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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 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.
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