The Runaway Balls: That was a fun story!

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The Runaway Balls

By Bubbles
April 15, 2010

My husband surprised me one day with two large stone balls for the front garden. He had to have two men help him place them. I just loved them peeking out of the salvias near the sidewalk. Our neighbors would walk up the hill and take a rest, letting their kids sit on top of the balls. This is a story of how the balls wound up hidden in our backyard.

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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Apr 14, 2010 11:25 PM CST
I liked reading it but it was wonderful how many photos you had to share too!
Thanks for sharing it!
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Name: Chris
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Ladygardener1
Apr 15, 2010 5:37 AM CST
I agree Hurray! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Rannveig
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rannveig
Apr 15, 2010 6:07 AM CST
Lovely story, thanks for sharing! So funny! Your backyard is beautiful btw! :-)
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 15, 2010 7:08 AM CST
Photos? It's not often you have a motorcycle, a police car, a fire truck, and a gaggle of firemen, cops, and curious neighbors on your street. Of course I wanted to document it. You just can't make this stuff up...

Thanks for backyard comment, Rannveig. There are more backyard photos in TX Cubit under..Show Us Your Gardens...would love for you to take a peek!
Name: Rannveig
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rannveig
Apr 15, 2010 7:37 AM CST
Sandi - it's fabulous! Thanks for the tour Smiling It's always so interesting to me to see houseplants growing outside ;-) Hilarious!
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Bubbles
Apr 15, 2010 7:55 AM CST
Thanks for looking! I remember when you first joined Cubits. I even made my non-gardening husband look at your garden...fabulous.
Name: Bridgett
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Sonoita
Apr 15, 2010 9:18 AM CST
Great Story! Thumbs up Great Balls!:rofl: I'd love to find a set of those myself Drooling
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 15, 2010 9:33 AM CST
Thanks! I'm sure the balls came from Mexico originally.
Name: Bridgett
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Sonoita
Apr 15, 2010 9:44 AM CST
We have a local ranch that has 2 HUGE balls at it's entrance, they stand about 3.5' tall, but look odd by themselves. I like your grouping.
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Bubbles
Apr 15, 2010 10:06 AM CST
I think the really big ones are used at some of the electronic stores' entrances to deter smash and grabbers!
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Ticker
Apr 15, 2010 10:18 AM CST
Great story! Smiling LOL I have a question, though. Is that a bear trap you have attached to the balls in the back yard? That could discourage any vandalism. ;)
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Bubbles
Apr 15, 2010 11:21 AM CST
Gosh, you're observant! It is some kind of animal trap...I found it in a box of antiques from my aunt. I put it there as a joke right after the caper...to illustrate what would happen if the balls went missing again. When I wrote the article, I needed a photo and pulled that one up. Was too tired to hunt for a more "appropriate" one, so left it.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Apr 15, 2010 1:48 PM CST
It's a shame you must keep them hidden. Are they from Costa Rica?

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Ticker
Apr 15, 2010 3:06 PM CST
I think it's a hoot! It will definitely get your point accross that those are to be looked at and not stolen. Smiling Like anyone should ever have to make that kind of point about their property. Jeez.
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Bubbles
Apr 15, 2010 3:24 PM CST
I think the balls are Mexican in origin, moved from there on a flat bed truck! I did find the article fascinating tho. Had not seen anything about the balls of Costa Rica before. Very interesting.

Ticker, we've talked about putting the balls back in the front garden, set in cement. Just haven't asked the insurance company about it yet. We've lived in the same house for over 30 years, and ball rolling has been the only vandalism we can ever remember. There must be some kind of magnetic pull to a teenage boy to remove 'em! No use tempting fate again.
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AYankeeCat
Apr 16, 2010 8:33 AM CST
I LOVE karma! I hope the young man learned his lesson. And what a GREAT story to tall. Thank you for sharing it!
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Bubbles
Apr 16, 2010 9:16 AM CST
Thanks for reading it! The Camaro is gone...replaced with a small truck shortly after the tree falling. I just hope his dad learned a lesson...".just because your insurance might get canceled if you make another claim, that doesn't mean you can intimidate someone else into paying for damage."
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Palomino33
Jul 10, 2011 6:10 AM CST
Thanks for sharing such an amusing story.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 10, 2011 7:55 PM CST
Thanks for enjoying it!
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Sheila_FW
Aug 18, 2011 6:22 AM CST
I read this when you first wrote it, and it is a great read all over again. Sweet karma!!

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