I was watching a movie in the cinema yesterday and the subject of phases and trends came up. The movie, "Before I Fall" is a teen version of Groundhog Day and while that's obvious to us older folks it does give us a look into just how mean teens can be these days. Kent, one of the more normal characters in the movie (kinda reminds me of me growing up) thinks he’s weird because he “once wore Crocs for 365 days straight.”
I bring this up because today I was walking somewhere and passed through the scent of Aqua Velva after shave still lingering in the air. The quote from yesterday and the scent took me back to my teen years and some of the weird trends and fads I followed back then. Yes, I wore it for about a year when I was just around the time of college, now I don't use colognes or perfumes only deodorant - I know, but the point is writing about how it was a phase in my past and not something I do currently right?
I was a typical teen in many ways. I used the hair gel and did both the spikes and the slick back look. I tried growing a tail at one point but my hair was too thin. I later went on to things like brush cuts, slick back (again), crew cuts and now to having it completely shaved off every six to eight weeks or so.
I was a nerd so I did the Dungeons & Dragons phase playing that for about two years I think it was with two other friends from high school. That would be a phase too, I mean I haven't had the opportunity to play it since. I think I would because it was, at least at one time, a really cool role-playing game.
Anyone who really knows me might remember my Converse phase. I think I was around 15 or 16 when I decided that a red Converse outfit, sweatpants and sweatshirt was the absolute coolest thing out there. I wore it all the time, to school, after school, weekends, I think there might even be a video of it still out there somewhere with me wearing it as the 'Red Knight'. It was an usual phase in which, for a brief few months, I felt "cool" and "trendy".
The strangest thing I remember doing was around the age of 16 when I carried the "Wizards Bag" with me. I recall getting the idea from a short television series (one season) that was on around the same time called "The Wizard" If you click on that name you'll see the intro and the cool bag, I mean who wouldn't want a bag that could deploy a balloon and float? I can't remember what it was called or why I found it so fascinating but I tried to be the 'Wizard' for a time. I carried around a purple gym bag piled full of books, writing utensils and anything else I deemed 'necessary' to have with it. If someone wanted to write something down they'd just ask me and no doubt I had a paper and pen handy in my wizards bag. It probably weighed around ten to twenty kilograms and most likely did not help my spine and posturing issues I had at the time. I remember there was a girl I was trying to impress at the time so having my wizards bag of "who knows what I could surprise her next with" was important to have at hand every time I knew I'd see her.
I think those are the main trends and fads I got wrapped up in from about age 15 to age 18.
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