Archive for April, 2015

Working for Minimum Wage & the Push for a Living Wage.

April 24, 2015

In my early working career, as a teenager, not only did I work for  minimum wage, many of my jobs were for below minimum wage.   I was being paid for my time.  It was spending or saving money…not  money to live on.

I never really thought about  what I needed to make per hour for years, because I was living with other people when I left my  family, and sharing expenses, and I was paid commission.  The faster I worked, the more I made. That’s dog grooming.  In fact,  many of the groomers I worked with felt the same way:  we were not college graduates and had no school debt.  Most of us were either single or living with a guy who paid most of our living expenses (especially for those who had kids), and this was how it was  for  much of the end of the last century.

I didn’t really think about what a living wage was until I returned from Peace Corps and was looking for a job. I could live on ‘not much’ because I had rental income and no kids.  It wasn’t until I got a consulting job, developing projects and  trying to find  other independent contractors to work for us that I started understanding  that $150 per day was a joke to most, and they expected to be paid around $300 a day. This  was because they had to take care of their own taxes and ‘benefits’ (health insurance, retirement) and their families, and  what we were offering was not, generally, steady work:  it was contracts of  three to six months. This was a precarious existence.  If you weren’t a freelance writer or photographer, or had someone else with a steady, regular job supporting you, you could not afford to take the jobs my company offered.

This was  pure capitalism economics:  you want to get these  people who have the experience to  work for you, you have to pay what they expect to earn.  There was a shortage of they types of technical assistance providers we were looking for.

There is another mindset out there.  On the one hand,  because we all believe that capitalism works, and nobody should restrain how much money you can possibly make—any way you can (even poisoning the environment or lying to people—because this is not illegal), we have CEOS (heads of companies) making 1,000 times more per hour that the people they employ actually doing the work.  How is this possible? Obviously, there are  way too many people with not  enough  skills  competing for too few jobs.  Otherwise, they would not have to work for  low wages. They’d find other jobs.

I was raised  by my parents to believe that I had to learn to take care of myself. I might get lucky and get married and find a guy to  keep me in the style to which I hoped to become accustomed, but to not count on it. They strongly urged me to become an elementary school teacher, but I had no desire. My desire was to work with dogs, so I learned as much as I could about grooming, dog behavior, and training, because I aspired to own a kennel (a boarding and training kennel, which I knew could support me).

I was lucky.  I had 2 parents, both of whom worked and saved, and constantly told me what they could NOT afford to buy me (to save my money), and I  learned that’s what I would have to do.  But what if your  parent (you only have  1, for whatever reason) is disabled, or stupid, or a drug addict, and his or her parent was like that, too? What if you grew up in the foster care system, and nobody ever sat down with you to help you budget, so you’d know what  stuff costs and what you needed to live?   What if you never learned about delayed gratification?  What if…you grew up in public housing, and were taught to get on the waiting list and the way to go was to  game the system, and get others to subsidize your lifestyle?   That all you knew was that kind of life? Heck—if you aren’t going to go to an Ivy League school, or otherwise  get a patron to  smooth the way for you into a job, what are your options?

So, is just being poor and having  kids you can’t support a good reason to be paid more? When you don’t show up for work on time…or at all?  When you show up drunk or stoned, or goof around, and sabotage the  system?

I am a supporter of  labor unions.  If you work for a very large company, you need to cooperate with your  fellow workers, and work systematically to get what’s fair.  The thing is, if there are  scabs who will do your job for  what you are currently being paid—and are happy to have those jobs, you won’t win.  There are just too many  unskilled people who are just as desperate as YOU.  Also, the odds are that among the hoards, some will be  a little more ambitious, and add more value to the company than YOU will.  You can’t beat that.

I’ve been a boss several times.  I always offered  at least 30%  more per hour than  minimum wage, and  never had trouble finding at least temporary help.  However, the job tasks were entry-level physical grunt work.  Nobody was going to be able to support a family on what I was offering. So sorry.  It was not that type of job. Some jobs are like that.

So,  have mixed feeling about the push fast food workers are making for a $15 an hour minimum wage. These jobs were always meant to be entry level jobs. They were meant to be boring, tedious, physical, and an impetus  to you to  learn a skill  or further your education so you would not have to do this for the rest of your life.  If you decide to have kids before you can support yourself,  whose fault is that?

I am thinking it is our educational system.  Possibly parents, but  this has been a problem for some time:  people being innumerate &  not having a clue what it  costs to live.   It doesn’t matter whose fault it is that  we have  masses of  people who  can only do grunt work and can’t figure a way out. It is society’s  job to make sure  primary school  children   are in a learning environment where they  appreciate that they have to know this stuff. They teach it in Africa.  I saw kids learning basic business math  when I volunteered in Kenya.  How do we get a life skills curriculum implemented?

It scares me that  people think that just because they go to work, they deserve more per hour.  It is especially worrisome because  their pay will not go up   to be enough to support a family.

 

Leashed dogs, tethered dogs

April 17, 2015

Dazincoat   I live in  the inner city. What that means is that I live in close proximity to a lot of other people who are not my relatives.  I choose to live this way.  There are a lot of positive aspects to living in a population dense area:  we have  public transportation steps from my  back door.  We have so many restaurants, including ethnic restaurants.  So many resale stores (which  I love), and cultural events: movies, plays, lectures, comedy.

What we also have is…people …who are in denial about how much control they have over their dogs, and how this impacts their neighbors.

I have to admit, I have, at times, been less than considerate.  I have  gone out early in the morning, or to a remote spot in the park, and had my dog harass picnickers, or  other dogs.  I have gotten control of my dogs as quickly as possible, but I knew I was in the wrong and apologized.  Once,  one of my dogs got out of a fenced area and started harassing another dog.  My idiot dog was missing teeth, so he was just harassing and possibly in danger when he did this, but I had put both dogs in a dangerous situation.

You know the response people give when their dog menaces you: “He’s just playing!  He will not bite your dog!”  That’s really not a good response if my dogs are leashed and yours is not. The dynamic of leashed dogs is they–instinctively— protect themselves/the person they are tethered to. They don’t even think. They immediately go into defense mode.  That means YOUR DOG is in danger.  If you can’t get control of your dog, then I have to work harder to control and calm my dog. I am working on it. He  is a dog in training, YOUR DOG is clearly not.

This is the problem with dog ownership in the USA: unless you get your dog  from an ethical hobby breeder, breeding for the betterment of the breed, OR a very well run animal shelter or rescue, your dog  most likely did not come with handling instructions.  You are left to your own devices and common sense, but most people don’t think that deeply about their pets and safety.  Who is to inform them  if these pet owners think what they are doing makes sense?

In Illinois, it is now illegal to tether a dog outside.  Too many dogs  are sitting ducks to  wild animals and uncontrolled dogs. They get  wound up in their lines/ropes/tethers.    I  was surprised this law passed, but it did.

I  recently worked  for a dog grooming business where the owner didn’t have a clue about safety and dog behavior—and her method of restraint was tying up dogs rather than crating the dogs. Why? She  was thinking of a crate as a dog jail rather than as a den.  She really thought she was being more humane.  She could not see—because she had never trained a dog or worked with a dog trainer—-that  she was actually enhancing the stress of dogs coming in for grooming.  Granted, they  didn’t have their owners to  protect, but that’s only part of the stress.

Not only that, but  she promoted harnesses, not just because she didn’t know any better, but because she discounted that people could not control their dogs on harness, and she felt that people didn’t want to restrain dogs.  I  am not sure how this  whole way of thinking—feeling guilty about being in control of your dog—started, but you can’t confuse people with the facts.

I’m not sure how much of a difference knowing about this will make to  most people, but I see that more and more people are  opening dog care businesses without knowing anything about  dog psychology, or dynamics.    This is capitalism.  GDazincoatood luck to us all.

‘Higher’ Education…What a racket!

April 10, 2015

I didn’t go to college until I was in my 30’s.;  It was a trip to Africa that changed my life. I stared out as a do-gooder who wanted to  help the Africans. As i got my education, I  was embarrassed at my American arrogance and changed my mindset, but my goal was still to give back.  My counterparts in peace Corps  often discussed with me the   merits of a particular action regarding lad=nd use planning.  Of course, they asked my opinion. they felt I had more experience and access to more information,  I often told them it was a judgement call.  It was their country, and they had to decide.

So, I was a mature adult when I decided to follow through on college. Thankfully, the College Level Examination Program saved me a lot of time and money. I got 2 years of college credit for free, and didn’t have to pay for a bunch of prerequisites.  I knew I wanted to major in anthropology, and I had dual minors:  environmental studies and international studies.  My instructors were very good, for the most part.  I  did learn a lot.  However, by 1989, a bachelor’s degree meant nothing, and I knew I’d need an advanced degree to have any sort of impact.  Long story short, a friend who was a professor at the University of Illinois at
Chicago, got me an interview at the UIC Center for Urban Economic Development, and I got an assistantship which paid for my master’s degree…which was virtually useless.

While I was  in the program, I sort of realized this degree was a way to weed out people less committed to planning, but  my  schooling—even statistics—was no more rigorous than an associate degree.  I was not studying anything really technical (I graduated a year before software allowed  land use planning on a computer): most of my studies were  a history of planning, or  entry-level management courses.  I also took a concentration in educational policy planning.  Keep in mind—I paid for nothing and got a small ($500 a month) stipend.

The reason(s) the degree was really worthless  were several: 1.  I  had an undergraduate degree in anthropology—not in finance, accounting,  geography, political science, or law.  Unless I knew someone, there were hundreds with  backgrounds just like mine; 2. I was not bilingual Spanish; 3.  I had never taught in an elementary school classroom, so without a Ph.D, it—my graduate education— was just an exercise in self-indulgence.

I had a roommate who had  an undergraduate degree in English Literature. she got interested in Urban Planning, and  could type 60 wpm.; she got a job right away as an administrative assistant at a land use planning firm. she was totally disorganized, and a ditz, but she could type and was really charming.  I got interviewed for several jobs where I was told—at the interview—the  organization was looking for a visible minority (that means person of color).  so Peace Corps was the right decision at the time.

While I was in high school, I  took savings and decided to go to dog grooming school. It was the New York School of Dog Grooming in Chicago, and it was run by Don Doessel for Mario and Margaret Migliorini.  These  people were pioneers in the teaching of grooming  for those of us who wanted to work with dogs and whose parents  probably did not show dogs.  Don sold Louis & Seme Auslander their  foundation  bitch, Dansel Dutch Treat.  Don was a fantastic teacher, I don’t think I ever saw him actually groom a dog, but he could teach, and he was patient.  The advantage of the school at the time was that every dog was a Poodle. And, as Malcolm Gladwell pointed out in his essay, 10,000 hours, we learned to  do Poodles by grooming so many Poodles.

Those days are gone. In 12 weeks of grooming school (which I believe I paid under $5000 for), I got enough of a foundation in grooming, and how to manage my time, that I was able to apprentice to  some very good groomers and home my craft.  I got  proficient, and I was able to work part time as a groomer and pay cash for those  3 years of  college that were my undergraduate degree.  The industry has changed. More and p more people who have never groomed nor trained a dog are opening dog daycare businesses or kennels, and hiring groomers, and they seem to believe the groomers either out of grooming school or trained by a ‘big box’ pet store can actually groom, They can’t groom. they can shave dogs, but they don’t know anything about dog physiology, dog psychology, or  the artistry of grooming. Now, owners of purebred dogs  go back to the breeders for grooming, because the pet groomers groom so poorly.

This is all relevant because with some capital, and a lawyer, you can open a dog grooming school and be licensed in the State if Illinois to teach grooming.  Some students pay for their own education, but many get financial aid from the state—our tax dollars, and  even after  6 months, most can’t groom.  There’s a  combination of reasons they can’t groom:  poorly trained teachers, not enough  dogs with coat they can practice on, not having any talent to begin with…but no matter.

We are learning more and more of other schools just like the  dog grooming schools:  private, for-profit, training  paralegals, CNAs (nurses assistants) massage therapists…the list of things they teach goes on and on, and these  graduates of these schools can’t find jobs.

So, you see, from my experience in getting my master’s degree, actually choosing a bona fide  program is the luck of the draw.

Now, certainly, if you graduate from an Ivy League School in philosophy or English Lit, you will get a job based on the connections you made.  Also, chances ate, with any B.A. degree from any college, you can  get a management job in  a retail store, or sell insurance (you will have to study for licenses), but face it: a liberal arts degree is now a ticket to nowhere.

Unfortunately,  so many people take out loans to  go into these  programs, to they can get a job to pay back their loans, and it’s all based on  1 big lie.  The lending institutions get you into debt, you can’t get a job, and  by the time you see what’s happened, you’ve wasted anywhere from a year to 5, and you’ve  got a mess.  But it’s legal.  You’d think some sort of school counselor would say to these people: “don’t  get student loans to pay for an undergrad degree in
English Lit, Liberal Arts,  Music History, History, etc, etc.  If you are not majoring in STEM—science, technology,engineering, math….you are digging yourself into a financial hole.”  but nobody does.

My niece did it right.  When she graduated high school she went to a community college and got an associate degree in accounting. she also worked at a bank, and learned the mortgage brokerage business from a customer of the bank.  she went on to get her B.A, in political science, and went immediately to law school, where she concentrated  in real estate law. She does house closings, and she and her husband fix up homes, and either rent them out or sell them.  Yes, she had student debt, but she had a way to pay it off.

I would advise anyone to talk to at least a dozen people  who work in the profession you are  thinking of training for. Ask how they think prospects are.  Ask where they thnk the berst training program is.  The one thing you shouldn’t do is borrow money.

They Aren’t All Dog Lovers! (A Bully Reappears…)

April 3, 2015

Nella Poodle 002 (Small)Several years ago, I posted a blog called, “Are you looking for a dog grooming job in Chicago?”  It mostly gets hits from  non-grooming business owners—and groomers looking for jobs.  The gist is, that  because  in our area we are generally paid commission–meaning you only get paid when you  actually work on a dog, it is easy enough to ‘hire’ a groomer whether you have the work for them–or not.  Some shop owners don’t like this blog because  they don’t like the idea that  I am telling groomers looking for a job to be careful.  I have been told  this is the reason many wouldn’t consider hiring me. Well, I don’t want to work for anyone who is dishonest, unethical,  or who doesn’t think integrity is important. We are  working with peoples’ pets.  They are trusting us to be kind, humane, and  honest.  If they are  dishonest or unethical  with their groomers, the groomers feel the stress—and the dogs they work on feel it, too.

This business is a service business. it’s all about relationships:  the groomers’ relationships with clients as well as the clients’ dogs. I always feel sad when I leave a job because I will miss the dogs.  Sure, I will meet other dogs, but  MY DOGS—THE ONES I’VE  GROOMED WHO’VE TRUSTED ME have to get used to new groomers.  Grooming is an intimate act. Too many business owners discount the importance of this.

If you are a novice groomer, or have only worked  one or  two places in your ‘career’,  you probably will take a while to catch on.  So many  people  who want to groom dogs go to  a grooming school, then think they now know  what thy are doing. I did—and soon learned that I didn’t!  I was lucky:  my third job was with a woman who showed dogs and  took the time to learn from her fellow dog fanciers…but that’s how it was in the 1960’s & 1970’s.  Everyone who  groomed  dogs showed dogs.   They showed dogs not only  to  prove they had the ‘best’ dogs, but to be with other dog lovers.  They learned from other dog lovers. That is no longer the case.

The  industry became an industry when Poodles became popular, and more middle class people could afford the luxury of owning a nonshed dog.  That era really lasted little more than a decade.  It lasted until  the practice of real estate speculation started heating up….but I am not writing about economics so much as the dynamics of an industry where most of the skilled labor are women, and how they look at themselves… and  who  the  business owners are now.

Licensing  groomers or shops will not change who has the capital to  own the businesses, or their views on  who provides labor.  Just because a person says they love dogs—does that make it so?  How about the  person who collects a dog or  two, spoils them, never trains them, and makes excuses for them being biters or not housebroken?  For putting prong collars  or harnesses on them? Who disrespects your experience with grooming and training, because they don’t want to believe that they may not have as much personal integrity as they thought?  I have  checked out jobs with these people. I remember  one business owner who got the capital from her husband, and who learned to groom from a pet shop  chain. She had  five dogs—none obedience trained.  She also didn’t have a business plan when she bought  the business, and was out of business in less than six months. Sometimes, you can just tell …

I am going to  revisit several posts I put up several years ago about why I quit a job and how I  got bullied when I  refused to take a job offered.  The gist of why I quit a job  was that an owner, based on not enough information, put a piece of equipment in  a place where we could not use it safely, and  told me I had too much stuff plugged in.  I knew that was not true.  She was also angry that I would not  work  in her mobile grooming van because I knew I was making more money in her shop, and I was angry that she  asked me to give up  work days to the  mobile groomer  (who wasn’t making enough in the van—big surprise!)  and a groomer who had just graduated grooming school.  Down to 2 days a week—that wasn’t a job!

After I quit, she  was told by several people what a huge mistake she made. This was Jennifer Stavrianos at Pet Care Plus, in Chicago. She  apologized and asked me to return.  Because I was unhappy with the commute I was making (and because I knew the business I was working at was going to rehire  a groomer who was out on medical leave, and that groomer was dishonest and unethical…), I consented to return… with  an agreement.  What happened to the groomers  Stavrianos hired to replace me? Well, she told me she fired 1, and the other quit because she wasn’t making enough money.  I am sure I  didn’t get the total truth, and it  had more to do with   the groomers disagreeing with non-grooming management.  I  think this  is the case because although Stavrianos  agreed verbally with what I wanted… she never told her management staff (nor  put it in writing) & there was tension right from the start.

That’s not the half of it, however.  Because Stavrianos did not want to actually manage her own  boarding/grooming/daycare facility, a woman she hired as a customer service clerk was promoted to general manager and put in charge of a building build out..having no actual kennel or grooming management experience..and it all went downhill from there.  You  want to  know why Stavrianos didn’t manage her own business…as this is a business that grosses in the $500,000 range?  She didn’t like the noise or the smell of dogs,  Gave her headaches.   No joke.

She then hired another manager…a guy with food service experience, who had also managed a Big Box pet shop—but also not comfortable actually handling dogs (not even walking them on a leash), to manage staff. The woman manager  was sent to  manage a grooming shop (she was learning to groom dog  by this time). So,  I  had to train my manager how to manage me.  I know Rick thought I was cynical and  uncooperative at first, but  as time went on, he  learned that everything I told him was true:
Stavrianos didn’t want to actually  work with dogs. She continued to spend money on  the vision she had for  how her business should look, whether is was safe or alleviated the stress of the dogs…or not, and was angry when she had to spend money on making the building safe and functional.  Her husband actually told me he agreed with me, but he apparently loved her so much (and had enough of another income) that he allowed her carte blanch on a business they owned together.

Well, it is what it is…and I found other work…. a veterinary practice manager  purposely mislead me  about  how much dog grooming business  his animal hospital had (so he’d have his own options), so I spun my wheels for a while, and I worked for some friends who  had enough business to employ me part time.

I posted  an ad looking for work on a well known  site used by groomers.  I get a call  every  two weeks or so, from  people  who  say either they own a grooming business and are looking to expand, or have no business yet…. but want to see who’s out there.

Just the other day, I got an email from a  guy named “Joey Nimrod”.  That has to give you pause right there.  Evidently  my post(seeking part time work) had been forwarded to him, he said he owned an upscale pet shop in Northbrook, Illinois,  and was looking to expand…and his current groomer was making  over $100,000 a year, doing 10—12 dogs a day…lots of bath dogs.

I emailed him and told him that was  incredible!  I could not do that without a bather. That was less than 1/2 hour a dog!  & he emailed me back, “I know!  & she does $100—200 in tips!”  So….I  then asked him how many business days out she was booked that she could not take another dog,  and told him to call me…and he disappeared..until…

He posted on  the site where he saw my post, same  bs…. and  I felt there was something wrong.  I have been grooming in this area  over 40 years. We all know who is busy and who isn’t…and all the pet shops.  It’s easy enough to find them,  & no pet shop could be doing this volume of grooming without every  other groomer for 10 miles around knowing.  It would be possible for  a daycare/kennel…but not a retail pet shop.  Only possibly a big box store managed by a groomer,  who had  several people working  hourly wage support doing bathing ,brushing, the phones, could possibly do this—and that is not how they operate.  So, I contacted the owner of the website and told him he needed more info…because I bet anything, it was Dan London.

Let me tell you all about Dan London. He is a bully.  He told me his dog experience was walking dogs at a kennel.  He got some capital, either  via inheritance or a structured settlement, and decided to open a self-service dog washing business in the  south Loop of Chicago. Google “Doggie Bath House.:”  it is now closed, but the 1 star Yelp! review left up is telling. I have worked for  a couple of people who decided opening a self-service dog washing business was a good business idea—based on nothing.  One, in Hyde park, Illinois, was  folded after about a year, and one in  Wicker Park, who was able to  keep the business going until he sold the  lease to a  dog trainer who  hired dog groomers.  You have to think:  who are the types of people who would  use a self-service dog wash?  People who  work during the day and are  thrifty. So why would you keep  9—7  hours?  You would have to be open after  others work and get off, and  every weekend.  Still,  if you look at the economics of this idea, unless you  sell product—and lots of it, you won’t break even.  The only way you can possibly make money is get a groomer who  has a following, like a hair dresser.  That means the groomer has to talk directly to clients—& the owners —who don’t groom—don’t like this idea of  staff having a relationship with clients. They could run off with all the clients  if they  think the boss is an ass.  They see the boss doing  no physical labor—not even cleaning up.  A lot of owners think they are above doing the labor—and this causes their  employees to  disrespect them.

So, Dan London interviewed me,and I could see I would have to bring my own table. dryers, and crates.  I didn’t say anything, as he  hadn’t brought it up.  His plan, though, was, he told me, to  set the prices on all the dogs.  I knew that wouldn’t work.  They always set the prices unrealistically low & think they are going to raise prices 400% (they go out of business before this happens).  So, I told London I could not work for him.  He asked why, and I told him that he didn’t have enough dog experience.

As I said in the previous blog,  he decided that if I wasn’t going to make money for HIM, I was going to make money for nobody.  He had my resume—in fact, because I stupidly  sent my resume to blind ad on Craigslist, he had my updated resume, and promptly started posting  fake Yelp! reviews for these businesses. An example is, “I went to XXX for a tour and saw ROBYN MICHAELS, their dog groomer, beating a dog…”  I didn’t know this until a manager asked me, “Do you remember this guy coming in?”  I checked the Yelp! reviews for my most recent jobs (I was working as an independent contractor) and he had  done this to  several of them.  He’d also call them to make appointments, ask if I was the groomer, and tell the owner, “I saw her beating a dog…” or “She cut my dog!”  He also  cooperated with  the  brokers  and breeders posting on Craigslist, and they decided to post in cities around the country that I  beat dogs, that I was taking dogs from animal shelters & rescues to resell…

He called Pawsatively Heaven Pet Resort in Chicago Ridge (a wonderful  kennel, by the way—really nicely designed and managed by hands on dog people) and claimed that   I stabbed his cat. Well,  they knew that couldn’t be true as I didn’t groom cats, but they said they couldn’t find him in their  client base, and I told them he wasn’t a client.  He continued to harass them.

I worked for Saq Nadeem at Paradise  for Paws.  They did the grooming build out around me.  Saq called me into his office and asked me who  he was.  I told  Saq to get all his contact info, as he would not be ignored, but Saq first told me he would ignore him, and when  the  harassment continued, told me he would get  the ‘internet police’ on him. In fact, Saq had the capital to get a lawyer to find out who was  providing service to  Dan’s 20 or so  email accounts. That’s right.  He used so many aliases, but then he, again, started posting in  all these cities (on Craigslist) that I was a breeder,and to call Paradise 4 Paws and have me fired.  It took him almost 2 years, but when people actually threatened  Linda Lee (the manager)’s life, Saq  told me I was too much of a disruption.

Well , I learned.  I stared blogging, and patching jobs together.  I have been grooming for decades.  I  finally got  to Stavrianos and told her what was going on, and it didn’t matter to her.  Dan London’s trail to me  ended  at Paradise 4 Paws.  He did put  up one blog on WordPress where he claimed he made all this money, and I was a nut case and he had moved to Hawaii, and didn’t understand my crazy obsession with him.

Well, you can harass people from anywhere with the internet. NOBODY KNOWS YOU’RE A DOG ON THE INTERNET!  About a year went by, and I got a call out of the blue from…an architect.  He asked me if I knew who Dan London was.  I  told him my experience.  The architect was calling on behalf of a female friend—who was not a dog groomer. She had posted on Craigslist looking for people to hang out with as she was new to Chicago, and Dan London started bullying her. Why?  Because this is how he gets his jollies.   I may be mentally ill, I may be a nut case, but I can find more to do with my time than bully a stranger for no reason.

You can google Dan London, but nothing will come up—or rather—all the DAN LONDONs who do show up (6 of them)are not him.  He’s a shape shifter. & he’d not dead.