You've seen the rear tire looking a bit past its best, and now this:
First of all, I got a new rear tire and realised just how worn the old one had gotten:
As for the tail light, it's ok, it wasn't stolen, it fell off: the plastic mounting looks like it broke, and thinking back I was able to figure out where I lost it. A few days later I went back looking for it and found a trail of ruby red shards leading me to the mangled remains of the tail light.
Roads in Rome have gotten particularly disgraceful lately thanks to extensive "upgrades" to the gas mains throughout the city: who knew that lead pipes were bad for you?! After all, we've had them for a couple thousand years, why change now?!Re-paving blacktop is an afterthought, and the result is bits falling off my bike. Oh well.