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2014-03-17 01:28:15 AM
I read "needless pageantry" as "needles, pagan-try" and thought it was an article from 1998 about how the seedy techno and industrial clubs were losing customers to raves.
 
2014-03-17 01:56:05 AM
I think the expense of the typical H.S. dance has grown so much that alternative events became more popular.
 
2014-03-17 03:30:47 AM
There will be a whole generation of kids who don't understand the meaning of 'wallflower' and 'holding up the wall'.

And that's sad.
 
2014-03-17 06:11:44 AM
My class' junior prom was so expensive they had to have the senior prom in the gym and it suddenly turned out that we all owed class dues for the previous three years that they neglected to collect.

Went anyway.
 
2014-03-17 07:08:58 AM

staplermofo: I read "needless pageantry" as "needles, pagan-try" and thought it was an article from 1998 about how the seedy techno and industrial clubs were losing customers to raves.


People against good and normalcy?
 
2014-03-17 07:09:03 AM
Is it because of the Obama economy, where the rich get richer and everybody else gets poorer?
 
2014-03-17 07:10:42 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: There will be a whole generation of kids who don't understand the meaning of 'wallflower' and 'holding up the wall'.

And that's sad.


Or the utter humiliation after mustering up the courage to ask a girl to dance only to have her and all her friends laugh at you.

Don't think I forgot what you did Megan Dennis.  I didn't forget.

/sobs
 
2014-03-17 07:15:20 AM
I was always fond of the slow dance roulette, where you had to maneuver yourself into asking distance by the time the one slow dance per half hour was played.  And then failing miserably at it throughout the night.

/go wallflowers!
 
2014-03-17 07:15:28 AM
I graduated in 96. We only had prom. We weren't a poor school. No one wanted to bother with the damn things. Hell, I only went to senior prom because my parents insisted, and even that was so boring we all left early. There was no prom king/queen, because no one stayed to vote.

This year, my nephew tells me they had 3 dances, all packed.

Things change. Even in the same place.
 
2014-03-17 07:21:43 AM
If it means I don't have to shell out a farkton of $ for a tux and a limo when my son gets to "prom age" I'm okay with this.
 
2014-03-17 07:24:00 AM
Good. No, not for the death of school dances, but for kids becoming hermits.  I already hate kids and when I am older I can look forward to not seeing any because they will all be hooked in to cyberspace.
 
2014-03-17 07:24:22 AM
We weren't a poor school by any stretch nor a rich one. We had three dances: fall homecoming, winter homecoming, and prom. Prom was the responsibility of the junior class to pay for with funds they had to raise for the first three years.
 
2014-03-17 07:25:38 AM
I only went to one dance in my entire high school career and it was senior year homecoming. I had a meh time.

When I reflect fondly on those years none of my favorite memories involve that dance.

I turned out ok.

Kinda.
 
2014-03-17 07:32:40 AM
Last school dance I went to (1970s!) there were goddamned cops everywhere - turned out some of the less-enlightened parents and the school admins were spooked about "THE DRUGS" and hired a bunch of off-duty police to check ID, and make a really intrusive nuisance of themselves.

That pretty much killed any enthusiasm of high school dances, anyway,

They couldn't even muster interest in a school prom after that.  Who wants a paranoid-run gulag?
 
2014-03-17 07:34:53 AM
That's just called partying. I'm pretty sure high school kids are already well known for it.
 
2014-03-17 07:40:15 AM
Huh. Screw that noise. Our prom king senior year managed to commit vehicular homicide a couple years later in college. Don't remember who the homecoming queen was. Fark all those people. There is maybe one dude I keep in touch with from back then, everyone else can go jump.

/ not bitter, just Do. Not. Care.
 
2014-03-17 07:43:09 AM
High school girls who just want to drink and fun. I'm OK with this.
 
2014-03-17 07:49:51 AM
You can't very well dump a bucket of pig's blood on the weird girl's head over Snapchat.
 
2014-03-17 08:02:31 AM

staplermofo: I read "needless pageantry" as "needles, pagan-try" and thought it was an article from 1998 about how the seedy techno and industrial clubs were losing customers to raves.


Needles, pregnancy.

/need coffee
 
2014-03-17 08:06:02 AM
I was in college during "senior prom" so not only did I not go to the high school all senior year, but I wasn't even invited (not that I would have gone). I'm not sure what the excitement always is about high school; I thought it was an awful experience and I got out as fast as I could. Dual Enrollment for free college credits, and the choice to sleep in seemed like a shoe-in to me.

/ironically works for the school now
//limited job opportunities in the area
 
2014-03-17 08:11:59 AM
Meh, our school never had any sort of dances or things like that (Private School)... but I doubt I really missed out on anything. I hate popularity-contests and conformists-gatherings anyways.

/Wanders off to go listen to Linkin Park
 
2014-03-17 08:19:26 AM
This was my take on high school dances when I was a kid: I'm stuck with you assholes six hours a day, five days a week and you want me to show up on MY time and hang out with you? No thanks!

Not that I was anti-social...
 
2014-03-17 08:26:05 AM
I don't really think this is an indicator of anything.

Sometimes traditions fall out of practice in areas, sometimes they come back. Life goes on.
 
2014-03-17 08:27:15 AM
I went to the prom as a junior but Led Zeppelin was in town the night of the prom when I was a senior. I bought a ticket by my parents said it I had to go to the prom or I wasn't going anywhere. Stayed home, never saw Zeppelin live.

Is "prom" / "the prom" a regional thing? We called it "the prom" in Atlanta but I hear "prom" for often.
 
2014-03-17 08:27:25 AM

enry: My class' junior prom was so expensive they had to have the senior prom in the gym and it suddenly turned out that we all owed class dues for the previous three years that they neglected to collect.

Went anyway.


we had something similar.  The prom committee spent so much and collected so little that they claimed we all needed to kick in an extra $50 to cover the cost.  a bunch of us said "no" and the administration said that if we didn't they would withhold our diplomas which everyone knew was an empty threat.  in the end it just went away.  i'm not sure who paid the balance.

Pro tip to any of you prom planners out there.  If there are a 100 kids eligible to attend and you charge $25/ticket you shouldn't spend $7500 on the location, decorations, food, etc without expecting some issues to crop up... also you should be able to preform basic math calculations if you are going to handle money.
 
2014-03-17 08:34:09 AM

bighairyguy: I went to the prom as a junior but Led Zeppelin was in town the night of the prom when I was a senior. I bought a ticket by my parents said it I had to go to the prom or I wasn't going anywhere. Stayed home, never saw Zeppelin live.

Is "prom" / "the prom" a regional thing? We called it "the prom" in Atlanta but I hear "prom" for often.


Ouch.  That was pretty unkind of your parents.
 
2014-03-17 08:37:03 AM
Both of my class proms sucked a$$. I went to a friend's prom, though, and someone actually knew what they were doing and it was fun. Mine were stuffy with bad music and too many stupid people. And it was expensive even back then.

CSB:
Was cleaning out our closets yesterday and I found my invitation to my senior prom. I didn't hesitate to trash it. No real memories there.
 
2014-03-17 08:48:04 AM
I can remember having to explain to the educational "Authorities" why I wasn't shelling out for a Balfor Class Ring.
Fark them. I was working full time saving to go to college.
 
2014-03-17 08:49:25 AM
We had at least one dance a month, not including things like Homecoming and Prom. They were always packed and they were usually just used as the initial sober catching-up period, and to figure out party plans for the night. By the time they were over at 9, we were off to someone's house or Lamoille Canyon or the like with our beer, booze, and weed to get the debauchery started.
 
2014-03-17 08:56:46 AM
I loved high school dances.  Back in my day, it was cool to hate the prom, but most everyone still went.  But yeah, I ended up going to more than my fair share of proms and I loved every single one of them.  I was actually a bit disappointed that my college experience didn't have anything like a prom (although I'm told some of the frats did some formal dances).

My high school had the prom at some fancy hotel until 11pm or midnight, then it was a fancy bus to the city, and we'd pile onto some fancy 3-story boat on Lake Michigan until like 4am or something.  Each flor had different styles of music too, cause everyone loved to hate on popular music.  It was great - you'd get back to the hotel at like 6am or so.

My wife just had some 3 hour dance in her gym with some teacher acting as the DJ.
 
2014-03-17 08:57:37 AM
I vaguely wanted to go to the prom with my friend's hot sister, but I really didn't want to since I was pretty anti-social and hate dancing and most dance music. I just wanted to fark her, and she was not into me at all. She got fat in 5 years. Good call.
 
2014-03-17 09:01:26 AM

staplermofo: I read "needless pageantry" as "needles, pagan-try" and thought it was an article from 1998 about how the seedy techno and industrial clubs were losing customers to raves.


The virgin Connie Swale's flower was plucked years ago. damn those pagans.
 
2014-03-17 09:08:42 AM

Fano: staplermofo: I read "needless pageantry" as "needles, pagan-try" and thought it was an article from 1998 about how the seedy techno and industrial clubs were losing customers to raves.

The virgin Connie Swale's flower was plucked years ago. damn those pagans.


Needs moar goat-skin pants!
 
2014-03-17 09:09:21 AM
Who wouldn't want to go to a school dance?  All you have to do is go through the metal detector, then get breathalyzed, then cavity searched, and then you're free to go have a really good time.
 
2014-03-17 09:12:14 AM
Went to exactly 1 dance in high school.  It was homecoming, went as part of a group, no one dressed up, and we had a good time.  Convinced one of the chaperons to get out on the dance floor, had an even better time.  That was when I realized that vast differences in ages could be a WHOLE LOT of fun.  I quit dating anyone in my age bracket right then.
 
2014-03-17 09:13:52 AM

whistleridge: I graduated in 96. We only had prom. We weren't a poor school. No one wanted to bother with the damn things. Hell, I only went to senior prom because my parents insisted, and even that was so boring we all left early. There was no prom king/queen, because no one stayed to vote.

This year, my nephew tells me they had 3 dances, all packed.

Things change. Even in the same place.


The only reason most of us went to prom in '91 was so that we could go to the After Prom party at the YMCA, and maybe win a microwave or 5-disc CD player.
 
2014-03-17 09:20:03 AM

Richard_The_Clown: This was my take on high school dances when I was a kid: I'm stuck with you assholes six hours a day, five days a week and you want me to show up on MY time and hang out with you? No thanks!

Not that I was anti-social...


This guy. I'd buy him a beer and go find another seat so we wouldn't have to talk to each other.
 
2014-03-17 09:20:10 AM
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Won prom queen at her first school dance
 
2014-03-17 09:23:51 AM
Graduated in '75.  We had at least a dance a month at our high school.  With live bands.  There was no breathalyzing, metal detecting, pat downs.

The token police officer at the event was usually standing out back smoking a cigarette.  I had some great times in those days.
 
2014-03-17 09:26:35 AM
What is the internet rule for degeneracy? Because this.

Also, why does cutting in exist? Someone doing that to me risks an ITG beatdown.
 
2014-03-17 09:27:06 AM
Glad Im old - we didn't have cell phones and the interwebs.   We had hot rods and back seats.  Nobody was home on Fri or Sat night and you could put 50 miles on a car and never get more that 3 miles from home.  Aw those hot summer nights with an open car.
 
2014-03-17 09:29:44 AM
So I took a big chance at a high school dance with a missy who was ready to play
 
2014-03-17 09:30:09 AM

Day_Old_Dutchie: Last school dance I went to (1970s!) there were goddamned cops everywhere - turned out some of the less-enlightened parents and the school admins were spooked about "THE DRUGS" and hired a bunch of off-duty police to check ID, and make a really intrusive nuisance of themselves.

That pretty much killed any enthusiasm of high school dances, anyway,

They couldn't even muster interest in a school prom after that.  Who wants a paranoid-run gulag?


Berkeley democrats?
 
2014-03-17 09:35:30 AM
Good for them. That's were the real fun was.
 
2014-03-17 09:35:53 AM
These kids today have no desire to go to the prom because they can have way more illicit fun by staying at home, and surfing the net without restriction. There may be some light drug use involved, but most of the kids today are too busy being hermits to have gotten into that scene. This is no surprise. This generation has, for the most part, been raised in walled areas that look more like a prison, are being taught from day one that they should be afraid of everyone but their parents, and treated like 5 year olds when they are starting to grow facial hair. They have no understanding of humanity because they have never met one outside their own family. It is this disconnect that allows them to shoot up their schools and houses because they cannot grasp that these other tokens walking around are in fact people. Community? This word is becoming a lost concept... which is what the elite want, since it keeps us at each others throat rather than paying attention to how they are raping our society for their own benefit. Which, by the way, is considered acceptable business practice and therefore something to be admired and emulated. Usually by these same kids.
 
2014-03-17 09:38:15 AM
1981: The girl I was hanging out with at the time ended up being called away to a band competition at the same date/ time as Prom. She made it back in time to attend after-Prom, but asked "Do you really want to go?" "No." We ended up splitting a bottle of wine and a couple of joynts, then drove out to the site of the dance and saw our fellow classmates cooling off on the balcony. The were predictably overdressed and uncomfortable. We agreed we were better off.

/my HS experience was 4 years suckage
//not on classmates.com
 
2014-03-17 09:39:12 AM
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2014-03-17 09:40:20 AM

vudukungfu: I can remember having to explain to the educational "Authorities" why I wasn't shelling out for a Balfor Class Ring.
Fark them. I was working full time saving to go to college.


Yeah, I got so much shiat for not buying a yearbook freshman and sophomore year that I ponied up the last two just to make them go away. But I still skipped out on both the senior portrait and the class ring.

I hear FB has all but killed off the yearbook these days. Good.
 
2014-03-17 09:40:38 AM
I am totally forcing my kid to go to all the school dances - It's a good exercise in enforced socialization and handling awkwardness.

 It also helps setting medium and long-term goals and provides a venue to talk about sex and love and romance and identification.
 
2014-03-17 09:42:00 AM

whistleridge: Good.


Double Plus Good.
 
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