Until Lever's wife Carmen went to the police on February 19, 2018 and accused me of having attacked her when I was not in fact even in Guatemala, I could be said to have been guilty of overlooking the threat that she posed.
Pretty much the classic mosquita muerta.
Well, as mentioned above, Jason Lever left all common decency behind remarkably quickly.
And once that happens, the perpetrator can either come clean and take the punishment or he can try to duck and dive like a shirker, whilst in the meantime doing everything in his power to demean his victim. Once toxic people lose the ability to control you, they soon resort to an attempt to control how others perceive you.
The incident below was a kind of drive-by derogation. In the evening of the 8th of November, 2018 Lever found us clustered in a small family group, children included, outside our home as he whizzed past on his Douchati shouting "Ahhh, it's the cunt and the ugly bitch" yobbishly.
We ignored him and continued to do so as he settled in his own entrance and began lecturing several generations of my wife's family from a distance about how she had married me for my money. One of the children produced a cellphone and captured the tail end of the encounter...
The two of us met in La Antigua 32 years ago. I had just graduated and my future wife was working here in IT. We were introduced by her family. During the time we later lived in London she was taken on by two of the biggest investment banks in the City, Bankers Trust and Merril Lynch and was for a long time the higher earner. When I co-founded an ultimately successful digital media company, we had been together for years and in that particular story I owe her so much.
Overall then, I am inclined to see his reluctance to open a water account with the Muni and his use of his wife to hamper any investigation into this as a symptom of a more sinister phenomenon, into which Mrs Lever's persistent fraudulence with the authorities slots largely as a sub-plot: a matter I will tackle in an upcoming episode, entitled The 5G Conspiracy Theory.
By way of a cliffhanger though, I will report that long before we were brushed away by the Departamento de Agua in early 2018, on April 29, 2014 someone had burgled the water meter from right outside our main gate, resulting in a minor flood in the vicinity that lasted several days.
Fortunately, we were advised at the time by an old friend, then the alcalde auxiliar, to properly report this a crime to the PNC, along with the meter's numerical ID.
These devices have some minor intrinsic resale value. But we wondered at the time why of all the water meters in the village, the thief chose ours. It took us quite a while to apprehend the possible connection between this theft and the fact that the missing meter was registered to our address.