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April 12, 2007

Third Time's a Charm?

My Shattered Window, April 12, 2007

Well for the second night in a row and the third time in nearly a month, someone has smashed in one of my car windows. Just like last night, it was my driver-side window. Unlike last night, it doesn't even look like they made any attempt at all to get in my car. Initially when I found the car, the window was almost completely intact but shattered. There was just a hole near the side mirror where you could reach the handle. My door was locked so if they got in, they would have had to open it from the inside. But when I tried to do it, the middle section of the window, that is missing in the photo, fell down. So my guess is they didn't even try to get into my car or anything. They literally just broke the window and took off. Or perhaps my brand new window shattered all by itself? Can that happen? Could I have had a botched window replacement? Anyway, the same company that fixed it yesterday is on there way here to do it again today. I'll let you know how it goes.

April 11, 2007

The World is Out to Get Me

This is definitely one of those days. So I woke up this morning to find that hoodlums broke into my car for the second time in a month. The first time was while I was on vacation in Kaua'i just a few weeks ago. Yeah I know I need to blog about Kaua'i. If it will make you feel any better you can check out my Kaua'i pictures or read about Rachelle's trip since she was there at the same exact time although we never managed to get together while we were there.

Anyway back to today. So yeah woke up to find my driver-side window smashed in and the inside of my car not only covered in broken glass but also in rain and snow. The weather this morning and today has been exceptionally terrible. It's been switching off between snow and rain non-stop. What a disaster... I couldn't even tape up plastic since combined with the cold (1º F) and the constant snow/rain I could never get the duck tape to stick to my car and/or the sheet of plastic. Oh yeah guess what... they didn't even steal anything. They broke my window so they could get into my car with nothing in it to steal. They sifted through my center console, moving my gum packs around, but came up empty. They didn't even bother to take the two dollars of change I had in my car.

At least this time I didn't bother calling my insurance company and instead just opened up the yellow pages and called an auto glass company directly. It ended up being $60 cheaper this time by not using the company my insurance recommended. They even offered me the option of going with a used window, which would have been another $30 less, but I went with a new one anyway. The guy didn't do as good a job of cleaning all the broken glass out of my car but I'm sure that had something to do with the fact that he was being snowed and rained on while he did it.

I really would have liked to have called and filed a police report this time but since my license plates are two years expired I couldn't. I really didn't feel like tacking a $75 ticket onto my already crappy morning.

So I had planned to go to the DMV on my way into work and get my plates taken care of. That way the next time my car is broken into, I won't have to think twice about calling the police. So after dealing with trying to park in the loop and walking through more snow and rain, right as I finally get to the DMV, I was paged that one of our slave database servers just went offline. So I had to ditch out on the DMV and hightail it into the office and save our web cluster from collapse. Then it was off to the datacenter to fix the server. Turned out to be a failed power supply. Luckily we had a spare power supply on hand because we've been trying to troubleshoot yet another one of our database servers that has been randomly rebooting itself every few days. It has been doing that for the past month and we have yet to solve it. We finally got HP to send us a new mainboard which we just now replaced while at the datacenter fixing the other new server problem. We'll see how that goes.

So yeah I'm pretty sure the world is out to get me. I think a good capper for the day would be for me to slip in a giant slush filled puddle and have my MacBook Pro and/or iPod ruined in the process. Then maybe when I get home and try to login to World of Warcraft for the first time in weeks to relieve some stress maybe I could find out my account has been hacked and all my items have been sold. That would be just perfect.