This is Part 1 of a series on my stolen laptop.
Last month, my laptop was stolen from my car in broad daylight. It was in a grey tote bag lying on the floor, right there where you see all the broken glass. I thought that laying a dark bag on a dark floor would make it mostly unnoticeable. That may have hidden it from casual eyes, but not from the thief who set out to do a job.
It was Friday, and I was meeting someone for lunch at IHOP. When I arrived, other techno-geeks were also arriving for lunch, and I parked next to them. The restaurant shares its parking lot, so I was not parked directly in front of any restaurant windows. Still, it was right in the view of passing traffic.
Lunch finished, I walked back out at the same time as the guys I had parked beside. They were staring. I sat down in my car, and only then noticed the mess that used to be my front passenger window. My first thought was, “Somebody must have done a poor parking job and bashed in the side.” The guys parked next to me asked, “Was anything taken?” I said no! I was so used to leaving it that way all day at work, that I had driven and parked without giving it a thought. Besides, I was shaken up.
Thanks to the generosity of a friend at Apple who gave me his once-a-year personal discount, and the generosity of my parents, I am writing this on my new 15″ MacBook Pro. It’s certainly an upgrade from my previous machine. And thanks to the wonders of Time Machine backups, I did not lose any data.
But you can bet I won’t be leaving it on the floor of my car.
Have you ever had anything stolen? What did you learn from your experience?
Read on for how I had to process things—on more than one level.
Stolen Laptop series: