In my stupidest move yet, I did a solo picket Sunday night at L. Ron Hubbard Way. I didn't want to but when I came home from celebrating the holiday with my family, I met a neighbor who told me two friends of mine from out of state came looking for me today. From my video he readily identified those two as Dan Murnan and Mark Perkins. I had to go talk to Dan.
I called the police and let them know I was going and planned to shoot video. A squad car was sent to meet me at L. Ron Hubbard Way and Fountain but they said it would take a long time to get there because of the increased phone calls from the holiday celebrations.
Foolishly, I thought I could shoot some video safely while waiting for the cops. I was quickly surrounded by four or five people. One little weasely guy slapped my camera and then a while later grabbed it and I was immediately swarmed by the group. I was not hurt but I was very amused to hear a scream of pain from ten feet away from me. It was the same bastard who tried to have me arrested for assault in March at the CC.
He claimed I attacked him. He also told me he still suffered ill effects from our last meeting. He has a painful limp and can no longer play soccer. I later pointed out he had no limp.
This guy really puts the "what's true for you" philosophy to the test. There wasn't a single moment when he wasn't inventing whoppers. He spent an enormous amount of time handling me.
Then an older couple (margaret and an unnamed man) came over to waste my time. I think it was just to keep me busy so I wouldn't go farther into the street. Since I was just waiting for the police anyway, I didn't mind talking at length with them about Star Trek and The Matrix and such. It was a relief from the accusations of racism and sexism that the other guy was hurling at me. Not that I wasn't vastly entertained by his antics but Margaret and the man with her were very nice people.
As I was talking to them, I realized that Dan was standing at a distance behind this couple. I called to him and he started walking away. I followed him to ask him why he came to my house today. He kept walking. He turned onto Fountain heading west and I thought he would just enter the building and that would be that. Instead... he crossed the street and headed south away from the org.
I followed him to get him to answer but all he would do was walk. And man, did we walk. He eventually led me down to Santa Monica Boulevard and then all the way down to the 101 freeway. Now, here they finally came up with a piece of tech that works on a big, fat guy. I was plum tuckered out so I decided to call it a day
I stopped into a little market and bought a Diet Pepsi (the official drink of XENU TV) and as I came out of the store, the police had arrived. They had come to answer the clams call, not mine. One cop talked to me, the other to Dan, a security guy and the clam cameraman who had been following us. They wanted to accuse me of assaulting practically every one at the event and stalking Dan.
I was going to press charges against the guy who grabbed my camera but the cop said they were willing not to press any of their bogus charges against me. True, mine was a real charge and theirs weren't but I was happy just to call it a night.
Look, what I did was stupid and I won't do it again. The camera bought me some protection but not nearly as much as I needed.
And as far as Dan goes, I feel very sorry for the guy. In an odd way, I like him. It is not my intent to harass him and hound him. Tonight I felt he had overstepped the bounds by coming to my place and I wanted to confront him about that. Not in a harmful or threatening way but to let him know that I was on to it.
I am not going to go out of my way to look for Dan again as I feel they must be making his life a living hell over all this. If Dan is sent out to handle me in the future I would love to talk to him.
Dan's actions this afternoon led me to Hubbard Way to speak to him. Dan's actions on Friday led to Bob Minton making the decision to come out here next week to picket the org. Dan's actions picketing my home months ago led directly to the creation of XENU TV. I hope that the church can see the footbullet for what it is but I know they never learn from their mistakes.
I learn from mine and I will never go it alone again.