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.