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2020.07.23 23:19 Talnarg [Looking] 25M Looking to move to Phoenix.

Hey, I'm Kevin. I'm currently living in California, trying to find a place near Phoenix. Trying to get a place ASAP but the craigslist trash has been real.
Looking for A room, a potential room mate, honestly anything. I have a good amount of money saved up.

I'm a 25 year old male, single, no pets, not too dramatic. I've been working for nothing in California and am placing out so I can go to a trade School in phoenix in the spring. Don't really have much belongings. I'm a very relaxed person and I spend a lot of time playing music or video games or reading. Great cook, clean room mate, funny guy.

Any questions or offers or whatever lemme know.

Thanks Reddit homies.
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2020.06.11 04:09 Farewell2Kingz My life is a catastrophe. I need advice.

Hello everyone,
My life is in trouble. I’ll try to make a long story short because what’s most important is where I am, not how I got here. A year ago I suffered a really tragic divorce from my wife of 18 years. I didn’t see it coming. Since then, I’ve been mostly jobless (poor work history despite never having been fired, I was a domestic husband for the most part... unfortunate, but true). I’ve lost all of my long term/“closest” friendships for various reasons from blatant betrayal to simply “drifting apart” (apparently this is common after a divorce?), two of my pets, I’ve been homeless for a month... I almost got things back on track when I got an apartment, a decent job (entry level IT work, but it held promise and was with a fantastic company), and I started to feel stable. Well, that lasted a month. When COVID hit in the US, they closed the office and laid off my entire team. I got another job on an assembly line making N95 masks - but the company managed to screw up and not pay me for two weeks (they lost my hours data or something), so I felt that I had to quit so I could devote time to side-gigging (Doordash mostly) to keep my bills paid.
Needless to say, my life is an absolute train wreck. I haven’t had time or space to recover from the immense pain that has happened in my life, and I’m already facing being homeless again. Being homeless (or even living in my car, a preowned 2017 Toyota Camry) in Phoenix AZ during the summer really isn’t an option. I need to find a solution.
I used to do van-life-“lite” for fun - but I was (happily) married at the time and had a home to return to. I had a 2003 Toyota Sienna - Id throw a memory foam mattress in there, camping gear, cooler, and some clothes in there and pick a direction and go. It was nice. I looked forward to my yearly two-week long trips. I discovered so much beauty every winter.
Obviously, now things are different. I’m pouring money down an endless hole in paying for my apartment (870/month though I don’t pay for utilities so that isn’t as ridiculously expensive as it seems). I don’t have any obvious job prospects - with the economy in the crapper and my lack of steady employment in the last several years, it took me 6 months and 200+ applications just to get the one solid job I managed to get (and lose, as I mentioned above).
I have $2000 left to my name. I’m recovering from an accident that has left me with vertigo, I don’t know how or why exactly this has happened... driving is excruciatingly uncomfortable, and I’m concerned that it isn’t safe. Time will tell if that goes away. I have to figure things out though, as I can’t collect unemployment or disability because of my scattered work history.
I may be able to sell off a majority of my personal possessions. I might be able to raise $6k or so off that. Unfortunately because of my car I’m under $14k in debt, and I can’t even recoup that by selling the car - not that anyone is in the market for a blue book value used Toyota Camry in these economic conditions.
I’m going to suffer more personal loss. I’m going to have to give up my pets (I’ve been keeping lizards and tarantulas for the last 30ish years). I’ll likely have to move out of state to even consider van life, meaning I’ll have to give up my new friends. I don’t have a relationship with my family. I literally have nobody to turn to except for myself.
Thing is... I need to give myself time to heal. I need time and space to finish crying (sorry to sound overly emotional). I need to find a way to improve my life. I need freedom and some level of stability. I need to drastically cut expenses. That’s why I’m here.
I have a lot of questions. I barely know how I’m going to escape this situation unscathed, let alone getting into a new one... but this is the only thing I can think of to do. The life has always sounded really interesting to me. I don’t want to end up truly homeless. I want some control over how I end up. I want to be able to improve my education a bit, try to build a “respectable” career, improve myself, fall in love again (someday anyway, it isn’t a priority right now), and realize some of my dreams. But... to manage all of that I need things to STOP and stand the hell still for a while. I need to escape my life, but I don’t want to take my own life.
So, with that out of the way (sorry that was longer than I wanted) - I have so many questions. I’ll try to summarize some starter questions here.
I guess the most important question is: I’ll need money. How? Does anyone try doing things like Doordash while van-lifing? I checked out the FAQ here, and I’ve long known that some people do things like caring for campgrounds while they can life - but I imagine this is fraught with the lack of available jobs given the increasing popularity of the lifestyle and the sudden decline of the economy? How does one keep from going broke? I need to save money. I don’t want to retire broke. I want to go back to college and put myself on a positive trajectory - assuming I ever desire to return to a rigidly defined society. Sure, I won’t have $870/mo rent hanging over me. But I’ll still need to store my remaining possessions, car insurance, food, gas, quality of life-on-the-road improvements, cell phone, emergency budget, etc. I don’t have a clear idea of what exactly to budget for, what options for income are available, etc. I don’t even know if the van life can save me money - what if it’s actually more expensive? I need someone to help step me through what a budget looks like.
How much should I expect to spend on a van? I have seen some people throw around notions like “as little as $3000.” Trouble is, I’m not a car guy, and I don’t foresee having a home base until I am able to afford to buy one - if that ever happens at all. So even if I could find a used heater van for say $3000 (and that seems like slim pickings on Craigslist) I wouldn’t be able to accurately assess whether the thing is going to break down on me suddenly.
How difficult is it to improve your standard of living while on the road? I imagine that at first it’ll be a pretty basic existence: my mattress, a basic cooler, some clothes. I’ll have to store most of my belongings in storage until I’m able to actually van-life here in Arizona so I can be here to sell them, and that is unlikely until the winter. But I imagine in time it would be nice to have some amenities... get my mattress off the floor of the van, insulation, a little gas stove, cabinets, batteries/solar etc. Being full on rustic may have been fun for a couple weeks out of the year... but I doubt it would be fun forever?
How do you manage your domicile? I mean, without a residence, how do you apply for jobs, get necessary shipments, maintain insurance for your vehicle, keep a license, etc? What do you put on a job application? I have heard that there are a few states (I think SD, NV, and TX that don’t require a land based home for citizenship... but you still need an address for licensure, registration, etc, right?)
I have so many questions. I probably have questions that I haven’t even realized yet... I guess I’m depending on the community here to help me out with figuring out what those questions are and how I can answer them.
Thanks for the help, all advice is appreciated.
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2019.11.08 00:43 PhysicalFlow [PETS] 10YO dog Greta is desperate for a home, please adopt or share!

Hi guys, Greta is the sweetest dog at MCACC, hands down. I was so happy to see her go home to a loving family last month, but just a few days ago they returned her saying that they suddenly had to move out of town and could not bring her along.
She's 90lbs, plott hound/pitt mix. She LOVES children and even tolerates them tugging on her ears and jumping on her back. She's so gentle and also does great with other animals like dogs (any size/gender), cats, and pocket pets.
Since she is so old, her adoption fee is only $20. I will even pay the fee myself if she loves you enough. If you know anyone who could be interested please share with them and reach out to me, my heart breaks for her as she really loved her home.
Here's her craigslist ad, which has contact information and some pictures of her! https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/pet/d/phoenix-gentle-greta-needs-forever-home/7015194742.html
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2019.09.03 20:08 HelenGR2 Director Mary Martin (MCACC - Maricopa Animal Care & Control)

Something I've never been able to get an answer from anyone about: Why is Maricopa Animal Care & Control completely silent about the plethora of animal sales on Craigslist? Especially the puppy sales?
Craigslist didn't prohibit this activity until the San Francisco Guardian published a story (2005) about how Craigslist contributed to irresponsible pet ownership (overpopulated shelters). It was only due to that PR fallout that Craigslist banned animal sales.
If you look at Phx->Community->Pets, EVERY OTHER ad is puppy sales. And, it takes a TON OF FLAGS to bring down just one ad. (There was a group of MCACC volunteers coordinating flagging. Craigslist ignored the flags. It became abundantly clear CL wasn't enforcing the rule, just a "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" to assuage public backlash a few years ago.
A year of two ago, Director Mary Martin wanted everyone to refer to MCACC as "the community shelter." She's big on semantics, like that. But, she lacks any backbone to stand up for the community. One of the most ineffective leaders I've ever seen. She doesn't respond to fosters nor volunteers who contact her directly with concerns (or, at least concerns that are hard, and might cause her to take a stand on anything.). She hides behind locked doors. Literally.
A couple years ago, the shelter partnered with Cesar Millan to appear on stage with him at one of his local events. Within *hours* all traces of that participation were scrubbed from MCACC's facebook page (due to backlash). A sold-out audience who might be willing to adopt dogs they saw there. But, Martin caved to ideologues within HOURS. All references deleted. Like it never even happened. (I saw her leadership on full display that day.).
That's typical of MCACC, and especially Mary Martin's spineless leadership. They're all about the "public image." Not doing what's right, but semantics, wiggle-room; make-nice PR.
MCACC would have been the perfect public institution to stand up for fosters' interests in finding the right home for the dog they personally invest in. (But, Mary Martin threw fosters under the bus because that was easier, and the PR was better. Her leadership style: "everything flows downhill.").
MCACC would have been the perfect public institution to counter-balance the growing trend to humanize dogs -- which leads to more dogs being returned to the shelter because they didn't meet the adopter's unreal expectations that it would be like a "little human being." (But, Mary Martin caved within hours to that demographic, preferring to dress dogs in costumes, and appeal to the anthropomorphic touchy-feely part of the community -- instead of sold-out audience who were eager and passionate about a balanced relationship with a dog.).
MCACC would be the perfect public institution to shed light on the role Craigslist plays in shelter overpopulation. But... Mary Martin prefers her locked office door -- fronted by a "feel the feels" PR machine.
I had her pegged shortly after she entered that office. There was immediately a controversy about pregnant dogs being euthanized. The local media reported it, and accepted Mary Martin's excuse that it had to be done (without offering to foster the pregnant dogs) to make space in the shelter. I was at the shelter those various days (weeks) and it was far from being at capacity. She just double-talked here way out of it -- to a media that didn't ask questions.
Another revealing bit about Director Martin: she immediately had the idea to close the East shelter -- justifying it with a nearly abusive reason: "volunteers care enough about the dogs that they will drive further to care for them." That kind of objectification of the community has been a hallmark of Mary Martin and the culture she's created at MCACC. People are discardable. Their passions for dogs can be squeezed without limits. When that limit is hit, jut strum the heart-strings for more volunteers. To Director Martin, people are just unthinking resources who will bend over backwards if all the PR is fluffy enough. (Objects to manipulate, not to partner with.).
I am really, very stunned that Maricopa County's Board of Supervisors have not replaced Martin yet. She's consistently acted cowardly, for her own self-interest (empire building). Anyone can do that. It takes a real leader to address real problems (not double-talk their way out of them, or scrub all reference to controversy, or act like there is none.).
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2019.06.12 14:53 sweatystartup Is geography really a limiting factor? Is it possible to start and manage a business 100% remotely? (ep 59)

Show notes from podcast episode 59.
I received a recent question via email
I want to set up and run a service business from outside of the USA. I have some capital and some experience. What service would be best? What should I consider? What steps should I take to build a business from scratch 100% remotely?
Is geography really a limiting factor here when we talk about these local service businesses? Is it absolutely required for the founder to be on site?
On one hand yes. We talk a lot here about the main advantage to starting a local service business being the fact that you can control your risk. If you can properly execute there is a very high probability of success. Competing and operating in a low risk way requires a presence. You have to build something yourself. You have to learn the ins and outs of the service and the city and the population and their needs. In the early days you have to do a lot of the work yourself to keep overhead low.
On the other hand no. If you have experience, capital and you do things right it can absolutely be done. My partner and I have branches of our business that have been profitable for years that we haven't actually visited in years. I have never been to many of the cities we operate in. My partner went a hand full of times in the early days and that was all it took to set it up so we could manage it remotely from then on.
Today we manage the company remotely 75% of the time. Dan goes to Boston to meet with our main manager every other month and hits the road during busy season.
Let's discuss the possibilities and start with the most extreme example of starting and building a business 100% remotely.
The entire country is your oyster. You can launch anywhere. So instead of doing a market study where you begin with a city and try to find a business that works there lets start by choosing a business and then choose a city where it would thrive.
What type of business should you consider targeting?
Let's start a business with recurring revenue, scheduled services and repeat customers. Those are all really good. The businesses are more valuable if you ever wanted to sell, your income is more predictable and you can schedule out your work in advance. All making your logistics and growth a little easier.
Since you aren't going to be there we also want to reduce the "emergency factor". The emergency factor means damaged things, equipment malfunctions, employee error, anything that creates a fire that the owner typically has to put out in person. Think about a lawn care company with a lot of moving parts and a high probability of damaged items, missed spots, equipment malfunctions, getting stuck in a yard after a rainstorm, you get the point. You mess something up its very noticeable.
Needing the customer to be present to interact with your crew also adds another variable that can easily be messed up. You have to be on schedule and on time all the time in that case. So let's find a business that doesn't require the customer to be present.
You need something relatively low skilled. Remodeling basements or niche carpentry won't work here.
Let's go with something with just enough barriers to enter to keep the fly by nights out and the craigslisters away from the space. Some minor certifications would be great. Just enough of a barrier to give you some insulation from low cost providers entering the market like crazy.
So what is an example of a service that fits this bill?
Pest control is one that comes to mind.
Customers sign up for monthly services so your revenue is predictable and your customers can stay with you for a long time. There is a low emergency factor because your employees are less likely to chop off a sprinkler head or spill paint on someone's carpet. You won't be getting "missed a spot" calls. There isn't a huge risk for equipment breakdowns. You can do the perimeter treatments for the customers when they are not home on your schedule. There is some certification to complete so you won't have craigslisters willing to do your work for half the price.
90% of the time you show up to the house, spray the same chemical in the same spots in about 20 minutes and leave. Done. No hassle. No razzle dazzle.
I watch all of my neighbors pay for this stuff. A guy shows up in a small truck or a car. He gets out in his blue polo and puts on a breathing mask. Sprays the house for 10 minutes around the soffit and foundation. Gets back in his car and leaves. Then they hit the credit card for $50.
This is something that can be managed from afar.
Obviously it has its challenges that you shouldn't overlook. You need to be able to treat indoor on 24 hours notice if there is a pest issue. You need to learn how to do it in a safe way around families and pets. You'll need different chemicals in your arsenal for different situations and different pests. You'll need to take an online course and pay fees to get registered. You'll need a nice insurance policy.
Ok so you've decided you are going to launch a business like pest control. Now you need to find a city where the competition is backed up with customer demand and has a weak online presence that you believe you can outrank.
Here is a link to the full on market analysis but I'll touch on the basics.
You need to CALL THE COMPETITORS AND PLAY A CUSTOMER. Ask 50 questions. How busy are you? How does your service work? How many crews do you have? How long have you been in business? How long would it take you to come out and treat my home? How much would you charge me? This is the best market research you can do and you'll learn quickly wether this company is starving more more business or has it running out their ears.
Find out how hard it would be to outrank the competitor on Google. You can do this yourself by watching a few online tutorials and getting an ahrefs.com subscription. I recommend this when you are early on. When you have it narrowed down you should consider hiring an SEO specialist to analyze this for you.
Don't fall into analysis paralysis. Remember that you don't need every customer. A single strong competitor is okay. You'll never find the perfect opportunity. You just want to analyze it and be sure that you can carve out a piece fo the pie.
Ok so you've found a city that is ripe for your new business and you believe you can get some customers. What now?
You don't need to register your LLC, get certified, get insurance and hire someone on the ground right away. You have a lot of work to do from the comfort of your own computer screen.
Start working and doing these things at least 6 months or more before launch. The earlier you can start the better.
Build your website. Write a bunch of great content targeting the local keywords. Record videos for youtube. Your website and your content needs to be 10x as helpful as your competitors websites. Design it as a resource meant to help people learn first and sell second. Consider working with a content marketer or SEO specialist to really set up your site structure the right way so you can rank well as early as possible. Work on building backlinks. Work on creating new content consistently.
What content do I create for a pest control company?
Answer any question anyone who is interested in your service might ask. Then answer any question a DIY pest control person might ask. Be very open book about how it all works. Aim to help them learn. While it is a risk they'll take what they learn from you and do it themselves its much more likely they'll start to trust you and be more likely to hire you. The DIYers likely aren't your potential customers anyway. Add value first!
Creating this content will not only help your customers it will also really help you. You will do a ton of research and you'll become an expert on pest control. Which is good because you are running a pest control company after all.
Get a Google My Business location in the heart of the town you are targeting.
You'll need to get creative here. Convince a friend to let you send a postcard to their home. Send a postcard to the home of your first hire. Pay someone to let you park your Google Location on your home. Constantly add photos and post on this platform.
Ignore social media. Don't make a yelp account. It's not worth your time or money. Focus elsewhere.
Run through the rest of the items on this list to get your entire business appearing totally 100% operational and professional from the outside.
Don't incorporate yet. Don't offer your service yet. Don't get insurance yet. Just develop your web presence and build it and work on it. Set up your google voice number and answer the phone when customers call and track the calls but let them know you aren't launching yet.
You aren't very deep money wise. You've got some time sunk in but you haven't started to take on significant overhead yet. Its low risk so far. The longer you can let this grow and nurture it the better.
The pre-launch planning phase.
The leads are starting to arrive and you are on the first page of Google. Your Google My Business location is ranking for customers in certain areas and you are generating some traffic to your website. The phone is ringing. When do you make a hire, hit the ground and start spending some money?
It depends on your bankroll and your risk tolerance. You can start right away if you are confident in the market and willing to take the risk.
What do you put in place first?
You need to get registered with the local government. Get insurance. Get everything in place to run payroll. Get your certifications to legally offer your service.
Here comes the risky part.
You need to make a part time hire or a full time hire on the ground. Part time can be a great option to save money but they are often unreliable because they desire something consistent and will leave if you can't provide that.
I recommend spending at least a little bit of time on the ground. The more the better.
Leading up to this time on the ground you should create your job descriptions and really think through the tasks that you will need your on the ground person to take care of for you. Once you have the descriptions you should make your job postings, advertise them if necessary, recruit some applicants, do your first round interviews on the phone or Skype. When you show up on site you need to be fully prepared to do your final round interviews, make your hire and get started working together.
If you do go the pest control route make sure you research your local regulations about employees using your license. They may need to become certified themselves. In this case you can either invest the money to certify them or you can recruit and pay a certified tech with experience.
Once on the ground spend some time with your employee. Go out and service some customers if you are able to do so. Spend time with your hire and make sure you are confident in the organization and setup before you head back out of town. Get organized with your supplies and equipment.
Management and operations...
From your remote location I recommend doing all of your own customer service at first. All of your own billing. Scheduling. Don't take any cash so you can manager your money all online and control all of that.
From here on its about management and operations. Everything else on the block and podcast can be applicable here just as if you were running a business in person.
Make sure you organize a guerrilla marketing campaign with your first hire.
Being incredibly lean in the early days will be an advantage. Buy equipment used. Save money wherever possible.
Standardize your processes. This chemical for that situation. This flow of actions should be taken place upon each service. Everything action should have a standardized reaction. Build out a training video library. Take out the guesswork and simplify the job of your employees.
Embrace technology because it allows you to really control everything. A great CRM like GetJobber would be a good option. Take as much off your employee's plate as possible. The more you can do from your remote location the better. Make sure they have a time tracking app on their phone that also tracks their location so you can analyze their efficiency, manage time theft, and also get data on how long each service is taking and how you can charge for that.
Grow from there at whatever pace you feel comfortable with!
A few additional options to explore:
A local partner. Find someone on the ground who wants to found the business for you. Handle the web build, customer service, billing, quoting, sales etc and have them carry out the service and manage the equipment. This is less risky from a financial perspective but also less rewarding. Partnerships can also turn south quickly when fairness and contributions are in question and there is big money involved. If you go this route make sure you lay out how everything will work and have all the hard conversations off the bat. If this happens then what? If that happens then what? If you go get a job then what? If we don't make any money then what? If I need to come to town then what?
Subcontracting out the work is an option. You could explore hiring a company already operational and certified in the town to do your jobs and take a cut. This should be temporary if you decide to go this route at all.
Don't forget this is risky business but it can be managed and I'm 100% certain it can be done with the right plan and the right execution.
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2019.05.05 19:10 discodarwinx Best place to sell vinyl singles circa 90s early 2000s?

I’ve probably got 50 to 100 12“ vinyl singles, a lot of cool singles of pet shop boys and Depeche Mode, but also some great dance music from late 90s to probably 2003. Was thinking of just putting them up On eBay and maybe craigslist/offer up/Facebook marketplace, just wondering if I’m missing any better place to sell them. In phoenix. 🙏!
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2018.11.01 16:58 DLunatic [Wanted] [Roommate] Need 1 more roommate in a 4bd/2bth around I-17 and Peoria Area

We have 2 roommates and myself at the moment. M 24, M 23, and M 34 . The house is a 1400 sqft home with newly remodeled bedrooms. 400/month split utilities. half months rent deposit, 1st month upfront.
no pets, no kids, no smoking inside. Common area semi furnished.
See Craigslist Ad for details.

PM me for more info!

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2018.09.25 19:58 AaronIAM [Barter] [Trade] Xbox One S , Controller + Games

Ad is here: https://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/sys/d/trade-obo-xbox-one-500gb/6707177719.html
Like new, adult owned, smoke free/pet free. 1 White controller, original packaging, cables included.
Also can include all the games & a black controller although it is kind of broken, (it works) maybe you can fix.
Looking for $240 cash or to trade for a PC tower with motherboard and CPU/RAM (i7, Xeon, Ryzen) preferably dell. I'm open to other hardware specs, let me know what you have
OR a Southwest Airlines Gift Card $200+
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2018.08.30 07:57 slowrine [PETS] I need to find a new home for my dog

Male, fixed, rhodesian ridgeback mix, about 4.5 years old. For a mix, he's got a lot of the RR traits, but I was told he's half labrador retreiver, and so he sometimes likes to play fetch. He's an awesome, derpy guy. I wish I could keep him. He has valley fever, so no shelters will take him in. Everywhere I called said they would euthanize him.
Unfortunately, he and my husband don't get along, so I'm having to find him a new home. I'm located in North Phoenix. Here is a link to the craigslist ad if you want to see a picture. Please send me a PM if interested.
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2018.06.04 20:19 patrickthestar2018 [discussion] Our dog is elderly and incontinent. He's very difficult to take care of while being pregnant and having busy schedules. I hate him. Help!

tl;dr version: our elderly dog suffers from incontinence and has multiple accidents daily, regardless of how often or long he has been let outside. Being pregnant and both of us working long shifts make it extremely hard to care for him. We've tried all kinds of methods to make it easier to care for him, including puppy pads and diapers, but it doesn't work. Not sure what to do anymore and need advice.
A bit of background info:
My husband, Tom, and I have an elderly 16 year old springer spaniel mix named Milo. He was originally Tom's Uncle's dog. They had a baby and Milo got slightly aggressive and nipped at it one day, so they gave him to Tom's parents (my in-laws) when Milo was about ~4 years old. Tom's father died a few years before I met Tom, who was living with his mom while he went to college. I came into the picture, Tom graduated, Tom's mom moved out of the house and in with her boyfriend in his home far out into the country. Since Milo was NOT an outdoor dog and wouldn't do well in the country with lots of land to run around (once he is free, he runs and doesn't stop), Tom's mom sold us the house and left Milo to us, figuring he would do better in the house he has lived at for most of his life, plus with his older age. Which was fine, as he was about 12 at the time and didn't have incontinence. We've "had" Milo for 4 years now, and his age and problems that come with his age are really starting to become a difficult issue for us.
Although Milo is a sweet dog, with his old age also comes annoying senior problems. His vision is still decent, but he is mostly deaf. He does still have a surprising amount of energy for his old age and gets excited when he sees people, tugs at the leash on walks, and doesn't really seem to ever be in pain (very mild arthritis in one of his legs according to the vet, but otherwise in perfect health with nothing wrong). It's like a 5 or 6 year old healthy dog in a 16 year old dog's body. But I've noticed a few minor things he has started doing more often. He paces a lot, but I assume it is from boredom since we are gone from work a lot and he doesn't like playing with dog toys. He also stinks... he can walk near you and suddenly you get a whiff of something that smells like sweaty socks and rotting meat. And the hardest issue to deal with is the lack of control of his poop and pee. When we confronted the vet about his issues, they said Milo was fine. He just is an old man that has accidents. His arthritis is mild enough to not worry about it. And the odor is likely a combination of gum issues causing bad breath and some sort of chemical in his body that makes older dogs sweat more.
The issue that is most annoying is the daily accidents
They're annoying, but we clean them up and sanitize the area very well. But lately the accidents have gotten worse. His once-a-day accidents (from 2 or 3 years ago) are now unpredictable and happen 2-3 times a day. We let him outside, he barks desperately wanting back inside after 5-10 minutes, we let him in, he immediately poops on the floor.
The thing that makes it so tough to handle is that Tom and I work long hours and similar schedules. So no one is at the house for 6-10 hours at a time sometimes. He is too old to hold in his potty that long. He also steps on his poop or lays on his poop and tracks it through the house when he isn't locked up (at night). I'm also the one that ends up taking care of him because Tom still works more than me and very late into the night. I'd say out of the accidents inside, I'm the one that cleans up 95% of them all day. I'm also 7 months pregnant, which makes bending down to clean up his accidents very difficult. Not to mention his odor and poops are SO RANK that it's hard to not vomit when you clean it up or when he walks by. But I can't make Tom do this for me because he isn't home or is in a deep sleep. And I'm not just going to leave the accidents there.
Basically my day goes as follows:
I wake up to Milo pacing (hardwood floors plus his nails make a loud clickity clack noise) around 5 or 6am. I get up and sometimes there's already a poop waiting for me and sometimes there's not. Sometimes there's even a pee puddle or pee-soaked dog blanket or towel. I let him outside. I wait 10-20 minutes for him to pee and finally come back inside. Sometimes he pees in the grass, sometimes he pees on the patio concrete right outside our back door literally 6 inches from the grass... and then runs off across the yard. If I try to get him back inside, he looks at me but ignores me and runs away. So I'm awake until he's ready to come inside. If I leave him outside all morning until I get up for work several hours later, he barks LOUDLY and desperately paws at the back door and disturbs the neighbors. When he finally comes back inside, roughly 20 minutes later, I go back to sleep.
Some time between 7am and 9am, he has to poop. He goes to the back door, stares at it silently (before, he would bark when he wanted outside), then walks away and poops somewhere in the house. Usually stepping in it and tracking it through the house. I wake myself up around 8:30 or 9am to pee for the 300th time (pregnancy bladder) and let him outside, but it's too late. I repeat my cleaning process (sometimes have to clean my feet because I'll step in poop or a pee puddle in the darkness, which is hard to do when you can't even see your feet while pregnant). I go back to bed for another hour or so and start getting ready for work. I leave. Tom gets out of bed and lets Milo outside. 5% of the time, there's a poop already waiting for him, but it's very rare. Milo is confused and barks desperately wanting back inside because he has emptied his potty by now. Tom lets him in and gets ready for work. Before he leaves, he lets Milo out one more time. Same thing... Milo barks immediately wanting back inside. Tom puts him in his pen and goes to work around 3pm.
I come home between 9pm and 11pm, but earlier than Tom, clean up a poop or pee soaked towel/blanket that we have laying on the floor as padding for him, then let Milo run outside in case he has more potty. I get a swiffer and spray the area from his pen to the back door (because he poops and lays in it, steps in it, then tracks poop through the house) in an effort to clean and sanitize the area. I let him in and get a warm washcloth and wipe his coat down for any poop I missed. Let me also mention that giving him a bath is incredibly hard to do while pregnant. He absolutely HATES baths and gets scared and tries to run away or jump out of the tub and ultimately ends up pooping in the tub or immediately on the floor after I successfully bathe him. I've tried petting him to comfort him and tried the peanut butter in the tub method, he still whimpers and acts terrified and will ignore the peanut butter as soon as water touches his body. And the smell of fresh mushy poop in an enclosed bathroom is absolutely horrible for my pregnancy sense of smell. Plus, there's no way I can bathe him 2 or 3 times a day after every accident when he steps on poop or rolls around in it. Every once and a while he will lay down for 10 minutes after being inside, then start pacing the floor, squat a little while walking, and poop everywhere. I go to bed around 1 or 2am, my SO gets home around that time and lets him outside again.
Repeat everything the next day. I've also caught Milo several times walking around after pooping on the floor, sniffing the poop, then eating it.
We've attempted several different methods to make it easier to care for him and his accidents, but not a whole lot of success.
We used to let him sleep in our bedroom in a little dog bed near our bed. Throughout the night, Tom and I would roll around in our sleep and knock pillows or blankets onto the floor. Milo would get up and lay on these, making them stink and then would poop on them or dribble in his sleep. Every morning I'd wake up to a gross smelling bedroom. At one point, I woke up and noticed my blanket was on the floor. I was a little chilly, and reached down to grab it. Milo was laying on it as usual. So I woke him up and made him get off. I pulled the blanket onto the bed to cover me. But I kept smelling a poopy smell. I turned on the lights, waking Tom, and told him I smelled poop. I looked everywhere but couldn't find poop. I laid back in bed but kept smelling it. So I pulled the blanket up to my face and over my nose... right on a smushed poop on the blanket. That was the final straw and we kicked him out of our bedroom. He would lay by our bedroom door, but would poop or pee on the carpet right by our door in his sleep. It started making the hallway smell like urine or poop faintly, even after cleaning the carpet. So we put up a baby gate so he was limited to the living room where it would be hard wood flooring. That helped the most, at least making it easier to clean up.
We had him in a large wire dog cage with the slide out tray at the bottom that he'd stay in while we were at work or out running errands. But he would constantly poop or pee in it since he couldn't hold in his potty. If he pooped, he would lay in the poop, getting incredibly gross and stinky, and would kick the poops through the wire. If the poop was mushy, which most were, he would force it through the grating. And it was incredibly difficult to clean. So we bought one of those large wire dog pens that you can fold out into different shapes. It gave him more room and made cleaning up accidents a little easier, but he still would lay against the wire and force poops through the grating. We started laying down pee pads and towels on the floor for extra padding for him, but he would pee on the towels, poop on the towels, or smear poop everywhere and get it stuck in his fur or paws.
We tried locking him in his pen all night, but he would panic and start desperately barking. Plus it isn't fair to lock him up all day while at work, then all night.
We also tried different feeding schedules... once a day, 3 small feedings a day, different times of being fed, the same exact time every day,... still unpredictable.
We tried puppy training pads by the back door, but he doesn't use them. And we tried doggy diapers, but since he has a docked tail, the hole ends up hanging off his tail and his poops fall through the hole. He also would rip them off. And if he DID keep them on long enough, cleaning up a poopy or pee-soaked dog diaper was harder than just cleaning it off the floor, because you'd still have to knock off the solid poops outside (they'd get squished) and wipe his butt area (poop would be caked on his butt)... plus any poop or pee that fell out of the tail hole.
We've tried letting him out more often while we are home, but nothing seems to work, as his pooping and peeing schedules are somewhat unpredictable now. He poops after being outside. He poops while walking around. He even poops while eating his dog food sometimes. We've also tried leaving him outside longer and ignoring his barks (which has prevented a few house accidents, because he barks for 5 minutes, realizes he has a poop, goes to poop, then comes back to the door), but it's too hot to leave him outside in this Phoenix heat for a long time. And I don't want to be "that" neighbor that annoys everyone with a loud, barking dog at all hours of the day and night. Plus, as mentioned above, his potty schedule is unpredictable.
ULTIMATELY: Milo is such a sweet dog and I love him to death, but at the same time, I absolutely despise the incontinent bastard. I feel guilty for feeling this way because I am and always have been a huge dog lover, but at this point he seems like a burden nowadays, especially with our insanely busy lives. I feel like I can't keep doing this anymore because I'm pregnant and it hurts to bend over to pick up poop or clean up any accidents in general. Not to mention, the poops dry out or are so caked on the floor that you have to get down on the floor and SCRUB HARD to get it all off. Plus, since he steps on the poop and tracks it through the house, I just feel like the environment is unsanitary. I hate walking barefoot through the house anymore because of how many poops I've had mashed between my toes. The house seems to always smell strongly like sweaty dog, and faintly of urine and feces. My pregnancy nose has my sense of smell heightened, so I can't hardly stand the smell of the house or of Milo when he is nearby. And the poops seem to smell 800x worse than before and make me gag and nearly vomit whenever I have to clean them up (because of the odor).
I'm worried about this pregnancy and getting sick or getting some sort of bacteria that could cause me or my unborn child to get sick if I step on his poop tracks without realizing it (maybe I'm just being paranoid). I don't want to feel like I can't enjoy any time I have to relax or even sleep because I constantly have to get up and care for Milo. I feel tired from the lack of sleep I'm getting from waking up several times in between my own pregnancy pee schedule to care for the dog. I know that it's "practice" for caring for the high maintenance needs of a baby, but the baby isn't here yet. And I'm constantly stressed out when he has his accidents or when his next accident will be.
I'm also worried about once the baby is here. Although he hasn't gotten aggressive towards little kids since his original owners gave him up, he also hasn't been exposed to them for long periods of time. So there's always the possibility that he COULD nip at my baby, once born. Plus caring for a baby AND caring for a senior dog suffering from incontinence seems like an incredibly tough challenge. Caring for a baby, daycare, work, and trying to find time to care for a senior dog that can't hold anything in seems difficult for my lifestyle.
Since Milo isn't in pain or suffering from any physical issue according to the vet, it would obviously be wrong to have him put down. I'd worry about his age being put up for adoption, and have mixed feelings about a craigslist "senior dog needs a good home" post. But I'm at my wits end lately. I'm tired and I'm busy... And I just feel bad in general because it's an old family dog that has lived in the same house for most of his life. Plus, it's not really *my* dog... it's Tom's, even if I'm the one who cleans up after and cares for Milo 95% of the time. I've tried reaching out to my husband's family to see if they could care for Milo or know someone who has time to care for Milo in his final senior years, since we are about to be parents and have such busy schedules. But his mom has told me no and hinted that I'm just full of it or guilt tripped me by saying that if the vet says the dog is fine, then I have nothing to worry about and doesn't believe me about sanitation concerns (just to clean up the poops).
I feel like we both need to come to an agreement on something like this. But I feel guilty with the decision that I want... to give him away to someone that can take better care of him and his needs than we can.
Help!
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2018.04.15 01:46 Conman2021 Bun in need of a good home

Hi community! My girlfriend and I have a little Bun of our own that we are needing to find a home for. She got the rabbit this last June, and he has been a pleasure. Unfortunately, we both graduated and our living circumstances don't permit for us to have a pet like him. I'm not sure if this is the place to ask, but is there anyone in Phoenix that would want to take on a little bun?
We don't want to sell him to just anyone on Craigslist or anything. We want to make sure he is looked after and loved properly.
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2017.07.26 20:44 Ryshek [For Sale] 3 Month old kitten to a good home! (25$)

Here is the link to our craigslist ad
https://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/pet/d/month-old-male-kitten-in-need/6236093406.html
He's super cute!
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2017.07.19 19:34 kelopaero How to an apartments for rent near me, Houses for rent, homes for rent near me

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2017.07.19 19:25 kelopaero How to rent an apartments for rent near me Houses for rent homes for rent

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How to Choose an Affordable Place Begin your apartment searching process by exploring the city you’d potentially want to live in, and do a broad comparison of the overall culture, interesting attractions, and climate. Many people typically consider which coast suits their lifestyle best—and often their pocketbook—using big cities as guides for their decision making. However, there are a number of “satellite” cities that have cropped up in the past several years on both coasts, because business and commercial development have continued to grow and expand beyond the large urban centers. These cities have provided new opportunities for people to establish their roots easily with lots of avenues for employment and all at a lower cost relative to the major metropolises on both coasts.
There are additional considerations to investigate when choosing your new cheap place to live. Affordability is the primary concern, but other factors play into your choices and often times affect affordability as well. For example, taxes are different in every state—sales tax, income tax, tax credits, and tax exemptions—and will definitely play a part in what you consider within your budget. Take into consideration crime rates and local school districts when considering your safety and your children's education. Food and entertainment are plentiful in different cities and areas, so choose a place that has the type of culture you can picture yourself in. After you’ve determined what is most important for you and your family, continue your search within your priorities and affordability, and you will find the perfect apartment to settle in.
Top Questions to Ask on an Apartment Tour It’s best to be prepared before going on an apartment tour, so before you visit an apartment property, be sure you know what you’re looking for in an apartment. Apartment tours can be fast-paced, so you don’t want to forget anything. Reference your list of what to look for in an apartment, then ask these questions so you can find the perfect apartment.
How long is the apartment lease? Can I break the lease? Is there a penalty fee? What is the apartment’s policy on subletting? Is there an application fee? What is the deposit amount? Is it refundable? Does the apartment require renter’s insurance? When is rent due? Is there a grace period for late payments? Are any utilities (water, gas, cable, trash, etc.) included in the rent amount? If so, which ones? What forms of payment are acceptable for rent? What is the procedure for making a maintenance request? Is 24-hour emergency maintenance available? Does the apartment allow pets? Is there a pet deposit or monthly fee? What parking does the apartment offer? Is there a fee or permit required? What are hours of the leasing office? What are the hours of the apartment’s facilities (pool, fitness center, laundry facility, etc.)? Are there any special facilities or amenities that the apartment offers for an additional fee? Are there any other deposits, fees, or charges I should know about? Is the apartment offering any discounts or special offers? Is there a copy of the floor plans or a brochure about the apartment that I can take with me? Remember; don’t be shy about asking questions on an apartment tour! Write down what you learn so you can reference your notes later when comparing apartments later, and take any business cards or paper handouts that are available.
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2017.07.03 21:27 samandiriel [FOR SALE] Flying Fox fish - $6, pick up only

I have three fully grown (?) ~3" flying foxes (seriously fish profile, that pet place profile) that I need to re-home ASAP. I bought them in the hopes that they were as labeled (Siamese algae eaters) but alas I was cruelly deceived. They eat some algae but prefer fish food, and also eat my damn madagascar lace plant! Grrr. They leave the anarcharis and water wisteria alone, tho.
They are nice looking fish overall, pics on my CL ad. They are
Come take these sleek destroyers of plants away from me, please!
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2017.07.03 05:50 samandiriel [FS] Flying fox fish (3 total), $6 each, pick up only in Phx, AZ

I have three fully grown (?) ~3" flying foxes (seriously fish profile, that pet place profile that I need to re-home ASAP. I bought them in the hopes that they were as labeled (Siamese algae eaters) but alas I was cruelly deceived. They eat some algae but prefer fish food, and also eat my damn madagascar lace plant! Grrr. They leave the anarcharis and water wisteria alone, tho.
Pics can be found on my CL ad.
They are nice looking fish overall. They are
Come take these sleek destroyers of plants away from me, please! I'd be happy to take some nice mollie or swords in exchange.
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2017.04.12 00:49 thelattergaysaint [HOUSING] Looking for someone to take over my lease in South Scottsdale - 2 bed 1 bath

I have to transfer out of state for work so we're putting our lease up. The current lease goes through October 26. You can move in as early as May 6th. The complex is The Sycamore at Scottsdale (6599 E Thomas Rd). The management is very easy to work with and the complex is pretty great. Check out their website for a list of amenities. Pictures in this post are from the website and are not of our own apartment - but it is very similar.
The lease is 1088 per month plus taxes, utilities, etc. We paid for one pet through the end of the lease, and I think that is included at no extra cost. We will pay the takeover fee. You will need to pay for the application fee. You will also keep the deposit.
Please PM with questions or to come by. We would like to get this settled sooner than later!
See my CL post for pictures: https://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/sub/6084498628.html
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2017.03.10 05:52 kinziek90 Room for rent

Hey guys, I got offered a job in Phoenix so I am leaving good ol' Flagstaff. I have a female unit in Pine View Village available that I am trying to get someone to take over. If you know of anyone who needs a room, link 'em here. Pets welcome.
craigslist post
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2017.03.10 05:51 kinziek90 Room for rent

Hey guys, I got offered a job in Phoenix so I am leaving good ol' Flagstaff. I have a female unit in Pine View Village available that I am trying to get someone to take over. If you know of anyone who needs a room, link 'em here. Pets welcome.
craigslist post
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2017.03.07 07:42 rainkloud [PETS] Cute and sweet female kitty for adoption

I have a very loving kitty that I've cared for for over a year that I must regrettably put up for adoption due to a new roommate not being cat compatible.
Very affectionate and loves humans but not so much other kitties. She needs a fair bit of attention so multi person house would be best. I have a very large cat tree that I'm happy to donate to a good home as well.
For more details please see this listing below:
https://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/pet/6017181207.html
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2016.10.30 04:31 blunt-e [PETS] Beautiful Redtail Boa, Jaguar Carpet (het for albino) Female Ball Python and a bunch of enclosures

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/pet/5852780514.html
Moving to the mountains and new work will have me traveling...a LOT. Sad to do it, but I have to find a caring home for my babies. This is time sensitive
Have 1 Red Tail Boa, 8ft (shes done growing). This girl is an absolute puppy dog, never shown any aggression, feeds like a champ, loves to hang out with/on you. Also have enclosure for her, w/ stand or w/o. Full glass front. 4x4x2.
Have 1 Carpet Python, hypo coloration het for albino, male, 2 years old. Friendly, though a little active (comes with his age) will chill once older. Never had aggression. very good feeder. Shares enclosure with female ball python, 2 years old, standard coloration. Was homing for some Carpondralls, but they're a bit young yet. His Parents were great breeders and were absolutely gorgeous. Same enclosure type as above, they stack and come with a stand. Really want these guys going to a knowledgeable home.
asking a 200$ rehoming fee, includes enclosures and storage stand. This includes all three snakes. Beyond a bargain, these enclosures normally go for 250$ each! Basically I'm trying to re-coop something on the enclosures, the reptiles come with 'em. First priority to someone that wants the whole lot of it.
Also have a jungle type enclosure for arboreal or rainforest critters. Exoterra brand, with mister system, hood lights the whole deal. 100$. (No snake included with this one, unless you'd like the carpet or ball python, we can work something out)
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2016.06.29 07:05 RegalLegalEagle The Weight We Carry Ch 19

It's been a while since one of my stories I know! But I had a visit back home which kept me busy for a few days and then noisy noisy construction around here that drove me batty! But things are back to normal and nice and quiet so here's the latest chapter! Enjoy!
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New Hope Building Project outside the wall of Divinity City. 10:49 am local time. December 25th Year 14 AU.
“So I know I’ve been saying it. And far as I know you’ve all been listenin’ but I’m gonna say it again. Just to be real clear and specific like. No big handouts today.” I looked around the room at my capos and saw them nodding. To be honest I hadn’t heard any rumors about any of them doing anything they shouldn’t but I needed it to be said. “We already had those big events a few days ago for the Winter Solstice and I know it’s hard to not get caught up in the Christmas cheer an all that. But we can’t go there. We’ve been good. Very good. The up and ups in the city have been saying that much. So if we can keep things going this well who knows how far we’ll get once the tower is up. So… go home to your families and keep things private. And quiet. Come New Years we can have some more parties. But not today.”
I had them nodding like I expected. They were quiet today which was fine. Not subdued, just quiet. Things had been going well. Very well. And we all knew it. But there was a certain superstitious nature that ran through men like this. Good times lead to conflict. It always seemed like when everyone was trying to scrape by that there was peace. But when there was lots to go around… there was lots to fight over. To be honest the only issue I’d had recently was between Eddy and Martinelli. And when wasn’t there beef between those two?
The only domestic issue at least. I had to correct myself. The room was quiet still and I realized they were waiting for me. “So, as you’ve heard there’s some shit going on out east. This shouldn’t be an issue for most of our product but it is an issue for our construction endeavours. From now on everythin’ headin’ into the city passes by this project first. Keep a runnin’ list of everythin’ we need. Shortages is for other projects. Not this one. This tower stays on schedule. We clear?” I saw more nodding.
“Nothin’ an I mean nothin’ is more important than gettin’ this tower up an runnin’.” With that I was done with the main part of what I needed to talk to them about. But it was also a special day so I nodded then and opened my hands. “So. I say it as often as I can. This family is strongest when we all communicate. And on today of all days being what it is there is nothing we can’t discuss in a civil manner. Is there anythin’, that any of you, want to say? At all. Anythin’.” I looked around and saw them shaking their heads. To be honest I hadn’t heard of anything going on but I always made the offer.
“Alright then, you’re all good. Stay on site maybe another hour… two tops pay your guys for a full day and let em head home. We can’t call it Christmas but we can at least be nice today eh?” I saw more nods and heard some agreements. “Alright. We’re good here.” I said to finish the meeting out but waved at Eddy before he could leave, motioning him over. Johnson and Lorenzo were also staying behind but that was normal.
“What’s up?” Eddy asked when the others had left.
“Martinelli paying up?” I asked and he nodded.
“Yeah he’s been fine. Bit of griping, but nothing serious. Once you showed him letting shit slide wasn’t an option even for Dante he got the message.” I nodded at that and reached up to give his hand a shake.
“Say hello to Marla and the kids for me.” I mentioned which made him smirk.
“I really don’t know where the fuck you come up with those gift ideas. Never seen you give my kids something they didn’t love. And it’s never what I ever would have thought of.” I laughed at that and shrugged.
“It’s a gift. My dad had it for kids but I think I’ve got it for everyone.” Eddy paused at that and nodded.
“Yeah… your dad always was good at gifts for kids wasn’t he… Hah I remember back when he used to play Santa each year. Ya know. Back when he wasn’t too big for that sort of thing.” I nodded and knew what he meant. A boss didn’t play Santa. With that Eddy took his leave and I looked over between Lorenzo and Johnson.
“That thing we discussed before. Things going well?” They nodded.
“That Polish heavy… Jesus. No wonder your father had been so keen to play nice with them in the past. And now that he’s on our side? Fuckin’ forget about it.” Lorenzo was saying. “I don’t even mind that he was a bit overzealous. I mean it had to be done anyway.”
That made me frown. “Wait… overzealous? I fuckin’ told you about this guy! Things always get messy around him eh! We just wanted this to be clean right? One through the eye. Give em a very clear message that we are watchin’ them. Right?” I looked between him and Johnson as they both shrugged and began to gesture in a dismissive manner.
“Yeah that’s what we want. But it couldn’t be avoided. We weren’t hittin’ street level guys. So the one we gave him had two guys with him we didn’t expect. But that didn’t slow the Pole down. Not even a little. So his target? Yeah clean. One through the eye. The other two? They send a more… impassioned message about what we’re willin’ to bring.” As Lorenzo said that and ended with another shrug I looked to Johnson who was nodding.
“If anything this helps our position. Your image in fact. With the men and our alliance with the Polish. It’s not like it’s a traditional relationship. You’ve set yourself up to diversify the family. And that made… makes people very nervous. After all you’re talking to the feds.” I gave him a look as he smirked.
“A fed.” I corrected and then shook my head as he shrugged.
“Right well as the fed in question I know how uneasy it can make some of your guys to see that you open up certain positions to those who haven’t exactly been… part of the family. If you taxed the Polish operations more openly... then they might get it. But with this? Now they don’t see it as you limiting our territory expansion but as gaining soldiers. And one hell of a hitter. I get the psychology of murder as a message but when I used to work on the other side I’d have said men like him are monsters. Just psychopathic butchers who use their position as nothing but an excuse. But from this side? Having the chance to talk to him? To in fact give the order and to see the effect it has on both our side and the enemy? Well… I get it. Or more than I did.”
I nodded as he finished up before adding onto what he’d said. “We’re not going after civilians with this. It’s other soldiers. Other guys who know what they got involved in. That’s why I was worried when I heard overzealous. If it’s just him making a mess of two street soldiers? Eh.” I shrugged. “But back on that other point if either of you hear anyone say this alliance with the Poles is about limiting our territory tell them it’s about fucking securing our territory. It’s holding it that’s hard. Not taking it.”
Lorenzo nodded. “And after this? That’ll be just that much more clear.”
“How’d Ivan do?” I was curious as I looked over at him standing next to the door.
“Great.” Johnson said without hesitation which was a good sign. “Hell of a shot. They teach you that in the KGB?”
“FSB.” Ivan said. “Federal Security Service. Why is it all you Americans zhink I am KGB? It was not even a zing for much of my life.”
“I’m from an older generation.” Johnson replied with a shrug before frowning and then realizing something. “Wait… didn’t you say FSB and then say it stands for Federal Security Service? That’s… Those aren’t the right letters.”
“They are in Russian.” I couldn’t help but chuckle as Ivan said that with a straight face and clearly Johnson just got more confused. Lorenzo smiled but then I saw it fade and he gave me the sort of look I knew. I sighed then and waited to see if he’d just come out with it. But he scratched at his jaw and I could tell he was trying to go through the conversation in his head first. But I didn’t feel like waiting.
“What is it?” He looked up then.
“What?” He seemed to forget I’d been around him too long to not know when he had something bad to say.
“Don’t gimme that. I know that look. What is it?” I pressed. He looked guilty and was quiet for a moment before shrugging and waving his hand around a bit.
“Just… one of those things that I know you don’t like happenin’… happened.” He made a vague gesture which made me snort.
“What? Some kid kicked over my sand castle? I’ve got to eat my veggies? I’m a grown man Lorenzo I can handle bad news. What happened?”
He hesitated once more and I knew he was just thinking about my father and how he’d react but he needed to get it out of his head. We were similar, but we were not the same. I know he knows that. But obviously some of his old habits are hard to stop. “Funaro… turns out he’s got some new ventures… and they’re already bringing in results.” At that I groaned and shook my head. “Hey I told you it was bad news. I know this is the sort of thing you don’t like dealing with…”
“But you think I don’t like it for the wrong reasons! It’s just frustrating that they don’t fuckin’ get it!” I couldn’t help it as my hands began to gesture while I talked. Sometimes I felt like I had no control over them when I got worked up like this. “If they just came to me, and got my permission I’m going to be reasonable! But noooo they try to fuckin’ hide it! And then I have to come down on them hard for thinkin’ they can get away with it! An’ they never get away with it! They always fuck up! I mean have they ever kept a new operation from me? Ever?” I asked and looked around.
“If they have how would we know? Because it’s clearly something we don’t know about.” When Johnson said that it made me stop for a moment.
“Don’t… don’t be a smartass you know what I’m sayin’. So far there’s nothin’ they’ve been able to hide! Between the three of you.” I waved at Lorenzon, Johnson, and Ivan. “I’ve got eyes and ears everywhere. It always gets back to me. Eventually.”
“Well but maybe there is stuff we don’t know. Obviously there are known unknowns. But then there are also the unknown unknowns. Things we don’t know we need to look for.” Once again I stopped and tried to think about what he’d said for a moment before shaking my head.
“Fuck. Times like this I remember you were in the government. You can say shit that I can’t tell if it’s bullshit or actually means something. But I don’t want to take the time and effort to figure it out.” I just waved a hand before pointing at Lorenzo. “What’s he gotten into?”
“Dog mating.” He said that very simply but I sat there for a while looking at him as I tried to figure it out. I looked over at Johnson who was also frowning and I realized I wasn’t the only one confused.
“What?” I finally asked.
“You know. Dog mating.” He said again with a shrug, looking like he was confused why we were confused.
“No. I don’t think I do. What the fuck do you mean by dog mating? What are we talking about here?” I tried not to get frustrated but I didn’t like it when I felt like I should know something I didn’t.
“Yooou know.” He said as he waved his hand like I should totally know. “Like dogs having sex with other dogs to make more dogs. What? Should I call it dog sex?” That made me grimace a little and I shook my head.
“No! That sounds fuckin’ worse! Breeding. The term you’re looking for is dog breeding.” I pronounced it more carefully than I had been. My accent having slipped fully during the meeting. “Dog breeeeding.” I stressed again. “The way you said it before I had no idea what you meant. I meant it’s not like you’re trying to… I don’t fuckin’ know. Find em a mate or something. I dunno.”
“Well that’s a different part of it. It depends on which side of the business we’re talking.” I frowned once more when Lorenzo said that and tried to piece it together.
“Wait… what’s another part of it?” I asked failing at my attempt to understand.
“The dating part.” He said which made me even more confused.
“Dating part? What dating part? What? I said mate… I don’t even…” I trailed off unsure of any of this now.
“Well no, but I mean they have to date before a mate is selected if we’re talking about that side of the business.” Lorenzo said rather matter of factly which didn’t help me out at all.
“Wait… are you saying… the dogs date before they’re bred? Like… fuck what does he do? Set up a back alley with some spaghetti and meatballs for them to share to see if they’re in love? Some Lady and the Tramp cartoon crap? What. The. Fuck. Are we talking about here?”
“The people who use the service! Joey was telling me about it. For the dog owners who need help finding other dogs for their dogs! I mean… it sort of is a dating service for them. But not like the other dogs. Just the ones he doesn’t own.” I was quiet then trying to piece it all together before I said anything else.
“Okay.” I started then. Thinking I might have it. “What you’re saying is he breeds dogs. But… then he also has a service for people who own dogs to meet other people who own dogs to see if their dogs… like each other?”
“Yeah. So it’s sort of like a dog dating thing. But it’s just about mating them. Breeding I guess like you said. I dunno. I was never an animal guy.” I kept staring at Lorenzo unsure if he’d been fucking with me or in his advanced age was starting to let his mental faculties slip. He’d never given me reason to think that before but this entire conversation had been frustrating.
“What’s he get out of the dog dating service?” I asked, curious now that I understood just what the fuck was going on.
“He gets a cut.” Lorenzo said with a shrug.
“Of?” I asked not wanting things to get derailed into vague territory now that we had finally arrived at some place that made sense.
“Of the puppies. I mean it’s illegal to have pets so it’s not like the owners can just put out an ad on craigslist. Casual connections… for dogs.” I was well aware of the legality of pets while under Unity rule. One of our more strangely profitable operations were to set up sort of speakeasy play rooms with puppies and kittens. People would pay strangely large sums of luxury chits for a chance to play with an animal again.
“One of the reasons I’ve been hesitant on full scale breeding and selling of dogs, and cats for that matter is because I don’t think regular civilians can keep secrets all that well. If too many cops find illegal animals it’s going to get harder to conceal.” I mentioned and Lorenzo nodded.
“Yeah but we might have an easier time with that than you think. Joey says that he got the idea because Captain Daniels approached him about finding a dog for his dog. That’s how it all got started.” When Lorenzo told me that I snorted. Daniels really was a strange cop. I’d been looking around for those musicians he wanted found and now turns out he’s got a dog.
“Well now I know he really fucked up. A police captain came to him and he didn’t talk to me.” I said and looked at my advisors who nodded. “Do we know how big his operation is yet?”
Lorenzo shrugged. “Can’t be too big yet. He only started a month or two ago and it takes a few months for puppies to be born I’d imagine. Yeah?” He looked between me and Johnson as I realized he really must not be an animal guy to be unsure about that. “Maybe this will be good for us though. Give us time to set up a system for breeding and selling them off.”
“Hey.” Johnson cut in then as he pointed at me. “I’ll sell amphetamines to factory workers and arrange hits but I draw the line at puppy mills. I’m not okay with that.” I shook my head and waved a hand.
“Nor am I interested in letting it get out of hand. That’s why we’ll make sure it’s properly regulated. And taxed.” I added and they nodded at that. Then they kept staring at me waiting for me to end the meeting before I went out to deal with Petey Furno. Or… verified Joey’s story. Joey wasn’t the most observant of guys and had a tendency to exaggerate at times. But as I sat there I felt like there was something else I’d wanted to talk about…
I began to think back. The dog stuff… before that was talking about… the hits were going well… Was it something about the hits? No… I didn’t need to know anything more than they were happening as planned. HHhmmm… What had there been before that? Eddy and Martinelli… Nooooo… The stuff in the countryside! “Right… do we know anything about what’s happening east of here?”
“I have zero intel on any of that..” Johnson said. “They’ve moved quite a bit out that way but that’s all we know. There was some battle a few days ago. Unity got their assess handed to them by the resistance if sources are to be believed. But more than that? No. I’m not even sure if they mean Unity lost a patrol or a battalion but based on how much they’re moving it’s more than just a patrol. Or they think the threat will require a lot of attention.”
I nodded at that and rubbed my chin for a moment. “Well I’m not keen on just opening things up with the resistance just yet. But… if they need a safe house or other place to lay low… make it known we’re willing to help. Anything else from you two?” They both shook their heads and I nodded. “Alright. I’ll see you both at my place tonight for dinner. And Johnson tell your wife gently, very gently, not to bring the peach cobbler this time. She can’t cook.”
“Don’t I know it.” He said with a sigh.
“Alright well I’ll see you two tonight. Around seven.” They both nodded at that and I got up then, pulling my coat up off my chair to pull it back on before I headed out. It was cold out there today. But still no snow even though I knew it was landing further away. What was with that?
Ivan opened the door for me as we headed out and fell in behind me as we talked from the trailer office across the work site towards the street. Silvio and Tony were already in the car which I might mind at times but when I climbed in the heat was on so I let it slide. “Where we headed boss?” Tony asked and then I paused.
“I need to see Joey… but I don’t actually know where he is.” I probably should have asked Lorenzo.
“What time is it?” Tony said and checked his watch. “Oh just head over to Greasy Gus’ over on 53rd. He’ll be sitting out front drinking espresso until lunch.”
“Greasy Gus’ isn’t open on Mondays.” I said then, pausing for a moment as I thought about it. That was right. Wasn’t it?
“Yeah for most guys. Gus is his uncle. Few years back I’d have been sittin’ out front with him. Till you got promoted and had me stick around.” As Silvio started to drive I glanced between him and Tony for a moment.
“Either of you guys feel like you want to do something else? I mean I’ve known you two my whole life. I picked you to hang around me but I don’t want you guys to feel like this is all there is for you.” I hadn’t thought about it before. I didn’t hear them gripe but I didn’t want them to feel left out.
“Like what? Run a crew? Fuck that. Lots of work, lots of stress, about the same pay.” Silvio said with a shrug. “I mean… in time sure. When I’m too old to protect you right? I guess. But for now? Shit we both know I’d be takin’ orders and doin’ the little shit. So instead I ride with you. You take me out to dinner at nice restaurants, you buy me fancy gifts.”
“Whoa whoa.” I held up my hands. “You’re my bodyguard not my fuckin’ girlfriend here.” The guys chuckled at that before Silvio spoke again.
“Speaking of… how was your date the other night… Romeo?” I groaned at that.
“Oh come on. I appreciate you’ve waited this long to pry but isn’t it supposed to be the Italian women who gossip? Not the men?” I tried but both Tony and Silvio were shaking their head.
“No idea where the fuck you got that boss.” Tony was saying. “We all gossip.” Silvio switched from shaking his head to nodding in agreement then. I sighed at that and figured he was right. “But yeah how was the date. Seems like you like her. Though she’s not my type.” I paused at that and it actually made me think.
“A beautiful woman isn’t your type?” I asked and he shrugged.
“Seemed a bit thin. And she’s got really short nails.” I frowned at that and thought it over for a moment. Rose looked perfectly healthy to me…
“Actually I like that she has short nails. She works. I hated it back in the day all those… long claws.” I cringed a little thinking about those click clacking long nails so many women I knew growing up just loved.
“What? You don’t like those?” Tony asked seeming surprised.
“Fuck no. What’s the point in them anyway?” I asked then. “You can’t do shit in nails like that. They’re totally impractical.”
“I like em. Lets people know that you make enough that your woman doesn’t need to do nothin’. She’s provided for. That she doesn’t need to work. And it reminds me of my mother. I like women who look like my mother.” After he said that the car was silent for a good ten seconds before his words seem to finally catch up with him. “Whoa hey, not like that I mean-” But it was too late.
“Your mother?” I started before gasping out as his earlier comment now suddenly clicked. “Oh my God! That’s it! It all makes so much sense now! Your mother! That’s why I always see you with fat chicks! I never got it before! I didn’t say anythin’ because I didn’t think it was my place but I could never figure out how a nice lookin’ guy like you always ended up with the fattest women in the room! Oh shit! Your wife! Your goomar! It all makes sense now! There are like 10 fat people in the slums and between your wife and your goomar that’s like five of them right there! You like fatties! Why the fuck didn’t I get that before!” I held my hands to my face as so many questions I had about him clicked into place with that realization.
“How could you not know?” Silvio was asking then. “I mean about him lovin’ more cushin for the pushin’. The bit about wantin’ to fuck his mother is news to me.”
“I didn’t say that!” Tony stressed. “I just said it reminds me of my mother! I like… the nails cause when I was a kid she’s scratch my scalp with them it was comforting and shit… I don’t gotta explain myself to you! Fuck outta here with that shit!”
“Fat women with long claw like nails! It suddenly makes so much sense.” I was saying as I shook my head.
“It’s just my type! What! A man can like what he likes!” I knew I really shouldn’t make fun of my bodyguard but… so many questions! All answered! “I don’t wanna fuck my mother!” He insisted.
“I mean you’re the one who said it. Not any of us. I guess Freud was right about some of us.” Silvio said and I could see Tony raise his fist.
“Ah! He’s driving! Hit him once we’re parked!” I barked out and Tony growled but lowered his hand. “Alright alright I’ll stop. We’ll all stop.” I thought about it for a minute then. Why I liked Rose so much. Her independence and attitude. Why that drew me in. “Rose made me think of my mother too if I’m being honest.”
“So we have two Greek tragic heroes in the car then? What’s with the motherfuckers up in here.” Silvio was already laughing at his own joke as soon as it was over and I couldn’t help but notice Ivan try and stifle a smile. He didn’t succeed very well.
“Tony make sure to hit him twice once he’s parked.” I remarked but Silvio just laughed harder. “I don’t wanna fuck my mother. Jesus Sil.” But I was smirking I admit. “No, but I mean it’s a factor in all our lives. Rose has short nails, is clearly active and independent, and in those respects she’s like my mother. Looks very different. But there are similarities. I dunno… I really like that in a woman. Fuck you guys know me. I like people to be fuckin’ adults who can talk about their shit and then get things done! An’ she can do all that! I’m the baseball player and she taught me how to fuckin’ toss a ball at a carnival game! I like that. I like a woman who can do shit.” I shrugged then.
“Yeah we all like what we like for… whatever reason.” Tony said with a shrug. “But I do miss some of those nails… like I said. Reminded me of my mother… in a… however sort of way doesn’t mean I wanna fuck her.” We all chuckled at that except Tony who just growled a bit but it couldn’t be helped.
“You know… I get that.” Sil said with a nod. “I do. The invasion sucked for a lot of reasons. But there are small things that are nice. Like natural tits.” I frowned at that and found myself yet again trying to piece together a verbal puzzle of sorts. Though I suspected this one was far more straightforward.
“Do you mean that… in general? I mean… I can’t deny that I agree with you.” I mentioned.
“Nah. I mean well yeah of course. But I mean more specifically like it’s all natural tits now. There’s no plastic surgery anymore. People look more real again. Less make up. Less impractical hair and nails and weight except for Tony’s-”
“I’m going to hit you.” Tony growled and the rest of chuckled.
“But still. No fake bolt ons or the like. Real only. I like that.” As Silvio said that I found myself nodding but then for the first time since we got into the car Ivan spoke up.
“Not me. I always believe promise of America is tan women with giant fat breasts. Just like giant fat lawns of green grass. But… instead I get to America and what? No houses in slums with lawn. No more wonderful science surgeons of plastic to enhance the women. This is great tragedy.” I couldn’t help but laugh at just how perfectly straight Ivan said that. I looked over at him as he shook his head. I really couldn’t tell if he was being serious or not.
“We’re here.” Silvio mentioned then which put an end to our rather strange and meandering conversation. Then again I realized we had lots of talks like this. I guess once you’ve spent this much time together as a group, and the things we’ve done together… Well we’ve bonded in a way that few groups of people can. We were comfortable with each other. Once the car had stopped we stepped out and sure enough there was Joey across the street sitting in front of his apparent uncle’s pizza parlor sipping a cup of espresso.
Once he saw us though he quickly stood up. “Whoa hey, no one told me I was gonna have company! Should I run inside and grab some more espresso?” I crossed the street and shook my head at his question. During this time of day the streets were nearly empty. Just about everyone would be in a factory or their other mandated job. It was just the few small business owners allowed to operate and guys like us who roamed around.
“Nah, it’s not a social visit Joey. Look my close friend told us about a new venture another friend of ours has just set up?” He nodded at that. “I wanted to stop by and see how it’s movin’ along. So I just wanted to find out where it is.” Joey was a bit of an odd man out these days. Normally everyone ran with a crew. Little self contained groups that operated mostly independently so long as I gave my blessing and got my cut. But Sil, Tony, Ivan, and myself normally would have been most of a crew and since we all knew Joey he’d have been welcome. But instead I was my father’s son, and I didn’t need Joey as a bodyguard so when I moved up he was left out. He just ran odd jobs for just about every crew that reported to me. Everyone knew him but… he was that special blend of lovable and stupid that made sure everyone was his friend… but no one wanted to work with him.
“Right, yeah. He’s got it out on the edge on the edge of town. Over by that uhhh… place…” I frowned a little as I watched Joey’s face screw up as he tried to remember where it was. Or maybe just how to explain to me how to get there. He usually had trouble with our usual method of talking. “Not the place with the stuff…”
“Clearly.” I said with a frown wondering why he always got caught up on the place with the stuff. But then I realized he just had trouble figuring out how context worked. “No. Joey don’t focus on the exact phrase. You always forget. Think about the context. Like… if I told you I’m going to see our friend with the hat. Don’t focus on the friend part. We’ve got lots of friends. But the hat part? That’s the focus. Not just any hat. There’s lots of hats out there. But who do you think I mean when I say the guy with the hat. The hat.” I repeated and gave him a look as he nodded at that seeming to realize what I meant.
“Ooohhh that… that makes sense! That’s… that’s why you talk about the place with the stuff and then the place with the things! Ooohhh! That makes so much sense to me now! Okay! Okay I get it! The edge of town, you know about the guy at the place.” I nodded. “The place he gets his stuff from! Just down the street!”
“Okay so it’s not down the street from the guy at the place. It’s down the street from the place he gets his stuff from?” I asked to be sure and Joey nodded.
“Yeah! Down the street from where the guy at the place gets his stuff. You know that place right?” I nodded then. “Yeah. Though you might wanna be careful. Just yesterday our friend with the nose said the dogs had been acting strange. Strange enough that he says he feels weirded out by it. Nervous like.” I frowned at that. Not much made the Nose nervous. But I nodded and gave Joey’s shoulder a pat.
“Hey well thanks for the info. Your mom get the thing I sent?” I asked and he nodded.
“Yeah whatever it is she told me to tell you she loves it. She was going to wait for my sister and her kids to come over tonight before she opens up the stuff.” I chuckled. Of course his mom wanted to thank me without even knowing what I’d given her. “And for me too. That coat is really nice. Thanks.” I nodded then and pulled him in for a hug, kissing each cheek as was custom.
“Alright you take care now. I’ll make sure you get an invite to our New Year's bash. I don’t see you enough Joey.” With that I pulled away to cross the street again and get back into the car where the others were waiting. Giving Joey a final wave before I got back in. “Alright so it’s just down the street from where the guy at the place on the edge of town gets his stuff.”
“Where is that?” Silvio asked and I arched my brows in surprise.
“What? You don’t know the guy at the place at the edge of town?” I asked then.
“No I know where he is. But I don’t know where he gets his stuff. Aida doesn’t like it so I only go there for lunch. No point in me getting it in bulk.” I nodded then as it made more sense.
“Ah, well it’s over at the corner of 63rd and Green.” And he nodded then as he got the car moving once more.
“Oh right, just down from the shop with the things.” I thought about that for a moment and nodded.
“Yeah that’s only like a block or two away.”
“How iz it that this code talking got started?” Ivan asked then. “I can follow along. But iz like FSB code. Why?”
“It’s an old holdover from before the invasion. We kinda had to assume the feds were listenin’ almost all the time. So if we talked like that it’s harder for them to figure out what the fuck we’re actually sayin’. Shit but my life would be so much more complicated if the fuckin’ aliens had any idea I existed. I mean like… not as an Architect but… ya know. With this thing of ours we got goin’. They just think they ended it when they relocated everyone.” I nodded slowly as I thought about that.
“It’s sort of like the golden days before RICO again. No wires, no phone taps, no fuckin’ forensic acocuntin’ or some shit. They don’t have under covers, and it’s not like they give snitches a plea deal. Or fuck anythin’ at all as far as I know. When was the last time any of our guys had any desire to be a rat? There’s no program. No house in Boca or Phoenix or some shit. The cops they got this side of the wall ain’t lookin’ for us. Why make waves? We line their pockets for keepin’ quiet and they have nice easy jobs instead of factory work. Everyone wins.” I shrugged after that last bit and the others nodded.
“You hear about that raid two nights ago?” Tony asked then and I nodded. “Poor bastards… where do they even go? The guys the I.P.A. takes in the middle of the night.”
“Far as I understand you get reprocessed into basic materials or they scoop your brains out and turn you into a meat puppet.” I mentioned and the others shook their heads.
“Fuck back in the day if we liquidated someone it just meant whack em. Not actually turn the poor sonuvabitch into liquid.” Tony was clearly bothered by this but I could only shrug. The resistance was professional and careful. But the other sorts… the disgruntled kids and… well shit guys my age who had nothing to look forward to in life but factory work? Some of them tried to get their own thing going. It rarely worked out.
“Where do they go after that?” Silvio asked then and I tilted my head.
“Who?”
“The meat puppets. I heard about it before. But I mean… not like we ever seen em. Poor bastards working labor detail sure. But they’re still people. I mean like… they got their brains an’ all that still together.” I scratched my cheek as I thought it over.
“I’m really not sure. I don’t think they like keepin’ em in the cities. Mines maybe? Port cities? You know how much the aliens hate the oceans.” The others nodded. “I dunno… that’s a good point. I guess I just sorta bought into the rumors. All I know for sure is once the I.P.A. grabs you you don’t come back.”
“I guess it’s good they’re busy with the less subtle guys out there rather than givin’ us shit.” Tony said and I nodded at that. I’d met an angel and he was giving me my own tower. I still couldn’t figure out how the Unity could simultaneously be so smart, and so stupid. Come to what they called terrorism they were all over it. Listening posts, raids, special task forces, all that kind of shit. But families like mine? They had no idea. Maybe it’s because I kept the garbage running smooth. I smirked a little at the thought.
“You know… you failed to actually tell us how your little date went. You changed the topic.” Silvio said then and I let out a sigh as somehow things got back around to me and Rose.
“It went great Sil.” I tried to keep it vague but positive.
“Is that why she left you with nothin’ but your hand for company that night.” He was already chuckling as I rolled my eyes.
“We had dinner, things were good. She just got a call from a friend who needed help and the holidays are busy for maintenance. I’m sure I’ll hear from her tonight. Before New Year’s certainly. Hopefully.”
“Sounds like you’re worried there boss.” Sil mentioned and I rolled my eyes once more. I was sure things had gone well! But it was true I hadn’t heard from her in a few days… eh I trusted that she was just busy like she said. I frowned then as I realized there was something I was hearing… what was that?
“You guys hear that? It’s like… a dentist drill.” I mentioned and looked out the car window then. Nothing but the usual hab blocks out this way. We were getting close to the edge of town though and Sil pointed it out ahead of us once we his 60th street and things dropped away to the much shorter agri buildings that they had on the edge of town.
“There! Look at that!” I could see one of those strange Unity aircraft things. Big and slow. Always looked strange to me. Something that big just hanging in the sky like that. And it had that strange little flap around the edge like some kind of sea creature. “The fuck is that doin’ so close to the city? I haven’t seen one around in years.” He mentioned and I nodded. Thankfully he was pulling the car over soon and we got out all looking up at it.
“Look it’s heading east.” I mentioned pointing to the direction it was going. “Came from the west somewhere. They must be sending it out towards where that shit went down. Just coincidence to pass over the city I guess?” I grimaced a little at the sound of the whine still there at the edge of my hearing range. I looked around the buildings near us. It stank out here. This part of town was mostly devoted to meat processing, pig pens, and other smelly operations. I wasn’t sure where to start looking for a dog kennel when I heard the whining and then actually saw Furno stagger out of a nearby building clutching his bloody right arm.
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