September 18th, 2004

property is theft

Thanks, everyone, for the kind words. After looking around, it seems like almost everything that was stolen falls into the category of "it's just stuff, it can be replaced", except for a few dichroic glass pendants that I've bought Morrisa over the years.

(Adding everything up kind of surprised me. I didn't realize just how much money I had sunk into video games and DVDs over the years...)

Insurance will initally reimburse us for about half the loss (accounting for deductible and depreciation). After that, if we actually start replacing all the items that were lost, they'll make up the difference in price (between the depreciated value and the current replacement value) for each item we actually replace. Seems reasonable.

It turns out a neighbor probably saw the burglar--the guy was apparently going around ringing doorbells, and if someone answered, he pretended to be a gardener. So who knows--they might actually catch the guy eventually (if we can actually manage to get the police to call us back--the officer who initially responded was actually from a different beat, and doesn't have a voicemail box at the number he gave us for our area's CID).

Meanwhile, if you're out at a flea market in the Oakland area someday, and you see someone selling a bunch of DVDs like The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Tales from the Gimli Hospital, Titus, and The Pillow Book, well, either he's a pretentious git like us, or he's selling off our collection. I hope he has a great time trying to sell that kind of stuff on the street.

(Well, okay, he'll probably be able to sell them on ebay...)