Saturday, February 09, 2008

The worst things I did before age 18

No sure how I got suckered into this. My friend Ris lost a bet because she was cheering for the Patriots. We know what happened there, so she lost and had to do a somewhat embarassing blog post. For some reason she then 'tagged' me to do the same. Hey, the Giants won!

Note: I have a teenage daughter and a 'tweener' so I'm going to go tell EVERYTHING here. Of course, I'm sure my family will add comments about things I missed.

So here goes:

What is the worst thing you ever did as a child?
Two thoughts come to mind here. First was knocking over my Dad and Uncle's beers. Even did it deliberately as I got older. Thought it was fun. Christopher is paying me back for that.

Second is what I used to do to my mom. Whenever we'd go anywhere, I'd wander off without her, usually following something cool I saw or something I wanted to watch. Of course when my mom would finally find me, or I'd notice she wasn't with me and got scared, I'd ask her where she went.

Burning my mom's 70's lime green carpet in the dining room becuase I tried to use a napkin to light a candle is a close third.

What is the worst thing you ever did to a sibling?
Where to start, oh where to start.

First, with two brothers we fought, well, like brothers. I don't remember a time when we weren't hiting slapping or throwing things at each other. Taking all the fights out of options, one thing stands out. When I was 11 or 12 the 'in fashion' were those bad 80's vinyl t-shirt transfers. I don't remember wha we were fighting about, but John and I got into a fight and I sprayed him with the baby oil from a bottle in my parent's bathroom. It destroyed his t-shirt, right before he was going to go out. I'm pretty sure it was an Aerosmith shirt. Like I said, I don't remember what we were fighting about, but I'm sure he deserved it ;-)

What is the worst thing you ever did to a classmate?
I had to think about this for a while and don't really have anything. School until college generally sucked so I don't dwell on what happened there. I'm sure I did something mean, but for the most part I tried to stay under the radar to not get harassed myself.

What is the worst thing you did as an adolescent?

See above about wandering off. Did that a lot more as I got older. One thing that does come to mind was in 7th or 8th grade my dad was the school basketball coach and I was given the 'academic suspension' list to take to him. Basically due to peer pressure (and threat of violence by one of the kids), I opened the letter on the bus and let everyone see it. It took years before my Dad would trust me again.

What are the other bad things you did when you were under 18?

Okay Meghan and Courtney, top reading now. Or you're grounded ;-)

There is a theme here, but I swear I didn't drink that much.

First would be having a beer before school a couple of times my junior year in high school.

Second would be sneaking beers at the family parties with my brothers and cousins. If we'd get caught with one we'd say it was for whichever Uncle wasn't in sight. 99% of the time we got away with it because it wasn't unusual to be sent to get a beer for one of our uncles.

Third would be sneaking into bars around the Danbury area well underage. Never came even close to driving under the influence.

Most of the really bad things happened after I was 18, but we'll not bring those up.

So, if you want to comment, remember my kids read the blog so stories about things I did (or Deb did with me) may be censored


ryssee said...

Can't believe you actually did this! Great post. It was kinda fun to think about all that stuff huh?
RE: Lime green carpet-are you sure that was an accident? :-)

Anna's Dad said...

Oh Dude, where to start ;-)

1. It was an Aerosmith T-Shirt. Vintage from their 'Aerosmith Live Bootleg' concert tour. That shirt would be worth a fortune now (assuming it survived Syracuse)

2. Sneaking into bars in the Danbury area? Tough to 'sneak' in when all the staff knows you by name. And where did you get that fantastic driver's license?

3. What part of your memory blocked out Antigua?

4. Worst thing ever done to a classmate - Lobsters?

5. 7th/8th grade - Bergens? Social Worker?

6. Don't leave any kegs on the floor - Christopher looks like he could put one through a wall at this stage.

7. Junior year? I think it was more like Sophomore year in someone's brown camaro. What did you hit that Lincoln with at 40+ MPH?

Man, I am TOOOOO nice. You had better hope Ed doesn't see this ;-)

Chris Curtin said...

John, what were you drinking in those days?

It was a cheap iron-on vinyl t-shirt. Not one of the concert shirts. I remember mom showing me the stains that she couldn't get out. I think it was baby blue too.

Antiqua was 18+. No we are not going there.

I really don't remember any lincoln, so remind me. Via EMAIL!