As regular readers of this space will know, Patrick currently owes me over $108,000 pursuant to my 2010 default judgment against him for malicious defamation, and that amount is increasing at a Saskatchewan court-ordered annual interest rate of five per cent:
To that end, simply sitting back and doing nothing is cranking up Patrick's debt to me by over $500 per month based on the interest alone, and his overall debt is rising even further because of the inevitable Sheriff's fees incurred in the enforcement of collection, which is another $150-200 or so every month, which means that even as I sit here and do nothing, Patrick's debt is going up some $650-700 per month (most of it going to me), which actually is a decent return on investment if you think about it, so in that sense, why not just leave it there and let compound interest do its job for the next little while? I could go full metal collection on Patrick's ass, sure, but if there's nothing there to take at the moment (and there doesn't appear to be), why expend the effort when I can just let time work for me towards the day when Patrick expects to inherit whatever he expects to inherit, and I just take it from him?
(Oh, as an amusing aside, note from the above graphic that, as of May 19 of last year (2021), the court found that Patrick owed me just over $104,000 based purely on the judgment amount, a number which does not include a number of cost awards going back several years that Patrick refused to pay. Since that registration of my judgment in Saskatchewan and the start of collection proceedings against Lord Baron Twatrick von Loadenhosen, the sheriffs have relieved him of close to $10,000, absolutely none of which has lessened his debt to me effective today. That is, all of the money extracted from Patrick's doughy behind has gone entirely to long-time cost awards, sheriff's fees and accruing interest. Quite simply, even after Patrick has been forced to hand over almost ten grand, as of right now, he actually owes me more related to the judgment than he did last year. Let that sink in for a moment -- Patrick's bank account has been lightened of almost $10,000, the end result being that he currently owes me more than he did last year. This is the dizzying financial intellect we are dealing with here. In any event ... onward.)
Another reason I am in no rush to push this process forward is that, given Patrick's refusal to fill out and turn in a legally filed and served Sheriff's questionnaire regarding his current finances, Patrick has opened up for me the legal avenue to now file and serve similar questionnaires on his (possibly unsuspecting) family members, and even force them to sit and be questioned under oath, and here's what makes that somewhat amusing.
You see, Patrick was well aware that failing to turn over that questionnaire would then allow me to question his siblings. He knew that. Absolutely knew that. And he did it anyway, meaning that Patrick deliberately threw his family members under a very large, legal bus heading their way. Which means that, come the time I decide to drag the rest of that white trash hillbilly family in for questioning, they will know precisely that it was Patrick who, to continue his dodging and weaving, gave me the right to do that.
And what does that have to do with not dashing after Patrick right this instant, even though I have the right to? Well, there's the thought that I will first want to dig quietly into the financials of le famille Ross to see what I can discover that will save me time down the road. I have a number of anonymous sources that are more than happy to poke around and send me what they learn, so if I want to hang out for a few months (or longer) and start a file on each of those individuals, it is definitely in my best interest to be forearmed with serious details of their lifestyles and bank accounts. (All perfectly legal, by the way -- none of this involves breaking any laws in any way.)
Finally, there's one last reason to be patient: The longer Patrick continues running and hiding, the worse it will look for him once I get him into court (and, trust me, he will be in court when I decide it's time), and I can assure you that any sane judge will have little patience with Patrick once it becomes obvious how he has completely ignored his obligations under the bankruptcy regime, not just for a little while, but for well over a decade. Oh, yes, Patrick's procrastination and evasion is going to come back and bite him in his Spandex-encased ass in a big way when this finally hits the courtroom, so why not just sit back and let him bury himself in every possible way? I've had to deal with the weaselitude of Patrick Ross for well over a decade now, so what's another year or two, especially if it involves accruing interest?
In short, while I'll still post updates on an occasional basis, don't fret if there are no new developments until this summer ... or this fall ... or perhaps even next year. And while Patrick might see this as a victory, well, he has never been one to take the long view and appreciate the dangers involved in his weaselly avoidance, being unable to understand that when the bill comes due, it's going to come due in a horrifically ugly way.
P.S. There is one more reason to sit back and let all this play out, and that is that I have heard from more than one moderately reliable source that Patrick's father is getting seriously tired of a 40-year-old (soon to be 41-year-old) Patrick still living at home, with no career ambitions other than to post YouTube videos about mixed martial arts and the Edmonton Oilers, and to keep writing his novel:
I suspect we all know how that's coming along, but it will be enlightening to see how Patrick's dad handles the idea that Patrick isn't leaving home for quite possibly years to come.
P.P.S. Unsurprisingly, if Patrick somehow finds employment in the environs of Lloydminster (or elsewhere), I'd like to know about it, although I have been reliably informed that Patrick is so singularly disrespected around town that no sane employer would want to have anything to do with him, which is why he had to go all the way to northern Alberta last year to get work.
In any event, if anyone hears of Patrick suddenly having gainful employment, by all means, drop me a note, whereupon I will pass that on to the Saskatchewan sheriffs.