Reading these kinds of threads makes me paranoid! I've never had anyone mess with my bike, but when I go to a gas station I always park it next to the window so that I can see it when I'm inside, none of the gas stations around here have a good place to lock it up. And I always chain it up at the grocery store. Those are the only two places I go where I would have to leave my bike unattended. But still, I'm starting to wonder if my cable lock is enough.
P.S. love the hot-seat idea.