Vacation, The Weird

September 2, 2009

We had a great vacation, but it was a really strange week. Looking back, it started on Saturday, August 15th when Claudia lost her wallet. Nothing like losing your credit and debit cards 4 days before leaving on vacation. Her bank told her she would get her cards the next day, so she was expecting them on Tuesday, at the latest. But they actually didn’t arrive until Thursday, after she was already in California.

The weirdness continued on Friday. When we got home from our Joann shopping spree and fun afternoon at Google, we found that my new hiking backpack, ordered from Amazon, had been stolen from my front porch. Someone opened up the box, left the box and packing materials, and took my new Camelback pack with the built in water pouch. As soon as I got in the house, I got on the phone with FedEx and Amazon. While on the phone, I had trouble getting on the internet from the desktop computers in the kitchen so I pulled out my laptop to work and talk in the living room. And then I noticed that the dog was outside and our screen door off the back patio was completely off the track. I finished up my phone call and was a little creeped out. I thought maybe Claudia had trouble with the door and was going to ask me to fix it. But that was not the case. I had left the back door open while we went out, a silly thing that I have done on several occasions. I checked the house for uninvited people and then called Bill. He asked if his laptop was still on the desk in the kitchen. It was not. And that’s when I noticed that my mac mini was pulled out a little and I remembered that I had straightened the PC monitor. Commence the freaking out. I called the police and they said they would send a car out. That was at 4:45. Of course I called my dad next. He made us realize that maybe the dog scared the crap out of the burglars. Our house is sort of L shaped with our bedroom in the top part of the L and the patio door where they entered in the bottom right part of the L. The dog tends to sleep in our bedroom and sometimes you can get to the elbow of the L (also known as the kitchen, where the laptop was) before she hears you. Bill was of the opinion that the burglars would probably not come back to a house where they knew there was a dog. I tried to do a mind meld with CJ to find out what happened, but it didn’t work. I dont’ think she was concentrating enough. It was all “where’s my treat for scaring away burglars” and not enough “let me tell you what happened”. Sabrina was useless, I don’t think she moved from the futon. I take that back, she may have yawned and stretched. We continued to get ready for vacation but I admit that I was pretty nervous that we would come home and find all our stuff gone.

The police arrived around 11:00pm. They were awesome! Very friendly, very thorough. They had little CSI kits and tried to get some fingerprints, took photos, took the info on Bill’s laptop. It was as pleasant an experience as you could expect. We think that after they took my backpack off the porch, they looked in the kitchen window and saw a laptop sitting on the desk, and tried to find a way to get in the house. Like the door I left open in the back. In looking at the positives, there was no damage done to the house because I left the door open. Maybe they would have been deterred by the locked door, maybe they would have broken it. We didn’t lose Bill’s kindle which was sitting on top of his laptop, but in a cute case (that I made) which probably made it unrecognizable. The kindle is likely worth more than his laptop. The other good news is that Amazon offered to ship my backpack to our hotel so that I had it to use on Tuesday. I am super thankful that we did not lose CJ. The fence door didn’t close all they way after the burglars made their escape and it would have been so easy for it to have blown open and for CJ to have run away.

Saturday morning, Bill was at the Home Depot buying extra security bars for our sliding glass doors and installing them before we left. (Sliding glass doors that I am super vigilant about closing and securing now). And I told one of our neighbors so that she would be on the lookout. She also knows everyone on the block so I figured she would be a good person to let others know to be careful.

The weirdness held off until Wednesday when we saw the fire. The three of us love nature and the national parks and it was really sad to see it burning. Maybe it was all the smoke, but for the last two days of our trip we were kinda blahsy. And there was the rock slide that we heard and kinda saw. They do happen, it was just an unusual experience for us.

We made it home on Friday and found that all our belongings were still in the house and the animals were fine. That night, around 11pm, we decided to check Claudia in for her flight. After a few very confusing minutes, we found that she had actually missed her flight which had been booked for that day. She was on the phone with American at 11:30 trying to figure out her options and was able to get on a flight Saturday, which was when she thought she was going home. She has no idea how that mistake was made and we were both kicking ourselves for not catching it. But she did get to stay for another two hours and we didn’t have to rush breakfast, and we even got in another trip to Joann.

So that was vacation, the weird stuff. It was more excitement than we needed, but it wasn’t anything really bad.

Tomorrow we will do Vacation, The Silly.


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