Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Day 22/23 - Berkeley
We spent Sunday walking around Berkeley, through the town and around the campus. We went to the local theatre and watched Michael Moore's "Capitalism - A Love Story". What a great town to see that movie in! We loved the movie and we loved the town so much we decided to stay an extra day.
What's the point of a trip like this if we don't just hang out a bit where ever the spirit moves us to do so.
We had a great sleep, headed out for breakfast in the hotel, came back to the room and talked about whether we would go to the gym or head outside for a bit of a run. It's cold here at night so it took a bit of discussing.
As we were talking I saw some people out front looking around at our car. They looked a bit odd, or, I should say the were looking oddly at the car, so I went out to see what was going on.
First I saw the glass on the ground, then I saw the bits of glass left in the drives door, then I saw the wires dangling from where the GPS was attached to the front window. I remembered that I hadn't brought the camera in last night, but had tossed a jacket over it. A quick glance at the jacket in the middle of the drivers seat told me the camera was gone too.
SHIT! Now what!
We got the front desk to call the police, we called the insurance folks and then . . . . . . we waited. And waited. And waited.
It took about 2 hours for the police to call. They wouldn't come, but if we thought of anything else that was stolen, call back and leave a message!
We were tired of waiting for the insurance adjuster to call back, so we called again and got through. "No, car insurance doesn't cover the items in the car, just the window, but the deductible is more than the window will cost". "No, you canceled your homeowner insurance when you sold the house, the items stolen aren't covered either" I'm beginning to feel like I'm trying to make a health claim to an American Insurance company!
By now, 3 hours have gone by and it ends up there was no reason to call or wait for any of these folks. We found a window guy who will come and replace the window. It's now 2:30 pm and there's no sign of him yet.
I always think it's important to look for a silver lining somewhere. I guess the fact that both the camera and the GPS are about a year old and have both dropped by about 50% is a small blessing.
The funniest though it Jordan's girlfriend Sara facebooked and wrote "Wow - I didn't expect that to happen until you got a little further along on your
Yea - Us too! Berkeley sure looked a lot nicer yesterday from outside walking around then it does today from inside this hotel room, waiting!