To go along with all the issues with my rental properties, I have been the victim of theft lately. About 3 weeks ago monday, some of my best weedeater and blowers were stolen right out of my yard at night.
I heard something about 3:30 in the morning, but because I was really tired that night I did not get up. I thought it might have been a bed spring pop when I turned because it happened just the night before, so I just went back to sleep. The next morning, I went to get started and something was missing. I figured I put it somewhere else, but when I looked around more for the other new stuff, it was gone too. I was pretty angry but the full scope was not realized until I looked for other stuff as the days went on. Now, I have to lock things away and lock gates and garages. We have never had to lock things like this around my home before, but I guess times have changed.
So, now, what used to take me a few minutes to get going requires about 30 minutes at the beginning of the day and 30 minutes at the end.
I really can’t stand having to unload my trailer and load it every day and night, but I can’t afford to lose thousands of dollars of equipment at a time. Just another issue that has to be dealt with at this time.
The worst part is that it was done at my house right outside, and that is the worst. I do not know if it was a goofball in the neighborhood or a passerby. One thing for sure is that they know where I am and they know where my stuff is located. It has been keeping up at night and I jump at any noise now. I am kind of glad that I did not catch whoever did it because I could have lost much more than just equipment.
I guess I should have installed some cameras, but either way, I feel that good hard working people should not be subjected to things like this. They say that crime is rampant in our city, and I guess whoever they are, they are right.
I have accepted the loss, but knowing that they were in my yard makes me feel uneasy- very uneasy. However, I have to let it go. It is just another layer on my pile, so I am just dealing with it.
It makes no sense to buy anything new just so that some idiot can come shopping in my yard. So, I am working with old junk that barely works. It is a pain, but the shiny new stuff is like a magnet and that is the stuff they seemed to go after. Lately, I look at every lawn guy with a little suspicion.
Anyhow, the theft along with the rental property issues have really put a damper on my blogging. I felt that I was not doing quite as rosey as most bloggers seem to be, so I just came home and went to sleep and did the same thing each day.
I feel that the last post and this one is like a good cleansing. I feel better already. Not perfect, but better. I know my property will never be much more than a possible rental, and my equipment is going to continue to slide downhill, but I have the best kids in the world and a wonderful wife. They have been by my side all the way. My wife sent me this picture one day when I was feeling exceptionally bad.
It made all the difference in the world. I know how that guy feels, and having someone by your side is an extremely powerful medicine. My kids rely on me to provide for them, so I must do my best to fend off the obstacles in my way. I truly am a lucky guy to have such a wonderful family, and they are the reason I get up every day.
Well, it is getting late, and I am really tired. Tomorrow is another day, and I plan to make the best of it. The stock market has been doing what it does, and I expect that to continue until late October/November. Hopefully, we get a nice Christmas rally.
Good luck to all,
Robert the DividendDreamer
AKA — DividendDreamer