Over the weekend, I went to the downtown Los Angeles area to a neighborhood called the Arts District. It was supposed to be a fun couple hours spent shooting with some local photographers in the area. For the most part, that experience was what I expected it to be. However, what I wasn’t expecting was to have my jacket stolen.
Before I get to far into the details of my recent theft, I will say I know what I did was a risk, one that I’ve taken on multiple occasions over the years. I’m at fault and I recognize this, but it doesn’t take the sting away from having my jacket stolen.
It all really started when I parked. I was late for the event and I was trying to make up for lost time by securing my bike and helmet as fast as possible. I’d looped the neighborhood for a parking spot and didn’t notice any homeless people or unsavory lurkers wandering around. I also noticed there were a lot of restaurants and art pop ups open as well. Heck, I even saw a few police cars patrolling the neighborhood rather frequently.
Taking all these factors into account, I figured my motorcycle jacket would be fine attached to my bike for a few hours. I was, of course, wrong to have made this assumption. After I left my photographers meet up, I discovered my jacket missing from the back of my bike where I attached it. At first I thought it just fell to the ground, surely no one would take my jacket.
You might be thinking that’s a silly thought, but allow me to explain. I haven’t washed my jacket in well over two years. Why? Because it’s white and black, and paired with my white helmet I look like a Power Ranger when it’s clean . So, I allowed it to get really gray/black in order to toughen the look up. Not to mention, the jacket is a women’s size small. Most riders are men and they sure as heck don’t wear my size most of the time.
In the end, I guess it was the universe’s way of telling me it was time to finally buy that new jacket, which I’ve already ordered. There will a review of my new jacket coming soon, so be on the look out for that.
Stay safe in these streets!