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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

One Crazy Day

 Good morning,

We had a day that started out normal enough, but by the end of the day....

In the morning I made bread to take to a friend...
...and bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches for us for brunch.  While waiting for the friend's bread to rise and the bacon to fry I took a walk in my garden.
In the back garden suspended over the gold fish pond I found the most beautiful spider web and its translucent owner.  It was a brilliant place to spin the web to catch insects near the water.
In the front garden our Red Bud trees have enough seed pods to reforest our entire community with Red Bud trees.  I love the heart shaped leaves on these trees.

We needed a new router for our network so decided to drive out to Micro Center.
A few blocks from home we discovered why...
...we've had traffic backed up.  They'll be finished soon.

My Honey had ordered what we wanted at Micro Center on the Internet and it was waiting for us at the Web Order Pick Up.  We were in and out of the store in less than five minutes.  When we came out of the store, we got into our car and drove around the building to leave.  We didn't get far until we noticed the mirror on my side of the car was "folded" in.  We were concerned someone had hit it so stopped.  I got out to check...
...and this is what we found.  Someone with a sick mind had keyed our car.  There was this big "x" on the front quarter panel...
...and another big horizontal scratch (center of the image) at the same height on the passenger door.  The dark spots and smudge above the scratch are only dirt and are no problem. 

We drove around the building and parked again in the same spot so I could go in and talk with the manager and see if there were cameras on the lot.  The manager was quite nice and came out to see the damage, but there are no cameras.  I was surprised that a place that sells such equipment doesn't have cameras on their parking lot.

After thinking it through, we have come to the conclusion that the person who had been parked in the spot just ahead of us who had been out looking up and walking around the lot when we parked and went into the store was probably the culprit.  This person was sitting there when we came back out and figured we would find the damage sooner before we drove away and he could have seen our distress and anger.  We denied him this pleasure since we found the damage after we drove to the other side of the building.  When we came back to talk with the manager, that vehicle and person were gone.

Before all this happened while we were driving into the store lot we had no confrontation with anyone, we didn't fight over a parking space, there was no sign of any problem.  We have come to the conclusion the person who did this is just a very sick and sad individual.

Our car is being fixed.  It will take three days for the paint to be properly repaired and it will cost a few hundred dollars that we will have to pay because of our deductible.  Our daughter is kind enough to arrange to switch cars around so we can use one of hers for three days while ours is repaired.  This all sucks.  At first we were angry.  Now we are just disgusted with the character who did this.  He is a very sad individual.  We hope he is caught before he does more damage to other vehicles.  As we travel  we will be even more observant of our surroundings, but that probably wouldn't have made any difference in this case.
We came home and had quick comfort food for dinner:  chicken baked in crushed pineapple and teriaki sauce, mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes, and peas...
...then we settled down with our best friends Erik and Penny.

Tomorrow will be better. I hope your day was better than ours.

Oh, the new hardware sure makes our network run faster.  Good job, Honey!

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12 comments:

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Sorry to read about the car damage, Lois. It's really sad that some individuals take their frustrations out on others or their property. You wrote much calmer than I might have under the circumstances. Kudos to you for rising above another person's thoughtless actions. Too bad about the unexpected repair expenses.

As usual, the bread and lunch and dinner looked delicious.

Happy Days said...

That is just terrible! Who ever it was, was probably texting or talking on the phone. I did find it amazing that the store didn't have any cameras! Hummmm. I would think it would lower their insurance if they did, plus protection for them. Your dinner looked pretty good. I'd love to have breakfast...oh well. All went well with taking all my goop for today. My appointment is for 11:30 am - so I've got 4 hours to go. It wasn't as bad as people make it out to be. Have a good day!! ...debbie

Martys Fiber Musings said...

So sorry about your car's damage. And what it did to steal your beautiful day. What makes people have such personal anger that they do such malicious things for no apparent reason - except to be malicious?

Today is a new day - enjoy it! Bake more bread. I can almost smell it from here.....

Tanya said...

Oh! How terrible for you! My brother's BRAND NEW TRUCK had this done to it just days after he bought it. What? People are envious that other people have nice things? I hope the criminal will be caught before he starts confronting people as well...

Grenville T. Boyd said...

I never cease to be amazed at the unhappiness of so many folks. Especially when there is so much beauty in the world to be happy about.
I guess you can be thankful that the damage was minor and the router is routing faster, and your road construction is almost finished, and dinner was 'comforting' (of course Beatrice's meatloaf would have been my choice), and you found that great garden spider with the amazingly symetrical web (wonder if they have to go to school for that?). Now see all the things to be happy about. Maybe you should stake out that parking lot till you find the culprit and duck tape him into submission, then show him all the 'happy' things in life. Failing that beat him with the 'Happy' club for an hour.

Deere Driver said...

Honestly! What is wrong with people? If they need to be destructive, they should pound meat or something productive.

Its not even the dollars as much as wondering who and why.

Hope its out of your thoughts quickly.
PS: My word verification is seed! How perfect!

Wanda said...

Who would even think of it and then be brazen enough to do it???

I guess we need car sitters when we're out!

♥...Wanda

karen said...

I am so sorry to hear about your car. I believe in Karma, they will get theirs you can be sure, what goes round comes round. Sending lots of good wishes your way.

Diana said...

I am so sorry to hear about your car Lois, this is a strange world we live in today.
At least you don't have what I caught yesterday! Poison ivy or sumac, take your pick! Don't worry about me, I've been stupid in the past while weeding. I guess you could say I'm used to it.
Dinner looked delicious!
Love Di ♥

Elaine said...

The person who did the damage to your car must be a very unhappy person. I really don't understand how it can make them feel better to damage someone else's property. Fortunately it was minor damage, but the emotional damage is harder to deal with. I do think that what goes around comes around, and eventually that person will be on the receiving end.

As always, the bread and dinner look wonderful. We've been getting wonderful tomatoes at the farmer's market the last few weeks and I still haven't made any BLT's. Sounds like a good plan for dinner tomorrow.

Lois Evensen said...

Good morning,

Thank you for all your positive and kind words. Yes, that person was a sicko. As sad and disturbing it is to think anyone would be so mean and stupid, we haven't let it ruin our day. Having the inconvenience and cost of repairs is no fun, but we've learned not to be upset about those things we can't change. At least it didn't happen while we were on our way to another port where we would be leaving the car in salty air for weeks at a time.

I do agree that this person will get caught eventually, I just hope soon. If this worked for him, he will surely try again. And, Tanya, I think you are right that he needs to be caught before he becomes more aggressive.

Debbie, I'm so glad your procedure went well yesterday. I was watching your blog yesterday and saw your post last night that you are "perfect." ;)

Very best,
Lois

Sherry said...

Here I am reading blogs when I should be getting ready for work! My mother had a saying, "Give a person enough rope and they will hang themself." This individual will meet his downfall one way or the other.