Friday, April 4, 2008

Stupidity reigns

Last year about this time, someone pulled a large amount of copper piping off the back of our house, presumably to sell it for scrap. Then a few weeks later, someone broke into the air conditioning unit in the back of the house and stole the piping out of it, presumably to sell for scrap.

Our response to those acts of crime was to have a fence installed, thus restricting access to the back of the house from the alley. Our choice in fences involved a double-swinging gate or a sliding gate. The sliding feature, while nice, was twice as expensive. Since I was newly unemployed, we decided to go with the double-swinging option. Which meant every time we left the house in the car, we had to open both sides of the gate, secure one side with a rock to hold it open, get in the car and drive it out, then get out of the car and close the gate. Reverse the order when we arrived back home and you can see how it quickly got annoying. Add a toddler and a pregnant woman to the equation and it was now a pain in the ass.

So we started leaving the gate propped open. It made it easier to come and go, especially in the winter, when the snow and ice made opening and closing the two sides of the gate an even bigger pain in the ass. Not to mention the fact it gets cold in Chicago in the winter and I don't like getting out of the car any more than I have to.

Well, dumbasses that we are, we leave the gate open 99 percent of the time. And since we've had it, we have not had any problems. You see where this is going, don't you? The damn fence can't prevent someone from breaking the window on your SUV and stealing your GPS if the gate is wide open now can it?

Dumbass No. 1 (that would be me) not only left the holder for the GPS on the windshield, but I stashed the unit in the center console. SERIOUSLY, did I just move here from the burbs? Why didn't I just hang a sign that says "Free shit. Steal me." with an arrow.

I can also take the Dumbass Award for not hitting the lock button twice on the remote. That's right, I didn't have the alarm on. The alarm that definitely would have alerted the whole neighborhood someone was breaking in and probably at least caused the thief to flee the scene, although the window would still have been smashed.

But the asshat who broke into our car would probably have done better for himself on the black market had he taken the Britax car seat -- it's worth way more than the GPS unit.

If you walked by the back of my house tonight, you would see the window has been fixed (that's a cool hundy that just floated right out of the wallet) and the gate is closed. How long you think that will last?

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Blogger Some People Call Me "Mom" said...

That sucks. I don't really think that there is a whole lot more I can say.

Well that, and I'm so sorry that it happened.

April 5, 2008 12:12 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

that SUCKS! I'm sorry. :-(

April 5, 2008 7:36 AM  
Blogger katina said...


April 6, 2008 12:37 PM  

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