UPDATE: I decided to include the specs for my stolen laptop, just in case someone in Boston happens across this post while doing some budget-friendly laptop shopping.
Apple 13.3″ MacBook (white) with two small cracks on either side of the trackpad. Serial # WQ7191UXYA2
In the interest of continuing to play my life out like the primary orphan in a Dickens novel, I arrived home last night to discover that someone had crowbarred through my apartment door and stolen my laptop, my camera, my favorite watch (that, okay, I never actually wore but STILL), some jewelry, and a few hundred dollars in cash (now I don’t have to bother exchanging those British pounds!). My bedroom was upended, and some local cops got to see the contents of my Nightstand o’ Sin mixed in with jewelry, decks of playing cards, and a chop cup. Weird how the thief managed to find things I’ve been missing for months. On the plus side, though, Captain Infinity and Doctor Calimari resisted the siren call of the out-of-doors in favor of cowering in a closet until I came home.
For those keeping track, yes, in the past two weeks I’ve been hit by a car and robbed.
The loss of things that were important to me sucks, and the sudden lack of safety sucks more, and the reminder that there are sucky people who suck, well, that sucks most of all. It’s all around pretty sucky. I already feel as though this incident has changed me – for instance, previously I was not in favor of the death penalty, but now I am convinced that those found guilty of home invasion and burglary should be murdered in the face by bears.
YES, IN THE FACE.
That said, the police officers and detectives helping me have been really sympathetic and reassuring. Also, I really appreciate all the kind messages I’ve received from those of you following along on Twitter and Facebook. It’s helpful to know that I’m not alone, even when I’m physically alone in my apartment while staying up all night with all the lights on holding a frying pan staring wide-eyed at the door and pondering man’s inhumanity to man.
A number of you have asked how you can help. At this point, it’s safe to say that I’ll never see my beloved MacBook again, so I guess I’m going to need to buy another one (and no, it was not insured). A few people have contacted me with the possibility of getting a deal, which I really appreciate. Others have offered me money, which I also appreciate but I’m hesitant to accept, because that’s just the way I am. However, I’m going to swallow my pride. The computer is, after all, pretty much completely used for Skepchick and SGU-related stuff, so if Skepchick and SGU fans want to help, then what the hell.
UPDATE! SEE BELOW
So, if you’d like to contribute to the new-laptop fund, feel free to paypal some clams to [email protected] Or, you could send something (non-monetary things like postcards are always nice, too) to me at PO Box 452, Brookline, MA 02446. To lesson my guilt over accepting money, each person who sends money in any amount over $1 will receive a homemade Paint darwing made by me. (Macs don’t come with Paint but I’ll figure something out.) This was a suggestion made by Tkingdoll which I have stolen for myself. Oh, but not stolen like my laptop was stolen. More like in the way that one steals hearts or kisses.
So thanks again to everyone who has been checking in and helping out, and thanks for just reading, since I tend to deal with trying situations by broadcasting them to the world.
UPDATE: In just a day, you all donated more than enough for a new laptop. You’re incredible. I’m adding up the numbers but it looks like I’m all set for a laptop + security features, possibly bear-related. If there’s more money than necessary, I’ll either refund the later donations or put the money toward a cause that suits you. Uh oh library’s kicking me off…