Diary of an Ass Monkey (assmonkeydiary) wrote,
Diary of an Ass Monkey

Leaving for work yesterday morning, I saw that someone had stolen one of the ornamental antique grates that keep people from slipping into our cellar windows. Ten or so years ago, the junkies of Philadelphia discovered that they could make good money yanking these off of houses and selling them. Most of them are over a hundred years old, so they're not that secure. Plus, they go for around $500 at antique stores. We were just about the only ones on our block left who still had ours. They didn't go inside and take anything else fortunately, but they could have. The window underneath doesn't even lock.

So, yesterday was spent boarding up windows, removing the remaining grate, and getting estimates from iron workers to have new, more secure pieces put in.

Tags: best of 2005, south philly

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