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On being prepared.

So funny story. Steph and I decide to go swimming yesterday, and met at the pool around 6 and swim from about 6:30 to 7:30pm. Happy at a successful evening of low-impact workout, we go back to our lockers to get dressed. But I find a note on my locker asking the locker owner to see the lifeguard. And my locker is completely empty, even though I’m still holding the key to it. In one of those dreamy “this can’t really be happening can it?” states, I head over to the lifeguard station only to find that my locker was broken into, and what they could find of my personal belongings was my backpack with clothes, and my shoes. Oh. Em. Gee. I just got robbed.

Thieves took my jacket which had my cell phone, my house keys, my work pass, my bus pass, and my $300 mp3 player. The thing that makes me cry is that they’ll probably play with it until it runs out of batteries, and just dump it and “find” themselves a new one. They also took my wallet and all my gift certificates (to RW&CO, Chapters & Costco, totalling over $250). They were kind enough to leave my glasses (I suppose they had a soft spot for the visually impaired?) and a quarter in my shoe. A and I spent the rest of the evening cancelling credit cards, flagging false purchases (at 7-11, Esso and Sears) and trying to assess how prepared we were in the event that this emergency happened again.

On the plus side, we’ll be moving soon so even if my address was in my bag somehow and they got a hold of it, they wouldn’t be able to rob me (that, and since I have to report stolen/lost keys I’ll now have to pay for new lock installations), and my work pass has been broken for weeks now so they wouldn’t be able to access work property. The bad side is that they have my cell phone with contact information for my home and A’s office, my drivers license (acceptable form of ID) and MSP (sometimes acceptable form of ID).

So my lessons learned is that you should always always always be prepared to lose all your stuff in the blink of an eye. If that happened, would you be able to handle things quickly? In the span of 1 hour from when I found out my stuff was stolen to when I got home and starting cancelling cards the thieves had already made purchases on my behalf. I also spent half an hour trying to remember which card was in which slot in my wallet to ensure I had everything accounted for. I most likely still don’t, I had a separate wallet sleeve for just cards (gift cards, membership cards) and I can’t remember what was in there at all.

I’m so thankful I’m living with A, firstly because if I was living alone and had my keys stolen, I’d be in a wreck, and secondly because a lot of our CCs are joint and so even though my cards are cancelled he can still use his in most cases. He also documents all his personal information, so tracking through him is much easier.

I’m still really upset that I had so much of my personal belongings stolen, but there’s nothing left to do but move on and learn from this experience. Please be careful with what you carry with you. Even when it’s locked up it can still be taken away from you. Make sure you have information about your contents stored in a safe place. Never carry a blank cheque with you (even if they don’t use it it has your address on it and they might have your house keys), or your SIN or proof of citizenship. And if you see someone in a pastel teal down jacket with fur listening to a sony mp3 player, punch them in the face for me.

Movies I’ve Watched Lately

I’ll update on my living situation and wedding planning situation in another post. Because if I don’t write this up, I’m going to forget.

  • Things We Lost in the Fire: Starring Halle Berry, Benecio Del Toro and David Duchovny. I was all excited to see a movie with David Duchovny in it, but was pretty sad when we started watching it and I found out it has nothing to do with him being a mysterious FBI agent who investigates bizarre phenomenons, and that he was in the movie for a combined total of like, 20 minutes. But that’s okay, because the story itself is pretty amazing. It’s about two very opposite people who bond to help each other cope through difficult times in their life.
  • The Darjeeling Express: Starring Owen Wilson & Adrian Brody. Directed by Wes Anderson, this movie is actually pretty funny and heartwarming. It follows three brothers who take a spiritual trip to India, and their interactions with each other. I really liked this movie, I especially liked Adrian Brody’s character who has a tendency to take personal objects from his family members.
  • Beowulf: I finally got around to watching this movie, and while it’s an pretty cool Norse myth, it was pretty hilarious with the awaesomeness of Beowulf and his amazing conquers. Another selling point of the movie would probably be Angelina Jolie’s nekkidness with gold liquid dripping off her CG body, and (for some bizarre unexplained reason) the gold solid spurs coming out from her heel which act as stiletto heels.
  • Into the Wild: Based on a real life story, the movie follows a young boy who, right after graduating from highschool, donates all his life savings and attempts to live his life away from all the prejudices and material needs of today’s society. His goal: travel to Alaska with no real plan as to how to get there or what to do when he gets there. While it’s an interesting and thought-provoking story, it makes me sad to know there are people who refuse the help from anyone because of how they perceive the world today.
  • Lars and the Real Girl: Starring Ryan Gosling. This movie got some good reviews, and it’s actually pretty interesting. It’s about Ryan Gosling being unable to interact with women, and therefore purchases an adult pleasure doll to be his new girlfriend. It’s pretty heartwarming with some great funny bits.
  • Run Fat Boy Run: Starring Simon Pegg of Hot Fuzz fame. I’m so happy A suggested this movie, especially since it’s about a complete loser who tries to prove himself to his family, friends, and ex-girlfriend by proclaiming he’ll run in the Nike River Run, a marathon that happens in London, 3 weeks before the event. Hilarity ensues.
  • Sweeney Todd (The Demon Barber of Fleet Street): Starring Johnny Depp. This made the cracked.com’s 5 ways Hollywood Tricks you into seeing bad movies. And while I laughed at the list, I do sort of agree. It was a very different movie, but not different from what I’d expect from Tim Burton. Still, it made for an interesting story, and everyone likes Johnny Depp.
  • Across the Universe: Musical based on Beatles songs. They’re all very catchy, but I still liked Hairspray more. Still, this movie had some great scenes, like “I Want You”, and “Let it Be”. The story is pretty good, but I kinda wished the ending was better.
  • He Was a Quiet Man: Starring Christian Slater. Despite the good reviews, A and I were a little hesitant on this movie because A had no idea who Christian Slater was and I thought he was pretty much out of the movie industry by now. It’s an interesting movie about the mundane life of office work, but very very far from the humourous story was portrayed by Office Space.

Honestly, I’ve been trying to find myself a place to live. But it’s difficult, and I’m pretty discouraged. Hopefully I’ll have some good news by March 1st. Because that’s when I have to move by. :(

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