Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I've Been Robbed!!!

I cannot believe I have lived in Los Angeles for close to 21 years and have never had anything stolen. Sure, I've had my close calls and weird experiences but I've never had anything taken from me. Until now.

And the things that were stolen were so... dumb. Easily acquired for very little money. What was it? My sprinkler heads in my front yard!

It started innocently enough. Two days ago, I turned on the sprinklers. One near the street was a geyser. So I shut that section off and watered the other two sections of my front yard. As the ones on the street frequently get broken when school is in session, I didn't think much of it. Except that school is NOT in session...

Today, I decided I had to water. We hit 108 and I knew my roses desperately needed a drink. I took a new head out and was surprised to see there was no head to remove. I screwed the new one in and thought how strange. On occasion, I have water pressure issues. When that happens, it blows the heads off the pipes. But I usually find the head nearby. No such luck.

So I turn on the water and realize three more heads on that same section were geysering. I kill that section and turn on the next. Five geysers. What the...? I turn on section three... two more geysers.

I head out into the yard thinking someone had vandalized my heads... but there were no heads. I only have four left. So I went down to our local hardware store a few blocks from here and bought a bunch. I usually have to stock up at this time anyway because all the kids and their parents break the ones near the street. I spent a whopping 30 bucks. But I don't think I'm going to put them out for a few days... Maybe it'll give my thief time to finish his own sprinkler project with someone else's heads.

May he reap what he has sown.



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8 comments:

Ordinary Janet said...

what the heck??!! I've never heard of people stealing sprinkler heads. Maybe you should take the heads off when you're done watering. It would be good if you kept a lookout and if the Sprinkler Head Thief comes back, you could follow him or her and steal them right back.

The title is heart-clutching, I thought you were gonna say your house got robbed. Phew.

CreekHiker said...

Janet, On the one hand, I'm laughing but on the other... I do feel really violated.

Becky said...

Maybe it's that possum that used to visit your backyard! Although I thought is was racoons that stole things??

Ordinary Janet said...

I understand that-it's not a good feeling having your things taken, but on the other hand, it's a strange thing to steal. I wonder if there's copper in the heads? It seems that people are doing extremely stupid things for a bit of copper to re-sell.

CreekHiker said...

Janet, they are made of brass and some were plastic with brass... very strange indeed.

Becky... do possum's have opposable thumbs?

Jackie said...

Oh, gosh, I can believe it. I'm a frim believer in the fact that people will steal anything that isn't chained down. Whether they want it or not.
I suppose someone thought they found a really cheap way to put in their own sprinkler system. Too bad there isn't something you could spray on them (like dye packs in banks) so that they could get their little fingers stained...permanently. Or even better, something that would burn like hell!!

Anonymous said...

Sun of a gun. Now I've heard everything.

Annie in Little Rock

CreekHiker said...

Jackie, I like the way you think!

Annie, Ain't it the truth!?!?