a Crazy Cat Lady though she secretly hopes like hell it doesn't come true. Enjoy your stay and feel free to say hi- I don't bite. Well, unless we're dating and you are into that type of thing or you contain peanut butter. >;-)

About Me

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Quirky single mom of two monkeys. I used to beat up the kids that picked on the "special students" during recess. Now I work with those with chronic mental illness. I speak quite a few languages, enjoy coed naked underwater basket weaving, have an addiction to Sushi and humor is my defense mechanism. Arrogant people make my right eye twitch. I'm ambidextrously brained, I will knit for tattoos, I am the friend that everyone comes to for advice and bail money. I pride myself on keeping my eyes, ears, heart and mind open. Making me laugh goes a long way with me, I think the brain is the sexiest organ and I'm the kinda gal you can take anywhere and I'll have a good time. Other than that, I'm just me.


I'm Like a Cat, Only With Stalkers Instead of Lives

Perhaps it is part of the job description of being the "Poster Princess for Murphy's Law." Perhaps I was one in a past life and this is karmic payback. Perhaps it's a side-effect of my ability to attract those who are emotionally/mentally unstable like a moth to a proverbial flame. No matter what the reason, no matter what the rhyme, in the last roughly 18 years, I have racked up 9 stalkers. Bet you thought I was kidding about the whole cats' lives thing? Nope. I kid you not. Most of them were tame, some even funny, and one... one scared the ever-lovin' hell out of me. Together they would make an excellent book I think. Or run the risk of sounding like a bad Scream/Scary Movie rip off. Rather than torture you with the full stalker journey (this is bound to be long enough as it is), I shall give you a mere sampling.

I see that look. Of course I'll toss in the worst one. You should know me better than that. :)

They say you never forget your first. Stalkers are no exception. Although, I giggled through the whole first time of having sex, this yeah, no. That's a whole other post though. Ok.. onward.. I was 16. He went to another school. Classic story- boy meets girl. Boy and girl become friends. Boy professes undying love. Girl says, sorry, not so much. Boy turns into a drooling lunatic. Girl says, thank you bye bye. No, really, bye. Please, leave NOW. Boy threatens to kill himself. Girl is freaked out. I called his parents, his friends, the guidance counselor at his school- anyone I could think of. After a month of nonstop threats, I snapped. Bear in mind, this wasn't just phone calls, letters would show up in the mail every day, notes in my locker- this was a full on assault. The first (and only time) my dad would hear me utter the word he hates the most was the last time I talked to stalker number one. After uttering "If you won't be mine forever I swear I'll kill myself" for the 104th time, I finally lost it. I screamed "Then grow a sac and fucking do it!!!" then hung up. I never heard his voice again.

No, he didn't actually grow a sac. Rumor has it he found someone much cuter to drive insane. Alright, because I'm all about full disclosure, I did see him a year later. I said I never heard his voice, I never said I didn't see him. We were playing his school in girl's basketball. I ran out to the bus to grab something... it was dark, I turn around, alone on the bus and he's standing at the front of it- smiling. I took a deep breath, walked toward him and when I got close enough, clocked him right in the nose. Laid him flat, jumped over him and got the fuck off that bus. He was gone by the time security made it out there.

The first one that actually creeped me out popped up Freshman year of college. This was also my first tandem stalkage. I was already facing a total single white female scenario when this one reared it's creepy lil noggin. And no, it wasn't one in the same. I ruled that out first. Out of all of them, this one still makes me the most upset on some level. Not because of the actual stalker, but because of the UW-Milwaukee police's handling, or lack of as the case may be, of it. Barney Freakin' Fifes. This one is the one that smells of Scream, but this was '93 so way ahead of the time. I lived in the dorms. When our phones rang we could tell if it was an off-campus call (one ring) or an on-campus call (double ring). If it was call waiting, you were screwed. It's a Saturday morning at like 6:43am and the phone rings. Double ring. I'm thinking it's my friend Aaron with pancakes for me, because he rocks like that. Me,very sleepily: "Hello?" "*over-exagerated obscene phone call heavy breathing*" Me, still thinking it's Aaron, "*giggle fit*." Clearly not Aaron: "Laugh all you want, I know who YOU are." THAT WILL SHUT A GIRL UP. Especially when it's followed by a freakin' cackle. A CACKLE. Then he hung up. I don't remember how long I stood there trying to process everything that had happened. Though it probably seemed like hours, I'm guessing it was closer to 5 minutes later the phone rang again. Single ring this time. I squeak out a "hello." He responded: "You stopped laughing. Good. There may be hope for you yet." Then, hung up again.

Two nicely quiet days go by. I'm in the library and just started working on one of the computers. Random message pops up "Hi gorgeous." Me: "Sorry, you've got the wrong gal." (there was some hot blonde cheerleader looking gal on it right before I sat down) "You look much better with your hair down. Why don't you wear it down more?" I realize that, yup, my hair is all piled up. Me: "Who is this?" "HA HA! It would seem I still know who you are and you, my pretty, haven't a clue who I am." At least he used proper grammar. I logged out and left.

Next night, mac lab in the Union. It took one message "I love that white shirt on you." I'm telling you, I scanned that entire lab and there were 5 people, none of which would have remotely been the person. Now, I'm a pretty tough girl (see aforementioned nose breaking) but, I called to have someone walk with me back to the dorms. I never walked at night alone after that. Period. For the rest of the semester I would get typed notes under my dorm room door, he would call and pop up on computers randomly. I eventually got pissed and taunted the hell out of him. I begged him to show up. He never did. I guess I should be thankful for that. But, the UW-Milwaukee police did nothing. They even laughed at me. The didn't take it seriously at all and certainly didn't do a thing to find out who it was. After break was over, he had completely disappeared. Honestly, I'd still like to meet him and find out what the deal was. And who the hell he was. In a well lit public place of course, my ass is getting old.

And then there was HIM.

Fast-foward to '98. My best friend A and I had hit the road and move to Cali. We managed to score a fabulous 3 bedroom at what was totally dirt cheap for Sunnyvale at the time. Locked intercom, cable tv and a pool table in the laundry room, sand volleyball court, pool, jacuzzi- we were livin' large. We also had an extra room just sitting there empty. Now, A knows my history w/ stalkers and the unbalanced ones. He actually got to witness one of the funny ones (muffins and typed love notes randomly left for me like everywhere). He's working at a really great company- one of the first online gaming sites ever. I loved hanging out there. He calls me at work one Friday afternoon (this is when I was running the group home for Autistic children and teaching art at the day program attached to it). He's got a guy he works with that just broke up with his girlfriend a couple of months ago and really needs to move out of his folks' house cuz they are driving him nuts (oh the irony). His thought- we all have dinner together and see if I'm comfortable enough to have him take the extra room over. I already had plans with my friend L, so I dragged her along too. There ended up being a group of like 8 of us total. First impression... not so bad. Then the red flags start popping up. Just two. But enough to make me a bit nervous. First red flag- he asked a random question, L answered it. He kind of snapped at her and said " I was asking Natali." I called him on his rudeness and he apologized. Second red flag- he called me his ex girlfriend's name- twice.

After dinner, everyone piles back to our place to hang. This is the one moment I almost wish I would have handled just a bit differently and junk punched A all up in his man business for. A, psycho boy and I were all on the patio smoking and talking and A puts me on the spot "So, whatchya think Lolli- can he move in?" Right in front of him. (Lolli was one of the zillions of nicknames peeps had for me). I freak. I stutter. I wanna ram my head into a wall after I say "Well, why don't we do a trial weekend and all sit down on Sunday and see if it will work or not." Why I didn't put on my big girl panties, suck it up and say "dude, I'm really not sure about this, I'm thinking he's got some issues" is beyond me. I'm gonna blame the beer I just got done sucking down.

Psycho boy then just gave up any effort at behaving. He blatantly hit on me. He kept inappropriately touching me. He kept talking about how much like his ex I was. Always while no one was around to witness. Sneaky little fuck. Everyone left, he passed out in the back room. I told A I was really not comfortable with the situation. In fact my exact words were "This guys has stalker tattooed all over him and he'd be living under the same fucking roof A. The boy ain't right. Please do something." I totally locked my bedroom door that night. Next morning, psycho boy was gone. In fact, he stayed gone until Sunday evening. We all sat down and A laid down the "Hey, sorry, this just isn't going to work." Psycho boy looked incredibly calm. The anger seething from his pores was palpable to me though.

Monday afternoon, A calls me at work. Psycho boy stole his key, had one made, and moved a bunch of crap into the spare room. Before I can even respond he pleas with me "I promise I'll handle this. Just make sure L is with you when you come home." So, L and I get home. He's not there. We go out back and take a dip. He pops up and jumps in.... with his clothes on. This is now awkwardness personified. I know showing fear makes it worse. I know he knows I'm already feeling it. I do my bet dance of confidence to dissuade him, praying he buys it. We're all walking back in to the building and L ends up a couple of paces ahead of us. He grabs my arm and pulls me into him, other hand digs into my crotch and whispers "I'm going to have so much fun with you." Then disafreakingpears. He didn't come "home" that night. Three days go by and he's not at work and not back at the apartment. L is out of town now so I don't go home until A and I meet up and go home together. Friday comes. L is back and her and I are home having a cocktail and chatting. We're sitting on the floor and with the way the furniture is set up, when someone walks in, all you can see is me. Pscyho boy comes storming in the door, points at me and says "YOU'RE MINE NOW." Then he notices L and tries to laugh it off. He slams "his" bedroom door. Then it slams again and I hear the bathroom door slam and the shower turn on. Phone rings. It's A. "Shit, I'm on my way home.. I just found out he was fired." All I can squeak out is "It's too late. L is here, but please hurry." He's up in the city, so I know it's going to be awhile. L and I just try to go back to normal chit chat. I keep the phone by my hand.

I glance at the clock and realize 45 minutes have gone by. The shower is still running. First thought- there's a dead psycho boy in my shower. I pound on the bathroom door. No answer. It's locked. I try his bedroom, it's locked. I call 911. I swear it was less than 5 minutes before I opened the door for the cops. They had heard the whole story on the phone. They pound on the bathroom door once. Then kick it down. It's empty. Just a running shower. They don't even knock, they just kick down his bedroom door. I'm not going to lie, I was behind them in the hall. I felt the need to see what was going on. Room was dark. He was in the corner of it laughing manically. They flipped the switch and reveal a wall shrine to me. I'm not kidding. An actual shrine. He's clutching a length of rope. That's the point I fled back down the hall and waited on the patio wishing I had something a hell of a lot stronger than a Camel ultra light 100 to smoke. He agrees to voluntarily check himself into psych and walks out with the police. Smiling at me the whole time.

I wish this was the happy ending. It's not.

A comes back as psycho boy is being hauled off. I'm standing there numb. The coast seems clear. L heads home because she's been gone 3 days and has cats. A decides I need food and drink and heads out to go get it. I jump in the shower to scrub the feeling off. Well try to. I just step out and wrap my hair up in a towel when the intercom rings. It rings through our phone, much like the dorms. Double ring for someone at the front lobby. I throw on a T and grab it. I did not expect to hear him on the other line.

"Hello?" "Open the door." "No" "I forgot my wallet. Open the door." "I thought the police had you." "I'm voluntary. Cab will take me. I need to pay for it, open the door now." "Nope." "OPEN THE DOOR YOU FUCKING WHORE!!!" *click* 911. I call L- she's not home yet. I'm staring at my patio door. Knowing he's outside the building...somewhere. I stand there dripping. Waiting. I grab a knife from the kitchen, scared to take my eyes off the patio door. All I can hear is my heart beating and the distant sound of one of the neighbors watching Bollywood. The double ring breaks the silence. I pick it up, unable to even speak. It's the police. They explain he's no longer at the front door and they are searching the area. I don't even hang up, just drop the receiver. Still staring at that patio door. Knowing. Time ticked by with my heartbeats. I appreciated each one as I heard it. I honestly knew that there was a slight possibility it may be one of the last times I hear it. Thump. Thuddump. Thump. Thadd- there he was. Face leering up at me over the top of the patio now. A combination of lust and hatred staring me dead in the eye. I took one deep breath and stared back. Let's fucking do this. Then we both heard it- the shout of one officer to another coming around the back "WEST SIDE CLEAR!" He winked at me. licked his lips and disappeared. Thump. Thaddump. Thump. I waited. I lost track of my precious heartbeats. My eyes never lost track of that patio though. The apartment door bursts open, I spin, knife up.

It was A. I dropped the knife and literally collapsed in a ball sobbing. As he held me tighter than I think I've ever been held, he told me that when he pulled in 7 squad cars had psycho boy surrounded. 12 guns were drawn and pointing. At him and his duffel bag. I would later find out the duffel bag contained some very hardcore S&M gear and a wrapped case of medical scalpels. I never saw or heard from him again. He was admitted to a locked, highly secure psych unit. A slept for the next month on the futon in the living room... in front of our patio door. Just in case. From that night on, I wasn't ever truly alone and always had to check in if I wasn't with him.

Part of me wants to see him again. He's getting junk punched for sure. I owe him that at least that. I will also say thank you. We don't always have control over the things that happen to us in life. But, we do have control over how we let them affect us. Each of my stalkers have taught me a lesson. Prior to psycho boy, I had been through a year of utter hell. One I'm not sure I'll be able to blog about any time soon. His presence in my life proved to me that I had been able to maintain the me-ness I fought so hard to hold onto. The year of hell didn't strip it away. Standing there with the knife in hand, staring his deranged face right back proved to me that I wasn't about to let his punk ass take it either.

So, thank you psycho boy. But, yeah... still getting junk punched. Asshole. :)


dirty saint said...

First off, wow. That's quite a history there, you sure know how to pick them, or rather them you. Im glad you had someone around almost every time to keep you safe. That's all the matters most. But great blog, it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, kind of like a mystery thriller. Keep it up. Lolli is cute by the way, think im going to hold on to that one.


The Absence of Alternatives said...

How many of your readers can say that they are printing out your post so they can better read it? I just printed it out. ^_^ *Hugs* Glad that you were always fortunate enough! *more hugs*

AmyK said...

What a story.

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