Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Series of Unfortunate Events

It's been so long since I've update my blog that I figured why not do so with some lovely human misery... my own.

If you follow me on Twitter than you know that yesterday morning I awoke to a very maddening sight. My car a 2002 Monte Carlo SS Pictured here, was broken into the night before.Now unfortunately I'm not stranger to having my car broken into. Let me run the short gambit of my car's history.

I bought my car from AutoGallery in 2006, October 17th to be exact. It was a joyous day, and I was as happy as I could be. But that feeling would not last for very long. In the summer of 2007 while I was attending College Sturgeon Height Collegiate my car was vandalized and I had a litre of water poured into my gas tank by some punk kid. (kid was never named) And even more unfortunate for myself was the fact I drove all the way the Unicity Shopping Centre to buy a video game and when I got back to my car the water had worked its way into the intake. The result was a $80 tow to the mechanics (which was a ripoff seeing as the tow truck driver didn't have to drive any more than 10 blocks) and then a $400 labour charge to the mechanic because it took so long to separate the water from he gasoline. Fun time. In the winter of 2008 I went out to my car to go to school. I opened my door and hoped in, and looked around realizing that I most certainly did not leave all of my Cd's lying all over the place. Hoping out of the car I noticed a nice pinhole underneath the door handle confirming my theory of being broken into. That repair cost $500 but I only had to pay my $200 deductible.

Just this past winter as my school chums and I were going out to Lockport to do our Manitoba travel assignment I was pulled over for speeding and was issued a ticked (which I still have to pay) and was also ordered to take the tint off of my windows for being too dark. After slicing my hand open three time I decided I wasn't the right person to be doing in so I took it back to the dealership where I bought the car almost 5 years prior. Not only did they take the tint off for me, but they didn't even charge. Great customer service!
Here in lies the problem, because one of the reason I though I was broken into the last time was because my tint was so dark that you can't see inside and criminals wonder whats in there. As I found out being able to see inside is also bad if you leave you iPod in plain sight. FOOLISH! Because my car was broken into and then they tried to steal it, thanks to the immobilizer they couldn't but they did rip apart my dashboard pretty good.
Now my car may be written off but the blue-book value is still high and I don't think that repair will equal the cost of writing my car off.

Here's where it gets really sticky though. I recently just signed a 14 week contract with EPIC Information Solutions (thanks to Kenton Larsen for posting the job on his blog) to film and produce a series of promotional and training videos for their company. Unfortunately my video camera was in my trunk and that was stolen too, along with some other items. This really sucks because EPIC stated in the contract that I must use my own equipment. Now they are good people at EPIC, and I hope we work something out, but I feel like my job may be in jeopardy.

I suppose things could always be worse, and I'm not to broken up about it, but I do hate how poorly this city and MPI treats victims of car theft and break ins.


  1. Awww, Jeff that really sucks. Your Monte has been nothing but trouble it seems. Paint it grey and it will go unnoticed by thieves and criminals alike. I hope things work out for you with MPIC and EPIC.

  2. Thanks Greg. I'm hoping everything will be fine.

  3. I have skimmed your blog. Best I can offer.
    That's crappy. Chin up, buddy!

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