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Mon, Aug. 9th, 2004, 09:51 am
The theme for 2004 will be angst.

So far this year

metalrabbit moved to Cork.

That crazy bastard I let into a house with a bunch of my friends was committed to an asylum after killing his mum by jumping up and down on her head. I fully expect to see him some evening on the way home from work.

We were burgled.

Metalrabbit's uncle passes away suddenly and unexpectedly

A guy I've known for years decides to go mental and stab someone

I now declare this 2004b. It will be slightly shorter than normal but hopefully not quite so full of anguish, exhaustion and annoyance.

Mon, Aug. 9th, 2004 03:22 am (UTC)
wyvernfriend

and you know if you made it into a story no-one would believe you...

Speaking of: could you work out details of what happened from the moment you picked up phone to call cops, inc where you rang(!) after the burgulary over the next while and email me with the details, see, started story before all this stuff and that happens to the main character, and I made up what happens but you KNOW what happens! If it's too much bother, don't worry, I'll find it out someway else.

Mon, Aug. 9th, 2004 03:40 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Righto:

I opened the front door of the house and walked in, I noticed that all the doors in the place were open and I thought it was odd. I immediately assumed that cartographer had been home already and must still be around (We always close all the doors when we leave the house in case the rabbits escape) but the door had been chubb locked, so I was a bit confused. Then I noticed that the lampshade in her room was knocked over and I paused for a few seconds in a sort of human imitation of a computer given too much data to process and I stared at the room for about ten seconds before realising that the window was smashed.

I immediately scanned the house to make sure the culprits weren't still there and to see if I could spot what was missing. That took about twenty seconds and I called 999 (not having the donnybrook garda station number and not being inclined to find out), asked for the gardai and reported that there had been a burglary at my address and I wasn't sure how recently it had happened. I gave my number and dug out an ashtray and had a smoke in the kitchen with the extractor fan on.

About twenty minutes later, after calling metalrabbit and cartographer I decided to get out of the house since I couldn't really sit down in the place and I was worried about marking or moving anything. I called the Donnybrook garda station to give them my mobile number and to let them know that I was leaving the apartment but would be out in the car park.
They told me that they were getting two officers together to come up and have a look over the place and it would be a short while before they arrived. While I waited, cartographer arrived and we sat outside chatting about the whole thing and a good while later (I forget the precise time but it was about an hour after the call, there was little urgency to it since they knew it had taken place at 4:15 as they had been alerted to it at that time but had no way to contact us).

Anyway, the two gardai arrived and I showed them around the place. They looked at the window, my room and the sitting room but their main duty it would seem was to get a list of items stolen, descriptions, their values, an outline of my evening to date (when I got to the house and so on). They left and told me that a crime scene investigator (their words) would be over later to take fingerprints and could we avoid touching anything outside the kitchen, sofas and coffee table.

gothwalk, sabayone and olethros arrived shortly after this and about an hour and a half later the CSI bloke arrived. He seemed less than thrilled to be called a crime scene investigator (it must be an injoke or something, he said that all he does is photo robbery scenes and take fingerprints, the serious crimes are dealt with by a special unit more like the CSI you see on TV). He spent about 40 minutes dusting the place for fingerprints, He pretty much only touched the glass of the broken windows (using his breath to detect anything worth dusting on the glass) and the extension lead from behind the telly. He got two prints, enough to use to find the thief and went on his way.

He was a nice bloke, didn't mind answering our questions about his job and stuff.

Mon, Aug. 9th, 2004 03:43 am (UTC)
wyvernfriend

Actaully much of what I thought it would be like... cool, thank you sooo much, hopefully it will get past the writers block I have at the moment, revision is supposed to do that, no?

Mon, Aug. 9th, 2004 03:40 am (UTC)
formulaic666

I know I don't know you outside of friends pages, but I feel I'm getting to know, well, at least your circumstances, and it does seem to me that a) you have had an appaling run of sh1tty luck recently, and b) you don't deserve any of it.

My condolences to you sir, and I hope the rest of the year is some kind of flip of the first for you. Still, it seems you have a good circle of friends around you, and that's so important,a nd at least you can take heart from that.

Sorry if this all sounds trite coming from a stranger, but I do feel sorry for your situation, thought I'd give a metaphorical pat on the back.

Mon, Aug. 9th, 2004 04:09 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Ah yeah, things could be worse of course but I'd be interested to see what life looks like from the perspective of people without problems.

Mon, Aug. 9th, 2004 04:16 am (UTC)
formulaic666

Lol. I don't think such people exist! But you seem unusually burdened with them!

Mon, Aug. 9th, 2004 04:22 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

I must have been quite a bad person in a previous life alright :)

Mon, Aug. 9th, 2004 03:44 am (UTC)
wyvernfriend

BTW you do look like a slightly heavier version of your icon...

Wed, Aug. 18th, 2004 07:38 am (UTC)
washedoutvampir

is this a private new 2004 or can anyone join in? if it's ok with you i'd like to join you in 2004b, although i'd settle for 2004 August b. my sympathies to you for the nightmare first half of the year, shan't bore you with mine, it's in - ah, actually my old lj that i had to abandon due to one of the nightmares. isn't life fun?

Tue, Aug. 24th, 2004 09:06 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Well, since I *declared* it, participation in 2004b is mandatory :)

Wed, Aug. 25th, 2004 01:38 am (UTC)
washedoutvampir

excellent. i hereby declare the first part of this year erased and never having happened. apart from the muppet horse, i'd like to keep her.