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Jennifer called this morning to say that she had interrupted a theft in progress. She heard noises in the garage, yelled, and then watched two guys ride away on my bicycle. Here's what's bad about that:
  • I'm short one bike, the one with the trail-a-bike attachment
  • Either my B-i-L, who uses the garage occasionally, forgot to shut the door or those miscreants know how to open the garage. I hope it's the former.
  • She missed her econ class this morning because she waited to talk to the police.
I have no trouble finding the Pollyanna bits:
  • It was the Jamis, not the Fuji. I love the Fuji with unreasonable fervor. To me, the Jamis was "the bike with the trail-a-bike attachment".
  • Victoria is big enough to ride her own bike; the trail-a-bike can go to a younger neighbor.
  • No injuries. And the bike computer mounting is on the Fuji. But really, there were two guys and it could have been uglier so it was not a terrible outcome all told.

And there's more. Later in the day she received a job offer to be an Environmental Affairs Officer (pretty much a researcher, but as a GS-9 and more in her area of interest than the stuff she's doing now) ... in Nairobi. Whoa. My parents will freak. They were so vociferously appalled when she attended a winter term program in Costa Rica that when she went to Jordan this summer we just left them out of the loop to spare everyone's stomach linings. I know she wanted something more exotic than taking the Metro to the Bureau of Labor Statistics M-F; this certainly qualifies.
Here, things are pleasingly dull. Got an insurance quote on the new house and the Subaru (the truck has to stay in Maryland), made an eye appointment for Victoria, went to another playground, had a picnic dinner by the volleyball court. Baby carrot fangs for everyone, woohoo!


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Mar. 31st, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Garage Doors & Theft
Fortunately, this garage is completely detached and removed and far away from the house.

The truck, yeah. Poor truck. It can go about 20 miles before the transmission starts slipping. Then it needs a rest. So that would be a looong trip to Columbus. Besides, the kids need transportation and the truck, however sad its condition, is paid for.
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Mar. 31st, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
Now I have a plan
I hope the kids can limp along with it like this (a short leash is fine with me) and then buy their own damn cars when they have real jobs. Then I will try to sell it to Thof!
Mar. 31st, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad Jennifer is OK and her job offer sounds great. It sounds like she wants a life of adventure and it looks like she'll be getting it.
Mar. 31st, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks. She doesn't have to make a decision right away but I know she's interested in getting out of the country. That was true even before the neighborhood crime spree!
Mar. 31st, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
Any burgling makes me uneasy, but I'm glad it was relatively lame and unthreatening.

Wow, Nairobi. That's really far away. Go, Jennifer!
Mar. 31st, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah. And no. It IS really far away!
Mar. 31st, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Wow! Congrat to Jennifer!!! Tell your parents she's going to the safe part of Nairobi and she's got a desk job in the middle of a wild animal park surrounded by villages who are getting into eco-tourism, so they are very protective of both the park and the people working in it - that the employees are treated like family.

And then tell Jennifer to write them once a week.

Nairobi. Cool. Met someone from there at a conference a couple years ago and have been dying to visit at some point. Think she's put me up for a week if I promised to bring her a spiral ham and brownie mixes? (it's what my aunt in England takes back home when she goes - she says that and bacon are the only things they don't really do right.)
Mar. 31st, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
I know she'd welcome you empty-handed but go ahead and bring the ham. I like to think of you traversing the globe with a big ole ham in tow.
Apr. 1st, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
Well, if ya had to lose a bike, I'm glad it wasn't your fav. And I'm glad Jennifer's OK.

Worst theft I ever had was a snowshovel off my front porch in the middle of a big (for this area) snow. So petty, and yet I felt so violated.!

Nairobi! Wow, hope it's as good as she's hoping!
Apr. 2nd, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah. When someone broke into our house back in Riverdale my reaction surprised me. We weren't home when it happened and they didn't take anything and I was still shaking so hard I couldn't pour a cup of milk without spilling it.
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