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New Year’s report 
2nd-Jan-2007 12:18 am
Astro: moon
Well, the good far outweighs the bad, but I’ll start with the bad because it’s more recent:

I had a lot of stuff to do over break at work, and I slept a lot for the first part of break, so I was at work late today (New Year's Day) to catch up. When I came out to my car, I discovered that somebody had broken in. They got my cache of parking-meter quarters. Unless they’re scattered somewhere in the car (which is quite possible; it was a mess), they also got my ~$70 Bluetooth GPS receiver, a somewhat prized possession. I am very relieved that they didn’t get into the trunk (not that that would have been easy) and get my CPAP machine, or my big weekend-away-from-home duffelbag. And I have little micro-cuts from sorting through things. (I’m guessing safety glass wasn’t as good in 1983 as it is now, or else that it degrades over time, because in addition to the safety-glass-style chunks, there was lots of tiny glass dust. And I was sorting through things to see what they’d taken.)

I’ll need to do a better search (and clean out the glass) in the light sometime. [Just as I was about to post this I thought to run out and check: They didn’t take my EZ-Pass, which would have let them put tolls on my credit card until I noticed and cancelled it.]

The good, though, was very good! Fabulous New Year’s Eve party with fabulous people, including a few from out of town I was expecting to see and one from out of town I was pleasantly surprised to see, wonderful New Year’s Day brunch (at which I discovered that bacon and cheddar waffles are really yummy!), and all of it spent with the lovely and delightful plumtreeblossom. It was a very good New Year’s Eve, and a good beginning to the new year.

May you all have love, snuggles, good old friends, good new friends, and all the bacon and cheddar waffles you want in the new year!
2nd-Jan-2007 12:11 pm (UTC)
Oh no, your car! Sweetie, if there's anything I can do to help, just let me know. I know you loved that GPS. Glad you're alright, aside from the micro-cuts, but it's a shame to think someone was prowling your workplace parking lots for cars to break into.

*holds you*
2nd-Jan-2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
That sucks about your car! I celebrated the 4th of July 2003 the same way with some dick breaking into my car right outside my apartment (while I was home) and stealing my stereo, cell phone and a CD wallet that had no CD's in it. They weren't interested in my Radiohead CD so they helpfully took it out of the stereo and put it on the seat.

Happy New Year anyway. If that's the way you're starting 2007 it really can only get better.
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2nd-Jan-2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
They didn't take your EZ Pass because that would have been like taking your Lo-Jac: The police could have tracked every toll they "paid" in that fashion.
Yeah, I guess so; I’d assumed the little cameras only take still pictures when somebody goes through without paying a toll, in which case it would probably be safe-ish for a trip or two, but maybe they take video which can be correlated against toll records. I guess I wouldn’t have risked it, if I were a bad guy.
Speaking of which, is there a way to locate your GPS device using, say, GPS?
Sadly, no; it’s a pretty passive device. If I happened to be within about 15 feet of it with my PDA that’s configured to connect to it while it and the PDA were turned on and I was running my mapping software and telling it to look for the GPS, I’d notice. :-) I bet whoever took it probably doesn’t even figure out how to use it, or who to sell it to, and it ends up in the trash somewhere.

But in the grand scheme of things, it's not a big stress. I've ordered a replacement for the GPS; the only other significant stress is getting the window replaced (which I haven’t thought about yet).
2nd-Jan-2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear you got ripped off and that you have to deal with the aftermath.
2nd-Jan-2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your car. And speaking of things that suck, you should probably take it down to your local car wash and use the pay-vacuum to clear up the glassy bits.
2nd-Jan-2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That is a very good idea; I was just wondering what it would do to my handheld vacuum to suck that stuff up.
2nd-Jan-2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that your car got broken into; that totally sucks. And I'm ALSO glad to hear that your life is good enough that having your car broken into is a relatively minor blip in an otherwise good life!
2nd-Jan-2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
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