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Returning to a unique state of Equilibrium
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Member Since: 10th Jan 2001
Total posts: 3288
Posted:We have a lovely fire gathering in Adelaide, Oz - which Kate and I have regularly attended for the last 5+ years (OS travel notwithstanding). Beautiful people and a good spot keeps bringing us back year after year.

Every Friday morning we pack our fire gear and juggling gear in our van, along with chairs cushions drums and other stuff to make it fun. Over the years we've accumulated a lot of gear, which we usually take down there. we sometimes go out afterwards for a dance or a drink with other friends, and so end up packing going out clothes and other stuff so we can go straight from work.

So this last Friday was no exception - we packed up the van, drove to work parked it in the staff car park as usual and finally the day finished and it was time to go down to the park for a big juggle session before Capoeira. well...to our suprise someone had stolen our van! with all our toys, clothes for training and going out and my djembe!

Now thats really crap. Insurance wont cover contents because they werent in a locked boot (vans dont have one) and probly we wont get the real value of our car if its written off or never turns up. But thats not the really sucky part - we have another car we can use.

Another thing thats really frustrating is that our toys are unlikely to ever get used again and will probly end up burned along with our van. All the fun that they could bring into the world will be wasted. That really sucks. I mean, if I thought that some poor people were going to get them and be happy learning how to juggle and fire twirl - I might be a bit happier, but I dont think thats going to happen. Its such a waste frown

And with us looking at getting a mortgage in the next few months, I cant see us replacing this list of toys we've accumulated over the years;

2* concentrate collapsable sticks

3* juggling firesticks (which I only just bought:/)

a pair of swinging fire clubs with cathedral heads

2*pairs of cathedral firepoi

1*pair of oversize cathedral fire poi

6*Albertross juggling clubs

7*adjustable weight matched juggling balls

6*large stage balls

6* 3" acrylics

2* fluro monkeyfist meteors

too many practise poi and tails pairs and sticks to mention

and my djembe.

so our firey and juggly fun will be a little bit limited for a long time. And that really really sucks. Its true what they say - you never know what you have til its gone. I dont care too much about the posessions, but I do care about not being able to practice all these fun skills.

has anyone else lost all their gear before?



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Will carpal your tunnel in a minute.
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 28th Jun 2004
Total posts: 3286
Posted:Oh wow! That's amazing!!!!! biggrin

I'm glad it turned up for you both smile - It's great to hear my experience and yours ended up as happy endings! Perhaps my fortunate luck with my car-theft-and-subsequent-return late last year made its way over to you two smile

hug Look forward to seeing you both & the vans Marvin & Stomper at CG biggrin


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Returning to a unique state of Equilibrium
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Member Since: 10th Jan 2001
Total posts: 3288

unfortunately there is simply no way we can justify owning two white festival vans. Marvin and Stomper are going to have to duel it out over a 6 month period to prove which is better suited to our needs. Stomper has capabilities that Marvin hasnt got (4x4 with long range fuel tanks) but hasn't proven his worth yet. We're giving him 6 months to gain our confidence. If he does, Marvin will have to retire from the festival scene, and go back to his old job of moving families around (not ours). We feel sorry for Marvin. He didn't do anything wrong and has actually been pretty reliable for the last 12 months, and because of some lamer wanting a quick way to make an illegal $250 it looks like he's going to have to find a new home frown But on the other hand, maybe he'd be happier doing that than driving 1000s of ks carrying hippies to festivals year in year out? wink

Wanted to Sell;

Only to a Good home, Marvin the happy people mover, gentle in nature and good with kids.

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Posted:meditate wink hug peace absoluttelly awe some! bounce

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Lambretta Fanatic

Member Since: 20th Dec 2001
Total posts: 4991
Posted:che culo!!!

So nice to hear that things turned out good in the end. hugs to you both.


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In giving love there is an equal grace.
Nor need one seek the aura in the face,
As love unveils the beauty of all things."

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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Perth
Member Since: 31st Mar 2003
Total posts: 5814

Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

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Adya Miriyana
Adya Miriyana

Location: Adelaide
Member Since: 4th Feb 2005
Total posts: 6554
Posted:awesome! AWESOME!! awe-SOME!!!!~!!!! bounce bounce2 bounce!!!!!

wow that's totally amazing guys!!! yay!! man i'm so excited and relieved for you guys!!!!

hug hug hug

Rouge Dragon
Rouge Dragon

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Location: without class distinction
Member Since: 21st Jul 2003
Total posts: 13215
Posted:that's so awesome! grouphug

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

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Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...


bastard child of satan
Location: Raanana, Israel
Member Since: 12th Jan 2004
Total posts: 1113
Posted:wow, so awesome!
it's great that you found it hug


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Location: Bali
Member Since: 3rd Mar 2005
Total posts: 4030
Posted:you know, I was just going to post to ask you if there was any news!!!
I am sooo happy for you!

.....Can't juggle balls but I sure as hell can juggle details....

still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 14th Nov 2001
Total posts: 6979
Posted:life is strange and smelly sometimes.

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Gromit's Humble Squire
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Member Since: 2nd Feb 2005
Total posts: 4496
Posted:OMG. that's really super news Josh! Couldn't have happened to nicer people biggrin And what a way to earn an early upgrade ubblol Good eyes!! hug beerchug

Stream Entrant
Location: Melbourne
Member Since: 13th Jun 2001
Total posts: 2830
Posted:Pyro, that is so great.

And you got all your gear back.


If we as members of the human race practice meditation, we can transcend our fear, despair, and forgetfulness. Meditation is not an escape. It is the courage to look at reality with mindfulness and concentration. Thich Nhat Hanh

pineapple pete
pineapple pete

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Location: melbourne
Member Since: 20th Sep 2004
Total posts: 5125
Posted:wow joshy thats great news! bounce hug

marvelous to hear its all (pretty much) sorted smile


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Gromit's Humble Squire
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Member Since: 2nd Feb 2005
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Posted:*still basking in this good news* biggrin


Carpal \'Tunnel

Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted: Written by: Ry

Couldn't have happened to nicer people

Damn right! biggrin

You two definatly deserved getting your van back. Im very very happy for you ubbrollsmile


Member Since: 3rd Aug 2006
Total posts: 29
Posted:Glad to hear you got your stuff back did they get any leads in who stole it ?


Elusive and Bearded
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Member Since: 2nd May 2007
Total posts: 3597
Posted:what a good story....when i read the first post i was thinking "well at least if they find the van they will get their stuff back. where are you going to sell a bunch of toys that smell like gas?"


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organic creation
Location: earth
Member Since: 7th May 2006
Total posts: 246
Posted:i am sooo glad to hear you got your stuff back!

coming back to this thread just made my day )

faith enfire
faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin
Member Since: 27th Jan 2006
Total posts: 3556
Posted:yes, yay for you all, they probably didn't know what to do with some of the stuff and maybe were scared of the fuel smell, thought the van might blow up :P bounce

Nay, whatever comes one hour was sunlit and the most high gods may not make boast of any better thing than to have watched that hour as it passed


Location: In Bed
Member Since: 6th Sep 2002
Total posts: 165
Posted:so.....i've been thinking it and i reckon that this means that.......

.....i can have the turago when i come back over to Oz right??

i can give you a fair price for it....

how about

1 x packet of tim tams (one of the new flavours)
2 x coopers long necks (opened)


the lint covered boiled lollie from the pockets of my big woolie coat (you know the one i wear to parties and fall asleep in ditches in)


good deal hey??


ps: i am super happy you guys got all your important stuff back


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old festy hand

Member Since: 10th Oct 2004
Total posts: 765
Posted:i know i called you and gave you as soon as i found out but need to express happyness in various locations for full effect of my happyness to be felt... hehe
and bigins they might want a deposit or somthing... like that toy dinosaur of yours (im sooooo sorry i forgot his name!) then you would be torn wuldnt you.. hehe


Location: In Bed
Member Since: 6th Sep 2002
Total posts: 165
Posted:hmmm.....not to sure about the dinosaur (named "mate" (took me ages to think of a name). i mean how could anyone think of trading your living traveling companion for, you know, material possessions.

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you think they might accept my sock monkey as down-payment??

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Posted:bounce YAY for lovely random miracles!!! bounce2 that is bloody fantastic news you guys!!! *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee* biggrin hug

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