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#1859 - 07/31/04 04:30 PM Crackheads stole my pitchfork
dwf Offline
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Registered: 05/24/03
Posts: 1223
Loc: Austin, Texas USA

They took my little red wagon was really more of a garden cart but it was red.

No matter, it's gone now. And more of the tools I use to cultivate the land went with it.

Along with my pitchfork....have you priced pitchforks lately?...they're expensive.
The thief will probably get about a dollar or fifty cents for the tools. But it all adds up when you're jonesing for your next dime rock.

I spent about $5,000 putting up the 6' chain link fence around my field. Added three strands of barbed wire to the top.

Maybe the big fence made them think something really valuable was inside. In a way there was.

I really liked my pitchfork. I need it too.

Once I was at the mall with a good friend of mine, Peggy. I went to Sears and bought an axe and a pitchfork (not this one that was just stolen, but another one. Maybe my first pitchfork?) and also bought a full size long handled axe.

Man you should have seen how people made room for us that day as we roamed the maul...I mean mall.

I bought this piece of land last year as a place to grow my tulips. While in the depths of depression dealing with the ongoing crisis of trying to recover from the sexual abuse in my life, and also undergoing chemotherapy for Hep C, I started a business.

It's called TexasTulips.

We import tulips from Holland and grow them here in Central Texas. (That's the royal "We" by the way. I'm the only tulip farmer here.) It's a lot of hard work. Full of challenges.

The land had never been developed. But it was used as a spot for shade tree mechanics over the decades. While plowing it is common for me to find spark plugs, manifold covers, oil filters and all the detritus of the machine age.

Strange to see the beauty of nature next to the leftover drudge of our modern day dinosaurs.

But I digress...again. Sorry, I'll try to get this out.

My tulip farm is located in a pretty tough neighborhood. The crack epidemic may have subsided but the news hasn't reached here yet.

I live one block over from the acre or so I've claimed as my tulip farm. Gunfire is heard on occasion and lots of thievery takes place.

The loss of a pitchfork and a red wagon is I guess in the end a small price to pay for the satisfaction I get from growing my bulbs.

As usual, with some effort, I can be philosphically comforted.

The tulip farms neighbors are astounded to see the rows of bright colored flowers spreading across the once vacant lot.

I'm reclaiming a part of the world that was left dejected, dumped on, abused. It's slow work, hard at times and requires more tenacity than I can muster sometimes. But I keep at it.

I'm busy now getting the fields ready for the crop which will be planted in the fall. Adding some compost to the soil will help the bulbs to grow taller and prettier.

The organic matter will also help ameliorate the condition of the dirt damaged by the years of compaction and pollution.

I bought the pitch fork specifically to help turn and load the compost. The red cart was to carry and spread it.

When I found the place in the chain link fence that the thieves had cut to gain entrance to the property, my neighbors gathered around with me. Together we mourned the loss of safety and security that the fence had brought. They offered their sympathies and pledged to keep an eye out for any repeat offenders.

I was angry about my pitchfork.

The red wagon made me sad.

I feel the loss.

I found a spading fork that will do for the compost and have improvised using a tarp to spread it.

Crackheads stole my pitchfork.....there's something about the sound of the phrase that embraces the weird, wacky wonder of my recovery from the effects of sexual abuse.

I could explain it, I'm sure. But that would make me even more longwinded than I already am.

So, I'll leave the phrase and the event that spawned it to give its own lessons to you.
Whatever they may be.

I'm going back out to the tulip fields. Try to mend that hole and spread some more compost.

I'm keeping my eye open for the little red cart.


"Poke salad Annie, 'gators got you granny
Everybody said it was a shame
'Cause her mama was aworkin' on the chain-gang"

-Tony Joe White

#1860 - 07/31/04 04:54 PM Re: Crackheads stole my pitchfork
Bill_1965 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/03
Posts: 1984
Loc: Flint, Michigan
They may steal your pitchfork, but they can never steal your spirit.

Bless you and your tulips,

Pain is Temporary; Quitting lasts Forever. - Lance Armstrong

#1861 - 07/31/04 05:06 PM Re: Crackheads stole my pitchfork
FLRich Offline

Registered: 06/21/04
Posts: 1404

I'm sorry about the loss of your pitchfork and red wagon.

The picture of what that beautiful tulip farm must look like where once was a vacant, rundown, and abused piece of property, must be awesome. It's a picture of what your recovery must be like. You are no longer abused, instead, you are working toward recovering your life. No crackhead thief can take that from you, Danny. Keep up the good work!

#1863 - 07/31/04 06:36 PM Re: Crackheads stole my pitchfork
Bill_1965 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/03
Posts: 1984
Loc: Flint, Michigan
This picture of a oasis of tulips in a blight ridden area is still in my mind. Thank you.

It is always a joy to see the brightness of color and life amongst the dying neighborhoods. It lets you know that hope isn't given up.

Take care,

Pain is Temporary; Quitting lasts Forever. - Lance Armstrong

#1864 - 07/31/04 08:58 PM Re: Crackheads stole my pitchfork
markgreyblue Offline

Registered: 12/19/03
Posts: 5400
Loc: Pasadena, CA
they are mean and low for stealing a red wagon and pitchfork -

but maybe it was a bunch of kids

who in their childish way wanted to play farmer

immitation is the sincerest form of flattery :-)

" not look outside yourself for the leader."
-wisdom of the hopi elders

"...the sign of a true leader is service..." - anonymous

#1865 - 07/31/04 11:27 PM Re: Crackheads stole my pitchfork
Lloydy Offline
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Registered: 04/17/02
Posts: 7071
Loc: England Shropshire
My Irish father in law was a hoarder, and in his 5 large sheds that were stacked to the roofs with 'stuff' there were numerous forks and assorted garden tools. They are now stacked up in my shed, and taking up valuable space that I could fill with axles and gearboxes.
If you want them, they're yours!

Tools become old friends, I have spanners I bought 30 years ago and I take care of them. My father in law was the same with his gardening tools, which is why they didn't get thrown out.
Which is why your loss bugs you so much, whoever took them just saw an easy $


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
Henry David Thoreau

#1866 - 08/01/04 02:55 AM Re: Crackheads stole my pitchfork
Ken Singer, LCSW Offline

Registered: 08/24/00
Posts: 5781
Loc: Lyons, CO USA
It's a shame that someone(s) stole your stuff. I am a gardener and fortunatly live in an area that has little theft or disrespect for others' property. I can appreciate the disappointment you feel about what has happened. In some ways, it is also another violation of you and your space. Things like this should not happen. There is no excuse for taking something that is valuable to another.

I don't know what the answer is. I suppose if I got my equipment stolen, I'd do something to prevent it from happening another time. However, why should we have to to that? One would think that everyone would be taught to respect someone else's property. Unfortunately, it just doesn't happen.

Sorry for your loss of trust.

Blissfully retired after 35 years treating sexual abuse

#1867 - 08/04/04 06:00 PM Re: Crackheads stole my pitchfork
Leosha Offline

Registered: 06/18/03
Posts: 3614
Loc: Right here
I am sorry that happen Danny. That you are doing something, that you are working so much to make beauty out of nothing, and some jackasses do that.

The picture of the tulips, they are so very beautiful. And I must say, the title of the post should win the award for most creative phrase on the board right now! \:\)


Avatar photo in memory of my younger brother Makar.

"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."~~~Martin Luther King Jr., 1963

#1868 - 08/04/04 06:08 PM Re: Crackheads stole my pitchfork
Aden Offline

Registered: 07/05/04
Posts: 499
Sometimes a jerk will steal one of my tometos. We live in the middle of town so our crop is open to such things. Had they stole my pitchfork, I might be a little pissed off. Had they stole my little red wagon... Well, we won't go into that.

Too bad there are so many jerks. But you will get over it. My favorite method of getting over it is to set traps. Like motions trip flood lights. They work wonders.



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