Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Just when I get a job ... I get robbed.

I was robbed. Around 3 on Saturday morning, someone took a landscaping stone and smashed it through my front driver's side window. I was on my way to breakfast to break some news to my friends, when I walked up to my car and saw the shattered glass and stood dumbfounded and unbelieving.
When I opened the passenger door, I saw green shards of glass glittering and littering the entire front part of my car.

Pieces of shattered glass standing sharp against the dashboard, steerwheel and console like knives. Scrapes, tears and dents marking the devastating path of the stone that ruined not only the interior of my car but my day, nay my whole week.
I couldn't help but think, the one day I was prepared to give the best news, is the day I was betrayed, scared and sad that someone would do this to me. My car was sitting in my driveway, not 20 feet from my front door, an easy target because of a visible credit card. But it could have been worse.

I wasn't really shaken up until that night when I tried to fall asleep and raced back and forth from the window checking every sound on the street - envisioning my poor car raped by the light of the Christmas decorations. I felt sad for my car, like an animal, like it had feelings.

For the rest of the weekend, I stayed home, car safe and secure in my garage - but Monday I had to drive to work in Topeka, and with a missing window on a record-cold day, I wasn't very happy.
At first I thought it might be a hate crime - or a neighbor on the street I disgruntled with my particular love and flair for the holidays. But when the police officer who filled out my report told me that about five other cars on the street had also been broken into - and that two cars at a company near where I work were set aflame, I felt strangely better.

The good news I was going to deliver that day is that, I GOT A NEW JOB! I'm a graphic artist for a publishing company in Topeka. I start today (even though it's national "Call In Gay Day".)

And now a weird story: About a week ago, when trying to pull down the fake Christmas tree (to give away) from the attic, I noticed that a bird had shredded our dryer tube and nested in the end! I noticed a dead bird in the attic in October when I went up for Halloween decorations, but didn't really think anything of it.

5 comments:

jessica said...

OMG! The same thing happened here in Colby about 2 months ago, or maybe it was 3. Some kids (well presumably) went across the north side of town shooting out random car windows with a pellet gun. The last count was about 50+ cars. Unfortunatley they got my car too:(.

Your roommate said...

Congratulations on the job (again). Very exciting. I know the whole car situation is super sucky, but things like that can be fixed (for a price, I know). But there's something exquisitely priceLESS about job security as a fresh college graduate. This is a big Life thing, and you should be happy and proud.

Anonymous said...

I know this is a strange comment. but the photographs you took of your car are really good.

And congrats again on the fancy job! I can't wait to hear all about your first day!

--beth

judycolby said...

Congratulations of the job. Sounds great. Sorry about the car. At least yours wasn't one that was set on fire.

http://jimlongsgardentalk.blogspot.com/ said...

Taylor, it's the endless life question of whether the glass is half empty, or half full. Very sorry you got crapped on, on the very day you were to share great news. BUT, had it happened on an already crappy day, well, you would have been even more depressed. The awful thing about random acts of violence, is one never knows why. And is some weird, perverted way, it actually does help to know others are in the same boat. I'm sorry it happened, but in the big river of life things, it's a mosquito bite. The greater thing is YOU GOT A JOB! Congratulations.
Jim