Apocalypse Now

The worst thing in the entire history of the world has happened. Last night after having a delicious meal at True Thai in Minneapolis, I left the restaurant to find one of my rear passenger windows smashed into a billion little pieces of glittering auto glass strewn across my back seat and the adjacent curb. After pausing to digest what had happened (and my meal), I realized that for the first time in my life, my car had been broken into.

That in and of itself was bad, but worse than that? My school laptop was inside and it was stolen. Worse than that? It had nearly everything I’ve produced electronically over the last three years. And, if I do say so myself, some of my best work.

ActivInspire Flip charts
Any hand out or set of directions I’ve produced.
Class syllabus and grading policies.
Any video, audio, or photo clips I’ve gathered.
And the list goes on and on.

It’s not backed up anywhere. That’s my fault. I know I should have done it long ago, so please, spare me a lecture.
I don’t really care about the window, I have insurance. I’m really aggravated about the computer, but the school has insurance. The thing that I’ll never get back, is all the man hours I’ve put into creating some really great lesson plans (and some ones I hope the criminal chokes on) that may never be as good as they once were. The crime was against me, but more people are going to suffer because of it.

The terrible irony I give you permission to laugh at, at my expense of course:
The city of Minneapolis made me fill out my own police report…..online.

If by some virtuous luck, Apple declares tomorrow that it has exploding batteries on all Macbooks circa 2008, a small measure of justice may yet be exacted. Revenge, after all, is a dish best served cold.

Broken back window
Must've used a screwdriver
Rear Seat
I'm not collecting shards of glass, so why did a criminal leave it here for me?

10 thoughts on “Apocalypse Now

  1. That REALLY sucks! I bet the worst part is knowing how easy it is to back stuff up. Hopefully they will find the person and you’ll get your stuff back.

  2. That happened to me a couple of years ago outside of Macaroni Grill in Edina. They took my backpack of grading (!) but dumped it on the side of the road once they realized there was nothing of value to them in there. I am just sick that you lost all of that work. You had some amazing stuff.

  3. Bummer man…hope that you can get your stuff back! But let this also remind you not to keep things that look expensive (even if it isn’t) in plain sight in your vehicle. People see that stuff and they go after it. People steal stuff out of vehicles in the parking lot where I work sometimes in Eagan too. Different for me to have to think about that after growing up in Grand Marais…

  4. UGH! I know you’ll be able to re-create, but that’s a lot of work. My hard drive started clicking and beeping a while back and I go lectured for not backing up enough. At least I had warning!

    1. It’s not their responsibility to back up my computer any more than Mercury’s responsibility to lock my car doors for me. And they were by the way, they most definitely were. I take full responsibility for lost data, zero responsibility for stolen data.

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