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Old 09-21-06, 11:50 PM   #1
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Commuting has changed my brain... a little OT

Since I've been commuting by bike and riding more in general, I've used my car less and less. Mainly I keep it around because it's good on gas, paid off, and I have to do 140 mile round trip drives a few times a month. Well, tonight I went on a date with my girl friend and when I came out, someone had broken into it. No damage to the car and nothing was stolen. Normally a person would be thankful right? Not me. I got pissed the person didn't steal the whole damn thing. This moment was brought to you by cycling.
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Old 09-22-06, 12:07 AM   #2
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How do you know it was "broken" into if it wasn't damaged and nothing was missing? You sure you didn't just forget to lock it? The only way to break into a car without damaging it is with a lockpick, which doesn't seem to be a typical MO among car thieves.
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Old 09-22-06, 12:13 AM   #3
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My alarm had gone off as indicated by the two way remote system I have. One door doesn't lock on it and the door was open with the light inside on. If I forgot to shut it, the alarm wouldn't have gone off nor would it have set for that door. My alarm system sends a page to the remote alerting me if the door, hood, or trunk has been open or if it's been jarred.
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Way back before I was married, I was visiting a girlfriend in a different city. She lived downtown in a loft, and I parked in a surface lot downtown. Came out in the morning to find my car had been broken into... And since the thief didn't find anything (I don't keep ANYTHING of value in my car and it's always clean inside) he decided to smash all my side windows with a brick. All of them.

It took 4 weeks to source all the glass. What a pita.
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I once had over a $1000 damage done to a car to steal an Alphine radio - that's not a typo it was indeed an Alphine and not a Alpine. It was months after I bought it at flea market before I realized the logo had the H in it and only then when my uncle pointed it out to me! In my defense I was 20 and my date who convinced me to walk around the flea market was a d-cup ...
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my date who convinced me to walk around the flea market was a d-cup ...
Yeah, that'll shut down most of the higher brain functions right there.
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Old 09-22-06, 08:02 AM   #7
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heck, a date by itself would shut down most of my brain functions when I was 20. I sucked at dating.
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Old 09-22-06, 08:09 AM   #8
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I once had over a $1000 damage done to a car to steal an Alphine radio - that's not a typo it was indeed an Alphine and not a Alpine. It was months after I bought it at flea market before I realized the logo had the H in it and only then when my uncle pointed it out to me! In my defense I was 20 and my date who convinced me to walk around the flea market was a d-cup ...
I could go all politically correct and point out the obvious, that a woman is not her bra size, or....

I could just ask:

So was it worth it?
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i always thought about putting a mouse or rat trap under the seat so when the thief sticks his hand under the seat he gets a few fingers damaged. but i'd probably forget about it and fall into my own trap.
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i always thought about putting a mouse or rat trap under the seat so when the thief sticks his hand under the seat he gets a few fingers damaged. but i'd probably forget about it and fall into my own trap.
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The radio was loud and that's all that matters to me since I'm deaf in one ear. It finally dawned on me after many dollars into what the reivews said were good systems that I just couldn't hear much difference.

As far as the my actions from back then - between about age 16 to 24 pretty much every thing I did can be explained by "She had <fill in the blank>" from one of green eyes, blue eyes, brown eyes, full lips, pouty lips, thin lips, red hair, blonde hair brunette, long legs, short legs ... Just so happened that this story involved bra size. Not trying to say that I had a one-track mind - I'm just saying that I had 1-track.
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In my defense I was 20 and my date who convinced me to walk around the flea market was a d-cup ...
This thread is worthless w/o pics!

BTW, my window was busted by a rock over the weekend. Nothing was stolen, but it definitely sucks when it happens. I was glad the car was still there and that's all that was done to it. I may wish I didn't have the hassle of owning a car, but I actually need mine.
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Old 09-22-06, 09:35 AM   #13
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You should get a tandem for dates if the car is stolen next time.
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After more commuting, you're response would be: "Thank God my bike is OK!"
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I haven't locked my car in years, possibly decades. Leave it open, let people rummage around if they feel the need, take what they find, just don't break sh*t. One place I lived, a triplex in Seattle, total car prowl magnet, our car was the only one that didn't get its windows broken. It still got gone over several times, but no damage at least.
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Wow talk about 1-track mind
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I once had a thief break into my '91 HOnda Civic (the car was at least 12 years old when it happened)
As usual there was nothing in the car...
well, there were a handful of 'mixed' cassette tapes my little sister had made me... with stuff like 'Tears for Fears' and "the Mighty Lemon Drops' and 'Stuart Copland.' I guess they were pissed when there wasn't a 4000 watt stereo in it, so they busted into my glovebox and stole 2 mix tapes... the tapes themselves were at least 15 years old.

I was pissed

they did leave a roach in ashtray
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My cycling, more the DIY mechanic side influenced my vehicle maintenance. When my truck was broken into, they ripped the tumbler right of the door. I'm going to take a bolt and use washers to sandwich the sheet metal back to flat. I used this to press the headtube cups when I rebuilt my Miyata.
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Someone broke into my neighbor's truck, and stole his $10 stereo.... while my truck is parked right next to it, unlocked, with a $500 stereo in it. Gotta love old beater 4x4's ... It's ugly, spray painted, lifted, and has no grill. It's also just a bit too high to see into easily... I don't think anyone has even looked at the stereo. It's tilted towards the driver, and behind the steering wheel when viewed from the driver's side... antenna is built into the windshield, so there's not really a visible antenna... maybe they just assume it doesn't HAVE a stereo!

I've never even taken the faceplate off.
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A friend promised to give my old wreck a tow to the scrapyard. While it was parked outside in the road, some numpty broke the driver's side window to get in. None of the doors were locked.
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