Have you ever had your car stolen? You go to where you parked it and it is not there?
I remember a slogan when I was very young "Lock your cars, take your keys" because people would leave their car keys in the ignition and wonder why a car thief drove off with it???
I have never had a car stolen but I have a funny OSU (Go Bucks!) story which I will share at the end.
Yesterday morning I woke up and my shiny new blog was missing. It was not where I parked it. I kept looking for it. Gone. I contacted my webhost... "HELP my blog has been stolen!"
Although I was sure someone else had my blog, I wondered if I had done something to invite the theft. Of course I questioned myself. Had I left it idling at the curb for any young hot rodder to walk up and drive off? Had I left the keys in the ignition? Where the @#$% is the ignition on this thing?
Then I started thinking of all the evil in the world. Was it one of those teenagers slouching around who'd taken my blog for a joy ride? Had they hot wired it? Was this organized crime? Was it destined for a chop shop? Would I ever get my blog back? Would it be the same? Would it be altered? Scuffed up?
My new blog is not a Cadillac, an Audi, a Mazerati (spellled right?... I have no idea what that is) or even an Accord or a Camry...
My new blog is a WordPress blog. I had wanted a WordPress blog...even before I knew what a WordPress blog was. I admired WordPress blogs out in the blogosphere... Sellsius° Blog, Rain City Guide, The Bloodhound Blog, Jim Duncan's VA blog....but when Rain City Guide was hijacked and Maureen Francis new MI Oakland County blog (a WordPress blog) was hijacked I decided I'd be safer with a TypePad blog...
I was influenced by a blogging friend to go for the WordPress blog... I will not say who but I whine with each new frustration... I am trying to get in touch with my inner geek but so far not so good. They say" there is a steep learning curve." Yeah.
Back to the theft of my blog. It was a Sunday morning. I could not see the blog in the blogosphere, I could not get in through the back door... it was redirected. I never heard from my host... but around 11:30 my blog was back in the driveway (figuratively... mind you...) Unscratched. Safe for now.
The OSU story. A Central Ohio woman I know told me when she was a student at OSU she lost a car, she went to where it was parked and it was gone. Stolen! .... I don't like driving near campus. The streets around OSU are clogged with traffic, I can't imagine finding parking during the day... much less parallel parking...back to the 80's I would guess... The OSU student filed a police report. Her insurance paid off she got a new car. Months later she saw her old car parked a block or two away from where she had remembered parking it. The dashboard was littered with parking tickets. Why had it it never been towed? Why wouldn't the police report she put in jive with the parking tickets with the license number? Mysteries....
There is no parking on many streets in the campus area today. Go Bucks!