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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Doom and Gloom ~ Day Three

I wasn't going to post anything about his, but I think I need to get it off my chest. I've been moping for three days and gotten nothing done except a lot of walking the floor and staring out through rain-spattered windows.

My husband's small business was robbed Wednesday night. Yes, just days after I wrote the Brinks Stinks post. I took that down, by the way, because I realized I had given potential thieves too much useful information about the store's security system. And yes, Mags, I also concluded that the false alarm the other night was probably just a dry run for the thieves to see what would happen.

Here's what did happen Wednesday night, without going into minute detail. The thieves disarmed the security system, then went to the back side of the building, where they couldn't be seen from the highway, and cut a hole through the back wall. They built a blind for themselves using discarded metal racks and old signs and they must have worked at the wall for quite a while, using tin snips and a pry bar. They peeled through two layers of metal and the material between and essentially opened the wall like a sardine can.

After all the panic and mess, we ended up lucky--this time. The thieves took only the Marlboros and a small number of other items. It amounted to 68 cartons of cigarettes. But it seems they were mainly interested in the Marlboros because they took those and left all the rest. How strange is that?

In the aftermath, hubby and others have worked feverishly to restore order. The builders came the same day and replaced the damaged sections of wall. The security people have corrected the flaw in the security system (we hope) and are in the process of doing an update with state of the art camera equipment. And let me tell you, this is setting us back a pretty penny. But how can we afford not to do it. Our income is dependent on this little business.

All of this, plus a number of other things, has left me in a state of mind that I can't really describe. I feel restless, insecure. I feel like I need to do something, but I don't know what it would be. I'm seriously considering taking classes and learning a skill I could do from home that would be relevant in today's workforce. This excites and scares me all at the same time. It's been thirty-some years since I was in school. Can an old dog actually learn a new trick and produce a bit of income? My personal circumstances force me to stay at home. I had always hoped I could earn money from writing. But the reality of that is, writing fiction for publication is like buying a lottery ticket and hoping it comes up a winner. And you're only allowed one ticket every few months or even years. So, realistically speaking, what are the odds?

I don't want to give up my writing dream. But at the same time, I feel I must do something more than what I've been doing. My husband carries the entire load. And he's a brave man. When he lost his good, long-time job three and a half years ago, we were forced to live off his retirement. We were essentially down to nothing when he made the decision to start his own business. It was an act of desperation, but he made it work. Now I feel I need to help him. Especially since Wednesday night. We were lucky this time, but the reality is, we could be wiped out financially next time around.

Sorry for the doom and gloom, but that's just reality sometimes and, just now, I'm standing right smack dab in the middle of it.



  1. I'm sorry you've had such a difficult week. You are right, though, the alarm going off the other day was the dry run. They've probably been watching the place for a good while. They've probably even been customers.
    Not to freak you out or anything.
    The bad part is, once they know how a place is set up, a lot of times they do come back. When you get your cameras installed, be sure they are visible to the public, but try to keep one totally concealed. Crooks usually only go for the obvious when trying to conceal themselves. And post signs. You know 'Smile, you're on camera', types of things. If your alarm company has signs, post them too.
    Sorry, guess I got on my cop box.
    I know how devastating it is for people though.
    I think it would be excellent if you took some classes online. You should never stop learning, no matter how old you are, or what your situation is, or how long it's been since you've been in the workforce. Good luck!
    Guess I should have e-mailed you, huh?

  2. Look at www.internetgirlfriday.com

  3. Jennifer, thanks for the comments and the link. I'm sending you an email with my reply. I'm gun shy. ;o)

  4. Devon, you are so savvy with tech stuff, making your own website, etc., I have no doubt you can get up to speed and into the home-based workforce!

    I'm glad Jennifer had such good advice. She's a dandy one to have around!

    I know I've said it before, but I am so sorry you're going through this!

  5. Devon,
    Wow, what a run of goofy luck. But...I believe you can take classes and yes, learn whaever you set your mind to. Go for it, girl. Knowing you, you can do the class work AND keep up the writing.
    Keep on keeping on,
    Mary Morrow

  6. Thanks, Mags! Hope this doesn't bust the bubble, but my current web site host is even easier than the first one.

    Mary, thanks for stopping in and for the vote of confidence! Hard to imagine keeping up with ALL. I have a hard enough time now keeping up with home, family, AND writing. I can't imagine adding something more to the routine. But we gotta do what we gotta do.


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