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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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?
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.
rubi_con_man: 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.
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