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June 8th, 2004
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Grr.
Last Tuesday, I spend most of the day in- or in transit to, New York City, hanging out with my friend Tim Hodge. We hit the Cloisters, Tiems Square, Gray's Papaya, and have an excellent time. My car is parked safely- and for completely free up in Fort Tryon Park. (4-hour time limit averted by shifting the car three spaces to the right after 3.5 hours. Ahh. -1-) )

I make sure to impress upon Tim to lock the car doors, and I double-check them.. with no worries. NYC never feels that dangerous to me, crowded subways and all.. and everything is fine. In fact, when some cards spill from my wallet insert while I'm looking for something, a polite stranger points out my library card that I missed on the first grab.

Then, after getting back home, my car is parked in the driveway of way-in-the-suburbs, 30-house subdivision that's as lose to picturesque safety as it gets. I take some cash out of my wallet while in the driveway to pass over to Mom'goose, then leave it in the center console, as I have for a good 4 years running. And that's when Tim forgets to lock the door.

In the morning, AT&T Universal Card calls me up. "Do you know where your credit card is? We're recording suspicious activity." My wallet- Driver's License, Social Security Card, Debit Card, Credit Card. D&B card, two *full* Sub-Club Cards, and other assorted things.. swiped. Credit cards ran up. Argh, argh, argh.

Most of my free time this week has been handling things related to that.. canceling credit cards, filling out paperwork, getting things secure. A hassle.

Never mind that the wallet itself was signed by John Flansburgh, John Linnell, Dan Miller, Danny Weinkaupf, Mark "The Loveman" Pender, Marcus Rojas, and Dan Levine. (That's everyone in They Might Be Giants over the past year, except for the drummers. Can't pin the wily drummers down.) A nice, bifold, zippable wallet with a change pocket. It's so hard to find good wallets with those, and I insist upon some sort of change pocket in my wallet.

On the good side, once all the paperwork clears, I shouldn't be out anything tangible but the wallet, the $25 in cash, a free foot-long BMT and a Derby Owner's Club mare with a 4-6 record. Everything else was just convenience- but a lot of convenience lost.

Tim got a solid ranting from me about locking car doors, as well. Not an angry one- you can't stay mad at Tim, he's a giant puppy given human form and speech, when it comes down to it. (He's biPolar and on a lot of medications which slow him down, but give him a genial, easily led attitude). Still, he needed some ranting just so this won;t happen again.

And he got me into Harry Potter 3 free today, so, s'good. -1-)

Ah well. 8am today the DMV opens, and that'll be one more step down.

--Chiaroscuro

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From:jennbirdie
Date:June 8th, 2004 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Ack...that's awful..I'm sorry you have to go through all that..
I dropped my wallet out of my purse one night after work, and didn't realize until I got home. I called work and they were on the lookout for it, but they didn't see anything. The next morning it turned out they found it in the parking lot..it had fallen out under my car..I was soo lucky..and I went out and bought a purse that had a zipper (as opposed to the draw-string on the one I had) right away..:P

And that sucks about your TMBG wallet..:(
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From:buran
Date:June 8th, 2004 06:55 pm (UTC)
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This is one thing I like about power locks. If you push the lock button and the car goes "Beep!" and the red blinky in the driver's door starts flashing, you know the doors and hatch are all locked. It won't beep if it thinks anything, including the hood, isn't shut all the way and didn't lock. (It also locks all the doors when you get to 9mph, which makes me feel safer against carjackers.) Think about getting power locks in your next car, or at least some sort of locks that all lock when you lock the driver's door.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:June 9th, 2004 02:50 am (UTC)
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Power locks would be nice to have, but they're an expense. Meefer the one-option Ford Escort didn't come with 'em. More critical in my next car will be Air Conditioning, as I was reminded today. High 80's and hotter in the car. :P

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From:buran
Date:June 9th, 2004 02:59 am (UTC)
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On most cars I've seen that have them, they're standard. I don't think you have to worry about having to justify them.

I've been using the AC constantly these days.
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From:tuftears
Date:June 8th, 2004 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Owie! Terribly sorry to hear about that, Chippers. And they probably don't even understand what all the signatures are, so threw away the wallet or something. Bleah. But hopefully there's no serious damage done other than that. I mean, you could have lost the whole car.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:June 9th, 2004 02:54 am (UTC)
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That's the silver lining: They apparently found the wallet and decided to grab it and vamoose. So my prescription sunglasses, some CDS, my Employee Badge, and other miscellany were left quite untouched.

--Chiaroscuro
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From:gyngerfox
Date:June 9th, 2004 12:27 am (UTC)

Ick

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BTDT, and hated it. Hope everything goes smooth and you do recoup some of what you've lost.

Gyng
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From:chefmongoose
Date:June 9th, 2004 03:04 am (UTC)

Re: Ick

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Well, I'm out at least $25 in cash, $30 to replace the wallet, Maybe $30 in acculated value of things like Sub Club Dave&Buster's cards, and a lot of time scrambling around. :P The credit card charges should be revokable.

--Chiaroscuro
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