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(UPI)   U.S teens now spend $1078 for senior prom tickets, limo, clothes, good-night handshake   (upi.com) divider line 211
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2012-04-16 01:27:57 PM  
Give your son a pint of Southern Comfort and a box of condoms before he goes out the door. Give your daughter a chastity belt and make her wear it.

/Yeah, I know, double standards.
 
2012-04-16 01:29:27 PM  
I was never the type to be into formals or proms, but I did go to prom. Our group showed up wasted, left after we ate dinner, and went to the after party some girl was throwing at her parents house. Did MDMA for the first time in my entire life and loved every second of it. Much more fun than some cheesy dance.
 
2012-04-16 01:30:21 PM  
Went to prom junior and senior year. Both dates were just friends. Borrowed my dads car junior year and senior year me and my friends showed up in an RV. Ended up being prom King senior year and my date ended up being prom queen. I was nice enough to get friend votes and weird enough to get irony votes.
 
2012-04-16 01:33:02 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: I never went to my proms.

/no typo.


I didn't either.

/still no regrets.
 
2012-04-16 01:34:04 PM  
I spent the night after prom getting drunk at the beach with the girls rugby team. It was awesome and terrifying all at once.
 
2012-04-16 01:36:05 PM  
I'm gay (wasn't out, hadn't even had sex), and got a severe beating because of rumors to the fact in my sophomore year. I didn't do any school events after that.
 
2012-04-16 01:36:13 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Does that include the cost of the back alley abortion?


Oh, you silly! Girl's whose mommies and daddies fork over so much money, so that they can get laid in style, after a stupid high school dance, don't get abortions! They get "D&C's" (wink-wink) in the privacy of mommies OB/Gyn's office.
 
2012-04-16 01:37:27 PM  

miss diminutive: Petit_Merdeux: miss diminutive: He didn't get a goodnight handshake.

And what DID he get, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, knowwhatimean?

He got a "Well, that was fun. Let's never speak of it, or to each other again, shall we?"


And that is the type of night women all over America tell their daughters is "One of the most important nights of your life."
 
2012-04-16 01:37:31 PM  
rhondajeremy, the funny thing is, we had an eighth-grade graduation at my school. We were in a fairly affluent town, not "My Super Sweet 16" affluent but reasonably well-off. I'd heard a comment that they held a graduation ceremony because "for some kids, this is the only graduation they'll get." But no one ever did limousines or tuxedos or anything outlandish that I can recall. (Then, this was 1996.) Once I was in high school, a kid who went to the city junior high (we didn't have our own high school, so we were tuition students to one of the neighboring city's public high schools) pooh-poohed the thought of a "graduation" for eighth-graders.

(Of course, most of the kids from my town were supposed to be college bound, so the "only graduation" thing was pretty far-flung for the community.)

As for prom, only two of my friends had steady girlfriends, so the majority of us just paired up and went with a female friend. I honestly don't remember what it cost me. Tickets for the dinner/prom were either $50 a pair or $50 a piece. Tux and shoe rental was no more than $150-200. I'm pretty sure we did something for flowers, but again, it slips my mind, and it wasn't a lot. Instead of a limo, a few of my friends drove and we all carpooled together. I took a few pictures, but didn't do a whole lot of dancing; my "date" danced with a bunch of friends much of the night and I only saw her afterwards. Since we weren't actually formal couples, we didn't need to pay for photos. Afterwards, there were no hotel rooms and no sexual liaisons (boring, I know) - instead we had a friend whose parents were home and let us host a safe post-prom party. One of my friends headed north to his parents' lake condo with his girlfriend; I've never asked, because I figure he'll never tell.

Our high school had their own semi-controversial prom-control mechanism. Prom was ALWAYS on a Friday night, and attendance in school that day was mandatory if you wanted to attend prom. On top of that, there was a major city-wide athletic event (a track meet, if I recall) Saturday morning. Therefore, not only was it hard for kids to pre-game between school and the prom, but if you were in the athletic event (and it seemed a lot of kids always were), you pretty much had to go right home to rest up so you could do well the next day. The other city schools did their proms on Saturday night, after the track meet. I remember there being a lot of butthurt over that scheme.

Not that it mattered...I also remember my prom date remarking on the ride home that "we could call the National Honor Society advisers now and get most of our class top-ten in trouble, I know where those parties are." She would admit later that she'd rather have gone to one of those parties, but didn't because she knew I was too naïve.
 
2012-04-16 01:42:02 PM  

supageil: From the shower full of five screaming guys in their suits, to the multitude of arguing couples--some ringingly loud, some viciously silent--to the girl who bawled all night and guzzled vodka like water, it was like taking a crash course in human stupidity. It was hypnotic.


Not a prom story, but I had a similar experience once. A couple friends and I dropped acid one night and at some point ended up hearing about some redneck bonfire party going on out in the country, so we tooled on out there because....well, we were tripping and it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Man...there is nothing that seems as dumb as drunk people when you're tripping. Their stupid antics and slurred speech were mesmerizing to us. I don't recall how long we stayed, but I remember the 3 of us all feeling like we were sort of invisible to them and we could simply observe them like a science experiment.

Good times.
 
2012-04-16 01:45:31 PM  

gretzkyscores: supageil: From the shower full of five screaming guys in their suits, to the multitude of arguing couples--some ringingly loud, some viciously silent--to the girl who bawled all night and guzzled vodka like water, it was like taking a crash course in human stupidity. It was hypnotic.

Not a prom story, but I had a similar experience once. A couple friends and I dropped acid one night and at some point ended up hearing about some redneck bonfire party going on out in the country, so we tooled on out there because....well, we were tripping and it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Man...there is nothing that seems as dumb as drunk people when you're tripping. Their stupid antics and slurred speech were mesmerizing to us. I don't recall how long we stayed, but I remember the 3 of us all feeling like we were sort of invisible to them and we could simply observe them like a science experiment.

Good times.


Also not a prom story but on occasion I think of attempting to write some sort of memoir of my acid trips back in the day. Some were pretty damn weird from my point of view at the time.
 
2012-04-16 01:49:36 PM  
Holy shiat balls ... $1078? EACH?

Our prom bids (which included mandatory afterprom) were $250/couple.
My tux was $100 after tax.
My boutineer and her corsage were around $50.
Her dress was $200 something ...
Our limo was a $100/couple split between four couples.

This was 2006, so it's not like it was twenty years ago, but $2150/couple for prom, again, holy shiat balls ...
 
2012-04-16 01:51:47 PM  
I ran into my prom date a few years back, columbian girl with a twin sister. She still looked good. Too bad she was married grrrrrrrrr
 
2012-04-16 01:52:04 PM  
Prom was Prom.

Rented a tux, cleaned the car for several hours, bought a corsage, took the girl and my buddy and his date to a nice steak dinner. Then we danced all night at Prom, went to the "after-party" the school put on for some awesome schwag .... then went to the real after-party bonfire where we drank and fornicated.
 
2012-04-16 01:52:41 PM  
our prom tickets cost $10 each and my dress was $100. I wore shoes I already had and we rode in my boyfriend's dad's corvette.

And yeah I'm still a cheap date! yay.

Seriously though, is prom really so bad? Is it really that much more fun to get horribly drunk and then attempt to find a safe way to get home? Aren't there other nights you can drink, and, oh, all of college?
 
2012-04-16 01:53:34 PM  

groppet: I ran into my prom date a few years back, columbian girl with a twin sister. She still looked good. Too bad she was married grrrrrrrrr


What about her sister?
 
2012-04-16 01:53:57 PM  
When did "are you going to the prom?" become "are you going to prom?"
 
2012-04-16 02:07:21 PM  
Little Suzy is going to the junior prom with that Excitable Boy?
 
2012-04-16 02:08:00 PM  
In years past, this thread would have devolved into an epic jailbait thread. Including some shockingly nsfw photos of probably barely legal girls.... what happened to you Fark? You use to be edgy and cool, now your like the party animal that settled down, got married and had kids.

what a shame
 
2012-04-16 02:09:22 PM  
I was in AF ROTC in college. We had an annual "dining in" and ball.

Sr. Prom: in the gym. Cheesy teenaged cover band. Paper and foil decorations. Cheesy rented tuxes. Soft drinks and punch. Teachers and parents as chaperones. Teachers patrolling the parking lot and grounds. Rules, rules rules.

ROTC ball: In the ballroom of the local base's very elegant officer's club. Dress uniforms and regalia. Formal four course dinner. Killer professional jazz/swing band. Virgin drinks in the bar (non-virgin if the bartender saw no one was looking). No one was watching the parking lot or searching your jacket pocket for a flask. An admiral's hot cougar wife hit on me hard. My date and the admiral were not amused. Cost: nothing.
 
2012-04-16 02:10:43 PM  
"I was in AF ROTC in college high school. We had an annual "dining in" and ball."

FTFM.
 
2012-04-16 02:13:15 PM  
My prom was pretty cheap, I had a nice suit that my parents had bought me for any formal occasions, so that was all paid for -- all I then needed was money for gas, dinner and drinks -- which I'm pretty sure I had no problem keeping under $100. Never got laid on prom or homecoming night, but I did sew some seeds for future fun with one or two ladies.
 
2012-04-16 02:13:40 PM  
Tickets? For Prom?

oh FSM, I'm old, old, old.
 
2012-04-16 02:19:48 PM  
I got head...

ed in the wrong direction on the freeway driving to the damn thing so I ended up missing it.
 
2012-04-16 02:21:13 PM  
Booze, condoms and weed cost at least that much.
 
2012-04-16 02:24:20 PM  

ChrisDe: When did "are you going to the prom?" become "are you going to prom?"


Around the time when "prom" meant to fart, e.g., "Look out, dudes, I'm going to prom, bigtime."

i286.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-16 02:31:56 PM  

nickeyx: Marine1: My prom date (and now ex-girlfriend) turned out to be a biatch.

That's all I have on this subject. A word for the really young Farkers from a moderately-young (20, 21 in a month) Farker: don't think the one you date when you're 17 will be the one you spend your life with. Go to college and find a smart girl there.

Then break up with her when she refuses to grow up.

/threadjack over.


Yeah, that's what happened.
 
2012-04-16 02:33:19 PM  
Between freshman year of high school and freshman year of college (my gf at the time was a year younger)l I went to five proms and I don't think I spent that much total and that was with the overnight to Wildwood, NJ.
 
2012-04-16 02:33:25 PM  
Did "the prom" become "prom" before or after "The Titanic" became "Titanic?"
 
2012-04-16 02:35:41 PM  

StrangeQ: The parents surveyed indicated those in the lowest income brackets -- less than $50,000 a year -- said they plan to spend more than the national average, $1,307, while parents who make $20,000 to $29,999 said they plan to spend an average of $2,635, although parents who make more than $75,000 plan to spend an average of $842.

It's almost as if this trend points to people in lower income brackets as being financially irresponsible. Be we all know it's really just because 0Bama.


no. I'd say those stats say this... Prom night is going to be the SuperBowl of your life son, if you screw up, it all goes downhill from here. Do your best to get her pregnant, her family has money, we're counting on you.
 
2012-04-16 02:38:44 PM  

ChrisDe: When did "are you going to the prom?" become "are you going to prom?"


When did "Are you going to the Promenade?" become "Are you going to the Prom?"

/adjusts onion.
 
2012-04-16 02:40:00 PM  
I planned on going to prom. Expected to cover the cost of dinner, car & hotel. GF felt I should also cover half the cost of her dress. Bought a new Stratocaster & Peavey half stack. Turned out to be the better investment.
 
2012-04-16 02:40:26 PM  

Andromeda: I went to two my senior year, mine at my all-girls school and one for my boyfriend. Good way to up the price for sure.

CSB- It was absolutely hilarious each year to see girls frantically trying to get prom dates by the way. For example, several of my friends resorted to getting set up on blind dates by the school librarian who had contacts at a nearby Catholic boys school.


Sounds like a non-profit escort service if you ask me.
 
2012-04-16 02:41:28 PM  

vudukungfu: ChrisDe: When did "are you going to the prom?" become "are you going to prom?"

When did "Are you going to the Promenade?" become "Are you going to the Prom?"

/adjusts onion.


When did "Art thou attending the Promenade?" become "Are you going to the Prom?"
 
2012-04-16 02:45:51 PM  
I do not regret not going to my prom.
 
2012-04-16 02:46:49 PM  
Dancing leads to
www.thewrap.com

This
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2012-04-16 02:54:26 PM  

BurnShrike: When did "Art thou attending the Promenade?" become "Are you going to the Prom?"


When did we give up speaking proper Gaelic?

/get off my moor.
 
2012-04-16 02:59:07 PM  

vudukungfu: BurnShrike: When did "Art thou attending the Promenade?" become "Are you going to the Prom?"

When did we give up speaking proper Gaelic?

/get off my moor.



Urgh.


/urgh.
 
2012-04-16 03:01:59 PM  
Yet another reason I will not be shooting my jazz into vag unless proper precautions are taken to prevent crotch fruit from forming.
 
2012-04-16 03:10:57 PM  
U.S teens parents now spend $1078 for senior prom tickets, limo, clothes, good-night handshake

\FTFY, subs.
 
2012-04-16 03:13:31 PM  

Sir Fappsalot: Yet another reason I will not be shooting my jazz into vag unless proper precautions are taken to prevent crotch fruit from forming.


Snicker.... As the father of two young children let me tell you, this is just the drop in the bucket of what you pay for with kids; and the costs just aren't monetary.
 
2012-04-16 03:13:33 PM  
$696 for the Midwest. That a lot more then I paid for in the mid 90's, and that's including 2oz of some pretty good weed.
 
2012-04-16 03:16:51 PM  
jazz into vag
 
2012-04-16 03:18:08 PM  
they didn't allow wheel chairs at my prom
 
2012-04-16 03:23:41 PM  
This is an average. Rich people are skewing it. Prom is still a huge waste of time and money. Kinda like weddings.
 
2012-04-16 03:23:51 PM  
Ah, prom..

Everything was going great that evening, until she disclosed it was her time of the month. Man, out of all of the days of the month...Yeah, we did other stuff, but other stuff isn't as good as the old in-out.
 
2012-04-16 03:26:29 PM  
I scored a date with a super hot girl from another school for my prom date, and it was gonna be awesome.

Then two days before the prom her mom got pilled up and drowned in the bathtub.

So I hurriedly asked another girl out I barely knew.

I got laid! Things happen for a reason.
 
2012-04-16 03:37:47 PM  
Went to two proms. Nothing of significance to report.

Most of the kids I know are passing on the prom (my son is 17) but they have frickin awesome afterproms at the school now which usually have four times the kids the prom draws (my son's school had 800 for the afterprom last year). I will be making balloon hats from 3 am to 5 am.
 
2012-04-16 03:38:51 PM  
Yeah, my high school believed that dancing is a sin. No prom for us.
 
2012-04-16 03:39:43 PM  
They need to break down the average by sex as well as location.
 
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