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Michael_MacDonald
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I went to my storage unit today looking for some of my props and books that I keep there as I do not want the kids destroying them.... the storage place where I kept them ( past tense) had a water main break and flood all the storage units. had they called me I would have been able to try and salvage some of the rare books and wood props I had. instead they waited till I got there <over a month after> to tell me.

I lost some books that have been out of print for years. some that I will never be able to afford now even if I could find them again. my personal magic library alone had over 700 books. my magick library had at least double that. I lost 40% of the props I had in there due to mold and rot. I lost family pictures. and items that meant a lot to me that can never be replaced. if ya ever wanted to see a grown man in fetal position crying like a baby you would just need to have been there when I saw the devastation.
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Wow. That's a hard thing Michael.
Not sure what to say: just, you have my sympathy. Keep in perspective. How do you make the best of a bad situation?

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Michael_MacDonald
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Burn the storage unit? yes I lost a life time of memories. props and books that I started out collecting in the late 70's
its like my personal life was just wiped out.
David Eichler
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Michael,

So sorry to hear this. Not having ever experienced something like this before, I have no clue how difficult it must be to wrap your head around. I hope that a bright lining will yet appear.

David
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I am definitely not a fan of the numerous frivolous lawsuits we have today but in this case I would possibly look into legal action. That wouldn't replace the unreplacable but it would be a start. Secondly I would do my best to salvage what you have. Small solace in that but maybe after some drying out and careful cleaning you may be able to reclaim more.

That really sucks, man.
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Sorry,for your loss! Smile
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Michael_MacDonald
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Almost all the books and pics are destroyed. military service records, medals, awards from two generations lost.
the props can be rebuilt over time. antique dolls and jewelery from moth, grand mother and great grandmother damaged.
antiques like dolls coins, and other items damaged so that the collectability was at least halved.

legal action will only prolong the bitterness I think and will do nothing to replace what is gone.
I do not see this as malicious intent so causing pain to another is not my nature here.

ill save what I can and move on.

rebuilding the book archive will go a long way in helping me here I think. guess I need to save up as I need the books for referance.
Michael_MacDonald
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And thank you guys, the support helps as I know that you guys can appreciate what books and history can mean on a personal level.
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Michael,

Just saw this thread. Very sorry for your loss sir. I have been there and it is a very hard punch to take.. Stay strong my friend.
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Truly devastating, especially since the loss might have been minimized if you had only been alerted.

While I can only imagine how you feel, know that I can and do feel for you.
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They are insured....be a pest....library has real $$$$$$ value. Produce a list with market value. You have a real claim. Be nice but firm. Be persistent…..it’s just a game….guy that gives up last wins.
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So sorry to hear about your loss Michael. I have also lost items due to unseen circumstances in the past but not to the extent that you have. All the best in salvaging what you can.

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I'm so very sorry to hear this. I hoard books like a dragon's treasure so I know how you feel. There really IS no silver lining but here's a few tips for everyone:

1. Do not underinsure! Make sure your Homeowners and Rental Insurance is up to date and covering your property and possessions at their CURRENT value. A lot of folks are thrilled that they are still only paying premiums for the $50K their $200K house was originally assessed at but when it comes time to get paid, you're only going to see 25% of the value.

2. This is important: Lists are GREAT but VIDEOTAPE YOUR COLLECTIONS. Wander through your home and storerooms and shoot some video. We always leave things off lists and it also proves that you actually HAD that original Water Torture Cell and it was in good condition. Run the camera down your bookshelves, in your closet etc. You get the idea.

Again, Michael, my deepest condolences for a terrible, unconceivable loss. Smile
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I'm so sorry to hear this... I really have no words to describe how you must feel. I know how it feels to lose something dear to me (I lost several of my pets over the years that were more dear to me then most of my own family), but still...

A legal suit isn't going to replace the memories and the loss, nothing can. Being bitter about this isn't going to bring the stuff back either. Just salvage the things that can be salvaged and go on.

My condolences for your loss, sir.
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Quote:
On 2012-09-17 19:27, RCP wrote:
They are insured....be a pest....library has real $$$$$$ value. Produce a list with market value. You have a real claim. Be nice but firm. Be persistent…..it’s just a game….guy that gives up last wins.


what he says. You do not need to do it today; you may need a few days to get over the shock. But, put it on the to-do list and think about doing it tomorrow. Do pursue your claim. You have every right to be reimbursed the replacement value of those things which can be replaced.

best wishes,

Lin
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Very sad to hear this! I love books. I have more books than I have shelves to keep them in. I have books that I’ve kept longer than any of my wives (not joking!) Even hearing about someone else’s loss takes my breath away. You should definitely file a claim. Their lack of action made the situation far worse than it needed to be. And any money’s from the settlement will help (a little) toward replacing the things that can be.

Sincerest regrets!
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Really sorry to hear that Michael, best wishes, and hope you continue to handle things well from here. take care mate!
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I am very sorry to hear this. My very sincere sympathies.

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I'm depressed reading this too - all I can say having lost a comic book collection the same way is - you will mourn and learn and become more paranoid for the future for protecting your treasures - another thought is since you mentioned you got kids - the loss you experienced is something you will recover from - they are but things - not people - but it will suck for a great while - last thought - fresh slate...

And sue the **** otta those ****ers
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Michael, I am saddened to hear of this devastating misfortune. I have no adequate words to console you with.

Sincerely wish I did. My old time rope worker friend R.C. Buff shared with me during our long correspondence years ago, the trauma of having lost his beloved magic props and books in a house fire. He carried that loss all of his remaining days. But somehow he managed to carry on, and continued being creative and loving the craft.

I can only wish you and your loved ones better days to follow.


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