Comments on: Summer Pranks http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:05:45 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Kimberly http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-2/#comment-537297 Kimberly Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:27:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-537297 I grew up in Seattle–damp–but I feel it was mostly done in good humor. To someone we enjoyed & knew was good natured. Just TP, no vandalism or anything that could really do damage. My dad was a church leader so we were targeted a couple times by brave souls, other times our youth leaders would start the fun. Never ever to be really mean. My mom (class advisor) even took us to do our clergyman’s home once. We left a cheerful poster and he called to thank us!

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By: Kimberly http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-537296 Kimberly Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:22:17 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-537296 The hose! Awesome!

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By: Kendyl http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-537268 Kendyl Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:53:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-537268 I grew up in the central valley in CA, on a block of 16 homes, with about 22 kids all about five years apart in age. We all TP’d each others house. It meant different things depending on what you used . If we were just getting each other we just used TP, and it was about noe getting caught. We almost always helped clean it up in the morning and never involved any parents. It was good clean fun, BUT, if we did the despised block babysitters house…(old crotchety lady) then we used eggs on the grass, cuz they stink, and turned the sprinklers on once we were done! We had some great stories to tell each time.
As for now, we live in SoCal and I do have a teenaged son. It’s a bit different now, only that we have to drive them cuz their friends live further than down the street. It means the same here, friends TPing friends hoping not get caught. Girls flirting with the boys, how high can the roll be thrown, watch me throw it over the house, etc. some thing the kids and parents have started is that they feed the kids that come by in the morning to do the clean up, it has become a social fun thing here in Utopia, I mean Temecula.

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By: Kendyl http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-537242 Kendyl Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:36:38 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-537242 Love that he was so into it!

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By: Christy http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-537122 Christy Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:54:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-537122 Too much rain here for tp to be considered harmless. However, in our small town it’s fairly common to see houses flamingoed – front lawns covered in plastic pink flamingos.

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By: beth cupitt http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-537063 beth cupitt Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:38:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-537063 oh, i’m sad to say, i’ve never been tp’d. in texas, i think it’s an honor. i’ve wrapped many a house in junior high, but was never cool enough to get wrapped myself.

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By: Dee http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-371654 Dee Mon, 06 Aug 2012 03:18:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-371654 It’s been interesting to skim through the comments. I had no idea there was such an array of opinions. When I grew up in a small town in Northern Cal in the 70s, among my friends it was the wildest thing we did. That and drinking Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider. It was all in good fun, and we only did the people we loved. It was never vandalism or bullying. Now as a frugal ‘older’ person, I shake my head to think that we ‘wasted’ 59 rolls of TP on our favorite church teachers house. I agree with a previous comment: what a low cost compared to much worse teen habits. It was all good, clean fun.

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By: Shaney http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-371472 Shaney Fri, 03 Aug 2012 18:31:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-371472 I remember a distinct incident with a couple of girls whose names I will change to protect the guilty – let’s call them Kichelle and Matie – where there were rolls of toilet paper (graciously donated by Denny’s), for sale signs (you’re welcome realtors), blinking construction barricades with someone’s pants wrapped around the bright lights to keep any cops from seeing it in the back of someone’s VW and lots of giggling and shushing and running down the street to regain control of ourselves. It was definitely because someone had a crush on a boy and it was all in good fun…and we we did a FANTASTIC job! I wish I had a picture of that house.

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By: Nicci V http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-369241 Nicci V Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:35:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-369241 It looks so pretty! Unfortunately, where I live, Johannesburg, South Africa, we would never get an opportunity for this kind of thing. Firstly, nobody can walk the streets at night to be able to do a prank like this, and our houses are all behind high walls and electric fences, making toilet paper beautifying a bit redundant. Makes me think about life in a safer city, or at least here in SA, in a smaller town.

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By: M http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-369218 M Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:17:38 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-369218 I grew up in Latin America and if TP’inf occurred the police would be called for sure, and it would be considered vandalism. I lived in St Louis MO for a long time too and nobody ever TP’d houses.

I would be really angry if someone did this to me. Maybe those who think it’s all fun and games should be careful to make sure the recipients of the prank are ok with it.

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By: Erin http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-369208 Erin Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:44:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-369208 We had the same–egg on stucco. It was late at night while it happened, I was a teenager upstairs re-decorating my room with my light on, so I think it was simply someone awake that they saw. It was a desert climate, so the windows were open…egg on the screen, window, stucco, carpet inside. Normally I’d be flattered with TPing, but that made me mad. It was mean, and I wanted to find out who did it.

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By: Erin http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-369205 Erin Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:37:24 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-369205 p.s. I must say–what an impressive job they did! If that’s the house that you stayed at and real, wow. Those kids got some exercise while tp-ing!

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By: Erin http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-369204 Erin Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:36:48 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-369204 That’s funny that there’s different takes on it…where I grew up (Northwest and Utah), it was fun and innocent to do, and if it were done to me, made me feel like I was (or one of my siblings were) popular. As an adult, I think it’s a pain to clean up–sprinklers or rain plus thin tissue up in trees where you can’t reach it, not fun. But still, I’d far rather have my kids toilet papering than other things. My teenage crowd was much like yours, so of course, you get creative with your fun.

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By: lilly http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-369153 lilly Wed, 25 Jul 2012 01:49:19 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-369153 First, my assumption is that the picture was stagged or in some way altered. It does not look natural.

Second, where I live this is considered bullying and vandalism.

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By: Robin http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-369147 Robin Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:01:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-369147 I’m nine years old. I don’t know, I might be offended or I might not be. It depends on who did it, I guess.

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By: Lisa http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-369146 Lisa Tue, 24 Jul 2012 22:13:48 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-369146 My mom and her best friend Judy would drive us around in either our panel truck or Judy’s hippie van….if we were caught, another parent and their kids, the victims :), might jump in the vehicle and join in the fun. Being TP’d was a badge of honor, a sign you were beloved in some way. My husband was shocked that we did this…on a regular basis no less!

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By: Corinne http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-369145 Corinne Tue, 24 Jul 2012 22:09:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-369145 Yes…we did the same– it was harmlessly done to friends and boys we liked, too.

In fact, it was sort of an honor and a delight to have it done back because that meant someone liked you. I don’t know how my parents felt, with all the clean-up, but I always thought it was fun.

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By: Erin Hall {i can craft that} http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-369142 Erin Hall {i can craft that} Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:12:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-369142 I never did it. To my parents its a huge no no and seen as vandalism and very disrespectful. My parents took a lot of pride in the appearance of their home and toilet papering messes it up and is very difficult to clean up. I guess I feel the same way. Though not as picky as my parents I would be upset if we were TP’d

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By: kellychristine http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-369138 kellychristine Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:58:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-369138 definitely guilty of committing the act but never did the end result look anything like this. they got y’all good! :)

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By: Kristen Howerton http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/summer-pranks/comment-page-1/#comment-369136 Kristen Howerton Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:50:13 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21188#comment-369136 So interesting to read all of these responses. I grew up in Florida and getting TP’ed was usually because someone had a crush. Nearly every slumber party involved a trip to TP someone’s house and my mom was often driving the get-away car. I had two sisters and in high school, ours was TP’d nearly once a month. We always thought it was funny.

I agree on the religious kid thing, too. I went to bible college and we were constantly playing pranks. Later, when my husband was a youth pastor in Southern California, the kids were really into it, too. It was never mean-spirited.

Even as adults, we’ve done it. There was a season when a bunch of us young married would get together for game night, and often the night would end with the last people who stayed plotting a TP of the house of the couple who left first.

I would imagine, with 4 kids, my house will be a target in a few years, but I also suspect I’ll be teaching my kids the best techniques. :)

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