Friday, March 25, 2005

Not so good Friday

I knew I was going to have to get up early. 8am is an ungodly sort of an hour for a service, even a Good Friday one, so I had set my alarm. Actually two of them. Still, when I heard an insistent noise through the mists of sleep it seemed dreadfully early. I didn't realise until later just how early it was.

Through the fog, it dawned on me that the phone was ringing. It was the police. "There are police officers outside your house", they said. "They want to talk to you." Before I could review my life for major undetected crimes, they went on to explain that my car had been stolen.

"Err... OK. I'll be right down!"

Seconds later, dressed, downstairs, and almost lucid, I pulled back the curtains to reveal a pile of glass, a door with a hole in it, some wide-awake neighbours, the police, and no car. At least not mine - there was one with a flashing blue light, and some heap the joyriders rode in on. Kind of them to leave it for me.

"Were you really asleep through all that?"

Apparently I was. While I slept, the whole street seemed to have been awoken by the sound of my car being stolen - car alarms, joy riders, my window being smashed with a rock, a neighbour's car being hit, and later on, two police officers battering on my door.

I slept like a baby. Actually much better than a baby - it's their baby's habit of not actually sleeping all night that meant my next door neighbours were awake to see the incident, after all!

So much for the Good Friday service, and meeting up for breakfast afterwards. I got to talk to glaziers and locksmiths and insurance people and detectives and fingerprint men instead. Still, the house is secure again, and spring is a better time of year than winter for a hole in your house! And I had a fairly pleasant chatty day... it's funny how disasters help a feeling of community - especially other people's disasters ;-)

I also discovered that some insurance companies are on holiday now. I have a nasty sinking feeling that this will be the start of another saga - but I'm always prepared to be proved wrong by unexpected tales of integrity from the insurance industry!

Then my "friends" texted me a picture (does that make sense?) of them having breakfast: "Shame you couldn't make it!"

Friends are great, I'm told!


Flaming Firegeni said...

How early was "dreadfully early"?!

I like the fact that you were "almost lucid" - does leave room for the odd blip in "inadvertently-awoken-sleep talking-conversations".

Eeeek!If you could sleep through all of that, then make sure you are awake when the heavenly bugle sounds. Fortunately "dressing in seconds" wouldn't be a necessity in the case of that event, so thats one worry off your mind!

Erm Actually I don't really think that babies sleep through that kind of a racket ;)

Although on a more serious note - it does seem unhappy that joyless riders operate in your vicinity. It can't give folk much peace of mind! It's quite sad to see young people so disturbed that mindless destruction gives them joy!

(ps - Maybe you should get a Doberman Pinscher, a Rottweiler or, in the event of both the above not being possible, perhaps a house elf Dobby!)

Ruthie said...

Aw - not nice .

Once I was lazing around in my living room after a dinner party feeling like a thorougly contented stuffed turkey when my housemate came in to say the police were on the phone for me !!!

Someone had reported my car broken into. I ran to my car (fearful for my stuffed animals that lined the dashboard at the time, but have since come to live inside after the trauma!)

I then had a waddle a mile to the police station (having just had an amazing meal and a couple of glasses of wine and therefore really not feeling like a long walk in the freezing cold late at night). Wasn't nice at all!

It was horrible - the next day I had to drive into the town with a broken rear window. Brrrrrrrrrr. My insurance company (the wonderful Tescos) was very helpful and very efficient tho. Good luck with your's!