So, to those of you that are unaware (that don't follow us on facebook or twitter), our house was robbed yesterday while everyone was gone. The thief got away with three laptops (one brand new), a glucose meter, and an iPod/iPhone charging cord. The computers in question belonged to Tish and myself. We were lucky in a sense .. they didn't know about Tish's school computer that was in the same room as the other three, nor did they find Ronda's computer in her own room.
It all happened in about a 30-40 minute timespan when the house was completely empty, although we are in the belief that the house was cased around 1130-noon while Tish was napping in the back room. She heard someone talking outside the window, but just figured it was in her dreams or a tv from the backroom. Turns out it was very likely the culprit, thinking the house was already empty, and trying to see in the bedroom.
The blinds were drawn, however, and they couldn't see in. They could see into the living room, however, and saw the three laptops in question. Our bedroom was completely tossed in a matter of minutes while they looked for quick things of value and came up lacking. They had my underwear tossed all over my side of the bed and all the drawers of our dressers were pulled out and raided through.
The sense of invasion is perhaps the worse of it all .. we live in a gated community and you would think it would make you safe, but it doesn't. We feel invaded and scared and angry at different moments .. we'd give anything for a good dose of vigilante justice right about now. The thief jimmied open the sliding glass door and our dog is a big lover, so he couldn't have cared less (the dummy). They took what they wanted and fled, and yes we (and the neighbors) have a suspicion of the guilty party, but until the fingerprints are run and come back positive, we can't do shit. *sigh*
We have to tell ourselves that everything on our computers is gone .. EVERYTHING. All the correspondence between Tish and I when we first met, old logs and chats, stories and ficlets ... Artwork and commissions. Yes, we have some things backed up, but nothing recent enough to help a lot of it.
So, here's where all of you come in. I need files. I need files of anything and everything you've ever done for me if you still have them. Artwork, commissions, logs, stories .. whatever you have, I need it. Did you do an icon for me and still happen to have it saved? Awesome, send her over. Did I commission you for something and you still have it saved to an old hard drive somewhere? Awesome, send it over! Do you know someone that I got something from and know it's still online somewhere? Fucking GREAT, send me a link or a file!
I know I have old artwork up on VCL and such .. and that's all fine and good. I can get around to saving those at some point .. and I have hard copies of a lot of stuff, either here or still up in Alaska .. but there is a ton of stuff that was only ever online and I'd love to recover as much of it as feasibly possible.
Same goes for Tish .. I know I've commissioned Harry Potter artwork in the past for the two of us, and other stuff was done as gifts and freebies. I can only hope that there are backups somewhere on someone's hard drive.
I know it's just 'stuff' and I know I won't recover it all .. fucking sucks like hell, but I know it. It's just so much of it had personal meaning for us and it HURTS to see it gone. Hurts like a mother fucker to know we won't see it again; ever.
So, if you have something, even if it's a something you think is small and of no matter, please send it to me or link me to it. If you'd rather not link to something you have, feel free to email it to me: almalthia80 AT yahoo DOT com
If you could link to this/pass it around, that would be a great help too. I'm going to cross post it to DA and things of that nature, and hopefully that will help a bit too.
Thanks so much everyone. This blows, but we're taking it a step at a time.