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A Better Reflection of the Human Condition

Perhaps I was a bit too upbeat yesterday. That post was made just after unloading groceries, but long before I realized I’d left my car unlocked. We had a quiet night in. I kept meaning to run back outside to get one more thing out of the trunk (cat litter) but I was already in my pajamas and it was oh-so-cold out, so I figured it could wait. When we did venture out this morning it was to discover the passenger door ajar, an interior light on and my CDs in more-than-usual disarray. In our own danged driveway! A garage would be nice. Anyhow, so far I can only confirm that the unwelcome interloper(s) swiped two things. All my loose change, and my good ice scraper. Oh, and maybe my good sledding mittens from REI. Dammit. Only in Minnesota. I’m really hoping these jerks weren’t of the more clever variety. Keeping my fingers crossed that there were no papers in the car with any sort of bank accounts or other information on them. Identity theft would definitely be adding insult to injury.

Five good things:

  • How about some Hot Dudes On Bikes? Hello!
  • I’m missing tonight’s Books and Bars event at the very lovely Aster Cafe. But I do have the books by Tana French on my bedside, in the To Read pile. Should be able to get to those soon. Just finished reading Yahtzee Croshaw’s highly entertaining Mogworld last night.
  • Love this. ‘In May 2010, a tattered and brittle map was discovered in storage at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Experts identified it as a rare item, a Bernard Ratzer “Plan of the City of New York” map in its 1770 state. Until then, only three copies were thought to exist. After a painstaking restoration to remove layers of shellac and grime and repair dozens of breaks, the map is now behind plexiglass and ready to be displayed to the public.’
  • Another sorta old-ish treasure? The anatomical features of Gamera and his foes are detailed in a set of illustrations found in one volume of the KaijÅ«-Kaijin DaizenshÅ« movie monster book series published by Keibunsha in 1972.
  • That most dreaded of “holidays” - Valentine’s Day - is right around the corner. And every year when it rolls around my love life seems to be either a) non-existent or b) overly complicated (I think we all know which state it is currently in). Despite that, I do think these cards are ridiculously cute. The boy and I could probably construct something just as if not more awesome but I’m not sure how that would go over with the 5th graders at his new school. Maybe we’ll just make them for people we really ♥ ❤ ❥.

On top of the car debacle I am feeling stupidly weak and feverish. Kittenish, even. I had a flu shot last Fall and thought I’d filled my quota already for various winter illnesses, but I’m not so sure now. I’d say it’s about time to cancel the plans I’d had for the balance of the day and immediately faceplant into my bed. With, hopefully, better luck tomorrow.

The Chambermaids


  1. mk wrote:

    Same thing happened to me last year - someone broke into my car, in my driveway, and stole all the change out of the middle console. (I keep my car so full of other stuff, I have no idea if anything else was lifted.) It’s a really gross, violating feeling, even if the actual loss in dollars is insignificant. I guess if someone is out at night, in this weather, and stealing mittens, maybe they really need it? Better luck to you going forward, though.

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink
  2. Sharyn wrote:

    People are so crappy but yeah, it could have been so much worse. They didn’t smash any of my windows or take anything of value. But they were on my property, in my car. Ick. Sorry that happened to you too.

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 9:11 am | Permalink

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