Hello, I must be going.

Huh. Another unintended lyrical reference. Maybe there really is nothing new under the sun?

I wanted to say hello to any/all new reader(s) who've decided I might be worth a second read after my brilliant interview with Bethany.

Only I don't have much to say, and I'm essentially finished with my current job tomorrow, and we're going on vacation next week. So whee for those things.

Oh, wait. I guess I do have something to say, and it might as well come out as one of those "if" lessons. To wit:

IF you live in the suburbs where property crime is not prevalent, and
IF you happen to have gotten away with leaving your van windows rolled down, doors left wide open, etc.

THEN you should not be surprised that one night, two years after you have moved into your sleepy suburban suburb, young punks try your doors and realise they're open, taking the opportunity to steal $1.35 in change and rip off your detachable faceplate* from your stereo, rendering it useless and causing you to have to hurriedly make an appointment with the local stereo shop to have it replaced** before embarking on the family vacation with two young children who will not let you off the hook if you don't have copious quantities of Raffi, Tom Chapin, Cat Stevens*** and Sharon, Lois & Bram


IF you hurriedly make an appointment to have a stereo replaced, you should also be aware that people may notice**** that you acted awfully quickly when it comes to electronics and that you still have yet to make an appointment to get that clicking treadmill in the basement looked at by the vendor before the warranty runs out*****.

*Does anyone really take their faceplate off when they leave their vehicle? Next time I think I might just drill a big-ass screw through the faceplate and into the deck. That way it'll be unattractive to steal, in addition to being more difficult.

**With a better model that has ipod controls built-in, but this is NOT about the silver lining, dammit!
*** Behold our attempt at teaching the kids that mainstream music really IS JUST LIKE kids' music! Plus, it's cute to hear them sing along with Moonshadow and Peace Train.
**** I think my mother is trying to become The Lovely Wife's BFF with this kind of observation.
***** Honey, I’m on this. Really!

Posted bythemikestand at 2:35 PM  

5 stepped up to the mike:

Sizzle said... 4:05 PM, July 24, 2008  

People have faceplates still? ;-) I bet that $1.35 really stretched far at the quick mart!

HalfAsstic.com said... 4:17 PM, July 24, 2008  

Suburban crime bites the worst to me, just cause you never really see it coming, and could actually be heard saying, "Oh, we really don't have any crime to speak of in our neighborhood..."

HalfAsstic.com said... 4:17 PM, July 24, 2008  

Oh yeah! Have a great vacation!

SRH said... 4:27 PM, July 24, 2008  

Enjoy the vacation! Email me when you get to the new job.

themikestand said... 6:57 AM, July 28, 2008  

Yeah, I'm really quite annoyed by the fact that now there are two useless halves of the stereo -- they might as well have just taken the whole thing, but clearly they're not that skilled.

So I'll be checking on eBay for a replacement (stolen?) faceplate. Anyone interested in a really good Panasonic car CD player? Cheap!?

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