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TPing In The Good Ol' DaysPosted Friday, May 21, 2010, at 12:00 AM
Recently while going to work, I passed by a house that had been tee-peed. You don't see that too often any more. Guess it requires hard work and this younger generation just aren't up for the exercise or have the work ethic.
Ahhhh, yes, that reminds me of the good ol' days...
Tell us more, Grandpa!
Yes, I remember when growing up that houses covered with toilet paper were a regular sight in the mornings. Perhaps, it was because toilet paper was cheap back then. Only a nickel a roll -- even for the "good stuff -- and anybody could buy it.
Teenagers would walk into the local five and dime with a couple bucks and come out with a case of Northern. If the cashier even looked a bit quizzical, most kids would just flash them a pained grimace and whisper "Bad Mexican" and that was a good enough explanation.
But then somebody must have complained to the right person and one thing lead to another and suddenly what once was a nickel a roll shot up 10-fold! The "good stuff" was even more!
TPing was no longer the inexpensive entertainment for the younger generation it had once been. While homeowners everywhere rejoiced that they would no longer have to figure out how to pluck a piece of quilted Charmin from a limb 20 feet off the ground, a part of American traditions fell by the wayside, apparently destroyed by its own success and basic economics.
But it's nice to see that some youngsters haven't completely forgotten about the old rites. Perhaps, their parents or grandparents told them stories of how they could hurl a roll of Cottonelle over a house when they were younger.
Or maybe the kids were playing Wii TP and decided to try their luck with the real thing.
Or possibly, whomever Tee-Peed this particular house, saw a package of toilet paper and said to his or her self "I think I'm going to go decorate the outside of so and so's house with these rolls of tissue paper." thinking it was a completely original idea.
I don't know what the inspiration was, but it made me wax sentimental and be thankful it wasn't my house that got tee-peed.
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