Freecycle is a marvel, isn't it? I've done my fair share of begging for items, and I've given away some mighty fine items myself. My friend called me to tell me she scored on a composter. I cursed her as I had tried to get the composter myself.
She'd emailed back and forth with the woman offering up the composter, ultimately settling on when she'd pick it up. She followed the directions to the woman's house. When she was getting the composter from the yard, the woman came out. My friend greeted her heartily and said she was just taking the composter and thank you and the like. The woman, an older woman, said, "Oh," and commented along the lines of she had been wondering what the dogs were barking at.
Later that day, composter safely stashed in my friend's yard, she got an email from the composter donor asking why my friend hadn't been there to pick it up yet.
Yup. She stole a neighbor's composter.
At about the same time I'm hearing this story -- and splitting a gut at the very thought of it -- Pete is talking to his good friends who have just returned from Texas. I note that his good friends are rather wealthy just to give you a bit of background. They run a non-profit organization that they started in honor of one of the man's sons, who died at a tragically young age of 37. The organization honors nurses, and the couple were in Galveston to talk with various hospitals about the organization.
Upon their return to Sonoma County, they get a call from the Galveston police. It's a serious issue and they need to return the call promptly. What's the problem? The hotel where they were staying is saying the wife -- the one who had registered at the hotel -- is the prime suspect in the theft of the television from the room they stayed in. Pete's friend says he can't even recall if the room had a TV as they didn't even watch it.
I guess I can give up watching police dramas on TV, huh? Except maybe Pete's friend has got a really good deal on a cheap one for me to buy.