There are a lot of teenagers in (including me). It might seem to people who are not teenagers (especially parents) that adolescents live in their own secret world. So I figured with this article I'd let you in on a few things we teenagers know and you do not. But don't expect to learn everything — we still have to keep some of our secrets!
Why are there so many backpacks outside of Mackenzies on Fridays?
First of all, Fridays are the best day to walk into town (less homework, not a school night, etc.). But why so many backpacks stacked high outside of New Canaan's main candy store? Simple: we can be so lazy, we aren't going to carry backpacks all around New Canaan for the afternoon. We first started leaving them when we went in because it is a small store and our backpacks won't can't fit, but then we realized that lugging around a bag full of folders, binders, and a potpourri of school supplies is hard work. So now kids leave backpacks outside Mackenzies until it's time to go home. This probably doesn't make us teenagers sound very good, but what store in New Canaan would want a kid's backpack knocking over their merchandise? Also, no one is going to steal our backpack — who would want bunch of school books and homework?
What in the world is the difference between cheese fries, chili fries, and disco fries?
You probably have heard all of these types of fries from New Canaan's delectable fast food restaurants (, ). This is a very important topic to teenagers. And it is important for parents to know as well, because when you order you do not want to get them confused. Here's the difference:
- Cheese Fries: Fries smothered in cheese — the more the better
- Chili Fries: Fries topped with chili (chili cheese fries is the same, but with cheese)
- Disco Fries: Cheese fries with gravy (sometimes served with a steak, when you are really hungry)
What TV shows are teenagers watching?
While you are in the other room watching Modern Family or the Good Wife (or if you're my Dad, something on the History Channel) we are in the family room or on Hulu watching our shows. But are they appropriate for teenagers?
- Glee — A high school Glee club. Spinning cameras, evil cheerleaders, lots of gay characters, and everyone can sing really well. And lots of drama. Appropriate? Yes, unless you don't like some of the stuff I just mentioned.
- Vampire Diaries — A town that is full of supernatural/supermodel beings. A soap opera with fangs. Appropriate? Well, it's more appropriate than pretty much any other vampire movie or TV show, so if your kid likes vampires it's your best bet.
- Wipeout — A game show in which contestants climb over, jump on and get knocked off of imaginative obstacles in order to win $50,000 dollars. Like Three Stooges humor, but pretending to be a sport. Appropriate? Sure, everybody likes watching people in Spandex getting clobbered by a giant red ball attached to a rope.
- American Dad! — A dad who works at the CIA and his problematic family that lives with a talking fish and an alien. Appropriate? No, not at all, probably not even appropriate for adults, but every episode is on Hulu Plus and it is hilarious. Sorry Mom!