Spin the Bottle, and Other Adolescence Weirdness

September 24, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Last Friday, I spent the day sick (thank you season change), sprawled out on the couch, watching the entire season of Freaks and Geeks, a show that was underrated during its short stint on tv, but encapsulates the high school experience like no other, in all its awkwardness.

When I got to one episode in particular I couldn’t help but shudder at the accuracy of the scene.  There was a “make out” party, and a little game of Spin the Bottle was being played.  Spin the Bottle is a game I remember well from my adolescence.  It was designed to somehow make kissing less awkward, because the bottle told you who to kiss, and if you were lucky, it would land on your crush.  Somehow, it didn’t make anything less awkward, but it did do the job of taking many kissing virginities.

On the show, if you spun three times and landed on the same person, you did “7 minutes in heaven.”  I don’t remember the two games being connected, but I know this game just as well.  7 minutes to do whatever in the closet with someone else.  Sounds legit right?  Even safe?  But we were all curious, scared, and literally had no idea what was going on.  How else were we to learn?

It’s funny to even think back now how we all experienced these first moments of sexual interaction, how they became gossip, how one week long “relationships” started with “will you go out with me?” typically followed by no going out, maybe some cuddling and feeling, but maybe even no talking at all, and when the week was over, you’d break up.  The lucky ones made it two or three weeks, and the real bizarre ones made months.  By the time I was 14 and entering high school, I had several of these “relationships”, some “experience” — probably more than many but not really much, and now I would be entering into a school with 18 year olds.  

So much changed during those high school years.  Relationships got more real over time though many not very serious, and the remaining firsts were gone before college with not one round of Spin the Bottle, 7 Minutes in Heaven, or Are you Nervous being played (though many back seats of cars seen, truth be told).

And the next time I saw a bottle, I was uncorking it.  

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  1. I never spun the bottle, but was a champion of teenage awkwardness. I hardly kissed and never lost it till I was 18. To this day I don’t know if that was good or bad.


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