Robbers! Thieves! Punks! Uh…Say What?

Author: Brad  |  Category: Boardman Views, Care Giving, Family, Humor, Music

Have you ever had a case of whiplash?

That’s when you have any “sudden involuntary forced movement of the head in any direction, and the resultant rebound of the head or neck in the opposite direction.”

As any of you know who’ve been reading my posts lately, we’re in the midst of constructing a new care giving room in our garage. This room is laid out in such a way that what will remain of the garage for garage-purposes is about ten feet in the front, that is, at the large car-door side of the garage.

This front ten feet is now where all the junk that is traditionally stored in garages (no, not cars) is being kept – like bicycles.

Since lots of work has been occurring in that space, the big garage door has been wide open virtually all day long for the past several days.

Two nights ago, Carrie came in the bedroom after having done her nightly walk-about to lock all the doors and said, “Do, you know where the bikes are?”

“You mean they’re not in the garage?” Jeff must have moved them to the back of the house to keep them out of the way,” I said.

Minutes later she was back to report that she’d been all around the house with a flashlight and the bikes were nowhere to be found. I managed to drag myself out of bed and retraced her steps with my own flashlight. No bikes.

This was where the “whip” part of whiplash came in.

If you’ve ever had something stolen from you, you know the feelings that rush in on you upon discovery of the theft: anger, hurt, helplessness, loss, defensiveness, suspicion – all balled up in just being generally ticked off!

We had all that, and Carrie had it in spaids since she’s the one who had recently purchased these bikes after having done her research and combing through Craig’s List and multiple garage sales. In fact, she was so annoyed that she couldn’t get to sleep and had to get up and…do…whatever. (Have you ever noticed how much you can get accomplished in the middle of the night when you’re angry?) 🙂

Well, in the morning, upon seeing how clean the house was and wise husband that I am, I called the police. Carrie set out, lower jaw set, for her first day (no less) of class at the community college. Meanwhile, I stayed behind to stew about our misfortune and wait for calls to be returned from workers who might have last seen the bikes while they were stumbling over them at the front of the garage.

At about 8:00 a.m. my contractor, Dave, called me back with the “lash” part of the story.

He had spoken with Kyle who had remembered seeing Jeff the day before taking the bikes one by one to stow them on end in the storage shed on the south side of the house! Yes, the same storage shed that I had peeked into briefly the night before even though I knew bikes could not be stored in there since it was just about full!

If you’ve ever had something that you thought was stolen from you turn out to NOT have been stolen from you (right after the officer left with the theft report), you know the feelings that rush in on you upon discovery of the non-theft: stupidity, embarrassment, duh!, relief, unlock-the-doors-you-idiot – all balled up in, finally, Hurray!-The-neighbors-aren’t-crooks-after-all!

I immediately called Carrie and sang this little bit of joy to her. Let ‘er rip!

It’s all good…

The discomfort of whiplash, thankfully, is not always permanent and the Boardmans have now moved on.

You’re in Boardman Country!

Make yourself at home, but don’t even think about touching those bikes!

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5 Responses to “Robbers! Thieves! Punks! Uh…Say What?”

  1. Linda Says:

    It is really nice to know your neighbors are NOT thieves, punks or robbers! I am sure your wife is now convinced that may you need an eye exam. 🙂

  2. Diane Says:

    In my younger years (LOL!) I used to be very quick to jump to conclusions, especially when things went missing. Fortunately (or not so), I’m also one of those that will hunt until I’m absolutely nuts crazy hunting to track the missing item down. Now, years later, I’m not quite as …. obsessive … LOL. However, I have been on the receiving end of not one but three robberies/burglaries – and home for all of them.

    Anyway, I ramble because I’m so tired, but I’m very happy you all didn’t have your bikes stolen, just a case of “where’d they put ’em?!” Great end to your story 🙂

  3. 220-601 Says:

    It was really a nice experience to read out from here and I hope you will keep up the nice work.

  4. 220-601 Says:

    Thanks God,I have not any experience like this, Thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. 642-642 Says:

    It could be happen again if you are still careless about your thing.