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HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN...



1. Fell in love
I didn't know it but I started falling in love with my best friends by age 14. I did that multiple times until I fell recognizably in love at 21.

2. Got a Myspace account
time runs together. 43?

3. Got drunk
16: Schlitz Malt Liquor. 32 ounces and I was, well, pretty much delirious.

4. Smoked weed
17: I was so drunk I couldn't tell if I got high or not. later that week I bought my first ounce (back in the day when pot looked like loose oregano and came $20/oz. loooooong time ago). I began to feel a little stoned by the time I'd smoked my way through the whole baggie. weird stuff that way.

5. Got french kissed
17 or 18 I think. it was most likely one of those random boys I dated my first year in college. I had no idea why I was doing it or why anyone else thought it was so swell.

6. Went to the hospital for surgery
chest surgery was something like 7 years ago I guess. making me 38ish at the time.

7. Got your heart broken badly
well we could play therapy time but I haven't actually located the precise moment that my mother broke my heart. I just know she did. otherwise, the next time would have been I think 22 though I didn't quite realize it at the time. didn't happen again until I was 35 and I knew right away.

8. Lost a pet
because Smudge lived till I was 26--we got her when I was 5--and had moved across the country from where she was, I didn't personally experience the loss of a pet until Machiavelli died in 1995.

9. Got arrested
I haven't been arrested yet. had some close calls.

10. Smoked a cigarette
18: I was in art school and everyone smoked and I decided one had to smoke to be an artist. I bought a pack, smoked several, and woke up with my least favorite symptoms in the world: headache and nausea. threw the cigs away. pot was much better.

11. Broken a bone
oh lord. I need lisagail to help me figure this one out. 23? my thumb. slammed it in a truck door where it was stuck for several seconds because I had locked the door and the driver had to run around and unlock it from the inside. ow ow ow ow ow ow ow.

12. Went to a concert
my dad took me and a friend to see John Denver when I was 15 maybe?

13. Got your own cell phone
coupla years ago. 43?

14. Got a speeding ticket
almost immediately. 16.

15. Run away
I really wanted to run away when I was 16. (un)fortunately, I knew that a girl had not much of a chance of making out well in the city. I mean I knew I'd have to go down to Atlanta but I had not a clue where to go from there. for awhile I was pricing knives because I knew I'd need a weapon. should have gotten a dog but this was before runaways with dogs became an everyday urban fixture.

16. Snuck out of the house
I never had to sneak out of the house. I snuck back in to the house many times between 18 and 21. mom didn't want me out past midnight but I paid little attention to that rule.

17. Pierced other than your ears
not yet. thinking about it.

18. Got a tattoo
not yet. been thinking about it for like eleven years now.

19. Bought porn
honestly I don't think I bought porn until I paid for some internet porn around 37, 38. after the libido started to return.

22. Totaled a car
I'm pretty sure the squareback was totaled when I was, uh, 18.

23. Moved out of your parents' house
21: should have left earlier but had no means of support.

25. How old are you now?
almost 46.

26. Had a kid
won't be doing that.

27. Got married
yeah won't be doing that either.

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expanding_x_man
Dec. 3rd, 2007 10:09 am (UTC)
I borrowed this. I think I was a tiny bit wilder than you in my youth, apparently, though we were both basically "good boys". ; )

I mean, I think we still are, in our own twisted way.

Talk to you soon!
eriktrips
Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
my adolescence came late--much of it was lived through after I moved out of my parents' house in fact. actually I'm not sure that it ever ended!

I was too afraid of confrontation to openly defy my parents although I did stop going to church at 18 by locking my bedroom door one saturday night. when my mom tried to come in to wake me to go to church all I heard was "oh for heaven's sake!" from the other side of the door. that was all that was ever said.
expanding_x_man
Dec. 4th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Wow, sounds like your parents were also afraid of confrontation. My mother would have given me hell for years, and fought with me like crazy if she wanted me to do something and I didn't want to. And, same thing about the Vampire/Lesbian film on Tahari's blog... My mother would have given me grief to no end if that happened. I learned to fight back at least.

Now, my father is another story. Not really non-confrontational, he will make his point, but usually does not want to fight about things.

I am glad my mother was not a religious fanatic while I was growing up, I am sure my childhood would have been much rougher. I feel for you on that one, it seems that religious fanatic parents are very difficult, unless one becomes a fanatic oneself I guess, and maybe, even then!
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