I watched a lot of cartoons and movies. I draw incessantly and carry a sketchbook everywhere. I work in animation and self-publish my books. There are monsters in the streets, don't wear red. Mad bulls and monsters hate that color. I still watch cartoons.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Theft darkens my door

I had my old '90 Honda Accord stolen in the early hours of Tuesday morning. It was parked right by the curb in front of my front door last we saw it, around 9:30 p.m. It was locked but had no disabling system--it used to have one years ago but now it didn't work--that might have offered some form of deterrent.

This is a very safe city but being in the middle of Oakland crimes like these will visit the streets of Piedmont. The Piedmont cop taking down our report was chiding me for my pessimism, "We must stay positive." I was not being negative, just accepting of realities--I was rather good natured about the whole thing really. The worst of it is that it's made my wife feel unsafe in her house, even though it occurred outside of it. I start to wonder if the criminal mind returns to where success was had and visits our street again. Do they know what they had put my family through? Would they appreciate the same done to them?

We are all safe. Disappointed and annoyed no end.


Blogger John Nevarez said...

Ronnie, I'm so sorry to hear about your car. I too had a similar thing happen to me about 2 years ago in Burbank. Fortunately it turned up the next day, but I too had the same fears and concerns.
Me thinks they got lucky and won't ever return. But I'm with you in spirit. I truly hope your car turns up safe and sound.

11:42 PM

Blogger The James said...

I'm sorry about the car. I once had a car stolen. An ugly sparkling crap brown 80's Toyota Tercel. Fortunately they took the car into South Central only to take the stereo and wheels. Funny thing was they replaced the wheels to drive a bit more before ditching it. I hope you find it and all you important belongings.

12:19 AM

Blogger Chad Kerychuk said...

Man, it seems I've heard nothing but bad news the last several weeks. I really hope something positive starts happening to people!

Very glad to hear you're all fine, and hopefully they will recover your vehicle with little damage. We all know insurance companies aren't much help, but at least your attitude is uplifting!

1:18 AM

Blogger Kactiguy said...

Major bummer. Maybe with gas prices the way they are they wil drive it till it runs out and then they won't be able to refill it again. Hope you get it back. I caught a guy who had broken into our house while we were there. Didn't feel safe after that for quite awhile. Good luck, I hope everything turns out well.

7:44 AM

Blogger bc3 said...

I'm sorry for your misfortune, but your drawing perfectly tells the scene and reminds me of a simular story that I had (or I guess my sister). I was 14 and my sister was 17. She had a Buick Regal, and a friend of her's just hooked her up with some Mag wheels. The car was parked out in front of our house in Detroit. She was in her bedroom and I went into the kitchen, thru the window I could see the car. I got something out of the fridge, walked to my bedroom, just down the hall. I forgot something and turned back to go to the kitchen, and the car was gone! I didn't see my sister leave so I called out just to cheek. Sure enough she was in her bedroom. It was like I truely blinked and the car was gone! They found the car the next day, two blocks away, with no wheels. I think she may have had them on the car for 6 hours tops!

I now picture your assailant, leap frogging from car to car running out of gas, having no money to fill there tank to get to work.

8:47 AM

Blogger Gerald said...

I'm very sorry about your car, Ronnie. It looks like it happened to us all at one time or another...I do hope you will find it. Your sketch reminded me of when I parked my 80's Volvo in Berkely overnight, not realizing that the streets had to be cleared on football game days. When I walked over to where my car was...a huge charter bus was in its' place. I knew my car had been taken...but I still made the effort to squat down and look under the bus in utter disbelief (I laugh at this now). It ended up being towed. Later to find out that they broke my door handle and refused to admit it. Such a head ache.

5:16 PM

Blogger espressoDOM said...

man... that sux....
it reminds me of when my 90 Mustang was stolen from in front of my apartment YEARS ago. I still feel the sting when I hear about the same experience from others. They torched it on the pier in San Francisco... the funny part was I had accidentally left my mothers house in the East Bay with their 900Mhz phone... my mom was pissed...hehehe

5:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


It is bad news. I had a similar problem back in the 95. On Christmas Eve, I parked my Toyota in front of my parent's house in San Francisco which is in a rather affluent part of town. I have bought all my Christmas presents but left in my car so I can surprise my family. These *(&^^% stole my car on Christmas Day. 3 days later, the police found my car in Twin Peaks where it was total wreck. All the Christmas presents were gone. It appears that the culprits had kids in the car as I found children drawings. My only consolation is that I had a bag of unwashed gym clothes which they also took. I hope that the culprits had a good whiff!!!. Unfortunately, since my car was rather old, insurance did not cover much.


6:38 PM

Blogger amelia said...

That's such terrible news Ronnie. I hope it turns up okay and that the theives are caught too.


7:14 PM

Blogger Louie del Carmen said...

Sorry bro.. I remember the day you bought that car. I'm actually amazed you drove that car for so long. We had some vandalism in our neighborhood so I totally know how you guys feel.

8:41 PM

Blogger PaulSketch said...

I'm very sorry to hear it was stolen but I'm glad you guys are safe and sound. Hopefully it'll show up somewhere unharmed.

best wishes,

10:22 PM

Anonymous christy said...

Wow, that's really a nasty thing to have happen. Our old car was stolen once, luckily it turned up again several days later, but it's a strange feeling to know there were other people using it. All the best for the car's safe return :)

11:23 PM

Blogger Rob A. said...

Man that sucks. At least no one got harmed.
I remember a few years back my car got broken into and some cool shirts and a hat got stolen. I had gotten then at the Animation festival. A couple of days later I saw this guy drive by my house wearing the hat that was stolen. I yelled " hope it fits"..... Oh well.

10:32 AM

Blogger J said...

My condolences Ronnie, People can be such jerks.....
By the way, I just read Frogg's Lament. Ronnie those drawings! Jeeeez. Super nice, really. I may go out on a limb and say it's the best thing I've seen from you...
Really great.

12:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

theft sucks. I live in a rough neighbourhood where breakins are routine but I've never had a car stolen. As long as you have your licence plate, they'll be looking for it. They can't run forever, right?

Good luck :)

5:47 PM


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