Re: for journey
- From: "MZB" <moo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2008 23:52:07 -0400
Man, it's too bad you can't seem to get this resolved when you have a
By now, I suspect your stuff could have been sold?
"Journey" <journey@xxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On Sun, 23 Mar 2008 20:58:18 -0400, "MZB" <moo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Did you ever get your stolen laptop back?
FYI -- Non-technical, OT, nothing related to Dell follows, so feel
free to skip if you want to save time.
Hi Mel -- unfortunately, no -- I haven't gotten the stolen items back.
- Lenovo ThinkPad X61 notebook -- ultra portable, highly spec'd,
which I got from Craig's List for $750. Actual value is much more.
- The leather backpack itself, worth about $119 (when on sale).
- 160GB iPod Classic
- Palm Tungsten C
- Altec Lansing portable speakers for iPod. I think it is IM600 -
they are great ($129).
I ended up buying another iPod Classic. The laptop isn't replaceable
because I already have more laptops than I should have. I was going
to sell my ThinkPad T60 and keep the X61 but now I'll just keep the
I found Palm Tungsten C's on Craig's List for $40 (bought two of them
at that price). The PHP script that I use searches all Craig's Lists
nationally, and then I send a check, they wait until it clears, and
they send me the item.
Altec Lansing speakers -- I probably won't buy that again.
I have a pretty good idea of who took the backpack, but I don't know
for sure. She has been avoiding me since the backpack was stolen.
The police here in Madison, WI are worthless. Rather than take a
statement, I had to report the incident on a voice mail system. They
were supposed to transcribe it but they didn't, and a week later they
sent me a blank form for me to report it.
I don't know if my renter's insurance covers the items. Even if it
does, I am not going to use it. I used to have American Family
insurance, and they dropped me after making two claims (about $600
total). I had to scramble to find some "high risk" insurance. I
don't want to jeopardize that, so I am not going to make any claims
and just have it in case of catastrophic loss like fire.
No good deed goes unpunished. The laptop was stolen while I was
helping two people who don't have cars. I was distracted because one
of them made us wait for 20 minutes while she got food from a food
pantry, so that's when I set my laptop bag down.
The two insurance claims were from letting homeless people that I
trusted have a respite stay at my apartment for several nights.
I cope with the laptop bag loss by accepting responsibility for not
properly protecting my belongings. I don't like to feel like a victim
because there is noone to direct my "assertiveness" towards. I guess
that's part of the definition of "victim"? The powerless aspect?
It also helps to put things in perspective and be grateful for what I
do have. A lot of people I know who are on disability will never have
the money for any computer, and I have several. It helps when I think
of the loss of the X61.
I cope with the homeless incidents by not letting homeless people have
respite stays here anymore. Apparently, the allure of crack cocaine
and other drugs lead people to throw their lives away and even steal
from those trying to help them.
Thanks for asking, it did help a bit to write this.
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