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22nd-Jun-2008 01:38 pm
My car was keyed again last week. This time, it was not parked on a route that everyone going to the cheaper parking takes, so it wasn't possibly a spur of the moment thing on the part of the perp. It had to have been deliberate, and aimed at either me or the car. Which saddens and distresses me more than being in the way of some random person's momentary rage.

This weekend I took out the touch-up paint. And, predictably enough (since I have no artistic talent nor practice with cosmetics), I truly suck at applying it. The "pen top" just didn't work -- although for filling a scratch like that it would probably have been ideal. Maybe if it were a horizontal rather than a vertical surface it would have worked. If I apply it using the brush as thinly as I've been told I should, it just didn't get into the white bits. And in any case, even applied thinly, the color doesn't exactly match, so the scratches still stand out. Perhaps not as much as before, but in a different way.

I hate looking shoddy.
22nd-Jun-2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
The obvious question - do you have any provocative bumper stickers on the car? That could be the cause.

Years ago I had a windshield sun screen with a pro-abortion slogan on it. I parked the car in front of a friend's house and when I came out the next morning someone had scotch-taped newspaper over my windshield. At least they didn't do any physical damage. They just repressed my freedom of speech.
23rd-Jun-2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Nope. That's one of the reasons that I don't tend to wear my politics "out". Not even a darwin-fish. There _is_ the matter of my vanity plate, but that's not really in-your-face. (BR00M) It's a foreign car, though, and a new one.
22nd-Jun-2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
You need to have a car you don't give a damn about. Only then will you be free. Heck, I had someone hit my car and leave a basketball-sized crush spot in the front fender a few months ago and I didn't really care that much.
23rd-Jun-2008 02:21 am (UTC)
Yeah... but if it's a crap car, lousy mileage, whatever, I'll not want to drive it (and I'll resent not enjoying driving), and if it's not crap, I'll fall for it. Man... I even care about my *socks*.

Guess I'm going in the right direction, though. I haven't fallen as hard for her as I did for my last car.
23rd-Jun-2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
The car doesn't have to be crap, you just have to not care about it. It's just a *thing*. Things don't matter much.
23rd-Jun-2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Guess that will come as I dispose of my other pack-rat tendancies. I am working on heading in that direction. I've always held onto "things". Even really stupid things. (My mom was depression era, and I have experienced, eg, finally throwing away a stupid piece of broken plastic, only to have someone else (or myself) NEED something within a week or so that would have been met perfectly by something I'd finally decided was trash.) It's a lesson I've not learned yet, but it may yet come.
22nd-Jun-2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
What kind of car do you drive?
23rd-Jun-2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Foreign. New. It's a '2009 Corolla. Yes, I test-drove the Focus. Yes it was very disappointing. Parking in Ann Arbor I didn't think would be as bad as parking in Dearborn, and if I needed to go _there_ lots, I might have factored that into my decision. (Although I would probably have still ended up with the Toy.)
22nd-Jun-2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
Is there security in the area where you park? If so, tell the person in charge that you're having a problem with vandalism and ask if there's anything they can do to help you out.
23rd-Jun-2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Not explicitly for that specific lot. It's on campus, though, so there's the campus security folks (about 1/2 block from where I park). I know they patrol, because when I forgot to move my sticker from the other car I'd been driving back to this one (and forgot, or I'd have parked on the street) I sure got a ticket. I do intend to call them, but I don't expect it to help. I expect I'll get a lecture about the foolishness of buying a non-domestic in Michigan. You know the old "hey lady, it's your fault, you were asking for it" routine.
23rd-Jun-2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
No way. Half the cars on campus are foreign cars, and even higher in some lots. This isn't Dearborn or Flint.

I've been driving foreign cars in Ann Arbor since before you and I met, and I've never had a targeted vandalism incident. And my cars stand out.

I think it's your plate, honestly.
23rd-Jun-2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah -- that's what the cop said it could be. (IOW you were right, and I didn't get the "domestic" lecture.) But you know, I had that same plate for a decade or so on my last car, and never had an incident. (Once had a Canadian border guard ask me to explain it, though.)

He said he was going to suggest that it was that I had a new car (and the perp didn't) but looking around he said that there are a lot of nice(r) cars there.

And he wondered if I had any enemies at work. (Gosh, not that I know of.)

And he more-than-chided me for not reporting it sooner. Okfine. Next time I will. Just hope I'm not going anywhere, because that'll involve waiting around for an officer to show up. (I have a bit of an unreasonable fear of cops, also, which makes it difficult for me to voluntarily contact them.) And as often as not, I have a stack of Places That Are Going To Close Soon that have conspired to gete me to leave work "that early" in the first place.
23rd-Jun-2008 05:04 am (UTC)
Sooo sorry to hear it. I don't have any other suggestions for you, though. Sorry.
23rd-Jun-2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Guess it's the year for car woes.
23rd-Jun-2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
I have to wonder if there is now an inexpensive option for a camera you could set up inside your car? Yeah, I know. A bit cumbersome at best and you'd need more than one or just hope you're pointing it in the right direction.
23rd-Jun-2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Both times they've gone for the driver's door so the direction is less of a guessing game. Don't know that something so obvious wouldn't piss them off more, though. And it was 2 months between occurrances... But you know, if it happens again, I just might see about some sort of a motion sensitive recording device. But on the other hand, even if I got something it might not be admissible. Humbug.
23rd-Jun-2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
No idea about admissibility, but it doesn't have to be obvious. Cameras can be awfully small now. But again, expense and convenience could be a problem.

If it were happening in a place you controlled better, and you were sure of parking in the same place all the time, I'd suggest buying an inexpensive game camera from a hunting supply house and mounting it on a pole or wall where it would overlook your car each day.
23rd-Jun-2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
For some reason I keep getting logged out of LJ and when I reply I end up replying anonymously if I'm not paying attention.
23rd-Jun-2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
BTDT. And since my parking sticker is a license to hunt, while I'm pretty much guaranteed getting _a_ spot, I can't guess where it'll be.

And I'll confess I'm a bit nervous. Tattlers aren't always treated well, and if I catch someone, what's to say they won't do something worse NEXT time.
24th-Jun-2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
Understood. However, when someone stoops to petty vandalism I can be petty right back, assuming I can identify them.
23rd-Jun-2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
A pox on whomever keyed your car. Wish I had some good advice other than to report it to the police (which I see you've already done).
24th-Jun-2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's also been suggested that I park in another lot "for a while". I'm debating that.
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