Saturday, November 19, 2005

Smash and grab

Who uses it: Robbers and cops
What it means: Breaking a window and stealing whatever's behind it.
How to use it: Self-explanatory.

My car, left on the street right outside my hotel room window, was the victim of a smash-and-grab sometime early this morning. The thieves got a small portable CD player; the adapter to make it play in my car stereo's cassette player, which does not work; and a folder that includes my 12 favorite CDs, specially selected for this trip. It's the loss of the CDs I'm particularly upset about. Blast them, they probably don't even like The Clash.

I wept -- to the contempt of the Montreal policemen, who told me that this had basically been my fault for leaving anything in my car and presuming to park on the street with a U.S. license plate -- but it's really no more than a big annoyance. I'm already getting the window replaced, and as one of the policemen told me, "It's just material, you weren't hurt."

I have much more to say about this whole experience, but it will have to wait, because I'm taking Our Claire to the movies. This is not going to wreck my birthday weekend.


Anonymous said...

On the bright side, writing your Christmas list just got 14 items easier. Happy Birthday regardless.

Tom Ehrenfeld said...

Yeah, my thoughts were sort you can be happy to cross one more item off the list of things to do (or have been done to) by your fortieth birthday, and, well, just in time. Actually, since inquiring minds do want to know, why don't you let us know which CDs got nabbed? What comprises (composes?) Claire's top dozen?

Peggy & Scott said...

Boy, THAT SUCKS! It might make you feel better to know something similar happened to Scott on one of his early trips to Vancouver. His laptop was stolen out of the TRUNK of his rental car in his hotel parking lot. The hotel staff said " Yeah, seems like that happens everyday." Hey, thanks for the warning, right? So, be warned not even your trunk is safe. Hi to Claire and have fun.

Paul Tomme said...

Just in case misery truly does love company, the same thing happened to me in Nashville about a year before you and I met. I lost a Martin guitar and my entire LP collection. If you have renter's insurance, it might cover the contents of your car. I'm glad that it was not you that was attacked. Living well is the best revenge. Happy birthday, and many many more.

AnswerGirl said...

I remember that Nashville story, Paul; my experience is minor in comparison, and I'm already past the worst of the trauma.

As for my top dozen, I don't remember exactly what was in the CD folder, but I do know I had LONDON CALLING (The Clash), BLOOD ON THE TRACKS (Bob Dylan), GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK (Bruce Springsteen), ALL THE BEST COWBOYS HAVE CHINESE EYES (Pete Townshend), and David Bowie's CHANGES with me. Fortunately, the jewel cases for the CDs are all back in Maine, so I'll be able to reconstruct the list.

Didn't those guys know it was wrong to cheat a trying man?