Whatever’s not locked down is yours

I’ve got another item to add to the list of stuff that’s been stolen from my porch/yard because it wasn’t locked down, which obviously meant I just didn’t care if someone else wanted it:

– 2 rakes
– 1 shovel
– 2 semi-working vacuums
– 1 corded hedge-trimmer
– 1 cordless weed-whacker

These were not all taken at one time. This represents six different occasions of theft.

It’s only about $200 worth of stuff over three years, hardly worth getting too worked up about. And that’s why I don’t blog about it every time it happens.

But I had the damn weed-whacker for all of about three weeks. It was inside about 95% of the time. But it’s got weed-and-bug salad all over it, so I didn’t feel like bringing it inside.

I didn’t have to worry about this stuff when I lived in Blandsville Luxury Apartment Homes of Wake County.

I don’t fit into the group of urban-revitalization-fans who just love Durham. But, at the same time, I really do get annoyed by those who slam Durham unjustifiably.

I was originally was going to title this, “Durham: Whatever’s not locked down is yours”, but I realize that’s not fair. It’s just a function of my particular neighborhood, which I’ve chosen, some could say, to not be involved in the betterment of. Maybe I’ve turned into a cranky quasi-libertarian, but I hope that by my living in the neighborhood and not stealing other people’s sh*t and paying my taxes that I’m doing what I’m supposed to.

I think people think of Durham as that pathetic dog that just have to adopt from the shelter. Of course you love him. Of course he’s the best dog ever. Of course you’ll always be there for him. But if you’re really honest, you know you’ve encountered dogs that maybe your friends have, and they’re always calm and sociable, and they’re as loving as your special-needs dog, and you wonder if, maybe someday, you’ll look for a dog more like theirs.

Anyway, I’m done now. I’m off to a chain restaurant in Raleigh for dinner. I can assure that none of the food is locally-grown. I know, I’m evil. I’m evil like Obama’s healthcare plan.

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2 thoughts on “Whatever’s not locked down is yours

  1. Just realized that the idiot who stole the weed trimmer probably doesn’t have a spare Toro wall-charger. The trimmer was out of nylon trimming cord, too. Since I’m sure people don’t leave those items unsecured outside, the guy’s going to have spend $10-20 on these parts for the trimmer to work.

  2. Pingback: Toastiest » Updating my tally of charitable contributions to the community

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