FullaBella's Journal, 08 March 2013

I was dog-shamed yesterday by a misogynistic brick mason.

Acting upon a grapevine rumor that a construction crew was trespassing and using my warehouse for a trampoline I decided to grab my Nikon and take Mdog for a walk.

The vet calls Mdog 'a furry footstool'. She is my sweet little mushy faced baby who is literally the only thing in life that manages to make me smile every single day. She's also a fairly decent watchdog in that she only barks when someone is at the door.

Excited to be out in the sunshine (both of us) she pulled ME along the sidewalks on the way over. Unlike her mommy though, she's not yet learned to pace herself so she was already panting hard by the time we reached the warehouse.

If you're still reading but wondering 'Bella, what the heck does ANY of this have to do with FatSecret, losing weight, exercise or health?' well, it's because I have recognized, finally, that in order to be healthy I have to be observant and appreciate there's more going on with my body than the number on the scale.

Seven months ago I would NOT have voluntarily walked that two block journey to the warehouse; I would likely driven OR if walked, would have had to stop and rest to catch my breath at least twice. Even in the winter I would have been soaking wet with perspiration (because, here in the south, women don't sweat, we glow, and I'd have been glowing like a horse.) And my back and leg would have been aching so bad I'd have needed a couple of coedine and a cocktail of tylenol and ibuprofen to get through the rest of the day.

But not yesterday. So that's the health, exercise, weight loss part of this story. Back to the brick mason though.

Aggravated to discover the rumor was accurate as evidenced by scaffolding illegally attached to my building and a lift bucket setting on the roof, I began snapping away. I used the camera too.

A bricklayer pointed at me, walked over, and asked ever so courteously, "What the hell do you think you're doing?"

I stood there in my usual longshoreman attire (black turtleneck, long sleeve denim shirt, jeans & boots) and tried to straighten my back enough to gather a couple of more inches on my 5'2" frame and answered, 'Who are you?'

He explained who he was; I explained I was the owner of the building, hoping to see a look of shock or at the very least, remorse for getting CAUGHT.

But, no! He gave me that up & down the frame look that shared: 'I stand women like you up on dates', snorted 'Cute Dog', and sauntered away.

Of all days, I had her in her pink halter and lead yesterday. Damn.

Seriously, though... 'Cute Dog?' That growling sound emitting from my direction was 'me' because I looked down to discover Mdog had decided to drop and take a nap on the sunny warm sidewalk.

It took every ounce, no, GRAM of reserve I had to not go all 'Joe Pesci ala Goodfellas' on that jerk. "Oh, do I amuse you, is dat it? You 'tink I'm amusing? You 'tink I'm here for your enjoyment?'

But as I tried to walk after him, my furry little footstool refused to budge. It's hard to be aggressive with a lap dog holding you back.

Oh what I wouldn't have given to have a rottweiler or pit-bull right then. Not that they're mean dogs. They don't have to be. They get by on reputation alone.

Then again, MDog probably kept me out of trouble because she looked up at me with her mushy faced expression of calmness and reminded me, "Mommy, don't get mad, get even.'

She is so wise.

So despite three burly contruction guys walking toward me with huge wrenches in their hands, I continued to snap away. Again, with the camera too.

Then I calmly tugged my little furry footstool home and called the police. Well, first I called my roofer to investigate and determine the full scale of the damage to the roof. Interesting, my warehouse didn't have a skylight before; now it has three.

Then I phoned the police to file a trespassing report. And this time I took a uniformed officer with me. He may not be a rottweiler or pitbull but he carries a sidearm and a taser. This time the 'crew' magically remembered the contractor's name and phone number.

I spoke to the contractor on the phone, shared my displeasure at the trespassing, and asked him to cease and desist any and all access on my building until we sort this out. I'm expecting him at 10a.m. It's 9:59 as I compose this. Stay tuned.

PS - in case you missed it in my subtle story telling I walked to the warehouse a second time with Officer Taser. Twice in one day - would not have been possible seven months ago. OT was probably 6'4" and had the legs to match - keeping up with him at his pace .. was ... well... pretty dang cool.

Well, didn't get a chance to post this first because despite Mh's prediction 'betcha the slimy little weasle won't show', he did. The head contractor and Mr. Bricklayer both came, hard hats in hand at 10am on the dot.

Am I force to be reckoned with or what?

Brickman opened by making another crack about my dog; I took a deep breath and was about to release my best Pesci but MH went into Godfather mode. (Can you tell we watch a lot of movies around Bellawood?)

Don Corleone sat in the recliner, even doing the raspy voice, 'after all these years, after all I've done for you, this is how you repay me? By disrespecting my building....'

I was standing, leaning against the wall, arms crossed, trying to look menacing, ready to pounce but fighting off a laugh. Somewhere mid conversation I looked directly at Brickguy and said 'keep your crew OFF my roof until I talk to my lawyer.' I hated overriding the Don like that but I was on the verge of a giggle-fest.

My lawyer is out of the country (I have such great timing) for two weeks. I'm trying to reach co-counsel to get some sort of ' release Bella of all liability and you're gonna pay through the nose to fix my building' legal CMA filed but until then, no one should be on my roof.

That's too bad too because they have a lift rented and I know those things aren't cheap. So this is gonna cost them some coin.

Too bad... you never shoulda brought my dog into it...


Diet Calendar Entries for 08 March 2013:
1168 kcal Fat: 42.33g | Prot: 124.27g | Carb: 71.53g.   Breakfast: Egg, Swiss Cheese, Spinach, Sauerkraut Libby. Lunch: Starkist Chunk Albacore, Sauerkraut, Celery. Dinner: Campbell's Chicken Broth, Sartori, Starkist Albacore Tuna, Cucumber. Snacks/Other: Cottage Cheese 4%, Golden Blend Schwans, Triple Berry Schwan. more...
2058 kcal Activities & Exercise: Sleeping - 24 hours. more...


Well done on not letting them intimidate you.  
08 Mar 13 by member: riocaz
Well, first off, good for you for standing up to the trespassers but I still don't get what they were doing on the roof of your building in the first place. Were they doing a job they weren't authorized to do? Using your building to access another building? At any rate, I hope your lawyer bites them! 
08 Mar 13 by member: evelyn64
@Rio - thank you.  
08 Mar 13 by member: FullaBella
@Evelyn - thank you. Yes, they were using my roof to access the another building. And my lawyer, yeah, he's a rottweiler in a white starched shirt so yeah, they'll definitely feel that bite. Now, what may get interesting in all of this was the contractor once made an offer to buy my warehouse but I rejected it once I stopped laughing at the lowball bid. Now the price I was asking 'then' will seem like a bargain :-) 
08 Mar 13 by member: FullaBella
Good on you girl! Some humans are just so ridiculous, so I hope you get fully compensated and some.  
08 Mar 13 by member: Josie Ann
what power! what joy! made all the sweeter because you made it there under your own steam, you and your little dog, too! (i'm originally from KS, hence that movie reference - but delivered with a smile & in a much sweeter voice than Margaret Hamilton's.) 
08 Mar 13 by member: Sweet Ce
You are a force to be reckoned with as this contractor found out. It does feel so good to be able to walk again...I use to drive the half block to go see the lady that cuts my hair. It never even occurred to me to walk that incredible short distance. 
08 Mar 13 by member: fatoldlady
@Josie - thank you. Yeah, Mdog will certainly get a new toy after this :-) 
08 Mar 13 by member: FullaBella
@Ce - you know, I actually used that comment too, GMTA. 'And that's for my little dog too!' Only I probably did sound like Hamilton with a drawl. 
08 Mar 13 by member: FullaBella
@Lady - little by little, yeah, I got my feet back. You know, I keep taking and taking from you. First I want you to cook for me, now I want to borrow your beautiful big doggies!  
08 Mar 13 by member: FullaBella
Well done Bella. It's not funny but I did smile as you write so well and I could visualize all of it! And how date they insult your 'baby". Make me pay baby, make me pay! 
08 Mar 13 by member: sarahsmum
@Isabel - that's okay, hon, laugh away. I have laughed so much at MH's 'godfather' mode today it's brought me a little ray of sun on an otherwise dreary cloudy day. I wish I could have written (painted) a better picture of the contractor with his hard hat in his hand. Priceless. 
08 Mar 13 by member: FullaBella
The biggest one stretchs out and all his fur stand up and he barks in this deep threatening way when someone comes to the door. He grows to twice his normal size. I have been trying to get him to stop this as he is a big cuddly sweet dog. I found out a couple of weeks ago that a meth head drug dealer moved in a couple of doors down and now I'm glad he scares the crap out of everyone who comes to the door. 
08 Mar 13 by member: fatoldlady
@Lady- sounds perfect!  
08 Mar 13 by member: FullaBella
Bella you have all the big adventures. I love love love that you can do that walk!! Znd with the 6 4" policeman.  
08 Mar 13 by member: sharonfriz


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