Thanksgiving this year was prefaced by a rather unfortunate event: Mrs. Geek's car was burgled and her computer bag (containing the computer issued to her by her school) was stolen. Mrs. Geek took her father for a late lunch last Wednesday afternoon; it was his birthday. She left her car parked on the street with the bag on the back seat. Someone smashed a window and took the bag.
The immediate physical consequences of the act were dealt with during a 20 minute while-you-wait window repair on Friday. Other effects still linger, however. There is the triangulation of insurance companies (auto and homeowners insurance -- auto covers the window, but not the computer, which covered by homeownners) and institutions (Mrs. Geek's school) who each have something to say about who pays what and when (mostly us paying it seems, thanks to deductables). There is also the question a replacement computer -- the school cannot afford to be down a computer right now because its aging computer inventory is already being rode hard and put away wet. Mrs. Geek needs to find a replacement, no matter who pays what.
For the latter at least, there is e-Bay. Given the age and duties of the lost computer, a brand spanking new replacement does not seem to be required. Thankfully, there appear to be a goodly number of nearly identical computers out there for substantially less money.
Curse you, smash-and-grab evil doers! A hex on you for brining this worry and bureaucracy into the Christmas season!
on 2008-12-02 at 6:03 p.m.
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