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1 hour ago, TaleSpinner said:

Friday, February 12: How rebellious were you as a teen?

 

That really depends on how you define rebellious.  According to my parents?  Yes, a bit.

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2 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Friday, February 12: How rebellious were you as a teen?

If I was rebellious, no one noticed. I was a quiet introverted teenager that liked geeky things that weren't mainstream.

 

Back then, I did fit the stereotypical overweight, zit faced geek teenager with BO that lives in the basement archetype.

 

Was I popular with the ladies? Well considering I was going to an all-boy private school, the official answer is "N/A".

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Friday, February 12: How rebellious were you as a teen?

 

Not towards my parents .. there was very little to rebel against, my mother had so many rules to fight against growing up t she went the other way.  

 

Like in JR High I told all my friends I had a midnight curfew, because we never did anything fun after that and I wanted to go home. 

when I was caught climbing out my 2nd floor window, and down the porch at night - I was told I could I could just use the door. 

I replied that was less fun, and continued to use the window for further travels. 

 

I did spend a lot of time isolating in my room,  but would come out if asked,  mostly I was playing  (D&D) with myself. 

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3 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Friday, February 12: How rebellious were you as a teen?

Extremely. I founded a thrash metal band in 1984, I was 14. We were regularly playing house parties immediately (our rehearsal space was a party house).

 

There's a lot more, but, you know, statutes of limitation and let's just not get into it (actually, none of it was so bad that the statutes would still apply, but I prefer to play it safe...I'm very not rebellious now hah).

 

I can say in high school I learned to game the punishment system so that I benefitted from my rebellious behavior in school. See, all punishments followed an escalation chart, with out-of-school suspension being the end of the chart. However, everything funneled through in-school-suspension...and that room was tucked in the music wing. So I would skip all my detentions until it escalated to ISS and then I would go grab a guitar and spend the day practicing, bringing in music workbooks, etc (this is actually how I got an exception to enter the 4th year of the music program despite not doing the initial 3, the music teacher saw me studying/playing in ISS so often!).

The bonus was that it also inconvenienced all my teachers. They had to make a special trip to the ISS room to give me my lessons and homework every day I was in there. I was a devious sob as a kid.

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3 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Friday, February 12: How rebellious were you as a teen?

 

Nothing worth mentioning...my parents were always very supportive of me and my brother, so we were signed up for classes or lessons as it appealed, they attended all our shows/concerts, and Mom made snacks for all the D&D players perpetually in the basement...

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3 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Friday, February 12: How rebellious were you as a teen?

 

Not very.

My parents were pretty strict and had a lot of rules, but I never saw much point in fighting back, at the time anyways.

 

The most rebellious thing I can remember doing was falling in with a shoplifting gang for a bit (I was lousy at it and quickly got caught, I then realised that even though we were a gang I was the only one actually doing the stealing, so I stopped associating with those particular "friends" outside of school.)

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3 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Friday, February 12: How rebellious were you as a teen?

Hmm on a scale of 1-10, I was probably in the realm of 7-8.  I was responsible enough when it came to jobs, but there was a lot of skipping school, drinking, smoking of various things and general shenanigans that make me cringe now.  Managed to keep a lot of it under wraps from my folks or they chose not to intercede because they were usually too busy giving my poor brother a hard time.  

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4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Friday, February 12: How rebellious were you as a teen?

 

Well I tried...

I grew my hair long, dressed like a real metalhead ( denim and leather) hang out with guys and girls who did the same.

 

And then my parents ( who grew up with Rock and Roll) invited all those friends over to party in our attic.

My dad decided Motorhead sounded like Rock and Roll and asked for a mix tape.

My mother fed my friends cookies, tea, and chips.

 

So...how to rebell then?

I did make a few mistakes which were corrected by dad...but overall I think it was all pretty innocent.

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On 2/9/2021 at 6:15 AM, TaleSpinner said:

Tuesday, February 9: Do you still use a paper calendar; if so, what is this year's theme on your calendar.

Yes. I drew a personal one to track my feelings (leaves), evening prayer (roots), and art (fruit, the beech nuts). February started so poorly that I haven't drawn the branch yet, even though there were some okay moments in there. I need to get to that this weekend.

 

I can't seem to get uploads to work. My tree calendar.

 

I have an all-on-one-page calendar on the fridge with a cardinal and Justin uses his goofy Cisco one at his desk. But I just glance at those, Google Calendar is my current survival tool for a busy day.

 

Cisco's "Snort" Themed Calendar. Many silly piggies!

 

On 2/10/2021 at 7:13 AM, TaleSpinner said:

February 10:  Are there any businesses that you are going out of your way to support during the pandemic?

We live in a new housing area, so everything is out of the way. We occasionally pick up from our two favorite  mom & pop places (Tex-Mex and Japanese).

 

And probably more Popeye's chicken sandwiches than is healthy, but they are so crispy and good..... :ph34r: It's our only fast food!

 

On 2/11/2021 at 5:49 AM, TaleSpinner said:

Thursday, February 11: Do you have any survival skills, and what non-human environment and season would you do the best in?

*takes notes on who would join my survivalist team*

I know some basic things and I love camping, but it's been years since I've used a bow or gun -- or even looked in my go bag....

 

5 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Friday, February 12: How rebellious were you as a teen?

When I grew up, therapy taught me that I wasn't rebellious, my parents were just jerks. :rolleyes:

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8 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Friday, February 12: How rebellious were you as a teen?

Mom would say yes, I'd say not really. 

 

Unless rebelling counts as putting in a good effort on three different teams (swim, badminton, and curling) while also being one of the ones that had rounded up a bunch of the geeks to have lunch together.... 

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9 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Friday, February 12: How rebellious were you as a teen?

 

Intentionally, very little. I tried to please my parents, never got into trouble at school, kept a solid B+ average, didn't smoke pot, etc.  But nothing was ever good enough for them, my grades, my friends, my interests, my plans for college, the books I read, and especially "my attitude".  My mom would eventually admit that I "turned out ok despite the problems" they had with me. 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

 

Well I tried...

I grew my hair long, dressed like a real metalhead ( denim and leather) hang out with guys and girls who did the same.

 

And then my parents ( who grew up with Rock and Roll) invited all those friends over to party in our attic.

My dad decided Motorhead sounded like Rock and Roll and asked for a mix tape.

My mother fed my friends cookies, tea, and chips.

 

So...how to rebell then?

I did make a few mistakes which were corrected by dad...but overall I think it was all pretty innocent.

Those rotten parents! Foiling your rebellious plans!

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10 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Friday, February 12: How rebellious were you as a teen?

My parents left me alone in the house *once* during my high school years.

 

My friend came over an we crafted a new D&D world.

 

Oh, and I ate ice cream in bed. For dinner.

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11 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Friday, February 12: How rebellious were you as a teen?

Not terribly. Some friends and I did something once that resulted in the police being called and a trip down to the station. When we called my mother, she asked if it was drugs, to which I could honestly say 'no'. When  she arrived to pick me up, she told me if it had been 'yes' she would've left me there. I got that message loud and clear. I did the usual stuff, ditching class to go hang out at the mall and whatnot, but nothing really crazy. My parents were pretty relaxed about what I did for the most part. 

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