As they used to say on “Car Talk”, “Well, it’s happened again…”. This morning I discovered that some asshole(s) unlocked my car and rummaged through the center console and glovebox. Fuckers. At best they walked away with a canvas pencil case filled with a pencil, eraser, wired earbuds, and a cheap-ass boxcutter. Fuckers.

This morning I learned that I have to be at home when I call 911, because Atlanta police doesn’t take reports over the phone.

With each incident my desire to live in Atlanta diminishes.

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32 Responses to 2019-07-19

  1. For the positive side of the ledger, my tag renewal sticker arrived in the mail yesterday.

  2. ITP Lurker says:

    It’s a miserable experience, for sure. How feasible is it to add motion-sensing lighting near your car? I mean, I’d suggest a man trap as well, but that might open up the wrong can of worms. FWIW, my experience in Grant Park is this shit peaks this time of year. Hang in there.

    • I keep the light outside my kitchen door on 24/7, and have a motion-sensor light that I probably need to update. There is a lot of this activity around East Atlanta recently, so I don’t know if any sort of updated lighting will do anything.

      • Bonnie says:

        Ugh!!! (Don’t Leave Atlanta, though…) I saw a thread on NextDoor this morning about last night’s “activity” and there are several different camera options folks are throwing around… Some of the victims have floodlights as well and they are apparently not a deterrent.

      • Barb says:

        You are convincing me that I really like living OTP – we don’t have that rummaging going on in my ‘hood.
        It does suck, but I don’t ever leave anything valuable in my car anyway.
        And – they aren’t breaking a window, so that’s a plus – right?

        • Living in a “big city” has its drawbacks of course.

          Glad they seeing damaging the car, but still… I’d be better off with a garage instead of a carport too, but that’s not feasible for this house.

  3. Steve says:

    Is there no car alarm? Sorry.

    Met with the Park rep at Local 7 in Tucker after work. Hopefully all will go well this year. He appears to be on the ball and asking good questions. He got a pass last year as he was the newbie, but the bloom is off the rose now.

    As I was within a mile of our favorite Mexican place, I got an order to go from Taquiero los Hermanos. Shrimp corn chowder and really spicy fish tacos. Can. Not. Be. Beat.

    Cycling Weekly has all the fines so far in the TdF. Always of interest to us officials. Lots of peeing in public and “sticky bottles”. A few “irregular movement within the caravan”, which means your car probably did not follow a comms instructions on moving up.

    Hope to see some of your smiling faces on Sunday. I’m going to try and drag Debbie along.


    • I believe they are unlocking the car using a device that mimics my key fob, thus nullifying the car alarm.

      I’ll be there Sunday, and Bonnie says she is going to join us. Because Black Sheep is in Suwannee we’ll leave the bikes at home an run/walk; there won’t be time to drive home to dump the bikes and then drive to the hash.

      • Bonnie says:

        I wonder if there are any hacks you can do to nullify the device? Wrap your car in foil? LOL. Maybe there is something that Google can tell you…

    • Barb says:

      sticky bottles?
      you know I don’t pay attention – does that mean attempting to pee in a water bottle?

  4. HamWithCam says:

    Sounds you need a Web Camera, badly.

    At least to see how the horses continue to get out of the barn.

    WYZE Cam, $20. Motion detection, IR/Night vision, alerts to your smartphone, events video saved to the cloud (14 days). Continuous video playback if you have a micro SD card installed.

    Did I mention it was $20?

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

    • Barb says:

      I’m thinking about getting 1 of those cameras to figure out what critter is taking all my tomatoes.

      Backsplash is done – plumber comes today about 1200 – if only Bill would get our doors & drawer fronts done. (hopefully that will be early next week)
      then all we have left is the bench seat & table area (and I have to finish painting, hopefully this weekend, but with Mary here, that may be tough)

    • If he/she/they are willing to come up to a lit carport and do this I don’t think cameras would be a deterrent, and I don’t know how much good they have been doing in persecution.

      • Stacy says:

        Maybe not, but for $20 it also can’t hurt. And I know some folks around my ‘hood have been caught because of cameras that captured clear enough images that folks were on the look out. (love seeing those stories on NextDoor) If one actually gives you immediate cell alerts too, you can report a crime in progress, which will often get the cops out more quickly.

  5. HamWithCam says:

    Aren’t you even the least bit curious who is going through your car and how they are able to do it?

    I know I would be.

    Barb, regarding critters, we have a (very inexpensive) “game camera” installed in our backyard. I go out every morning and swap the SD card with a freshly formatted one, then review the video on the supplied viewer. IR/Night vision, etc.

    You’d be surprised what wanders through your yard after dark:
    – Big rabbits
    – Baby rabbits
    – possum
    – raccoon
    – the occasional neighborhood cat
    – and, of course, many squirrels and chipmunks

    No coyotes….yet.

    Example game camera video:

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

    • Barb says:

      I’ll have to watch the videos later – can’t FB on my computer at work.
      I know we have plenty of wildlife in the dark in our yard.

    • Stacy says:

      Ugly cat with long skinny tail loves grapes! LOL! Oh I think I’m going to fall down a wormhole watching these things today….

  6. Admittedly putting up a camera or two is the Right Thing to do, but it’s another chore to add to my list.

  7. Barb says:

    I’m never going to get to rest……….
    I really need a veg-out day. Maybe 1 night next week………

    Mary is coming in later today for the weekend, we are meeting another friend in Lawrenceville Saturday afternoon evening. (at least I’ll be driving, so I can’t drink much, my liver needs a break)
    I still haven’t gotten the grass cut (damn rain every afternoon) – and I need to get the upper part of the walls painted.
    and then there is the Cheesy tour de france party Sunday morning.
    Allan is exhausted from that backsplash tiling, that’s rough on your back, leaning over like that.
    Massages are tonight (we didn’t even realize how bad he’d need 1 when we put in on the calendar a few weeks ago) – I told Sue he needs a 90 minute one.

    • ITP Lurker says:

      Oh, I always need a massage when it comes around on the calendar. ALWAYS. That’s why I always keep them on the calendar. 🙂

  8. In other news, ugly and unexpected wreck in today’s ITT at the tour.

    • Barb says:

      Microsoft Office 365 is having a worldwide issue – so if you use Office, your email might be working wonky today.

  9. Steve says:

    I didn’t mean to imply the stick bottle was caused by the peeing. Ewww.

    We have a game camera you can borrow, Barb. Speaking of critters, there was an armadillo in a neighbors yard just doing his thing in the daylight last evening. Brazen little MF.

    Joey Rosskopf was sitting in the top ten when last I looked. Except for falling in the rain, you shouldn’t crash in a TT.

  10. HamWithCam says:

    The Rosskopf’s (Joey, et al) lived across the street from us in Decatur.

    Decatur boy makes good.

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

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