By: Amy Wise
Life, it’s pretty much a rollercoaster ride for all of us at some point. My particular roller-coaster needs to be named, and I think I will call it infinity, because truly, it never seems to end. As you all know we are STILL dealing with the lawsuit against the Otay Water Department, Eastlake Development, et al. Yes, still. I know…four and a half years later and it continues to go on! Even though we won in a jury trial over seven months ago, here we are today dealing with appeals, cross complaints, cross lawsuits and a big fat MESS, otherwise known as our “justice” system.
Not only are we still being bullied by the big guys, I mean, Otay Water and Eastlake Development, but now more bullies want to join in on the fun. Wells Fargo Bank, who carries the loan on our long ago closed store, decided that they weren’t making enough money off the rest of the world, so not only did they sue us a couple of years ago for a loan on our store that was destroyed by Otay Water’s negligence, but now they have put liens against my home and my business partner’s home because the lawsuit continues to take too long. Yes, you heard me. First they sued us for the loan and then they said to themselves, “Hmm, since we haven’t gotten the money from these people yet and even though we know they are still in the middle of a lawsuit, let’s put liens on their homes and crush the victims even more.” Okay, they might not have said those exact words, but it sure feels like it! I even wrote to the CEO of Wells Fargo back when they first sued us and explained the entire lawsuit. I told him we had every intention of paying our loan when this was over and by no means were we trying to get out of our responsibilities. They just needed to wait in line with everyone else until the suit was over. The well is dry and the turnip has no blood left. I guess the CEO needed some fast cash, because he didn’t want to hear it. The response back was from his attorney to my attorney. Instead of having the human decency to contact me, he had his attorney do his dirty work. How sad, how typical, how expected. I was hoping for more. I was hoping for change. Alas, the banks continue on with their greed even when the victim is being victimized. Pitiful and just plain wrong!
There is no job title, position, or amount of money that makes it okay to destroy people’s lives. I hope one day that companies find compassion, and people stop doing what they are told, and instead start doing what is right. Shame on you- Otay Water, Eastlake Development, and Wells Fargo- for losing your souls to the system. Will it be worth it in the end? I wonder?
In the meantime, while we continue to fight the good fight, I refuse to let any of them get in the way of my dreams. My husband told me that he married me because I’m one of the strongest women he knows. So, that being said, I’m going to continue to grow stronger every day no matter how many hurdles continue to get thrown my way.
I am proud to say, not only am I writing my book, This is Me….Coming Out of the Darkness, while also working on a movie based on the same book, (thank you my dear friend Amy Ferris for the director introduction), I’m also writing for the Shame Prom anthology AND I just signed a book contract to write the book; Divorce, Dance, or Dare. It doesn’t end there. Recently I was asked to be a partner….yes, a partner, in an amazing new company called Decision Point. This is going to be a company that helps people during the biggest decision points of their lives. It’s what I live and breathe for. It’s going to be incredible and life changing for so many, and I’m honored to be a part of it!
I’m pinching myself at how even during the darkest of times- with faith, family, friends, support and LOTS of hard work- dreams not only come true again, but they can be even more fantastic the second time around!
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Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian
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