But the tiniest sliver of the remotest possibility of an outside chance that some kind soul on the bus where my autistic son left our laptop that he uses at school actually did pick it up and hand it in as Lost Property, has got me the closest to it that I’ve come in years.
Sadly, I know it’s far more likely that him being “in too much of a rush” to put his laptop away in his bag (where there’s a proper pouch and everything) meant that he was targeted as soon as he got on the bus as a dreamy teen who wasn’t paying attention, and when he put it on the seat next to him and went back to daydreaming, some close watcher quickly snaffled it while thanking their lucky stars that my son wasn’t paying that close attention, so that when he got off the bus he sorta kinda thought it was in his bag now, and he only realised that it wasn’t there after all at bedtime when he came to plug it in for overnight recharging. He certainly hasn’t been paying close attention to making back-ups of his essential Year 11 schoolwork, that’s for sure (and I hadn’t been prompt enough in backing up the copies of the photos I took in Paris while on holiday, either – they’re on that laptop as well).
Mind you, the user accounts on it are all password protected, so unless the putative thief is also a geek with some hacker/cracker tools, they’ll probably end up selling it to some cracker entrepreneur for a fraction of its true value, because the cracker knows how to get past those passwords.
So, back to that tiniest sliver of the remotest possibility of an outside chance,
I’m offering a reward of $400 to anybody who might just happen to have not quite got around to handing an Acer laptop they found on the 348 between UNSW and Sydenham yesterday afternoon to Lost Property yet and who might just happen to be paying attention to something like this on the internet. Update: Lost Property had it ready and waiting for us!