Sunday, April 12, 2009

Felony Paint Attack

I was all set to write an informative and entertaining blog post today, but when I went out to get the paper this morning, I noticed that some graffiti had been applied to the sidewalk in front of my house, a small area of the retaining wall near the sidewalk, the approach to my driveway, and the streetlight next to my house.

I called up the police and filed a report with them. I knew it wouldn't do any good, and the police confirmed that when they came out to my house. So I wasn't disappointed. I just wanted to complain to someone, and that's what the police are for in cases like this. They did tell me that each application of graffiti was a felony, but they also told me that it would be almost impossible to find the guy who did it, particularly since crimes like this are rarely committed in the semi-exclusive bedroom community I live in. It never occurred to me that they'd even look for the guy, and they more or less confirmed that as well, but I printed out some photographs for them anyway.

So I'm not going to write anything informative or entertaining today. Instead, I'm going to shop for graffiti removal products. According to one web site I visited, any money I spend on graffiti removal -- whether I do it myself or hire someone to do it for me -- is tax-deductible, but I don't know if I'll bother with that. Doing my taxes is enough of a hassle without trying to figure out which form I need to deduct the cost of graffiti removal products and services. Or maybe I'll start using TurboTax the way it's meant to be used, instead of just filling in the forms I think should be filled in.