Friday, April 14, 2017

We Joke About It, But Someone Really Did Steal Her Backyard

The beach cities here get their share and more of fog that can occur at any time of the year.   The balcony that stretches the width of the house faces east.  If there's fog at all, our back yard turns into a thick, grey curtain and the avocado tree disappears from view.  We joke, "Call the police!  Someone stole the back yard!"  (No, it doesn't take much to amuse us.)

Imagine my raised eyebrow at this story in today's Daily Breeze.  Someone stole a San Pedro woman's artificial-turf back yard, leaving the front yard untouched.  There's something "better"?  "More interesting"? about a back yard vs. a front yard?   She speculated that the thieves just rolled it up and took off with it. 

It is believed that the robbery took place sometime overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.  Alicia Cullen, the turf owner, remarked that she had brought the dogs in that night or they would have barked.   The dog next door will bark at a bent blade of grass as it bends, so I think even a dog inside a house would hear something "off" and bark.  We have cats (who would let a thief take the entire house as long as it didn't disturb a nap)  so I don't know this for a fact. 

Anyhow, Cullen's homeowners insurance will cover the estimated $1,500 loss, but the deductible would have to be paid.  Debate on this subject is probably on-going.  Meanwhile, replanting with flowers is an option being considered by Mr. and Mrs. Cullen as the artificial turf came with the house via a previous owner. 

Thieves:  if you are casting lascivious eyes at the front yard, be assured that the dogs will be out.  And if you have never experienced one, know that the pain of the bite followed by at best, cellulitis, is not anything you want Santa (or dogs) to bring you. 

It's probably asking a great deal of you to bring back the lawn.  We, even with heavy fog, are better off.  The sun does come out and the fog does go away.  And in our case, sooner or later, it will come back, unlike your lawn.

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