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"When I was fifteen," writes No3L, "I curled up in a Budgens trolley while someone pushed it through the supermarket doors to nick vodka and Benny Hedgehogs, just to hang out with my brother and his mates."

What have you done to fit in?

(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:30)
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Not me, but a friend...
For the sake of conversation, let's call him Tithead. He was well known as one of the weird kids in school... which I suppose made me one of the weird kids too, since I was friends with him.


One of the popular kids thought it'd be funny to dare Tithead to roll up the contents of a tea bag in a Rizla and smoke it. In class. In front of the teacher. He did. Upon recovering in the medical room after an asthma attack, he was promptly marched to the headteacher who gave him a suspension for his stupidity. I haven't seen him for many a year but as far as I could tell he never gained the popularity he sought.

As for me, I never bothered much. Started smoking when I was 13 and gave up two years later. 's about all.
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 13:18, Reply)
I've got a video of a friend doing the trolley thing
I'll dig it out and post it in a bit...

*edit.. uk.youtube.com/watch?v=bhrBWD8PQr8&fmt=18

Poor quality due to it being filmed on a 6230i I'm afraid but you get the gist.
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 13:18, Reply)
Listened to Metal
For about six months. My mates at the time (aged about 14) were all listening to Metallica, Pitchshifter, Sepultura, Megadeath, etc. I just wanted to be able to talk about the same stuff really.

After a few months and about the 5th attempt to listen to 'Roots' by Sepultura, I just gave up. I like Sabbath, etc.. but nearly all the stuff they were into was metal of the worst sort unimaginative, puerile (not in a good way), and tuneless.

I told them so. They kicked me out of our band for being soft :-(

We were shit anyway...
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 13:17, 4 replies)
to be interested in the skull fuckingly banal, minute by minute up dates that i get from the girl next to me regarding the current status of her relationship with her new boyfriend....and i do mean, minute by minute....as each email or text drops in, i am treated to....

what he is having for dinner
what they got at asda last night
what they are going to asda for tonight
what they are doing/have done last night OTHER than go to asda
his holiday schedule for the whole of 2009
how he INSISTS on going to away to a hotel for the night on Valentines Day. NOT the day before, and NOT the day after.

etc etc etc etc etc
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 13:13, 6 replies)
things I have done...
pretended to like bands I hated...
cut my hair...
stopped trying to be a rock star and got a job...
not been snowboarding for so long that I now need to take lessons again..
sold my customised transam and bought a sensible saloon...
pretended to like her friends...
pretended to like her family...
almost failed my degree because she wouldn't believe I needed to work that hard at Pure Chemistry when she had done a mickey-mouse arts course...
Paid all her bills...
Paid all the rent...
Paid for all her drinks...

The list goes on...

Now wonder I left the parasitic bitch (well that and she shagged her workmate and tried to say it was my fault)...now I have a lovely wife and a baby on the way and I'm free to be myself again. Yay! It's unbelieveable what you'll do when you're young, think you're in love and would like to have sex more than once a year!
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 13:12, Reply)
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 13:10, 2 replies)
Changed my entire dress and music habits
Aged 12, was a right little chav, and frankly I was fucking miserable.

Then I met my mates. Ended up changing pretty much everything to fit in, dress, music tastes, TV habits, seriously, pretty much everything. Helped me turn into a well developed, entirely not-mad (honest)individual.

Best thing I've ever done :D

[/soppy git]
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 13:07, 2 replies)
off the top of my head
I can't think of anything.

Kurt Waldheim.
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 13:04, 2 replies)
Drugs? I like mugs
I went to a lot of raves and took a lot of drugs only to find out i like jazz and tea and hate rave twats who talk bollocks. Stay away from tea it gets crazy!
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 13:00, Reply)
Basic Class C Bullying
There was this guy at school in Year 7 (first grade of high school) nicknamed the Bearfly (not a term of endearment) that was bullied to within an inch of his life (hopefully not literally). I was never one of the cool cats at school but not a 'tard like a few folks so generally just hung around with said cool cats at lunch times etc.

One lunch time we were all just following Bearfly around hurling abuse at him, mostly in relation to his welsh-sounding accent even though he was from Worksop (Weeeeeerksop). Anyways he managed to lose us all somehow by hiding and after much looking it was myself who spotted him down some alleyway. He gave me the customary finger to lips thingy to suggest I don't tell the cool cats. I thought about for a second and then in a grandiose WW1 style 'over the top' movement I waved them all over and the torment continued.

I will regret this for the rest of my days.

There was a song about the Bearfly involving hairy moles and such like but it thankfully evades me at this moment.
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 13:00, Reply)
Eating fruit
I like to be healthy and so, since I was a child (smaller and slightly less bitter, much like a ripened goosberry) I've eaten fruit on the basis that it's good for you and healthy people should eat fruit.

I don't like fruit though. It's too sweet and dribbly and runny, and the nice stuff (strawberries, raspberries) is expensive, and it's difficult to eat and you have to peel it usually, which probably expends more energy than the fruit actually offers.

Fruit sucks. I'm a grown up and no longer have to eat it if I don't want to. And now that the government have started that "Change 4 Life" patronising wankstain of an advertising campaign, I'm going to smash the System by not eating fruit. (And when I say "eating" I mean "buying, and leaving in the fruitbowl so that I can watch it slowly rot".)
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:58, 4 replies)
i will fill this in later
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:58, 1 reply)
Secondary school in the late 70's.
Pencil skirts and desert boots.

The whole female student population of the school wore them. Have you ever tried running for a bus in a pencil skirt, even with desert boots it's difficult.
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:58, 1 reply)
Small town life
I fit in by ignoring the casual racism, sexism, homophobia and general bigotry and narrow-mindedness of the people who make up our family's social circle since we moved to a small, remote town.

It sounds snobbish of course, but there's a noticeable difference in attitude in people who were born and brought up in this insular community. Racism is 'OK' because there aren't really any ethnic minorities around. There's even inverse snobbery when it comes to having an education (make it to university and you're guaranteed a spot in the local newspaper!), and white-collar jobs are seen as 'unmanly'.

So, I laugh at the wog jokes, snigger at the jibes about the wives, sympathise about the downturn in the construction industry, drink their beer and wonder if maybe we should move away in case our kids turn out like this.

(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:57, 6 replies)
Jumped out of a bedroom window repeatedly.. not to fit it, but because I was bored.

First page?
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:56, Reply)
Yup I started smoking to fit in with the in crowd.

All it did was give me a 20+ a day habit, and the realiseation that I didn't need to fit in, some people liked me for who I was!

Now 24 years later I am stopping smoking!
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:50, 3 replies)
In primary school used vicks vapourub as hair gel.

It wasn't pretty. I had a Al Pacino-gangster style comb over, which at the age of 7 isn't a good look.

Length: a good 2inch blob
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:50, Reply)
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:50, 4 replies)
Fit Tin Gin?
I rather have a Vodka, dahling.
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:47, 1 reply)
I sort my recycling.
And it pains me every time. I live in the kind of eco-cunt neighbourhood where people make recycled paper logs out of their carefully-read copy of the Guardian before nipping down to the organic deli to stock up on Soil Association vegetables and bread made of Guatemalan orphaned wildflowers (locally sourced). People carefully sort their drained Fair Trade bottles of wine from their empty tins of haricot beans and leave them in neat piles by their front walls. For years I have felt compelled to do the same.

Fuck 'em. I've had enough. Next week I'm going to NOT SORT MY RECYCLING. Expect to read about my death at the hands of a lynch mob waving (ethically-crafted) pitchforks and (carbon neutral) flaming torches. I imagine they'll compost my mouldering corpse.
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:42, 15 replies)
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:40, Reply)
trying to fit in
whilst being cool all at the same time.. I decided that the cousin I loved would be really impressed with me if I trod in a huge pile of dog shit - on purpose.

It didnt work.
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:40, Reply)
I posted "First!!!" when I was in fact 5th

That made me fit in round here right?

Edited to note I was in fact 7th :D
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:38, Reply)
I've never
really fitted in anywhere - everywhere I go I'm usually seen as the outsider.

I've tried dressing in "the fashions" (never works), and listening to "the popular stuff" but I eventually gave up.
I'll post a proper story later but for now just let me say this.

I think I'll always be an outsider.
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:38, 4 replies)
plenty of lube
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:38, Reply)
I once set my face on fire using hairspray and a lighter
Reasoning that flames go up, I only sprayed the bottom half of my face. That way, I thought, I would avoid setting my hair alight. It worked except the flames shot up my nose and singed my eyelashes and eyebrows.

To make matters worse, I was sat under a smoke alarm when I did it, which promptly went off, and the only way I could put myself out was by slapping myself in the face over and over again.
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:36, 2 replies)
I try and get first post
Even though I hate it.
And fail.
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:33, 5 replies)
Spending all day
hitting F5 to see if you can beat the QOTW.

Am I cool?
(, Thu 15 Jan 2009, 12:33, 3 replies)

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