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Irony, thy name is Christmas


So right after I made my last post about the Christmas lights on the house we went out shopping, and came back to find the trees along the driveway all knocked down and broken, so I have to take them all out.

Remember me mentioning how much I hated some of the neighborhood kids a couple of days ago? Yeah.

Merry Christmas.

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akirashima
Dec. 21st, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
Umm call the police and have thier little asses arrested. then wait for them to get out of juvey hall and kill them with a chirstmas tree
esprix
Dec. 21st, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
I've no idea which particular ones to have arrested. I am going to notify our HOA, though - maybe for once they can do some good.
akirashima
Dec. 21st, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
lets hope so. Perhaps investing in a extra hd and a camera ofr a laptop to catch them with would do some good since a security system would cost more and be obvious. also you can use the web camera for other things too besides catching evil children. Just set to record and let it peek out some curtains at some juice yard ornaments and tape away. on low settings they can record a bit of video without eating HD space like candy
esprix
Dec. 21st, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
I saw at Wal*Mart they were selling a night vision webcam, probably for just this purpose. I also saw on the news last night that a DC guy had his inflatable yard ornaments destroyed more than once (with a katana, perhaps?) and finally caught them using a webcam, so perhaps it'd work.
[no subject] - colinblackthorn - Dec. 21st, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
esprix
Dec. 21st, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
It was amusing to watch. :D
akirashima
Dec. 21st, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
It wasn't me
esprix
Dec. 22nd, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
Sir, may I please see that katana you're hiding behind your back?
akirashima
Dec. 24th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
this isn't a katana. it is a rib out of my corset
esprix
Dec. 28th, 2006 06:49 am (UTC)
That's what they all say.
akirashima
Dec. 28th, 2006 11:12 am (UTC)
But in the SCA it can be true. I mean look at the size of the ladies that use them sometimes!
phreespirit
Dec. 21st, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
You know, you don't have to call the police with the intention of getting anyone arrested. Just file the report. Let the HOA know that you did this.

Perhaps in your next HOA newsletter (or whatever), they'll mention it. This way, maybe the parents of the delinquents will see that there's been some bad stuff happening. Even if the parents don't think it's their kid, they'll mention it in passing when comparing their ANGELS to the other kids in the neighborhood. The kids'll know that you mean business.

Be sure that the HOA and the police (and your insurance company) know how much it will cost you to replace the landscaping. I'm sure that your insurance company will support your decision to put up a webcam.
esprix
Dec. 21st, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Our HOA sucks - zero participation from any residents, only the bare minimum of work and officers involved, and they actually now pay the former president (who sold his home in our development) to come and caretake the place because he's the only one who ever gave a damn. Hell, they tried to do a summer BBQ, but not only got zero response, but were told that people were afraid to come because they'd invited local services - such as the police - and people were afraid they'd be arrested. Yeah. Welcome to the 'hood. (I briefly flirted with the idea of volunteering, but after fighting with them to drop a lousy $30 in late fees for my dues, I decided that kind of BS wasn't worth my time.) So not only will they not do anything, but no one would know anyway. Regardless, I did notify them of the incidents as a matter of course.

I'll rethink notifying the police, but really, the trees were a grand total of $20. I'm somewhat happy at least that the neighbors look out for my property when I'm not around, but there's only so much a neighborhood watch can do, I suppose. (Then again, maybe organizing one isn't such a bad idea. Hmmm...)

Oh, and on top of all that, I realized after the fact that I should have gotten permission from the HOA Board in the first place before putting in the stones, so there's a part of me that is worried they might tell me I have to take them out. :(
velikij
Dec. 21st, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
May they have the fate of a character in the '70s sitcom "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman", who died when he opened a closet door, and an aluminum Christmas tree fell out, upon which he impaled himself. So appropriate for these ruffians at Christmastime. Replace the fallen trees with spring-loaded aluminum Christmas trees with sharpened tips.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Hartman,_Mary_Hartman
ashoemaker
Dec. 21st, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
What? Stupid kids! Even when I was a kid, I was really annoyed by random acts of vandalism!
esprix
Dec. 21st, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
My friend Derek says we live in the ghetto, but I still refuse to believe him.
paladin_of_gaia
Dec. 21st, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
I'm really sorry to hear that
esprix
Dec. 21st, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
It sucks, and it's not the first time it's happened. It all started when I put in the border along the driveway. When we moved in it was nothing but a muddy rut since it's a small, one-car driveway (almost every house in the development has the same problem), and everyone cuts it too short, driving onto the grass. Realizing I wasn't going to change anyone else's behavior, I came up with a plan to work with that behavior instead - I put in a bed of stones, so it doesn't matter if people accidentally drive up on them.

Unfortunately, the kids have taken it to mean they have a new source of throwing material. It almost always happens when there's no car in the driveway (hence they know we're not home), but we'll drive up after a weekend away or a night out shopping and there will be white stones all over the road in front of our house. Very frustrating. My next step with that is to enclose the bed in chicken wire, but I haven't gotten around to it, so in the meantime I just go out and pick them all up and put them back whenever they migrate (sometimes even to the roof - who knew rocks could fly?).

On the plus side I've gotten to know the 3 little boys next door, and they like us to the point where they tell the other kids not to play in our rocks (as if they listen). They're actually good kids, so at least I know who it's not. But the rest of the brats in the neighborhood? Not so much.

The joys of being a homeowner in the ghetto I guess. :(
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