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Picking Up [Apr. 15th, 2009|07:20 am]
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I'm meeting with a plumber out at the land today. Way back when the house was stripped, in addition to the electrical wires and the pipes to the propane tank, the bad guys stole the copper pipes from behind the toilet and under the bathroom sink. And when they took the pipes under the kitchen sink, they took the sink as well. So I need to get some plumbing done before the water starts to flow next week.

There's a scavenged sink in the kitchen that should work just fine. I figure to get one of the free water-saving toilets the city is giving away. So the guy is going to give an estimate on hooking that up and replacing the pipes and faucets that were stolen.

By the end of next week, there'll be a whole new set of stuff for the next round of vandals to steal.

And the vandals seem to be ramping up just in time. Last week, someone left a pick-up truck with no tires. It looked stolen to me, but the cop said they had so report on it, so she just had it towed to the impound lot. It was a pretty truck and there was a money bag on the front seat. My yard hippie found it. I'm hoping that he scared off the bad guys while they were in the process of stripping it. If they were scared away, they might not come back so soon.

The development does seem to have reduced the number of miscreants in the area. But I did find a hooker and her john on one of the empty roads in the middle of the housing development last week. When they saw me, they drove a little bit further down the road and I let them be. But If it seems the bad guys are starting to come back, I'll start chasing the hookers off even if they are over in the development. Riff-raff begets more riff-raff, so it's best not to let it start.

Here's the truck they left:

Left For Dead

On The Seat Of The Abandoned Truck

And here are some pretty flowers that were nearby on the side of the road:

Twin Sons Of Different Mothers
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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2009-04-15 03:07 pm (UTC)
If no one claims the truck do you get it back? I like it. Do you know the name of the purpley-blue flowers? So much cool stuff on the land!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-04-15 08:51 pm (UTC)
The purple-blue flowers are blue-curls, Phacelia congesta, in the Borage Family. Look at where they haven't opened--don't they look like tightly curled octopus tentacles? The yellow flowers are--I think--something in the mustard family but I'm not sure which. Blue-curls attract butterflies--watch for Variegated Fritillaries, Monarchs, and Common Buckeye as well as smaller ones.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-04-17 06:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for the ID's. I don't know if there are any blue-curls on my land. The one in the photo was by the road on the way in. Now that I know their name, I'll look up how to get some seeds and plant them on my land. They are so pretty!

There's plenty of mustard on my land. The first summer after I bought the land there was tons of it. Now there are some patches, but nothing like that first year.
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[User Picture]From: asmittenkitten
2009-04-16 01:02 am (UTC)
Let me know if the bad guys leave an iPhone or GPS, as they might be ours. I'm sorry your pipes got stolen. I now know what an awful feeling it is to be robbed. BTW, your flowers are pretty.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-04-16 01:28 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry it happened to you. It totally sucks.

I'm glad you like the flowers.
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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2009-04-16 03:58 am (UTC)
Oh no! Sorry to hear you got robbed. Here in brooklyn people carry little alcohol wipes to erase the ring on the winsdshield from the GPS suction cup so thieves don't break into their cars. It's such a bad feeling when you get robbed.
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