Saturday, October 28, 2006
A Visit from the Fuzz
When I look back on my Earthship adventures I will certainly never forget that the solar panels on the Brighton Earthship in Stanmer Park were stolen by a crack addict named Psycho Tom who lives in a van and is a "cage fighter" (lock two men in a metal cage and don't let them out until one is unconscious). There once were 18 solar panels on the Earthship, special ones, that work best with diffuse light, the gray skies most common here. We could've run all the power tools and the cement mixer off of this system. But, alas, Pscyho Tom the Cage Fighter "nicked" them (stole them). Then last Friday, a sudden break and the police recovered two of the panels, serial numbers scratched out, strapped on top of a van. We probably will never see the other sixteen but were treated to the sight of 4 uniformed officers standing on the roof of the Earthship, comparing the scrapes on the panels with the brackets from which they were pried and taking evidence photos with their cell phones.