I would like to apologize in advance for this post. Normally, I am counted upon to be the funny one who picks up the spirits of everyone else, and I rarely subject anyone who reads my blog to any of my personal drama. But sometimes, even a squirrel’s gotta get stuff off his furry chest.
Above is a picture I took of my house when I moved into it 5 years ago, or at least the back of it from the perspective of the ditch that separates my yard from my neighbors on the next street. This is actually a rare photo that knocks down the proverbial “fourth wall” when it comes to the majority of my Saturday Squirrel photos. 90% of the squirrel pictures I have featured here were shot from either the window on the far left, or the leftmost of the double windows on the right. Enjoy that cool moment while you can, because things are about to get really sucky.
See that little central air unit that sits in front of the oak tree that is the domain of my backyard critters? Here’s what it looks like now:
Yes, my neighborhood got hit by the copper creeps yesterday…. in broad daylight. Given the timetable of when one of the neighbors saw a couple suspicious creeps looking around one of the vacant houses for sale, and how hot my house was when I woke up in the evening, this brazen violation of private property couldn’t have happened very long after I went to bed, or shortly after I made my Retro Ad post yesterday. It’s infuriating enough to have something that is not cheap hauled off by lousy no good son of a bitches, but that it happened almost literally right under my nose without me being aware of it just makes my blood boil!
It was apparently part of a crime spree. You may notice in many of my squirrel pictures centered around the telephone pole in my backyard there’s a house with a DirecTV dish on the roof, though it’s a relic from the former owners as it is now vacant…
I took this picture last Tuesday, in the same batch as the two pictures featured in this past Saturday’s post. I rescued it from my Recycle bin this morning because it shows that house’s AC unit on the far left there.
Yeah, it ain’t there anymore either…
So I have been playing phone tag with four different insurance numbers, my heating and cooling company, and am still waiting to hear back from the police. A really fun evening has just become a super fun morning!
Don’t worry, I’ll do my best to cheer up and give you another knee slapping comic tomorrow. The show MUST go on…
Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
So sorry to hear your sad news thank you for sharing hope things get sorted shortly
Thank you, Linda.
What effing morons. I am sorry you are having to deal with this, especially during this heatwave (assuming y’all are going through the same as the rest of us).
Yeah, about 90 and humid. I managed to survive a day and a half without AC in 108 degree highs in 2012, so I’m hopeful I can stick this one out…
Poor sweetie! What a bunch of crap to have to wake up to. I just don’t understand people. Squirrels are better.
They are. Squirrels may steal, but never anything of much consequence.
I agree with you, that are idiots. I wish tomorrow a big ass will rise instead of the sun and it will shit on them. I hope the insurance will help that you can fix the damage they did.
A big ass shitting on these punks would totally make my day.
mine too…please take a photo (best with a laser gun)
So sorry this happened to you! That really sucks. Hope your insurance gets sorted out quickly.
It looks like that will be the case, though I’ll probably be out about $2K up front, in the end I think I’ll just end up out $500… not that $500 isn’t bad enough…
Gah! Hope they sort it out in your favor soon.
If it’s any consolation, most of us know exactly how you feel.
Yeah, it’s been going around a lot I’ve heard. The repairman even told me the latest thing they’re seeing is kids hacking into AC’s to huff the freon! What the everloving fuck is wrong with kids these days!?!?
Sorry. I’m furious on your behalf.
Thank you, I appreciate your fury.
Vandalism is the worst because the damage they do far exceeds anything they have to gain by doing it. It happens everywhere. We’ve been hit too … and we live in the middle of nowhere and I’ve never figured out why they did it.
Apparently some people’s need for money and/or kicks just far exceeds all of our understanding. It’s especially bad for me because I’m a “words will never hurt me” type of person, but I absolutely boil over when anyone messes with my stuff. It’s the one way anyone can truly get at me…
that is awful, what idiots! i say rally your squirrels and rise up against them. though that doesn’t make you feel any better right now, in the heat. sorry –
A legion of squirrels showering the douchebags with nuts from my tree is a thought I will carry with me as I sweat this out! Thank you for that visual!
Lousy fucking bastards. I hope the heat isn’t too terrible where you are and that you get justice Very Quickly.
I’m not going to hold out any hope for justice… but at least it doesn’t look like I’ll be out more than $500 for a new unit. At least my old AC was just that… old, and probably going to have to be replaced within a few years anyway. Me and the cats will have to survive the heat for a couple days, but we’ll get by with a little pioneer spirit…
Oh.my.pig. Mom just let out a few curse words that I have *never* heard before on your situation. WOW – how dare those peeps to come onto your property and do this. Let me at them…. just for a few moments. I’ll show them what this snout can do! XOXO – Bacon
Thanks for sticking up for me, Bacon! And thank Mom for the nice curse words… they were much needed!
You’re so welcomed. It brought out the sailor in mom – I’ve never heard such words before. Way to go! Snorts. XOXO – Bacon
P.S. I hope you are getting everything fixed now 🙂
What a shame! Evil people indeed. I’m so sorry to hear about your house. 😦 Your squirrels need to start a militia. I think that would be effective… and adorable.
I’m going to have to give my squirrels a stern talking to about letting this happen right under their fuzzy noses! They need to save a stash of those acorns they pile up every Fall to rain down on any future trespassers! Imagine the reaction of a thief if he got ambushed by a gang of squirrels from on high!!! Squirrels have a right to bear arms! Or is it bears have a right to squirrel arms? I can’t remember….
Haha! I’ll check with the Secret Squirrel Society and see if they have a branch in your area (tree).
Wow, what the fuck?
Really. And the repairman’s analysis revealed they only did a halfass job because they must’ve gotten scared off halfway through violating me… so they ruined my AC and didn’t really get all they were after in the first place. Fuckers.
Sorry that happened, ES. People are assholes.
Yes, many are. I’m glad most of the people I know aren’t, though….
a curse on them and a protective shield around your property! x.
That’s it… I need to get one of those biodomes over my backyard!
Simply rotten to the core – what a world…
Really rotten. It’s scary the things people will do for a little drug money.
People suck! I hope they get boils from top to toe until they confess.
That seems reasonably fair.
They will get payback someway, somehow, ESN. Next caper, a furry one is going to sneak up and chew off an acorn or two as they’re snipping somebody else’s copper.
I hate these kind of low lives. Keep your mitts off other people’s hard-earned crap, idiots!
I like that idea of squirrel vigilante justice. I just wonder if I can talk my critters into it…
What a bunch of ^&*&*^%s. Copper thieves are also rife in this country. Trains are cancelled because they nick the signalling cable. Blackouts because they hit electrical substations. They even steal manhole covers, leaving big holes for people to fall in.
I keep hoping they’ll nick some electrical cable and have an unfortunate electrocution-related accident.
It’s so bad here they’ve actually passed a law making it illegal for scrap metal merchants to pay cash for scrap so the perps can be traced more easily.
I had heard there were some scrap places around here that took photos of everyone who traded in copper for money, though that’s only so effective (and I’m sure disreputable criminals are going to disreputable scrapyards anyway). I know they took a chance with mine since the electric was still on to it, and as satisfying as it might have been to find a body along with the wreckage, I could also envision being sued by the burglar’s next of kin for wrongful death! Especially in the tort happy county court system around here!
My take is always “if someone dies committing a criminal act, tough sh*t” but the courts don’t always see it that way…
oh no 😦 So sorry to see this has happened to you and hope that you get the help and coverage you need to get it fixed. Hoping the same for the others that got taken from too.
Also hoping those creeps get caught soon. I don’t know what their reasons were or their situations that they’ve found themselves in to push them to steal, but no matter what those answers are there is still NO excuse for hurting others like this.
I’m not optimistic on them being caught (at least not for the crime against me), but I do hope a little karma is headed their way…
So people go around tearing up AC units so they can rip out the copper? This is an actual thing?
Oh yes, a very real thing. I’d only heard of ripping out the copper pipes in vacant houses until this happened to me, though.
Oh, and some kids also do it to huff the freon. Heard that from two different sources, so it’s an actual thing too!
As I enter my middle aged years, I forget what stupid things kids will do to stave off boredom
I am so appalled and sad for you! You are a law-abiding citizen and here you are peacefully minding your own business, (most of the time, right?!) Anyway, sorry about the theft and the vandalism. Sorry about the outlay of money to get this fixed! Terrible news!
May a thousand fleas infest the crotch of their pants and their arms be too short to scratch!
LOL! That may be the best curse yet!
I just realised that it should be “may the fleas of a thousand camels infest their crotches and their arms be too short to scratch”. That’s a lot of fleas.
Well, that sucks! 😦
And it took 8 days to finally get AC back up and running for good!
That’s 7.5 days too long, right?
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That’s really awful! And the 8 days thing is way too long. I can empathize as our air conditioning stopped working in the hot Taiwan summer. We toughed it out as long as possible, and then gave in, only to find out it was no longer working. Hopefully, not 8 days! I’m sorry that you were the victim of some real creeps, but glad that you’re back to being able to chill.