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July 18, 2018


Storyteller Mary

. . . and texting and other online hangouts . . . and Starbucks, and Taco Bell, oh and sushi, according to my nieces. Much easier to find friends while still in school.
When I was taking Apple One to One classes at Galleria, I noticed signs requiring juveniles to have adults accompanying them, an attempt to reduce the "hanging out" which they feared was putting off older customers. I missed the mall phenomenon, and don't remember my younger sibs doing much of it either. Our parents discouraged it . . . they also warned me not to go with a friend to hang out at a gas station (so that was a thing, even back in the '60s). School, library, Junior Achievement . . . oh and church, Baptist until age 10, then suddenly Catholic, so confusing.

Elaine Viets

My friends tell me that the Galleria there has had problems with juveniles, but I've never witnessed any. In addition to the mall, there was also CYC (Catholic Youth Council) activities, teen town and of course, the library.

Storyteller Mary

Looking forward to ICE BLONDE!

Elaine Viets

Hope you'll enjoy it, Mary.

Alan P.

The mall teen security policy is for certain yoing people, black young people. No other way to put it.

But watching kids hang out at the gas station is just plain wierd.

Elaine Viets

The gas station as hangout really gets me, Alan. I could see it if the kids really loved cars. Otherwise, no way.


Local convenience store is a hangout for teens and preteens on bikes. Also a local coffee shop when Kristyn was in CA. The mall is still the place to go for make up trial runs and samples. There’s also one pizza shop that is a short term ( 2 hr) hang out in the next town.

Elaine Viets

Thanks, Cath. The tough kids in our neighborhood hung out at the convenience store and I used to walk two blocks out of my way to avoid them.

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