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Green Room - Week 16 - Day 3

I've never been entirely aware of "what the kids are doing these days". Even back in the day when I was one of those kids! (whipchick can attest, I've always been in my own world, possibly in my own universe)

At one point in high school I worked part time at a book store, setting up their comic department. I (obviously) knew they had a huge porn section, and I figured that was how they were doing well enough to stay in business. It wasn't until years after - when rumors and an arrest - that I discovered that they were selling drugs the entire time, and the owner's girlfriend was actually selling "something else entirely" in the back. I didn't have a clue.

So it probably shouldn't be too surprising that it took until last night, on the bus ride home, that I finally figured out why I was seeing so much loose tobacco on the floor (and sometimes the seat) of the bus I ride.

It was always just really weird... and disgusting. But I chalked it up to "weird things you see on the bus".

But last night I sat behind a guy who took out of pack of cheap cigars, unwrapped them, dumped the tobacco out on the floor and put the wrapper into a zip-lock bag. I'd like to say that I immediately knew what he was doing. But it took me a little bit even then to figure out that he was most likely going to be using that cigar wrapper to wrap up something he had at home.

I *didn't* consider that he might just have a "cheap cigar wrapper" collection. Which, being me, should probably be considered progress! ;)

What are some things that YOU figured out - after the fact?

(One of my all-time favorites was from my ex, who as a child, was told that pepperoni came from a tree - and never questioned it until she was in her teens. :D)


One thing that you need to make sure you are figuring out is making sure your entries are in: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/913429.html The deadline is tomorrow!


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Mar. 31st, 2016 12:39 pm (UTC)

One of my dad's business associates was married but had a mistress. The mistress always accompanied the associate on vacations, which included the big shindig we had every summer down the Cape (I was the only kid, let's not get into that). Anyway...I had no idea. I thought they were married and had kids because the associate was always talking about them. I remember overhearing something, not believing it, and asking my mother about it. Then I remember listening in to a conversation "The Adults" were having as to how to handle my knowing The Truth.

I don't think it mattered to me. I loved the mistress because she was very nice to me and we'd sometimes play a board game. She suddenly passed when I was in high school, not too soon after my dad passed. We lost track of that particular business associate soon after.
Mar. 31st, 2016 12:47 pm (UTC)
Happy 1st!

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Mar. 31st, 2016 12:51 pm (UTC)
Last Xmas I was doing some cleaning and found my old diary from 6th-8th grade. ( that's a whole story in itself!). Anyway, looking back over the entries I mentioned a lot that my dad was out a lot for " meetings" and business trips.
It explains a lot that I was clueless about in the 1970s.
My mom was also clueless till 1984. Then they got divorced.

Mar. 31st, 2016 01:18 pm (UTC)
I don't blame myself for not knowing things back then. I was a kid. So were you. Kids may "know" things but they generally can't put 1 and 1 together unless they're unusually savvy. Sometimes that carries over into adulthood. I still have the inclination to miss things right under my nose unless I force myself to be particularly observant (it's that "living in another world" thing Gary talked about, LOL).
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Mar. 31st, 2016 01:14 pm (UTC)
When you say "cheap cigars" do you mean Black & Milds? I know a lot of people who take those apart before they smoke them because there's a piece of filter paper in there that apparently tastes nasty. They smell like rancid sugar-coated death even without the filter.

My realization is minor: I was thirty-four years old before I realized the name "Liam" came from William.

Mar. 31st, 2016 01:23 pm (UTC)
I wasn't close enough to see the package, but there were two or three of them per package. (which has got to be a sign that the cigar isn't very good. ;) )

He was throwing away everything inside of the wrapper, not just filter paper.
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Mar. 31st, 2016 01:23 pm (UTC)
Well see, I never knew that about Black & Milds. Then again I don't know anyone who smokes cigars :shrug:

I'm trying not to LOL re the Liam but I can understand that, especially if you didn't grow up in the center of the Irish American universe like some people :cough cough:
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Mar. 31st, 2016 06:23 pm (UTC)
...well, um, thanks for enlightening me as to where that name comes from!

(In my defense, I know basically no one named William, so...)
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Mar. 31st, 2016 04:36 pm (UTC)
...and the GR goes silent, just like that.

:listens to her own echo:
Mar. 31st, 2016 05:39 pm (UTC)
Wasn't Team (insert Team name here) THE WORST?

I think everyone hates those people!!
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Mar. 31st, 2016 04:50 pm (UTC)
It was until I was probably out of college that I realized my first freshman roommate, who spent weeks throwing up into a cup in our room and then left student housing at Christmas to marry her boyfriend... did not have an ulcer. :O

This was at BYU, though, and I was barely 17, so my perspective was perhaps understandably more naive than you might expect.
Mar. 31st, 2016 08:27 pm (UTC)
As a child I thought Coq au vin was some form of chocolate wine. I also used to think- due to similar foliage- that the garden of the house on the corner, in a feat of mysterious touch-your-nose-the-long-way-round geography backed onto a park that was roughly a mile away. I was also as a child perpetually confused by American words, mainly because I didn't realise hey were American words. I was like, how come there's this bunch of words that we never ever use but that they always use on tv.
Mar. 31st, 2016 10:02 pm (UTC)
In the days before DVR - indeed in the days before VCRS and cable TV - I used to think that if you turned off the TV you could come back and then watch the rest of your show. Apparently, I used to get furious at my parents if I'd come back and another show would be on - I'd accuse them of turning on the TV and watching the rest of my show without me. I outgrew this fairly quickly but it was the source of much 5 year old consternation in the Schlock household.
Mar. 31st, 2016 10:58 pm (UTC)

LOL,  I used to think the same thing!

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Apr. 1st, 2016 02:30 am (UTC)
I refuse to get into details...
... but I was particularly clueless and naive about the world in my youth... and that includes going into my early 20s.

I used to believe in a ton of things that had no basis in reality.

I still tend to be too trusting for my own good.
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