On Monday, October 31st I arrived back to the Vancouver area and spent my afternoon at the Burnaby Metropolis Mall preparing for my 'big interview' the following day (see details after this story). I left the mall around 5:30 p.m. and drove to Vancouver to have dinner with my big brother, James and then headed back to his house in Burnaby for the night. As I parked in his cul-de-sac and opened my back car door, I realized something was very wrong. My blue Pepsi Refresh Project laptop bag and it's contents were no longer hidden underneath my sleeping bag. After a mild heart attack, a phone call and a few obscenities, I determined that my laptop had been stolen from my car. It's a mystery to me how it actually happened because I am overly careful about locking Archie -but there was zero damage to the car (thank goodness) - so it seems I had left the car unlocked, or the thief was a magician and/or a professional (mall security informed me that that is very much a possibility).
Whether it was partially my fault or not, the conclusion is the same - my brand new 13" MacBook Pro is gone - as is my Go Pro HD Camera, most of my cross-Canada postcard collection, some important cords, a special notebook that was a gift from a friend and worst of all, my entire project. ALL of my video and picture files, notes, contacts, schedules, budgets etc were on the laptop. My entire project has been lost.
I am obviously extremely distraught over the loss of 4-months of ideas, memories, stories and hard work. I feel terribly guilty that all of the organizations who have been so supportive will not receive any footage that was taken. I do promise to share their messages though, just in a different form. You can still look forward to posts about each organization, my volunteer experiences and the completion of the roadtrip in the coming weeks.
Thank you SO much for your continued support.