September 27, 2005

teenagers are lame

My father came into my room about an hour ago, asking, "Are you going to help me out tonight?" Of course, it's Tuesday, so that means by little brother Matt needs to be picked up at 9pm from marching band practice.

"Sure," I reply. He responds with "Yeah? Good. That makes two good things today... I got my results back from the doctor... I don't have cancer."

WTF? I tell him I didn't even know there was a chance he did, because he never tells me anything. He remarked, "Well, you never ask." Touché. I guess they were worried about prostate cancer, as some of his "levels were high", but a biopsy revealed no sign of cancer.

So I drive the few blocks down to the local high school to pick up Matt, and arrive a wee bit early. I'm sitting there, windows down, parked right in front, listening to LFO's thumping track, "Freak". A few high schoolers start slowly streaming out to the lot, but no sign of Matt. One of the first kids, a boy in a red t-shirt, starts hopping around near my MINI as he passes. Weird, but I don't think anything of it.

Then, just a wee bit later, he comes back from the opposite direction, skipping past in a dancey-manner. Weird. I presume the kid has just drank a six-pack of Mountain Dew at practice, and he has some extra energy to burn off. He returns with a friend very soon after, and they both begin hopping around, dancing, right next to my MINI.

Now I know they're messing with me. I smile and laugh it off. Then they go grab ANOTHER friend. They all line up in front of my car and begin dancing around, and then random other kids waiting on the curb start getting into it as well. WTF? Even a little 4-year-old girl, being led out to the parking lot in the hand of her mother, is swayed into a dancey motion.

I flashed my headlights in time with the music, so that the kids dancing in front of my MINI were lit up, cuz heck, it's no dance party without crazy light effects. And then, right before Matt walked out, it all ended. Just one of those surreal moments one encounters in a MINI Cooper.


posted by julie at September 27, 2005 09:21 PM


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