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Could Someone Please Take Down The Sign?

Which apparently is on my house and reads, "Please Rob These People, They Are Poor." At some point overnight, while we were HOME, someone shoved open our locked gate (now, it is possible I locked it without latching it, but I can't remember being that moronic) and took my mother's old bicycle (one of a matched set of nearly-Antique Schwinn Collegiate 3-Speeds I was going to try to sell on Craigslist), our circular saw, our router, and possibly other items -- they were so weighted down they left our chainsaw in the driveway next to the truck.

Not nearly enough to make up the $1000 homeowners deductible means it's not worth submitting a claim. (We used to have a $500 deductible, but they upped it after the LAST burglary, the one that helped me forget my passport.)

So of course last night around midnight when Bo suddenly barked, we were both bolt upright in bed, hearts pounding. It was probably the ginger cat (the one I call Orange Julius) who hangs out in the yard -- Bo always knows when that cat is out there and barks at it. Julius is unimpressed.

Then there are the mail robberies we've had, and the things that have just walked off the driveway or porch, like the belt sander, the paint sprayer, the little antique rocking chair, and who knows what all else. It's not like we have great stuff, but it's OUR stuff, dammit, and it can't be worth that much to anyone else. The circular saw was a good twenty years old. *grumble*

At least they didn't make off with the lawnmower (oh, yeah, we've had those walk off, too) or the trimmer (ditto). I think they wanted to take the Weber grill, because it was rolled several feet down the porch, but fortunately, they left that.

Dog & Cat Lurve:

They were being so damned cute:

But seriously, these are about the only pictures I've taken in awhile, because it's too damned hot to DO anything in Phoenix except sit on the couch and watch the animals:

I have done very little of any value the last few days, either; although we HAD just cleaned out the back shed and thrown out a lot of junk (hence the reason the girl's bike had come out and joined its mate on the back porch -- why they only took the girl's bike, the one covered in dust and cobwebs, is beyond me). Did get the new clothesline strung up and some laundry done, as well as a few of the things inside (although not much). And we DID go out for delicious sushi on Saturday night.

But I haven't gotten any more writing done, nor have I updated my writing blog (boo).

The All-Star Game is going on downtown and I can't go. *sob*

We got a tiny bit of actual, real rain on Monday night. Bo is not usually afraid of storms (not like Sam was), but he did get a bit anxious and had to come sleep on the bed with us.

We actually didn't do too badly; no wind damage, at least. It was an extremely eerie storm, how quiet it was. I should have taken a picture of the CARS...

(It was starting to rain a little when I took this picture, too.)

Not sure what's in this building, but I like the fountain. Maybe when it cools down I'll work on my desire to wander around Phoenix and take shots of the surprisingly huge number of fountains here.

Now I ought to get some work done. Besides, Norton wants me to restart the computer.


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Jul. 13th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
that really does suck. I'm sorry to hear it.

liked the pictures of the cats though
Jul. 13th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)

Well, cat and his pet dog, anyway. :D

Jul. 13th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
yes him too (Bo was busy fading into the background)
Jul. 13th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
Oh, my gosh. That's really terrible about stuff being stolen. Can you get some fake video cameras to set up around your house, to make it look like you're filming? That might help.

The animal pictures are too cute.
Jul. 13th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
That might help. I bought some chains and new locks so even if the gate gets unlatched, it won't open far enough. I was considering a "beware of dog" sign, although it would really be "beware of dog that launches himself at you with exuberant joy."

Jul. 13th, 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
Good luck.
Jul. 13th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
That sucks! Can you get motion lights? Great critter pics, though.

Jul. 13th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
There's not really anyplace to install them in the back, although it's an idea. We wondered if me turning on the light when I got up is what chased 'em off, but can't be sure.

Jul. 13th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
I know tell me about it, we have had such bad luck this year with stuff getting stolen too. And they were taking our lawn oraments too of all things. I hope all thives rot in hell !!!
Jul. 13th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
I think it's the economy -- The last time we got this kind of a spate of robberies it was the last major recession.

Jul. 13th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
You know, your neighborhood really doesn't look that bad, but you do get robbed a lot. I suppose being down the street from a bar doesn't help. :-(

Cute critter pictures! They are such buddies.
Jul. 13th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
I think it's because we're turned sideways; makes it easier. Although this was bold -- the first time when we were HOME, with the cars in the driveway! They had to walk up the drive, right past the truck. And during that rainstorm, too.
Jul. 13th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
Oh man... I'm so sorry! That absolutely sucks! I'm really surprised that they were able to get away with so much... or that someone would even TRY to get away with so much. Wow.

I do agree with nutmeg3 that it might be worth investing in motion sensing lights. If nothing else, it would help your piece of mind, because it would make things that much easier to check when you hear a noise out back.

Love the photos of photo of Bo and his buddy... those are adorable!
Jul. 13th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
It's putting in the wiring, mostly-- we're lucky we have a back porch light! But I may look into seeing what might be possible. If nothing else, the neighbor's motion lights must have turned on, they're usually very sensitive (although I have learned over the years when it's hot, motion lights take their own sweet time turning on!)
Jul. 13th, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
that just sucks!
I can't believe it. I mean I can I just don't get the mind set that does things like that.

Meth's a hell of a drug.

At least Churro and Bo are getting their love on. That's a good thing.

I am righteously pissed on your behalf. I hope their dicks fall off.
Jul. 13th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
Re: that just sucks!
I guess so. I hope they get ten bucks for everything. :P

I also hope they didn't steal the new bolt cutters, because I have a vision of them coming back and cutting through the new chain-and-lock with our own bolt cutters to take what they had to leave behind...

Churro & Bo. They make many things good (even when Churro is Pure Evil).
Jul. 13th, 2011 08:05 am (UTC)
That sucks so much! I'm sorry. We are *knock on wood* thankfully FINALLY in a really safe neighborhood where nothing has happened. Then again, the crazy nosy next door neighbor would probably report the bandits before we could.

Houston's weird about little tiny ponds with fountains in the center. Random, "why do they need a fountain pond there?" fountain ponds. There was one at the apartment complex I first moved into in Houston. (I swear, they charged us an extra $50 from the one down the street just because of the damn pond - didn't help that the water bill was prorated and not individually metered.)

Nothing helps bad times like watching kitties (and puppies in this case) be cute together.
Jul. 13th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
It's not a BAD neighborhood, it's just... I think because we're on the corner, the house faces the corner (rather than the street), and who knows what else!
Jul. 13th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear about the burglaries -- that just sucks.

Jul. 13th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)

Hugs for a better week!

Jul. 13th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
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