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He came in through the kitchen window

I came home at 7:00 this evening to find myself short one laptop, one digital camera, one clear, bright-green, unset large emerald-cut emerald, thirty bucks' worth of change, and my normally complacent attitude about living in this neighborhood.

He left my widescreen TV and surround sound system. He left, stupidly enough, all my sterling silverware, which is worth more than the stuff he did take. He looked in my underwear drawers, my bedside table, and my under-bed storage boxes, which, while disturbing, did not result in any further material losses.

For my part, the big amethyst ring for which my gmail account is named, my only decent gold earrings, my phone, and the little blue netbook on which I'm writing this post, were all on my person today and were spared.

In the lemonade column, he left my backup external hard drive containing a complete backup of the stolen computer from Saturday night (\o/), and a fine excuse to buy myself a new computer.

I started out the day feeling like I'd been robbed because I totally missed Christian Kane's performance in Portland last night and thereby also totally missed my chance to see Jensen Ackles in the flesh. I am ending the day feeling like I've been robbed because I've been robbed.

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inalasahl
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
That sucks! And you have such a lovely little home, too.
emeraldsedai
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for the virtual hug! No harm done to the house--the guy was pretty polite, really. Not even a dirty footprint on my floor.

Mostly it's just that feeling of not-safety. Which I'm sure I'll overcome pretty soon.
sparky77
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
Oh pookie! *hugs* That really sucks. Let me know if you need anything.
emeraldsedai
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! Your sympathy is a big help! I'm fine, and the police think they know who's raiding the 'hood for drug money (they got a big old handprint off my windowsill and may be able to get a conviction.

I hated to even bother them with my insignificant material loss (and my insurance company just kind of laughed when they looked at my deductible), but I figure another dot on the crime map helps them do their job.

Thanks for your kind words.
kernelm
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Gah. That's so horrible. :( *hugs*
emeraldsedai
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm feeling a little more sanguine now. The fingerprinting officer has lifted some good prints and says that she thinks this is the same guy they've been after for a couple of weeks now--so maybe my reporting the crime will help them solve a problem.

You feel like you only bother in these cases so that the police can put another dot on their map and make graphs and statistics.
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forodwaith
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Oh, damn. I'm so sorry.

But how smart of you to have your computer backed up!
emeraldsedai
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
The backup was fortuitous. I hadn't done one in a while, and succumbed to the nagging of the software at last, knowing that my laptop was on its last legs. Little did I know...

Anyway, I'll certainly survive, and I do appreciate your sympathy! The rallying of friends near and far really does make a difference. Thank you!
serenity_valley
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
HOLY SHIT.

Ye gods and little fishes that does sucketh, ye verily. I admire your ability to look on the bright side (and I didn't realize I was holding my breath for you until I got to the part about your external hard drive being safe and containing a recent backup, at which point I sagged in my seat with relief on your behalf) and YAY NEW COMPUTER. But still. BUT STILL. Even if he hadn't taken anything of value, the feeling of violation on its own was crime enough. Taking your sense of safety is stealing something of value.

::hugs...many, many hugs::
emeraldsedai
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, between the recent backup and the fact that my really valuable stuff is in the cloud and/or stored on my phone, the data loss is minimal.

Now I have to clean up after the fingerprint officer. And then? I'll go back and see if my new computer is still in my shopping cart at Dell. Maybe I'll look at cameras, too.
roxymissrose
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
*HUG*
omg, thank god you're okay and your house is okay. I understand the feeling of not being completely safe anymore.
emeraldsedai
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Re: *HUG*
When this kind of thing happens (which it has in my life two or three times before) I'm always grateful that I wasn't home when it happened.

Of course, the time I WAS home when it happened, I found out what I was made of: I jumped the guy, grabbed his shirt just like in the movies, and screamed in his face. He was so startled (and so loaded) that he just turned around and went away.

Life in the city, huh?
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str8ontilmornin
Jun. 30th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully you can get your stuff back and begin to feel safe again.
emeraldsedai
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
Getting back to that feeling of safety is what takes a while. It's totally illogical, that feeling or its lack. I'll be as safe in this house tomorrow as I was yesterday.

Fortunately, I'm not much of a worrier. It's just stuff. Comes and goes like the tide. And it is NO COINCIDENCE that I got a good look at you guys' cool new computers just the other night. I saw the holy grail, and the universe made a space for it in my life.

Thank you for your kind words.
skripka
Jun. 30th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
Oh, jeez. I'm so sorry to hear that; at least you're okay. And don't hate me for sounding hippy, but a sage smudge stick might be what you need to clear out any bad vibes. I know when my car got broken into last year, I had to "clean" it out with crystals.

*hugs*
emeraldsedai
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
No, smudging with something would be exactly the thing, if only I had any of those items left. It was the first thing my sis mentioned when she came by. Maybe I'll run up to the woo-woo store on my lunch tomorrow and pick up a sage bundle. That's a really good idea.

Thank you for your sympathy! It really makes a difference.
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vchrusch
Jun. 30th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
Whoa, not good at all. I'd be freaking out if someone broke in and stole stuff.

I guess the universe wants you to get a new computer after all.
emeraldsedai
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
I'm past the freak-out, since there was no damage to the house, and yeah, I'm thinking the same thing about the message from the universe.

In fact, right in that odd moment when I came in the door and realized something was wrong and figured out what it was? First thought I had was, well, good riddance to that old thing. Now I can get a new one!
korintomichi
Jun. 30th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
So sorry to hear this. Hope you're OK.
emeraldsedai
Jun. 30th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm fine--I even slept through the night--and now I'm just doing the arithmetic on the new computer that I wanted anyway.

That, and thinking of secure places to PUT the new computer from now on when I'm not at home. Floor-safe, anyone?
chris_smith_atr
Jun. 30th, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)
Oh fuck. Not sure what to say. Just know how horrible that is.
emeraldsedai
Jun. 30th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
Well thanks for sayin'. I said it myself. It's the eeriest feeling to walk into one's only little house (where nobody else lives) and, over the course of about a minute, notice that this, and that, and that over there are a little out of order, and gradually assemble a conclusion: that yes, the blank spot on the ottoman over there really IS where my computer was this morning, and yes, someone HAS been in and robbed me.

As the little horror dawned and I started to think of what else might be missing, I ran to the kitchen and pulled open the silverware drawer to find my Georg Jensen collection intact. My relief was so great that it undid a lot of the other bad.
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emeraldsedai
Jun. 30th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
I seem to be on a bit of a downturn of luck lately, with this and the sewer thing. However, life really goes along pretty smoothly and I can't complain.

And you KNOW I'm going to order myself a new computer now, so how bad could it be? Of course, that computer will spend the first part of its life living under a box of yarn in my highest closet shelf till I stop fearing for its life.
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altariel
Jun. 30th, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
Damn, that's horrible. I'm glad you backed up, and I'm glad you're physically fine. Hope you can take some good cleansing mental deep breaths and feel safe again ASAP.
emeraldsedai
Jun. 30th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you. The rousing moral support of friends in person and online has been wonderful!
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emeraldsedai
Jun. 30th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Believe me, if they'd stolen a brand new computer rather than a four-year-old one that I was ready to give up anyway, I'd be a mess!
communicator
Jun. 30th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
Oh, emerald, what an awful thing to happen. I'm glad it wasn't worse. You sound like you are coping much better than I would.
emeraldsedai
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
I have to tell you, the sheer volume of sympathetic and supportive comments here has made a huge difference!

Thank you for yours.
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