Encounter With a Bot

I figure that the dogs and I are somewhere around 650 round trips of that strip of green to the left of the freeway running from lower right to upper left. It's about 3.5 miles from the loft up to the taxiway of the airport, and back, and we've been at it for 2 1/2 years. They're on leash until we get to the park, then off leash for about the 30 minutes it takes to walk the length and back, then back on leash for the walk home. Of course, this is for their own protection as there are streets to cross and such. The park has always had a "dogs must be on leash" sign, but most people, of which there's aren't many at 8am, just ignore it. The grounds keepers are usually out and about by 7, or even earlier in the summer. San Jose Police often drive through early in the morning as well. The grounds keepers always greet the dogs when they see them, and the police will often issue a nod or a wave. Nobody, except the occasional private busy body (whom I always promptly and explicitly tell to "fuck off and mind your...


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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, lifestyle...to philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More

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