Were you a teenage rebel?
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The most rebellious thing I did when I was a teenager was to have my waist length hair cut to within an inch of its life, Dad went beserk!
I wouldn't regard myself as a rebellious teenager, I don't think I was wild, I came home when I was expected to, I never got into trouble with the authorities and I didn't do drugs. However, I did try smoking cigarettes when I was about fifteen, until Mum found out then I gave it up PDQ (PrettyDamnQuick)! I also started going in pubs when I was 16, two years underage, it was for the music and dancing not to drink because I only used to have one drink - usually a snowball - very tame.
Once I turned eighteen I was out every night dancing 'til even though I had to get up for work the next morning! At weekends there was always an all-night party at someone's house, though the parents thought I was just staying with one of my friends otherwise I'd have never have been allowed to go - it was only a little white lie. I worked on the premise that what they didn't know wouldn't hurt them, I'm sure my own two boys did the same thing though they never admitted it!
There was a pub in my town with a great dancefloor that had live local groups playing nightly. The groups would do Sunday to Saturday then we'd get a new group. My friends and I knew all the latest dances and even invented a few - everyone wanted to dance with us - boys and girls. We never really drank much we were too busy dancing and anyway our money was mostly spent on clothes - we had to look good!
Because we were in there every night we got to know most of the groups and my three girlfriends and I were big fans and very friendly with a few of the bands, we'd travel all over the area in my friend's car to see them play - I suppose we could have been termed groupies, but in the nicest sense of the word. We think the bands invited us along to their gigs because we would get up dancing on the first song which encouraged others to get up, there's nothing worse for a band than people sitting out.
I remember one time one of the groups was playing at the American Air Force Base, Burtonwood, Warrington, and they'd invited us to go with them. We piled in the car and followed the group's van so we would arrive at the same time as them, so they could get us in. We had a great night dancing with the GI's, but of course we drank far too much because it was so cheap - that was the first time I'd tasted Bourbon - going down and then coming back up - Yuk! The GI's were such gentlemen and really looked after us, much to the dismay of the boys in the band - I think they were a bit jealous and we were never invited to that particular venue again.
So there you have it, my teenage years in a nutshell, not really rebellious I think you'll agree.