Sorry all, but I just need to rant for a moment...
My car, which is old, rusty and unreliable, has been acting up lately. Last week I took it out to do some Christmas shopping but had to turn around and come back home because the engine started smoking. When I opened up the hood I found that, sure enough, the coolant reservoir was dry. So I left the car parked behind my building for several days (I walk to work and generally don't drive much) until I finally got time, this morning, to head down to the gas station and get some coolant. So I did that (in the snow, mind you, so by the time I got back to my car my socks were cold and wet)...opened my hood to pour in the coolant...and lo and behold, somebody had stolen my battery right out of my car.
Mind you, this was partially my fault...the hood hasn't closed all the way for a month or more and I've been too busy to get it fixed. All that's holding it shut is the little latch in front. And what's more, I have had problems with local hooligans breaking into my car looking for money or cigarettes or whatever. They've never taken anything (just rummaged through my glove compartment) so it never bothered me much. My landlord recently installed motion-sensitive lights behind the building so I thought the problem was solved.
But oh-no. This wasn't an act of kids or junkies. What can you do with a stolen car battery? I think it was another resident of my building, or one of the neighboring buildings, who got a dead battery, noticed my half-open hood, and thought it would be easier to steal my battery than go out and buy a new one. Merry *$#@ing Christmas to Ludwig.
So I'm calling my landlord today to tell him what happened, and that I suspect it was one of my own uber-cheap thieving neighbors. Really puts you in the giving spirit, doesn't it?
thanks to anyone who read this far.