What Do You Write? M-O-M!

When I was in junior high, my friend David’s mom used to by us beer and drive us around and let us get away with all kinds of nefarious nogoodness. At the time, I was pretty psyched about the arrangement. In retrospect, however, it’s painfully obvious that anybody that’s buying beer for 14-year-olds is not practicing good decision making. Much like the mother arrested last week for driving her teenaged sons around while they tagged up Silver Lake:

On August 22, 2006, around 4:30 PM, Victoria Villicano and five others were arrested for vandalism. Northeast Area officers responded to a call of vandals near Micheltorena Elementary School. The officers noticed what appeared to be fresh spray paint on the wall, which, read “HIV” in black paint. As the officers were conducting the investigation, an additional call of spray painting suspects at Sunset Boulevard and Rosemont Avenue with the same description was broadcast. The officers immediately responded and arrested Villicano who was the driver of a SUV and five subjects who had paints on their hands.

I’m not opposed to allowing your kids to get away with some stuff that Johnny Law may not be fond of, but if it’s going to get your ass sent to jail you should probably just say no.

(Also, can somebody please tell the LAPD that they don’t need to put two spaces after their periods in their blog posts? Are they typing them on a typewriter or something?)

11 Replies to “What Do You Write? M-O-M!”

  1. Find and replace, kids, find and replace.

    On the point of the post, however, I recall hearing about parents that did the whole “they’re going to drink they may as well drink at home” thing – which is okay for your kid, not so much for someone else’s kids. There was an article just this past week about a mom who’s going to do some jail time for giving drugs and booze to her kid and his high school friends. Can’t find the damn link, but it’s hardly an unknown tale.

  2. Two spaces are correct

    Not to get too far off subject, but no, they’re not. Next you’re going to tell me they should be using double hyphens instead of em dashes or hash marks instead of curly quotes.

    If you want to have a conversation about typography, I suggest you read Bringhurst’s Elements of Typographic Style (and pay special attention to rule 2.1.4) first. Then come back and we can talk like professionals.

  3. Pardon me if I don’t get all caught up in the space debate, but what I want to know is why the “HIV” tag and right around the time of Sunset Junction festival whose original intent was to celebrate the region’s socio-cultural diversity. Could it be that mom and her posse of rattlecan retards were promoting some sort of homophobicon?

  4. Could it be that mom and her posse of rattlecan retards were promoting some sort of homophobicon?

    Maybe, but I doubt it. It’s not at all uncommon for a tagger to use a name that’s offensive or controversial. Also, I’ve seen HIV before in my neighborhood before, well before Sunset Junction.

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