Throwback Thursday #47 – Hanging Out

I am back today for Throwback Thursday. My dear friend Maggie rescued me last week. She is on her way to visit her family today and I hope she has a marvelous time. If you care to join us, it’s easy.

  • Write your own post sharing your memories and leave a pingback to this post in the comments.
  • You can use the photo above in your post to make it easier to find.
  • Tag it with #TBTMemory or #IRememberWhen.
  • If you do not wish to write your own post, feel free to tell your story in the comments below.

This week’s prompt is: Hanging Out  Free write about a place or places you liked to hang out in your youth.

Socializing is a major part of teen life.
Robert J. Kelley documented the hangout habits of teenagers of the Seventies. Kelley wrote, the hangout is “invested with special significance; they are the turf, the territory, where feelings, beliefs, and ambitions can be explored with minimal intrusion from the world of adulthood and power.”
Think back to where you liked to hang out when you were young. Your stomping grounds might have been determined by your ability to get to a variety of locations. It’s time to pull on those tangled memory strings and sort out some thoughts.

Did you spend more time hanging out at friend’s houses or away from the eyes and ears of parents?

If you stayed home, how did you spend your time?

Did you have a favorite eatery?

Did you go to the mall with friends?

Did you choose to socialize at bowling alleys, arcades, or roller rinks?

Did you go miniature golfing or do another outside activity?

Did you hang around after school killing time? What did you do?

Did your parents typically know where you were?

Did you prefer to “hang” with friends or family members?

Was it “cool” to be seen hanging out at any particular place?

Was there a place you wanted to hang out, but weren’t allowed to?

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I honestly couldn’t say where the “popular kids” hung out because I wasn’t one of them. (LOL) I had the freedom to come and go wherever I wanted as a teen. There was no one checking up on me.

I never hung out with my brothers. My friends and I spent most of our “hang out” time at each other’s houses. Our typical socializing time was spent listening to records and occasionally making crank phone calls. Of course, we would have to eat, so cooking weird snacks was on our list of fun activities.

I didn’t hang out at school much. I lived right behind my high school for 2 years. It was much more fun to hang out there on the weekends. My friends and I would go bicycling around campus most weekends.

When we had some spare money, we would venture to places away from home. Bob’s Big Boy was a very popular hang out in my neighborhood. We would sit for a long time with a soda and nothing else.

Roller rinks were best enjoyed with friends. You didn’t want to go with a date because falling is not very cool. I didn’t often go to bowling alleys with friends. When I took bowling in junior college, at 17, I could finally play a decent game. Miniature golfing was too costly for me, but it was a fun date activity. After playing, the guys would spend time in the arcade and the girls would gossip about the guys.  



35 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday #47 – Hanging Out

    1. Eating out was always a big deal as a teen. There were always fast food chains as well as teen friendly diners in Southern CA. Thanks for commenting.


  1. We never had money to even THINK about eating out — and living in New York, there were no “kid places” to go. No bowling alleys. No malls. We had our back yards and each other, movie theaters, and when we were old enough, the Big City. I don’t know what cook kids did because I was definitely never one of them.

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    1. My mom would give us a dollar occasionally and we could get a burger, fries, and a shake. We were poor, but felt amazingly rich on those days when we walked to burger shack. As a teen, I earned my own money to do fun things. It made babysitting joyful because I could do something fun on the weekend.


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