Thursday, June 2, 2011

Part Two: Raised by Wolves

Sorry for the downer posts this week.  Truth is -- every once in awhile how can you avoid it?  I guess I could lie and jump on the good ship lollipop, but I don't do fake very well so it would probably fall flat anyway.

Let's get to part two of this saga.  Bear in mind it all took place within the span of a few hours, so here we go.

Shortly after Pat told me her news, there I was glued to the couch in a state of shock when the loudest heavy metal guitars started up next door. The doors and windows rattled as some fool tried to rap along to it. Death metal + rap = bleeding ears.  In an instinctive act of fury I threw a t-shirt over that same electric blue tank and sweats and stormed down the stairs -- without shoes or socks -- and over into Pat's yard noticing her neighbor's doors flung wide open in total disregard for her state of being.

"Hey! HEY! Do you guys know Pat's sick?!?" Suddenly I realized I was standing in a stranger's living room.  A drug smoking crazy person to be exact, but I was so furious in that moment I didn't even care.

And did they know Pat was sick?  Yes they did--admitting it like it was no big deal.  They paused temporarily and didn't skip a beat as one asked, "Are you new here?" but in more of a 'you must be new here and are about to learn I do whatever I want" tone.  Oh hell no you don't.  No.you.do.not.  It was right around this time that the wheels flew off the carrie bus. Imagine 5'3'' woman in outfit akin to pajamas minus shoes and socks with hair sticking out everywhere wildly waving arms around yelling/hissing, "I've lived right over that fence for 10 years you idiot! And I've put up with you for one, but not anymore.  Pat's operation is tomorrow and you're going to knock it off RIGHT NOW!"  Then another pipes up, "Did she send you here?".....Take a moment and absorb. Did she send you here? Um. What?! I had an out of body and could see myself go off.  I ripped a hole so big one scurried off and another tried to tell ME to bring it down a decibel.  Zip it. Pot meet kettle. I don't think so.  This scenario brought out the blind fury of dealing with one too many selfish people within a span of days.

When the last one standing reached to take a guzzle of his beer I could feel myself on the verge of completely snapping so turned on my heel and stomped off, back to my own yard, bare feet pounding up the stairs just in time to hear him mumble something beneath his breath.  I'm glad I didn't hear what it was because in that moment I may have leapt over the fence and tackled him to the ground.  Of course moments later I was terrified, but in that moment not so much.

Next thing I knew these imbeciles were at Pat's house knocking on her door asking if she minded the noise...I'm not kidding.  30 year old morons.  This is your brain on drugs.  I heard her ask them to please stop and leave, which thankfully they did.  Nerves at an all time level of shot I quickly got ready and headed to a barbecue before they could chase me down.  Without even realizing it I donned the most ironic outfit:  a mix of favorites to make me feel safe and secure while expressing "do not mess with me".  It caught me by surprise when I was weeding through the pictures today.  Wild, wild, wild:  the internal expressed by the external.  Sometimes we are what we wear.  Wish I had a lion head to put on.  A fake one, of course.
~Tank Farm T-Shirt, Odille Maxi, Free People-Belt and Technicolor Dreamcoat (seen here), 
Brandy and Melville-Fringe Bag, Anthro Sunnies~
Yes...the t-shirt does say Raised by Wolves.  
Ironic that this is what I wore, no?  
I threw it on in a frenzy and ran out the door before they could whack me.
Wolves move in packs...They are bound by ties of affection; as a result of daily interaction they become interdependent on one another in terms of security, safety, shelter, food and social affection. (via charsiewpao)
~Moments earlier I relayed the story to the Chef.  Still on somewhat of an adrenaline rush I believe the 
story went something like, "Oh hell no that fool did not just ask me if I was new!!"
Without even realizing it I threw on piles and piles of fringe aka safety blanket.
And, of course, the original safety blanket my technicolor dreamcoat...+ fave new flea market vintage 50's Navajo Dancing ring (on the left) + Free People ring on the right.
I may or may not have worn a version of this every day since.
May things go back to normal soon.


I don't know about you, but I'm so glad we're this close to Friday.  I need a massive nap.  Will let you know just as soon as I hear anything about Pat.  I noticed their lights on tonight, but wanted to let her get settled in before going over.  Thanks so much for all of your kind words, thoughts and prayers. xoxo

*Update:  Pat just texted me "All went well!! Needless 2 say am thrilled, but plz keep me in ur thoughts n prayers :)"

Wooohoooo!!!  Will visit her after work and keep you updated.  Thank you everyone!!

55 comments:

Katie said...

My head is spinning after reading that and I wasn't even there. Hard to believe the nerve of some people. How on earth did you manage to throw that together?! I would have left the house in sweatpants and flip flops. I probably shouldn't admit that.

this free bird said...

Katie I thought about you so many times after that happened. I could feel myself literally on the verge of mentally losing it and completely becoming unhinged. Total misogynist pigs + no respect for the elderly + no respect for anyone -- I swear I almost slapped 3 of them. It was close.

Outfit? I have no idea. I had to take the sweats and tank off b/c I'd had them on for 2 days already and was pretty sure my friends didn't want to see that mess. Just grabbed the closest things and ran out. Was shaking my head when I looked at those pictures. Total fate

Dancing Branflake said...

Man, I sooo wish I had you as a neighbor. You are definitely a good person to know. I am glad you stood up for yourself and the rest of humanity. You're a great example to all of us.

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

You are such a kind neighbour - and so full of empathy. Hope Pat's feeling better. Some people just have no respect for the world around them. Enjoy the long nap. XX

Danielle {breakfast at toast} said...

I am not a violent person. All about peace & love. But I would have wanted to do some damage. You handled it so well! & managed to look quite chic afterward. Raised by wolves. Love :)

Debby said...

Carrie, I think you are like me... sounds like you just let things build and then you snap. Not the best week for you but at least you look cute! Your druggie neighbors must have wondered where the tiny spitfire came from! xo

Jessica said...

I'd like to kick their rear ends, please and thank you.

Closet Fashionista said...

Woah baby...GO YOU!!!!!! I would never be brave enough to go in there and stop those guys but you are so awesome!!! :D People are SO stupid sometimes...I don't understand it *rolls eyes*
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Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Good for you!!! Those people need to move...seriously. And I love that fringe is your security blanket. So funny.

MerciBlahBlah said...

Kick. ASS. Your actions and your outfit. I think it's one of my faves EVER. I have GOT to find that skirt. It is crazy like a wolf good.

mwah!
Shanb

Krystal said...

ok i just had to get hella caught up on all the posts i've missed in the last week and carrie, i'm sending you a big cyber hug (that sounds really creepy though) so maybe an air hug to you in cali. i'm so sorry about pat and i will keep her in my prayers but you are my hero for yelling at those boys! my hero!!

Megan said...

Some people have no decency and are completely heartless. It just makes me really upset that people take something so serious, so lightly. Anyways...thanks for being so caring :-) I'm sure Pat and the family appreciate it more than you'll ever know.

And you look GREAT! I love the skirt on you :-)

cdp said...

Good for you Carrie - and you looked adorable for your party as usual. BTW, I'm wearing the FP pink skirt/dress today you inspired me to purchase. Love it - and you. Keep blogging!!!!

indie.electronic.alternative. said...

raised by wolves. i like your style. you play good defense for pat :)

Taylor said...

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! I would have lost my cool, long before that!!! I want that shirt!!!! And why have I never thought to wear my Mintokas with a maxi...thanks girl, I'm all over that! ;)

PS- I need to come stay with you! STAT!

amy b.s. said...

oh, i would have lost it too. in fact i did last weekend on a woman who attempted to insult my sister. however, i didn't not look half as great as you do in your post-confrontation outfit. that shirt is awesome.

lopezjennylopez said...

LOVE the whole fringe look!!!
Besos darling

Leah said...

Damn, you look good in the midst of fury! You ARE a lion.

xo L.

Marie a la Mode said...

So glad you brought the Technicolor Dreamcoat back, it's one of my faves of yours ; )

And a message to those 30 year old pot heads: DON'T MESS WITH CARRIE!

I hope Pat's doing well. I said a little prayer for her.

Courtney Erin said...

Good for you for charging over there and busting some balls/knocking some heads. It sounds like somebody had to do it!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Higgenbottom said...

Ignorant people mistake polite, non-complaining people for being passive and indifferent. Sometimes they need to be reminded that there are actual human beings around them. Hopefully they'll remember this conversation and think twice before subjecting others to their choices.

Chiara said...

Awww Carrie what a shitty weekend!!! So sorry that happened, and I am sending positive thoughts to Pat. Keep us posted to know how she is.
I missed your blog while I was away, I'm all about staying true to yourself and write a downer when one needs to.
xoxo
C.

kimbirdy said...

oh i've been thinking about her and i hope everything went well! sending all my healing thoughts and prayers. and a huge GOOD FOR YOU to your confrontation with the neighbor guys. people often don't think, and that's all there is to it. as much as they deserved to be smacked, it is good they decided to stop by pat's and then followed her wishes. they're totally stupid, but it could have been a whole lot worse. also, i love this outfit of yours. wild yes, in a totally beautiful way!

ps - the mister is in a band called "raised by wolves."

hip hip gin gin said...

Carrie I aspire to this level of bad ass. I mean that as the highest form of compliment. This is the type of stuff that I always imagine myself doing in situations like this but rarely actually go for it. I'm so proud of you that you did it!! People like them act the way they do because everyone is afraid to say something, they had it coming and then some.
And next time I say you get some backup and call the cops too. Seriously, these dudes are too much.

Pop Champagne said...

that's a really nice hippie outfit, I love that knitted cardigan with all those colors. it goes so well with the white maxi too, heart! <3

la petite coquine said...

You're amazing. Just in case you have any doubts, know that you have a gold seal of serious approval from me. Who knows how much that's worth on the black market, but still, it's something.

And thank goodness you were raised by wolves. You made your parents proud.

Daisy said...

infuriating! idiots! are you new? seriously?

in happier news, the rings make me feel calm.

Vintage is for Lovers said...

How I have missed you and your talent for breaking it down! No one does it better. And the Tank Farm tee takes it all to a whole other level {my friend's brother's are TF. Too cool to see you sporting their tee} Hope things calm down over there. But so happy to hear Pat is doing great! xo Samantha

Four Flights said...

holy hell what a story. happy you made it out alive :) you have me so curious where you live in the LBC! And where are those gorgeous pictures taken? Hey they opened a Tank Farm in Los Alamitos btw. Lots of random thoughts in this comment haha!

Kai.Mercado. said...

Ohhh girl. I am glad you did this, because I don't think I would ever have the guts to go over there and say something. I seriously am terrified of confrontaiton!!! Like it gives me anxiety. SO more power to yoU!

p.s. you are looking skinnnnnny

this free bird said...

four flights:

a. i'll email you where i live
b. these pics at nature preserve on pch by bolsa chica
c. tank farm = genius,but they don't do women's stuff anymore. i'm rationing my last 2 or 3 pieces
d. we should get tea/coffee if you're close by!
xo

Samantha!! i wonder if your bros friends can tell me if they'll make a women's line again. Love their stuff. :)

And everyone: thanks so much for your well wishes/reading along/checking in. SO APPRECIATED

Kai...girl my nerves have been keeping me thing b/c i'm eating so much junk to calm down. and confrontation is an acquired skill. i was the quietest person growing up and might be making up for lost time, but moreso really was just a gut instinct to protect someone who was in no condition to protect herself. you would have done the same, i am sure of it :)

xoxo,
c

Isabel said...

sounds like those guys are insane! pat is in my thoughts!

TheChambrayCountess said...

The irony in the shirt choice is pretty crazy, and those ridiculously-moronic imbeciles are pretty crazy, too. I can't believe they could be so disrespectful, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised anymore. At least there are people with common sense and decency like you out there!

Glad to hear about Pat, but she is still in my thoughts and prayers!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

What a DAY! I am so glad Pat's operation went well and am still keeping her in my thoughts! As to those guys, seriously, some people are so clueless!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

this free bird said...

TCC - yes, this is just the first step. still a long way to go i'm afraid. but at least a positive first step :) xo

Kara said...

So glad everything went well! She's lucky to have a caring neighbor like you. Glad you didn't beat them up and get arrested though!!! I do like this look.. the hair, sunglasses and attitude.

Kate said...

Wowza, you poor thing. What horrid timing and what absolute MORONS. I cannot believe they went and asked if she minded the noise... some people are truly unbelievable, in the worst of ways. Hope your neighbors move far away & your days get brighter, beauty! xo.

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

go Carrie Go Carrie GO!! (in my rap voice..can you image that? Don't, it's not pretty). SO glad you ripped those jack asses a new one..how disrespectful and moronic! It's def interesting the things we grab when in distress...so fitting isn't it? Thinking of Pat...xo

Ashleigh said...

oh my goodness Carrie! I didn't want to laugh but I had to, I can just picture you in all your fury storming into an unknown living room!! Those dudes sounds like real a-holes. Seriously, why are some people so dumb? (And disrespectful??)

Happy to hear about Pat, seeing as how I got to worry about it for about 5 minutes since reading the last post ;) Now I'll pray for a quick & healthy recovery!

P.S. Mad skills on throwing THAT together in a fit a rage, dang girl!!

LyddieGal said...

I love that you stormed over to your neighbors to put them in their place - I feel like there are so few people who are actually willing to 'get involved' on the behalf of someone else. That is probably how those men evolved into the egotistical drunks that they are - no one would ever call them out on their inconsiderate behavior.

I'm glad to hear Pat is doing well, and that is the best thrown-together-in-a-fit-of-rage outfit i've ever seen.

Chic on the Cheap

Josie said...

I'm SO glad that things went well for Pat! Will definitely keep her in my thoughts. And I love your moxie, Carrie. I never would have had the nerve to put those losers in their place.
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Miss Caitlin S. said...

you're a badass!! Standing up to neighbors is SO necessary sometimes. Good for you for calling them out!!!!! :) :) :) Pat has a great friend in you. And your security outfit is quite wonderful.

Vasu said...

love love it.....beautiful pictures....love the belt

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PriscilaPetersDecor said...

Idiots are every where, as I can see.
Anyway, I prayed for Pat on Wednesday night after I read your post and I had to pray for me as well that night after two tornados passed through my city. We're fine, but a lot people are not... very sad.

Have a nice Friday.

Kristin said...

I'm with you. I feel like I need a 24 hour nap. LOVE your gorgeous boho chic ensemble!

Annie said...

Lion is right! Way to put those idiots in their place. New York was definitely the perfect state choice ;)
SO SO happy to hear things went well with Pat. Hope you both have a relaxing and restorative weekend!! I picture you having some tea time together on the porch :)

drollgirl said...

omg. i would have wanted to take an uzi over to that neighbors house! gah! BLAM! BLAM!

and so glad the surgery went well! will keep my fingers crossed for continued good news and a speedy recovery!!!

Heather said...

I'm sorry about your friend, but how wonderful that the surgery went well. My aunt went through this a couple years ago, and now she's completely cancer free. Us women are strong, and we just need to fight against this disease.

My Heart Blogged said...

Oh my gosh that right there is way I can't stand people these days. What an utter disregard for other human life. I'm glad you ripped them a new one. I'm so happy to hear that the surgery went well for her.

Marissa said...

I'm so glad you went off on those assholes! They had it coming. So glad Pat's operation went well. I'll be thinking of her. Please keep us posted.

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17 Perth said...

Just catching up on my blog reading and I am so happy and relieved that all went well with the surgery. Btw--hilarious post.

Hillary said...

I'm sorry you had to lose it, but I love that sweater coat. Killing it!

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Johanna said...

I very much love this outfit of yours. It's the perfect pairing of hippie casual. You could be in a Free People catalog. I swear! Just ship it on over to me when you're done, k - thanks!

made-to-travel.com said...

Oh Carrie, just read Part 1 and this...gawsh I hate jerkfaces like that and you are such a wonderful friend and person for getting all 5'3 of you there to give them a piece of your mind!

My aunt aka, other mom went through breast cancer last year and it was honestly the hardest news and most difficult time I've ever had in my 29 years of living. I feel for you sweetie and I know how devastating news like that can be. My aunt who is such a very fine lady had a mastectomy and shaved her head and I thought it would kill me and honestly I really thought it would damage her too...but really it didn't. She took losing her breast a piece of her body that she had a lot of pride in, in great stride and she looks stunning with her Buddhist cut as she likes to call it. And her positive outlook on life has not wavered and I can not begin to tell you how relieved I am for that. Yes there were definite hard times and the look in her eyes before her surgery is something I would never want to relive or wish on anyone, but cancer did not change her and she is 100% minus a boob, the woman she always was. Ok, long comment but this is such a subject super close to my heart. She is cancer free as of this past January.

Wishing your friend the best on her surgery and on a speedy recovery. Be a hand for her to hold and be strong for her.

Happy aside- i love your technicolor sweater.

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