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What did you and your friends do for fun in high school?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on April 20, 2008

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Photo of Emily Moisan

“One of my friends had a farm, so we would all go out there and run around in the corn fields, play tag and watch movies together.”

Photo of Stephen Spencer

“We just walked everywhere around town and played the original Nintendo.”

Photo of Lauren Sciara

“We were all pretty much dorks. We would just hang around at each other’s houses and watch movies or go the park and sit around talking.”

Photo of Katie Kisner

“Well, it was only a year ago, but we went to a lot of school events and would have get-togethers at our friends’ houses. We also like to come downtown and hang out or go shopping.”

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cool 5 years, 11 months ago

alternate dates with the foreign exchange student to seeif she was 'different' than our Kansas girlfriends.....

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Shatt 5 years, 12 months ago

A typical night usually consisted of this:First, we would all meet at someones house and hang out in their basement for awhile and get stoned. After that, arguments would start about who was going to steal the beer that night, and who was buying the pot. These arguments usually involved many of us making fun of our chinese friend for being chinese, his mother who couldn't speak english, or somebody's dead grandmother who died of some bad disease. We would laugh at them and usually fire beer bottles across the room at them. I cant count the number of times we cut our feet on broken glass from where the bottles broke against the pool table. We all used to chew, and the early evening was never complete without someone coming from behind smashing someones dip in their lip...usually resulting in a beautiful pile of puke. This puke usually contained large amounts of macaroni and cheese and Taco Via. We would then leave to begin our nighttime adventures. There were about 3 gas stations that were generally visited by most of our friends at least 5-6 times a night. We could buy chew and cigarettes underage at these locations. So they were kind of like a second home. Getting beer was then next on our agenda. This was easy. We either stole it from Dillon's, or we would have the fat lady from Taco Via buy it for us. She was like 6'4" and weighed about 550, and was married to this little 5' tall 98lb. black guy. Oh they were a hoot. After visiting some 'parties' and getting even more stoned and drunk, we would drive back to one or more of the gas stations to buy more cigarettes or chew. Usually we would run into the nerdy groups like the "Stratford Gang" and the "Goddesses of the Lake" (from above), and spend a good amount of time making fun of them and throwing beer bottles at them. After a really good amount of time getting liquored up, we would then drive around and pick fights with old people, and bash mail boxes with our arsenal of Louisville Sluggers. Once we were all tired, we hung out in one of our friend's back yards, and would shoot out the tires of the cars parked in the K-Mart parking lot a couple hundred yards away with a .22. Oh the good ole days.

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bobberboy 5 years, 12 months ago

ring doorbells and run or yell junkit

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Poon 5 years, 12 months ago

Oh yeah, and how could I forget the guys who pulled the fire alarm on the last day of class when it was pouring with rain in order to impress the girls. I don't think anybody actually evacuated...

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Poon 5 years, 12 months ago

Multidisciplinary (Anonymous) says: Poon says:.Some guys would play the penis game in math class,:.You got me. I don't know that one.'fess up dude.Multi: Jonas is correct. What the guys in our class would do is try to determine who could say it the loudest without getting caught by the teacher. On rare occasions, if someone wanted out of class really bad, they would yell Peeeeeeeeennnnnnniiiiiiiiiiiiiisssssssssssssss reallly loud.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 12 months ago

Thanks jonas, that definitely sounds like a math class kinda game. =D

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jonas 5 years, 12 months ago

Multi, Pwy: Maybe there's a different penis game that Poon has heard of, but the one I knew is one person says penis, and the next person has to say it louder, and the next louder, etc, until someone forfeits, in which case they lose that round. I haven't ever been a part of one, so I'm not sure how well I'd actually do. My guess is not well.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 12 months ago

Eddie's Diner. I heard it had closed, not sure.They had a bathroom thru the works of the place, and it was this tiny corner closet. The sink I'm told was from a train, it was triangular in the corner, and smaller than a washcloth.Didn't get to go there many times, but it was good, other than the bathroom. I never thought it would close.Strawberry Fields, when it was a real hippie shop. Leather purses. Remember when we couldn't live without one? I eventually changed over, but now I wish I had kept those.Foxmoor Casuals at Oak Park. More India gauze shirts than anywhere. Jeans that were cool. I do still have a punched leather with stick hair doo dad.Remember souvenier shop boxes that said, Legal Pot, and had the little toilet incense burner, and cones? I put my beads in that, had it for years. I wonder if that's still in a box somewhere.

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Pywacket 5 years, 12 months ago

These are getting very entertaining as the day winds down. MD--I'm with you, I never heard of the penis game. Poon's post is very funny, though.And Lubyloo had a laundromat to hang out at near the school? Just to show you how the times change, back in the 70s, we had a head shop on the corner by our junior high. It was nice and dark in there, with beaded curtains and black light, and the air was thick with incense and Pink Floyd or Yes or Hendrix. (I don't care what anybody says, MD, our music was the best.)Another favorite hangout in my home town was this excellent greasy spoon restaurant. My mom's generation had hung out there when they were teens in the 50s. It was called Speed's and they had the best burgers, malts, & fries on the planet. Breakfast 24 hours a day. Place was filthy. Fights would break out at bar rush.. The owner (who named the place for his nickname) had about 5 locations around town, and the atmosphere was the same at all of them. They were open 24 hours a day and everybody went there. If you needed to use the bathroom, you had to walk through the kitchen and, like as not, you'd see some old cook sitting there on a stool, wearing a paper hat, smoking a cigarette, and peeling or cutting a gigantic mound of immense Idaho potatoes.You might see other employees horsing around, or somebody standing over a chili pot. I suppose somebody made a half-hearted attempt at washing the dishes, but they weren't too fanatical about it, and your shoes would stick to the floor as you walked.You didn't care what you saw in that kitchen, because you knew that those hand-cut French fries were touched by heaven, the malts (poured into your glass from silver mixer cups, then left at the table for you to pour the rest) would be thick and distinctively malty and have tiny ice crystals you could crush between your teeth, and that under the thin oil slick at the top of your china mug was the best coffee in town--probably in the whole state.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 12 months ago

Poon says....Some guys would play the penis game in math class,....You got me. I don't know that one.'fess up dude.

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Finding_Uranus 5 years, 12 months ago

Skip school, find a place down by the Current or Black River and smoke pot and drink beer and.......

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Godot 5 years, 12 months ago

We did things our parents told us not to do.

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Poon 5 years, 12 months ago

We would have wrestling matches on the hardwood floor during gym class hoping to impress the girls. Then the class would wait for someone to pull themselves up on the chin up bar. This person would get depantsed by some guy hoping to impress the girls. Then people would smash glass bottles in the shower and punch each other in the @#$%^ and kick each other in the &^%&( Then we would have wrestling matches in the boys room. We had to have spotters so nobody would accidentally crash into the urinals. All of these locker room/boys room stunts were done so guys would have stories to tell to try to impress the girls. Sometimes guys would group tackle a classmate, tie him up and throw him in the trash can in order to impress the girls. Then everybody would get into fistfights, hoping to impress the girls. Some guys would sneak up behind a girl and try to pull her scrunchie out of her hair, hoping to impress her. After school, everyone would do doughnuts on the school parking lot, hoping to impress the girls. Some guys would play the penis game in math class, hoping to impress the girls. We would sneak sodas into class so we would have something to drink (and bring a few extras for the girls, hoping to impress them).

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Multidisciplinary 6 years ago

Duds 'N' Suds anyone?I can't understand how that went under so close to campus.

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bobberboy 6 years ago

I'd usually just hang out and let it flop in the breeze.

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lubyloo 6 years ago

We hung out at the laudrymat. The only place near my high school that served prepared food (i.e., nachos, pizza, and calzones) was a laundrymat called "LaundryLand." They also had TVs at each individual laundry station, which was a plus. If you didn't have a car, that was where you hung out. I distinctly remember walking to LaundryLand with my friends singing "Ice Ice Baby." In retrospect, I'll bet that the people who went there actually to do laundry hated us -- especially if they heard our singing!

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Multidisciplinary 6 years ago

adrien says4. Saw my first penis:we were in swim class and this boys swim trucks were very thin..that was the highlight of my yearI saw my first when I was late 3 or early 4, show and tell outside with neighborhoods kids by WJH.We were a progressive group of little fiends. My mom came to clean the basement window we were standing next to, yanked the curtains open and boy were we all very shocked!Maybe this is why God has been punishing me. Ya think?

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Multidisciplinary 6 years ago

rofl adrien!Once we all went to Lone Star, this time (my old) now my best friend's boyfriend came along. The guys wore cut offs, except for her boyfriend. He was wearing speedos. His bulge was so prominent, she just wanted to drown herself all day. He, being very vain in all situations, just sat there sunning like nothing was amiss.No one could look him in the face all day.I had forgotten that, thanks adrien!This was I think the same year my boyfriend and I decided to get into Lone Star one late March or April. It was so cold, his finger shrank and his brand new high school ring fell off.Of course then we had to stand still and hunt with our feet ( it soon was too cold to dive) trying to find it. Until we were true popsicles.No luck.When they drained Lone Star years later, I wondered often just how many things like that were on the bottom.

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adriennerm 6 years ago

Some of these post are really funny. Umm what did I do in high school...1. Shoplifted from Victoria Secret, only one time. Almost got caught had to run home. 2. Tried to drink with the "cool" crowd. Threw up and was teased about it for months and months3. Laughed so hard in ROTC, that I slobbed in my book. Got teased for a couple of days behind that4. Saw my first penis...we were in swim class and this boys swim trucks were very thin..that was the highlight of my year5. Cut class and went to McDonalds, mom decided to take a half day from work and caught me 6. Wore a nice white dress to the ROTC dance. While dancing, one of my breast fell out...they caught that on tape. Now i'm a big blur in the video7. Wore too much perfume, trying to impress this boy. The teacher made me take a shower in the locker room b/c I was killing everyone8. Wore bright red lipstick trying to impress the same boy, no one told me my lips looked like a bamboo's a$$all in all, I had wonderful High school years and wouldn't change anything

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Multidisciplinary 6 years ago

py..that's funny.Yesterday I read someone's post and clicked to see their profile. Books interesting, but when it came to the list of bands, I knew 2 of about 12. Never heard of the rest. Made me feel old. Remembering the days when we knew all the members of the band's middle names and who wrote what, even the background singers. I wanted to write them and say, Yeah, well I bet you don't know Black Oak Arkansas, or Uriah Heep! =PAnd now here you are py...still making me feel old, but at least someone speaks my language!In dusting I saw Alice is still on the turntable. Maybe I should put that away before I show the house?Note to the birders. A blue jay has found a long stringy wispy piece that is partially buried in the ground. It's going nuts trying to jank this thing out. PBS worthy activity. A bunny came up and ran it off a bit ago, but now it's going at it again.Jeez, a wasp at the screen..did everything emerge up this weekend?

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le 6 years ago

I`ll Be back.....Thanx Dolph!

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le 6 years ago

Aha....removed again!

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toe 6 years ago

Worked hard, made good grades, and earned a good living.

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Pywacket 6 years ago

Faceit (from 5:00 a.m.)~~ Hey! you must've been in high school when I was. We are really lucky to be here today. Drugs & booze were so matter-of-fact back then. There was no MADD, and the cops would just make you pour your booze out on the ground, then say, "You kids be careful getting home, now." If you were an honors student and never skipped school, your parents were none the wiser about what you were doing at night. We'd go to all the concerts (Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Doobie Bros, Aerosmith, REO, Kansas, ELP, Chicago, Blue Oyster Cult, Black Oak Arkansas, BTO, Jefferson Starship... tickets were cheap and we weren't particular--damn! we even went to Alice Cooper), and the air was thick with pot smoke. I didn't even smoke, but spent most of my high school years with a contact high, since all my friends did. We often drove out to the middle of nowhere at night and parked off the road by marshes to listen to frogs and watch the night sky and pass around bottles of cheap wine. Wonderful times, lying on the warm hoods of big Buicks & Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles, while the engines ticked, cooling down, and we solved the mysteries of the universe. If we were lucky, we'd see the Northern Lights.We did a lot of dumb, risky stuff, but we had a lot of good times that I wouldn't trade for anything.

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jumpin_catfish 6 years ago

Stuff my mother never needs to know about!

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Multidisciplinary 6 years ago

Now the guys can just buy RealDolls.

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JJE007 6 years ago

I kept to myself at RocksHurt. I didn't like high school. Most of the kids in that "Prep" school simply prepped for their upcoming lifestyle. They raped and pillaged...in a tasteful and societally acceptable way, of COURSE!~) ...or of coarse...

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denak 6 years ago

Sadly, I didn't have even half as much fun as some people obviously did or pretend to have had. The wildest thing we did was play miniture golf, bowl and hung out at each other's house. The only wild thing I can remember us doing is renting a hotel and drinking for the first time (well ok, the first time for some of us) right after graduation and right before I went to basic training. Dena

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TheBurf 6 years ago

Tuesday night, after basketball games...drunkFriday night, after basketball games....drunkSaturday night...drunk

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cool 6 years ago

we drove cars on the turnpike really fast !over 80 to lawrence.....

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mom_of_three 6 years ago

What I did for fun in high school? Rode horses, hung out, and stayed out of trouble, until we started dating. Then it became a different kind of fun. I can hear my kids say "ugh, yuk" right now.

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gogoplata 6 years ago

I drove trucks, broke arms, and arm wrestled.

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cool 6 years ago

i forgot to mention driving over to lawrence for 420

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cool 6 years ago

see also story on 420

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Multidisciplinary 6 years ago

juscin3. Just wait. One day you're going to find out things about your parents that makes it impossible for them to make you feel much guilt for your younger days.My 1st marriage, we were on a joint vacation with his whole family in Branson. My inlaws owned a huge trailer down by Rockaway Beach, and their next door neighbors owned a cabin not far away. The inlaws and we were in the car, and we passed over this seemingly remote creek. One of his parents said, "This is where x&y, (the neighbors) and we used to go skinny dipping". These people in their 60's at the time, WWII vets.Needless to say, there are somethings you just don't want to know about your parents and the neighbors (a school principal at the time LOL).

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cool 6 years ago

yes multi --- 'night moves'......

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juscin3 6 years ago

lol@lab's comment. Thanks, now the song is stuck in my head.Um, what did I do in HS for fun....uh, well, I rather not say, my parents might read this and die of a heart attack knowin that their lil angel wasn't an angel after all. Things are better left unsaid...

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H_Lecter 6 years ago

blindfolded lawndarts

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Multidisciplinary 6 years ago

cool (Anonymous) says: heavy petting ?-----------That's funny. My HS boyfriend joined the navy. A few years later, he came back, and in talking he said with gratitude, "You know, it wasn't until I learned what the other guys "weren't" experiencing in HS, that I realized just how incredibly lucky I was to have you as my first girlfriend back then!" Ahh youth.Bob Segar, Night Moves.

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killjoy 6 years ago

designed roundabouts and traffic-calming devices for use in the future

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dminear60 6 years ago

Are you kidding? I am not putting "that" in print and have it come back to haunt me!

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Multidisciplinary 6 years ago

jonas, that is funny, and sad. Hard to party under scrutiny.My 5 yr older sister was a hippy, and after being brought back to life on 4 separate occassions, she finally took the wrong mix, and was found alone in a Meadowbrook Apt.when I was in 9th grade. (Questions as to whether she was left there, etc.)Point being, after all she had done, I was (or so I thought) considered the good one, and I got away with anything.About 10-15 yrs later, it hit me that maybe I wasn't getting away with anything, maybe in fact my mother had just giving up on child rearing.

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Multidisciplinary 6 years ago

Friday night football games, even tho none of us were football fans, it just gave us a place to go hang out, then to a pizza place.We were part of the "Stratford Gang". After that, the usual necking in the car before going home. Sunset drive in:Hondas were very small cars for two people 5'8' and 6 ft..I was in theater, so we had to build sets which was nothing but insanity, and went out together after that. Theater parties after the plays. My boyfirend and I watched tv in the kitchen because my parents were in the family room. Lone Star on a raft.The best part was yearly vacations in the Ozarks. I always got to bring a friend. One year, my boyfriend and his best friend drove down and camped out in their car. Funny stuff.Goddesses of the Lakes, that we were!

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labmonkey 6 years ago

Rollin' down the street, smokin' endo, sippin' on gin and juice, laid back, with my mind on my money and my money on my mind.

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jonas 6 years ago

put "me" on regular UA tests

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jonas 6 years ago

We drank and did drugs, and then, when my parents put on regular UA tests after finding a pipe in my room, be and my last non-druggy jerk friend played pool constantly in lieu of being in chemically-altered states. I only tell you this so you won't feel bad when I beat you at pool.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years ago

Gareth,Whats wrong with "tag"? It's a life-long game.I still play it today, and my high school period was 314 moons ago or so......Tag, your it.

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Gareth 6 years ago

Playing tag? In high school?Gotta love Kansas.

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ChristmasCarol 6 years ago

Run around and pick on people that are weaker than we were. Call people a bunch of names. Get people in fights in front of the Bowling Alley at Hillcrest. Beat people with Baseball bats. Threaten anyone that was not affiliated with us and forced ourselves on everyone around us in mean and violent ways if necessary. Is there anything else to life or high school? Everyone has to succomb to what we think and do and everyone must submit to us. We had the discretion to use our force the way we do and we insisted that everyone think and practice like we did, don't you think that makes sense? Actually it was my boyfriend that did most the fighting, I just was the motif of a generation based on what we did sexually and the reinforcement and support for him to do so. Without my support he would not have wanted to do any of it because he would have been without a partner.

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maxcrabb 6 years ago

Try to forget that we were in high school.

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Kat Christian 6 years ago

The big deal 40 years ago was skipping school for a day. So we would all pile in a car and drive to Ocean City, MD for the day. (I grew up on the East Coast). If we got caught most we'd get is a day of detention, because most of the teachers did the same thing when they were in school.

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notajayhawk 6 years ago

Now, when I posted that last comment, there were two ahead of me - did le pull another here-again-gone-again act?

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Napoleon_Dynomite 6 years ago

Practiced our skills. "Chicks dig guys with skills"

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notajayhawk 6 years ago

Don't remember, I was usually drunk.

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le 6 years ago

Every morning before school my friends would watch the 3 stooges and pull bong hits until time to leave 4 school..then we piled in my dodge dart ..turned on the 8 track craig stereo with tenna corp. mind blower speakers (speakers had power booster built into speakers) and rocked out to prepare our minds for a day of gleaning! Our high school was lame (okla.) I think we learned more from the 3 stooges than we did from the stooges we had 4 teachers!

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faceit 6 years ago

We had orgies, did lots of drugs, and drank huge volumes of alcohol...typical H.S, stuff OK, now that we have those three answers out of the way,..I think we're done with this question.

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