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Monday, June 25, 2007
Good news: Had a great time partying with my students Friday night.

Bad news: When my roommate and I got home, we saw that the gates were open and the lights were on. I peered in the window and saw my laptop was gone. We didn't enter, instead we went to the neighbors to call the police. Then they came with us to check the house. Two locks completely removed. The thieves made out with 3 TVs, 2 laptops, and my raincoat. Could've been worse. They left a lot of other valuables behind. Another kind neighbor drove us downtown to file a police report. But I hold no hope of seeing my laptop again. Neighbor also gave us a chain and lock to put around the gate so we wouldn't be exposed. Got about 2 hours sleep. Next morning, our landlords came to survey the damage. They had the locks replaced with better locks, and added two more. So now it takes 6 keys to get from the street to my bedroom. Guess we're safer now.

I feel violated, frustrated, and pissed off in general. I considered giving up and coming home. But I'm not ready to do that. I don't want to make a rash decision. I need time to cool off and think. Of course, homesick doesn't even begin to describe what I'm feeling now.


Anonymous Anonymous said...
Sorry to hear about that Tony! I hope it all works out. Anything covered by insurance?

(henderjr from JSF)

Blogger Thundy said...
Aww man, I'm real sorry to hear it T.

Blogger Tony said...
The laptop wasn't insured. The TVs came with the apartment, so the landlord will replace those.

The tough part is that my laptop/Internet was my connection back home. It made it easy to keep in touch with everyone, and I didn't feel so far away. Now I have to fire off quick emails/posts from the computer lab, which just isn't the same.

I guess the good thing is that I now I'm essentially worthless to a thief. There's not much more they could get from me.

Blogger David said...
Tony , sorry to hear about the break in. I have an old, and I stress old HP laptop that I am more than willing to send you to help out. Let me knwo if you are interested or not.

Blogger Tony said...
Thanks Dave, but I'm not sure it'd be worth the trouble. Importing things can be incredibly expensive. And valuable shipments (even a crappy laptop would be considered valuable - obviously) have a way of disappearing. It might not get to me.

I'm laying a sob story on my landlord, who happens to also run a computer shop. She said she might consider putting a couple of old computers in the house. But if not, I can survive 5 or 6 months without a computer. It'll build character, or something.