Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sharpie on Concrete

Kay.  So.  Micah's bestie, Daniel, came over to play the other day.  It was actually a nice day (shocker), and they were playing outside. Micah came in at one point and said, "Mom, Daniel is drawing on our sidewalk with a marker!"

I figured it was like one of those crayola markers, so it wasn't a huge deal, but I did poke my head outside and said, "Hey, Daniel, don't draw on my sidewalk with markers, m-kay?"  And he was really sweet about it.  "Okay!" he agreed.

So then I was walking through the kitchen a little while later, and I glanced out my window.  And Daniel was drawing on the neighbor's sidewalk!  Upon further inspection, I realized that he was drawing with a sharpie.  Oh my gosh.  So I go outside, and I say, "Um, okay, don't draw on ANYONE'S sidewalks from now on, m-kay?"  And again, he was really good and nodded and agreed.  "I'm going to have to take your sharpie, Daniel, m-kay?"  M-kay.

It wasn't until further inspection that I realized the damage he had done.  He wrote his name in enormous letters on our front walkway:
This picture doesn't do it justice.  It's wayyy more noticeable than this.

Then I inspected my neighbor's sidewalk:
Quite artistic, really.  It's almost Picasso-like  And once again, he signed his work.

My neighbor, Laura, was letting out her dog, and I snagged her and explained what happened.  She laughed and was like, "I'm not too worried about it.  The weather will take care of it this winter."  Which is how my reaction would have been, except we have to try to sell our house before winter hits. 

I did call Daniel's mom, who was really embarrassed.  I felt badly; I didn't want to embarrass her.  I was just like, "Hey, if you want to send him over to help me scrub up his mess, I think that would be cool."  She said she wanted to look online to see how to get permanent marker off of concrete, and that they would be over in an hour.  She and I laughed about how Daniel shouldn't have signed his work; it would have given him plausible deniability. 

It's like when I was in second grade and drew on my baby-sitter's t-shirt.  She always just played our Atari when she came over, and that bugged me.  So I was like, "I'm going to draw on the back of your shi-irt!"  And she was like, "Whatever.  I'm playing Donkey Kong."  So I wrote on the back of her shirt.  I wrote my name and my sister's name.  "Karlenn and Natalie."  She claimed later that she thought I had clicked the all-point pen inside and was just using the blunt, retracted end to pretend to write on her shirt.  Turns out, that shirt was from China, and her parents got really mad, and my parents got really upset with me.  Things must have turned out okay, because later, she was still our baby-sitter, and she "accidentally" broke my wrist...  Just kidding - it really was an accident, but it's fun to pretend that she was exacting her revenge for me writing on her Chinese shirt.

I know how busy it is to be a stay-at-home mom, and Daniel's mom also homeschools her kids, which I can't imagine.  My day is absolutely busy, every single second.  I don't know how people can add homeschooling to their daily regimen.  At any rate, a few hours passed, and I didn't see any sign of them, so I set out to try to scrub off Daniel's handiwork.

I have a bottle of Goof Off, which said it could remove permanent marker from concrete.  So I gave it a shot.  It didn't do much:
The D is a little smeared, but that's all.  So I'm trying to figure out what to do. Ben is out of town for a business trip, but he suggested me pouring acetone on it and then scrubbing at it.  So we'll see what happens.

This is Laura's dog, Blackjack:
 He wouldn't hold still long enough for me to get a good picture.  He's a big labradoodle puppy, and he loves me.  Whenever I'm outside, he is there with me.  My constant companion.

So any thoughts on my concrete conundrum?  Send them my way.


Mindy H. said...

Yikes! I wish I had some advice for you. But maybe this will make your house a draw for art collectors who like to speculate on "the next big thing". Who knows, perhaps Daniel will become a professional artist and your sidewalk will be worth thousands of dollars some day...

Megan said...

You are so nice Kar! If a kid did that to my sidewalk I would be pissed!! lol I wish I had a brilliant idea for you, but I think you said you figured out a good way the other day when we talked.

oakleyses said...

louis vuitton outlet, louboutin, ray ban sunglasses, gucci outlet, prada outlet, longchamp handbags, louis vuitton handbags, burberry outlet, longchamp outlet, nike free, air max, coach outlet store online, oakley sunglasses, louboutin outlet, michael kors outlet online sale, polo ralph lauren, louis vuitton, christian louboutin, true religion jeans, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, kate spade outlet, coach outlet, ray ban sunglasses, chanel handbags, louis vuitton outlet stores, louboutin shoes, tiffany and co, michael kors outlet, burberry outlet, nike shoes, tory burch outlet, true religion jeans, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton outlet, oakley sunglasses, polo ralph lauren outlet, prada handbags, coach factory outlet, oakley sunglasses cheap, michael kors outlet, air max, jordan shoes, coach purses, tiffany and co, longchamp handbags, kate spade handbags

oakleyses said...

north face, abercrombie and fitch, converse pas cher, lululemon outlet online, air force, sac longchamp, ray ban sunglasses, nike blazer, air jordan, sac guess, polo ralph lauren, michael kors, louis vuitton, oakley pas cher, michael kors pas cher, sac louis vuitton, michael kors, ray ban pas cher, air max, nike tn, new balance pas cher, ralph lauren, true religion outlet, mulberry, longchamp, nike roshe run, hogan outlet, louis vuitton uk, nike air max, air max pas cher, hollister, nike roshe, barbour, vans pas cher, sac burberry, nike free pas cher, nike trainers, nike huarache, north face, polo lacoste, true religion outlet, timberland, vanessa bruno, nike free, sac louis vuitton, air max, louboutin, hollister, sac hermes

oakleyses said...

celine handbags, nfl jerseys, bottega veneta, new balance shoes, p90x, rolex watches, ugg boots clearance, valentino shoes, ugg boots, uggs outlet, mont blanc, soccer jerseys, longchamp, jimmy choo outlet, ugg pas cher, vans shoes, birkin bag, hollister, insanity workout, ferragamo shoes, abercrombie and fitch, instyler, wedding dresses, herve leger, mac cosmetics, reebok outlet, north face jackets, nike roshe run, canada goose outlet, canada goose jackets, ugg australia, beats by dre, mcm handbags, canada goose, north face outlet, canada goose, marc jacobs, lululemon outlet, chi flat iron, giuseppe zanotti, soccer shoes, canada goose, babyliss pro, uggs, asics running shoes, ugg, ugg boots, ghd

oakleyses said...

baseball bats, links of london, timberland boots, canada goose, canada goose uk, louboutin, hollister clothing store, ugg, moncler outlet, vans, pandora charms, gucci, karen millen, hollister, oakley, pandora jewelry, lancel, moncler, coach outlet store online, toms shoes, air max, louis vuitton, rolex watches, ralph lauren, converse, moncler, ugg, supra shoes, swarovski crystal, hollister, ray ban, wedding dresses, converse shoes, moncler, juicy couture outlet, moncler, thomas sabo, pandora charms, swarovski, parajumpers, iphone 6 cases, juicy couture outlet, moncler, canada goose, montre homme, moncler, air max

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...