Squirl's Nest

Monday, January 09, 2006

Bang, bang, the neighbor shot it down

Update: The neighbor, whose car kinda looks like Ichabod's, was shot at by a pellet gun as he was driving past our apartment to get to a parking place! He was still in the car, doggone it!

I knew all weekend that it was time for a new post. It was hard to get my act together as I have a cold and just was feeling generally lousy and blah.

Then, about 1:30 this morning, Ichabod and I both woke up. We heard noises outside. He thought it was firecrackers at first. I thought it sounded like a gun, but not quite loud enough. I could swear I heard something lightly hitting our windows.

There was nothing that I could see, though, when I got up to look. While I was looking there was no sound, either. After I went back to bed I began to hear the noises again. This is a noisy neighborhood so I figured as long as we weren't in mortal peril that I might as well go back to sleep.

I had no plans on working today as I still was feeling lousy. But I had a dentist appointment and those take a while to schedule so I figured I'd still go.

Then when I got down to my car this is what I saw:



There are about 30 holes in the windshield alone. I don't know how more there are between the hood, roof, and the driver's side door. There might even be more. When the policeman was here he was nice, but I could tell that there wasn't much he was going to do. We figure it was probably a high-powered semi-automatic pellet gun. From the angle of the shots it has to be from the crappy apartment building next door with the neighbors that like to play loud music in the middle of the night.

I don't know if my car was just the easiest to get or if somebody was mad at me and was purposely trying for my car. I take it in today at 12:30 to be repaired. In the meantime I'll be using a loaner.

I must quote from Jim here, Dammit, we can't have nice things!


Anonymous Danielle said...

I Can't BeLIEVE someone would be so destructive! GEEEEEEEESH!

How awful!

I'm sure it wasn't aimed at you personally.

Stupid idiots.

Mon Jan 09, 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Oh, wait, I think this calls for a bit stronger language:

Stupid Fuckers!

Mon Jan 09, 09:45:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Danielle, yes, that's exactly what I called 'em this morning, too.

Ichabod said he thought he heard voices, too, so it probably wasn't just one fucker. There were probably at least two fuckers.

Mon Jan 09, 09:48:00 AM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

Oh my GOSH, Squirl! That would totally freak me right the frick out! Your poor car. And poor you!

I'm with Danielle. Those stupid f*ckers.

Mon Jan 09, 10:32:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Ladybug, that did freak me out. And it pissed me off. The police feel that there's not much can be done because the area has the homeless and the practically homeless. And Grand Rapids wants people with jobs and money to move downtown. Why would they want to with this kind of crap going on?

Mon Jan 09, 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Now that just sucks. Are you sure you're not in Kentucky? I'm glad you guys are ok.

Mon Jan 09, 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, living in West Michigan can sometimes be like living in the hills. Thanks!

Mon Jan 09, 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

The person that did this sucks and should be destroyed...slowly and maliciously.

Mon Jan 09, 11:03:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bone, I can't say that doesn't sound very tempting....


Mon Jan 09, 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

With my deductive reasoning in full swing, I'd have to say it was a mean ole grrrl that did it.

Mon Jan 09, 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, a mean old grrrrrl would do that to a Sqrrrrrrl?

Mon Jan 09, 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Those inbred fucks.
Your car should come talk to my car - it could give it a whole lecture about senseless defacement of cars. I felt like somebody drew a target on my Cruiser after I got it. But damn! At least nobody's shot at it (yet).

I'm comin' over to kick some ass. Hmmmph.

Mon Jan 09, 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bucky, that's true. Your poor car has had its share of abuse. So how come I live in Grand Rapids, you live in Flint, and my car's the one getting shot.

Oh yeah, right, I live right downtown. You have a nice little residential spot. Got it.

Maybe if you kick some ass you wouldn't have the need to mutilate penis candles. I'm just sayin....

*Bucky's got my back*

Mon Jan 09, 11:55:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

If insurance won't pay, put your claim in again and tell them it's hail damage.

If that doesn't work, tell them "Bucky's got back."

I mean "MY" back. Oh, never mind.

Mon Jan 09, 01:53:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, hahahahahaha!

Actually, I'm driving a silver Taurus now until my lovely, little red Golf is ready.

Mon Jan 09, 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger SunDenine said...

I think you and Ichabod ought to move to Heritage Hill. There are so many great places up there and quieter people.


O and aren't the police just so helpful around here? (*drippin with sarcasm*)
My car being towed out of your parking lot was soooo frustrating!

Mon Jan 09, 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

I hear what you're saying, Sun. But I know some people there whose homes have been burgled in the middle of the day. Mebbe we should just leave Grand Rapids.

Mon Jan 09, 02:39:00 PM  
Blogger SunDenine said...

Yea maybe...my brother lives over on the West Side and there are many quiet areas over there also. Especially UP on Leonard out of the valley. We don't have too many problems where I live either. More East or West ya go, the better.
BTW, Thousands of Heritage Hillers find their abodes most pleasant and secure. Especially those between Cherry and Logan.

Mon Jan 09, 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

I can't believe that anyone could be mad at you. I am glad it was at night and you were no~where near your car.
This kind of shit just makes me sad, and angry and I don't want to believe that stuff happens. I find it truly scary that people can behave this way!
Damn . . .

Mon Jan 09, 03:28:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Sun, Ichabod had his car window broken over on Logan. Not sure what's really safe anymore.

Nina, thanks. I don't know why people do this kind of crap. It's not only maddening and scary when you see stuff like this, it's time-consuming and expensive. I have to take out time to take the car in, get a loaner, and then, eventually, pick it up. Then I have to pay my deductible. I'm still irritated.

Mon Jan 09, 03:34:00 PM  
Blogger SunDenine said...

O yea, well maybe the last comment I had made on your previous post (the drinking story) will come in handy tonight. Not sure you read it yet...because it's number 42.

Mon Jan 09, 04:04:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Nope, Sun>, no seven sevens for me anymore.

Mon Jan 09, 04:57:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

This SHIT happens everywhere, and it PISSES ME OFF!!!
Our last vehicle was keyed from headlight to tail light when it was only 2 weeks old, and we live in a town of 8,000.
Vandalism of ANY kind is so ignorant! I don't care how downtrodden you think you are. Use your time to create, not destroy!

Mon Jan 09, 06:12:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, I'm so sorry that idiots got your vehicle, especially when it was so new.

There are idiots everywhere!

Mon Jan 09, 06:50:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

*hiding in case Bucky saw the comment about her backside*

Mon Jan 09, 07:24:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, I don't know if Bucky saw that or not. You might want to hide from the sniper now, he's shooting at moving cars.

Mon Jan 09, 07:26:00 PM  
Blogger Momentarily_Distracted said...

I'm sure it wasn't aimed at you. It's probably some asshole with a new pellet gun who really doesn't give a shit about other people and their property. Probably just wanted to go out and do some stupid shit.
Sorry you had to be the one with the damage.

Mon Jan 09, 07:40:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, MB. He did shoot at somebody else tonight. Ichabod says that maybe he got a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. Maybe he'll shoot his own eye out.

Mon Jan 09, 07:42:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Jaysus H. Keee-reist! OOOOOOOoooooph, that just makes me crazy mad. And a little wierded out, too. It's kinda creepy to think you're that close to such destructive individuals! That's it. You're moving out here, and that's that. Then I could loan you my "attack" puppy -- he'd lick the world trying to keep you safe!!

I'm glad no person has been physically hurt by those vandals yet, even though I know it hurts to be violated by vandalism. Stay safe, Squirlie!

Mon Jan 09, 08:01:00 PM  
Anonymous ella mental pea said...

The pellet gun sniper strikes again!! Lambent lugubrious moonlight plays gracefully on the visage of the pockmarked car.

Mon Jan 09, 09:01:00 PM  
Blogger Tardist said...

That is beyond words!!! I can't believe this person is getting away with shooting a gun (even if it is just a pellet gun) and the cops aren't all over him/her!!! Especially with the destruction of property. Hope they get the person SOON!

Mon Jan 09, 09:38:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Damn, Squirl! That’s vandalism almost at its extreme! I hope you catch the bastard and shove his/her rifle (I assume) up her/his butt.

Well, I really don’t hope for that. It’s against my ethics. However, I hope you do it at least allegorically.

Mon Jan 09, 10:07:00 PM  
Blogger JessicaRabbit said...

Ok I am going to do my best Nick impression here..

Dude that is Fuuuuuuuuuuuucccccckked up!

Really, that is some bullshit.

Want a big dog to eat your neighbors?

Tue Jan 10, 12:27:00 AM  
Blogger SunDenine said...

Too bad the fricken cop shop near by doesn't have windows to see and hear what goes on around there. I myself wouldn't want to live so close to such a busy intersection as where you both live. there is no protection and security there for your nice cars.

Tue Jan 10, 02:33:00 AM  
Blogger BobbleheadHillbilly said...

That is fucked up. It makes my teeth grind just thinking about it. I've had people fuck with my cars before. I just makes me fuckin' mean. I have only two words of advise... return fire.

Tue Jan 10, 07:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

my response to the update: eeeeeeeeek!

Scary shit.

Dumb ass.

Does it make it something that the police are more likely to deal with if there was a person in the car, I wonder?

Tue Jan 10, 09:59:00 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

holy CRAP! OK..you need to get all your blog buddies together and we'll set up a sting operation, find out who did that shit to your car and then dunk the bastard in hot tar and feathers.


Tue Jan 10, 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Eclectic, it's weirded me out too. Yes, it is good that no one has been hurt. Goods can be replaced. But I bet your attack puppy could lick anyone into submission. :-)

Ella, I love when you wax poetic. I especially love the Kerouackian mood you set.

Tardist, I hope they're going to be looking into this. They didn't seem too interested when my car was all shot up. Maybe since the sniper shot at a moving vehicle it'll be taken more seriously.

SS Nick, I know exactly what you mean. I've heard the phrase "thoughts are deeds", so I try to not even think bad things about people. It's hard some days, though.

Jess, you're right, it is fucked up. Maybe Hermione could drown them in a pool of big dog slobber.

Sun, you'd think, with our proximity to the police station, that things would be better. I'm sure it's from the apartment building next door.

Hillbilly, glad to see you here, thanks for the support. Return fire sounds like fun.

Danielle, I sure hope they take more notice now. It pisses me off if they're just taking reports, filing them, and going their merry way.

Jim, are you sure tar and feathers aren't too good for him? I sure appreciate all the support I get from you and the other bloggers. It means a lot to me.

Tue Jan 10, 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Circus Kelli said...

Wow, oh wow, oh wow.

I'm SO glad you weren't hurt, Squirl! Yikes!

You know, Squirl, if you send me a full picture of your car, I can fix it up for free... it would only be virtually, though...

Tue Jan 10, 01:48:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

CK, hi! Thanks! As soon as I get the car back I would love to have you do virtual flames for me!

Tue Jan 10, 02:17:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

What is WRONG with people??

Tue Jan 10, 06:02:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Kranki, I sure wish I knew. Some people are just nuts!

Tue Jan 10, 06:28:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Possibly THE most important comment thus far. From Bloggy Jr:

"What idiot would do that? They should take his or her gun away from them and lock them up for 8 years."

Tue Jan 10, 08:15:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, I commend Bloggy Jr's grasp of the situation. I'd like to make him the judge on this case.

Good job, daddy!

Tue Jan 10, 08:20:00 PM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

Maybe you could put a big ass photo of the car in the newspaper or somewhere the piece of shit might happen to see it. Put a picture of a pellet gun with the word "Yours" beneath it. Add the photo of an adult gun with "Mine" underneath it and the phrase "Feeling lucky, punk?"

The power of advertising.

Tue Jan 10, 08:39:00 PM  
Blogger SunDenine said...

Is there any way you can draw him out?
Maybe a lifesize poster of a man mooning the building?

A friend of mine made that suggestion.

Tue Jan 10, 10:22:00 PM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

I know I've already commented too much about this in chatting and e-mails... but I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I've been thinking of you all day and even DanO will be saying prayers for you and Ich tonight.

Word Verification: uyout

You must be out :P

Tue Jan 10, 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bone, we're not sure, though, that this guy can read. It does sound like fun.

Sun, I think I know who your friend is.

Chia, thanks. And I agree with your word verification.

Wed Jan 11, 10:19:00 AM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

As I posted on my blog last night: "May the Light of God shine upon the person or persons who shot holes into Squirl’s red car for the greatest possible good." Remembering that the “greatest possible good” is probably NOT what the pellet-shooting culprit wants to happen.

Wed Jan 11, 03:28:00 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this!
A long time ago, our house was burglarized, and I informed the police that I thought the culprits were some neighborhood teens (gone bad) that we'd had over to our house (as children.)
Prints found in the house were matched... but the detective hinted those prints could have been there from before.
(OK, I hate washing windows and such, but I do clean them!)
Those teens were arrested several months later, after stabbing two girls and leaving them for dead in a nearby canyon.
I guess my point is the police won't do anything until things get real bad...

Wed Jan 11, 03:47:00 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

Damn, Squirl! I am so sorry that happened. It's such a creepy feeling, knowing that someone has that little regard for you. I'm with Jim. I'm putting on my Hello, Kitty! helmet and joining the posse!

I hope your cold is gone. Mine's seriously hanging on :(

Wed Jan 11, 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I'm up for Jim's posse idea!

Wed Jan 11, 05:42:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

SS Nick, thank you. That is exactly the right sentiment. Whether it be karma, God, whatever you want to call it, he will get what's coming to him. Being human, it's just hard to be that patient sometimes.

Susie, alright, you're on my posse. I don't know what people are thinking of sometimes. I just hope he's done. But nobody wants to park in that spot anymore.

My cold is finally starting to be on the upside. I keep taking tons of supplements. Have you tried Zicam? I've used that as a spray. It's mostly zinc, I think.

tshsmom, yay another posse member. Boy, the world better look out when we all get together.

Wed Jan 11, 07:50:00 PM  
Blogger Momentarily_Distracted said...

:::sharpening pitch fork:::
I'm in.

Wed Jan 11, 08:55:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

Oh man! How freaky and scary! I hope they find out who did it. Assholes!

Wed Jan 11, 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

MD, alright, more for the posse. Thanks!

Kranki, I don't think the cops even care. To them it's just malicious destruction of property, "here's yer incident number, lady, call yer insurance company" kind of thing.

On the up side, I think they're going to paint the little chips that have been in my car from rocks and stuff so they won't rust.

I pick up my car tomorrow. Just won't be parking in that spot anymore, at least, not overnight.

My word ver is yobabnzk Yo, baby, then the rest sounds like snoring...

Thu Jan 12, 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Good to hear your cold is getting better, that the Squirl posse is growing and that as of _right_ _now_ you may even have your car!

That was relatively fast. :-)

Thu Jan 12, 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger August95 said...

Holy Crap Squirl. That sucks big time. It's true, you can't have anything nice.

So sorry this happened.

Thu Jan 12, 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Danielle, oops, I mispoke. I will be getting the car tomorrow. But that's still good. The Taurus is okay, but I prefer my Golf. Thanks!

August, thanks. We'll be moving. I hate living where my things and I aren't safe.

Thu Jan 12, 04:59:00 PM  
Blogger song said...

Shit! I know I'm a little late with this, but lets saddle up and giddem! I have a spud gun that works awesome with lemons...

Fri Jan 13, 12:39:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Song, spud gun with lemons? That sounds great to me. Let's go!

Fri Jan 13, 11:23:00 AM  

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