You can quote me: "California is a natural wonder and a man-made disaster."
By Rick Reiff -- Sept. 20, 2023 5:55 pm ET
It was quite a welcome. Less than three hours after arriving in the city, we were treated to a local speciality: a smash-and-grab theft.
My wife and I exited an exhibit on Tudor England at the Legion of Honor art museum in bucolic Lincoln Park to discover that our rental car’s backseat windows had been shattered and the satchel containing my iPad snatched.
“You were lucky,” a sympathetic local assured us as we surveyed the damage. It seems the thief—or thieves—had fled the scene in haste, abandoning an apparent attempt to steal our luggage and perhaps not even noticing my wife’s travel bag on the front passenger floor.
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