I know that no one else cares about my van quite as much as I do (and truly, I don't care about it THAT much), but I just have to tell you all that the van is going to be repaired! The damages, while unfortunate and unpleasant from my perspective, do not exceed the cost to total the car. So, we will get our van back! Good as new, or almost. I am going to get it detailed. Who knows what those thieves were up to when they were driving it around? Oh yeah, they weren't just driving it. They were also removing the catalytic converter and the seats and the interior lights and the license plates. Jerks.
On a totally unrelated note, I sure wish the U.S. government would figure out the debt ceiling thing. I don't want to dwell on politics, but really people. Wouldn't it be better to figure things out in a manner that will not cause global financial problems, and then fight later about dealing with massive entitlement and other problems that no one has had the courage to face in 50 years? I'm not in favor of kicking the can down the road indefinitely - truly, I'm not. I just can't stand the thought of further economic damage and uncertainty at the moment.