Wednesday, January 03, 2007

What's Up?

So things have been a little quiet here in bloggy-land due to the severe absence of quietude in the rest of our lives. There have been good things and bad things.
The good: Lots of fine folks were in town, family and friends, people we hadn't seen a while, some blown away by the storm, some otherwise.

The bad: New Year's Eve Eve, somebody busted down the back door of our house and stole all of the brand new, recently delivered appliances from our kitchen. (And they didn't even have the courtesy to turn off the water lines, causing our kitchen to re-flood until it was discovered late the next morning. Rude bastards.)
We're not alone in this. Theft from unoccupied homes is an epidemic right now in this city. With an understaffed, overstretched police force and the absence of neighborly eyes and ears, it's easy pickins'. The officer who took my report said that they have one to two similar cases a day just in our area.

Considering what a dominant role the house plays in our lives right now, I've said relatively little about it here. We're in the end game—our return is imminent—which is tremendously exciting, but this stage is also turning out to be one of the most exhausting. We're ready, we're done, but the list never quite seems to end: an infinitude of small finishing details, the still ongoing back and forth with the insurance company, getting the big-ass pile of construction debris hauled out of our yard, the replacement of stolen appliances*, etc.

But soon we'll be there. There's plenty left to do, but we'll be there.

I think I could sleep for a week. Can somebody arrange that?

Onward and upward.

Good night.

* As plain old infuriating as it is to have someone break into your house and steal your stuff, really our main reaction was, "Are you fucking kidding me? There's more?"


  1. That's a tough one to take after so much struggle to get home! Courage and strength to you guys. I hope the wonderful insurance company can help you with that.

  2. Anonymous2:15 PM

    Get a dog. One with a loud bark!

  3. Anonymous3:03 PM

    A dog is good... or a parrot.

    Someone stole a circular saw out of the shed in my back yard (along with everything else in the shed, except for the water heater). Then, the next day, the same someone used it to saw into the back door of a restaurant a couple blocks away.

    However, they didn't steal anything from the restaurant, and the owner/chef thinks it's because he has a parrot that says, "who's there?" and "Hello?"

  4. I am sorry to hear about the theft of your appliances, and subsequent flooding. That just sucks.

  5. Happy New Year! (But what a way to start off...)

  6. Ugh. I don't know what I would be more frustrated by - stolen pretty new stuff or the water everywhere. Carrying out the former is wrong, but allowing the latter is just... wronger. Reading about it makes me want to spout obscenities.

  7. How awful and extremely frustrating for you and your family. Our home was once robbed and completely trashed (kids on drugs?). What a sick feeling to discover not only the horrible mess but the capacity of the cruelty of others.
    Hope you are "home" soon.

  8. Well, shoots....sorry to hear that. Here's to hoping the new, new appliances are less appealing than the last.

    And, seriously, kudos to you guys for getting as far as you have, under any circumstance. Hope the new year is even better than the last.

  9. Oh my god! I'd be crushed! Kudos to you for carrying on. I can't even imagine.

  10. oh man, that sucks...hope the last annoying details come together quickly for y'all!