Rethink your weekend fun
BY PATRICK UHLMAN ON MARCH 21, 2014
No matter where you’re from or what generation you grew up in, there’s one aspect of our high school-age lives that always persists: parties. Parties, or social gatherings to be technical, have always and will always be around. When there is nothing to do on a given weekend, we simply create a sort of self-sufficient social-based entertainment source and call them parties.
Whether your high school is big or small, or whether you have a tight group of friends or make friends with everyone around, you will eventually find yourself meeting up with your friends in some sort of social gathering. Depending on those involved, the activities at such social events may vary. While some might stick to a small-scale and calm night, just hanging around with a few of your close friends and partaking in a relaxed and mutually enjoyed activity, others lean towards larger groups, with more extroverted endeavours.
When it comes to larger parties, things sometimes get out of hand, and some of the activities going on may be more or less ethical- or legal for that matter. Naturally, a situation involving big groups of teenagers, in which the morality and legality of occurrences is questionable, problems arise. Cutting straight to the point, inviting 50 high school kids and subsequently all of their friends and acquaintances to your three bedroom house in a quiet subdivision might not end so well.
Neighbors tend to get irritated when loud teenagers stumble across their yard to get to one of the couple dozen cars parked in front of their house at midnight. And it might irritate neighbors even more when they cannot sleep because the house next door is blaring the song “Gas Pedal,” while innumerable kids dance obscenely to the excessively loud bass. So, how does that angry neighbor deal with the problem? Shockingly, they seem to consistently call the cops.
As a result, almost every Monday when school is back in session after a short and rowdy weekend, the typical topics of discussion regularly include whose party got busted, along with plenty of possibly hyperbolic elaborations on how one got away clean, or how someone is now paying their parents back for the cost of a lawyer.
It is a persistent problem, yet people continue to do the same thing every weekend. However, there is a solution. All it really takes is a little bit of preparation and precaution. Everyone and their whole crew do not have to be invited; keeping it relatively small goes a long way. The music does not have to be so loud it causes physical pain to the partygoers. Leaving trash and other things laying around the house and yard can easily be avoided. You don’t have to park bumper-to-bumper for a mile down the street either; there are other streets, and humans do have feet. Additionally, minimizing time outside in full view and within earshot of the peaceful neighbors is crucial.
It’s an accepted fact of life that high school parties happen, and bad news usually follows them. Unless outrunning cops is hobby of yours, using a little common sense and some planning can yield the same good time and you won’t end up with a court date next month. So, whose party are you going to next time?