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12 August 2010

Hosing myself

What happened to Susan Erasmus on Wednesday afternoon left her temporarily speechless. But now her voice is back.

What happened to Susan Erasmus on Wednesday afternoon left her temporarily speechless. But now her voice is back.

My cellphone rings. "Are you Susan Erasmus?" Right. This is not a good start. My instincts tell me that I am about to listen to a futile sales attempt for life insurance, or another cellphone contract.

How wrong I was.

"We've got your hosepipe. We found the person who stole it. Would you like to lay charges?"

We had. With the help of a hooded 15-year-old, who no doubt swiftly negotiated my six-foot fence to lay hands on the invaluable green treasure lying in my front garden. Bonus: it had a R10 sprinkler attached to it. The hosepipe, no longer in the bloom of youth, might fetch all of R5 from some unsuspecting passerby, who doesn't know it leaks. Badly.

 
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