Damnation! Last night while I was waiting for a bus I put my briefcase on the ground for a moment, got my Pocket PC out to check a phone number and then put the Pocket PC back into the back and got a mobile out to look up a number. Then I noticed that the bus was arriving, so I turned round to pick up my briefcase. Only it was not there. It had disappeared into thin air. I neither heard no saw anything, and neither, apparently, did the other people waiting for the bus. I could not believe it. I rang the police, but since I had not seen anyone, they would not send anyone to me. Not a great surprise, I suppose.
In the bag was my highly useful Axim x30h pocket PC, a useful dictionary, all my teaching cards and a text book, plus a register for a course I am holding at the moment. Boy am I miffed. But what really gets me is that a did not notice a thing. I was distracted for no more than five minutes. Heaven knows who took the thing.
Afterwards I went to a local police station to make a statement, but I doubt I will see the bag ever again, and as for the Pocket PC, well, that may as well have been eaten by an elephant. I will not see it again.
Unbelievable. Whoever it was must have been close by and must have noticed the Pocket PC, as I doubt whether and Italian/English financial dictionary will fetch that much on the black market. I did notice a guy at the bus stop who was on his mobile, but I don’t think there was any connection between his call and my loss, but you never know.
Moral of the story: Don’t flash hi-tech gadgetry around and keep tight hold of your possessions while you are in Milan. You live and you learn.