Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Egging Me On

Our house got egged. I hate living in a neighborhood. It actually happened the other night, but I didn't realize what I had heard until a few days later when I went to open the window, and there's egg crusted to the bottom of it (I couldn't see it before because the sheers blocked my getting a clear view of the window). I was sitting on the couch, at about midnight, and heard a really loud bang on the side of the house, outside the dining room windows, near where our air conditioner is. It scared the shedoobie out of me, so much so that I actually froze on the couch and waited to see what was going to happen next. I had heard voices outside earlier, on the sidewalk, but didn't think too much of it. There was no other noise, and I didn't hear any more voices, so after a few minutes I wrote it off as a nut falling off the tree and hitting the a/c in the window, and moved on, albeit a little uneasily. Now, I can see that there's yolk splattered on the window, egg white dried in the sill, and an eggshell on the ground. Nice. Our house is on a corner, so it's an easy target. I'm also wondering if it was maybe some kids who knew the kids who lived here before us, before their parents split up and had to sell the house, like maybe blaming us for their friends moving or something. Hell, maybe it was those kids, themselves. Anyway, argh. I'm hoping that Halloween isn't going to be an eggfest at our house. I'll be waiting with the hose sprayer, I think, just in case. It's not like this isn't a nice neighborhood, but of course there are teenagers in all neighborhoods, so... argh. At least it was eggs and not rocks, I suppose.

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This afternoon, I have to go up to the school and do the annual walk-a-thon with the kids. Basically, the kids are supposed to get people to sponsor them with a certain amount of money, and then complete the walk (I think it's a mile for older kids, half a mile for the K kids). Of course, there are the standard ridiculous prizes for kids who raise the most, like a bike and a boombox (that I believe are donated), which basically just translates into the rich kids at the school getting prizes they don't need. Families with multiple siblings never win these things, because the monies are split between several kids so *those* kids can each get the lesser '$1-$10 raised' prizes so it's not one kid getting a goodie bag and the others not getting one, and kids with very small families (like mine when I was growing up), who have no one to ask for sponsors, are screwed too. I have a real problem with the whole prize thing, as you can tell. I think it's ridiculous to always have to have a prize, and it rewards the kids for.... what? Having parents that can get their friends to write checks? or that can write a huge check themselves? It's not like the elementary school kids are doing any of the fundraising themselves, because they're not allowed to go door-to-door, even if their parents would let them. So, the kids are getting rewarded for just showing up, which is what *all* the kids do, regardless of how much they raised. Plus, almost no one I know actually goes out and asks people for money - we all just write a check for whatever amount we can and suck it up. Everyone I know has kids doing fundraisers at this time of year, so if we all ask each other for money, it's the same thing as all of us just writing a check for our own kid, anyway. It'll be the same at Christmas with the catalogues. At least then, though, there will be an actual Thing they can purchase, rather than just asking for donations, which is what a walk-a-thon basically requires.

OK, that's the end of the tirade for today. Tune in tomorrow for more b*tching and moaning!

9 comments:

Kristin.... said...

I'm glad I live in the woods. Our house would have to be actively searched out to be egged. And, since we have no street lights, it would be hard to find in the dark. Phew.

Oh walk-a-thons. OUr kids do a jump-a-thon, but they do the jumping!

LoriD said...

Ugh on the egging. When I was a kid, someone from a passing car threw an egg at me as I was riding my bike. I remember riding home and bursting into tears, I was so insulted by the act.

I hate the prize thing too. I can buy my kid a water bottle and cheap little ball for a lot less than what it costs for them to "earn" them in these stupid fundraisers. For their recent Terry Fox run, the classroom that did the most laps got a little prize - so the reward was based on the kids' efforts, not the amount of money raised.

Shelly Overlook said...

Euw! I didn't know anyone egged houses anymore if for no other reason than eggs are expensive. How do you clean egg off your house? Yuk - so sorry!

d e v a n said...

UG! I'd be ticked about the eggs and would thoroughly enjoy spraying any little beasties that threw eggs at my house!

Cherish said...

At our Terry fox walk last week, Rayden's school asked each student to bring in a dollar or two (i was going to write loonie or twoonie but then I realised that some people wont understand that lol. The students didnt get prizes but fruit trays were delivered to each classroom at recess as a reward. It was a nice relaxed way to raise money.

Sherry said...

Every once in a while, my Beetle gets egged in our driveway. I assume it's the same kids every time. The first time it happened, we were away for the weekend, and the weather was ridiculously hot. By the time we got home, noticed it, and were able to clean it off, the egg had literally baked onto the car's paint. It was not pretty.
I feel your pain.

Swistle said...

I totally agree on the prize thing. I wish they'd STOP.

Melissa said...

My ex boyfriend egged our house one time! Ross and my father caught him and his friend in the act, basically the ex out and apologized to my family :D

creative kerfuffle said...

ugh the prizes! i hate the get a prize for fund raising (cos you're right about everything, more than one kid, no prize) but wouldn't it be better to teach the kids to do fundraisers because it's a nice thing to do rather then because you get a prize? ok--the fundraisers that are actually for a cause (we have jump rope for heart here). the OTHER fundraisers--to get monies for the school? just ask for freaking contributions. if I have to sell one more roll of wrapping paper i'm going to hurl. the people who started these need to be sent to a hot place with the people who decided you need goodie bags at birthday party so EVERYONE gets something. really? (ok, putting my soapbox away now)