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Retelling old stories
Something someone said to me recently has been bouncing around my head - about how I'll retell the same stories. And that's right, I do, there is this core group of fun stories that I end up retelling when I meet new people, etc. And they're all from the same period in my life really - college and just thereafter. It hit me - I don't really have any stories from more recent years like that. There just isn't much worth telling stories about. How does that happen? Is that common? Does everyone end up with "Do you remember that time?" being anchored to a window of time in their lives, forever receding into the past?

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razorsmile From: razorsmile Date: June 18th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Does everyone end up with "Do you remember that time?" being anchored to a window of time in their lives, forever receding into the past?

Everyone? Probably not.

Me? Yes.

Makes me wanna go bungee-jumping or something.
blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: June 18th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
All of mine are from 16-21ish.

I think what happens is that groups of friends seem to, at a similar time, stop having adventures. And adventures are what make good stories.

I mean, when was the last time that you went out to a wild party, and made a fool of yourself in front of your friends? Or did something really crazy?
gothgeekgirl From: gothgeekgirl Date: June 18th, 2006 07:17 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Just this evening, as it happens. At the party I just got home from a little bit ago, we conducted a scientific experiment involving a 2 liter bottle of Diet Coke and a pack of Mentos. Makes a nicely impressive little geyser.
blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: June 18th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
...ok, either your idea of 'wild party' and mine are vastly different, or the Diet Coke/Mentos experiment were the start of something more interesting.

My definition of 'wild' doesn't start until there is a good chance of grevious bodily harm, or at least arrest.

...then again, I haven't had a wild party since moving back to this state.
gothgeekgirl From: gothgeekgirl Date: June 18th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
My definition of 'wild' doesn't start until there is a good chance of grevious bodily harm, or at least arrest.

I don't think my definition of "wild" ever included those things. It tends more towards the intellectual- comments/observations that are both witty and bizarre, creative practical jokes, interesting clothing, and the like. The closest I come to "grevious bodily harm" is my preference for multiple sexual partners.
nou From: nou Date: June 20th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I can sort of see where blackcoat's coming from here. MegaZone's talking about the stories that people tell and re-tell, the escapades that make people go "Oh, that was YOU!" when they're mentioned by strangers at random parties, the things that you've done that nobody else would dream of or think of doing. The Mentos and Diet Coke thing would have qualified for that the first time someone did it, perhaps, for a couple of re-tellings, but it's not really the sort of thing you'll still be talking about in ten years' time. Likewise the witty observations and interesting clothes - excellent entertainment at the time, but you don't really go around telling stories that start off "hey, I said this really clever thing/wore this really cool outfit at this party the other week".

I think I'm definitely on the side of accepting the ridiculous things I've done in the past, smiling at them when people bring them up at parties, and letting someone else make the next generation of legends. After all, I'm far too busy for all that now; I have a broccoli pate recipe to perfect.
gothgeekgirl From: gothgeekgirl Date: June 18th, 2006 07:12 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Does everyone end up with "Do you remember that time?" being anchored to a window of time in their lives, forever receding into the past?

I suspect that it has a lot to do with how much attention we pay to the silliness in our lives. It's far too easy to let all the serious things we deal with on a daily basis crowd out the funny stuff. Keeping a regular journal of some sort makes it easier, if you can get yourself into the habit of making "must write about this" mental notes.

I know I used to do that a lot back when I was an apahack. A week or so ago I was showing some of my old apazines to $fiance, and I was amazed at the number of weird remarks I'd made a point of remembering so I could toss them in between mailing comments, as well as the number of silly stories I'd come back from sf conventions or Ren Faire with.
osmium_ocelot From: osmium_ocelot Date: June 18th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Our stories tend to be our great adventures.

Our great adventures tend to happen in that post high-school pre real life period of our lives. It's during that time that we (generally) have a)disposable income to fund adventures, b)little or no real resposibilities (no mortgage, no kids, no career oriented job) to hold us back c) time to kill d) strong ties remaining with all our old friends. Once you hit real life with a house and a relationship and a career, life takes on less adventure, if only because you don't have the time anymore and all your friends have their responsibilities too.

That's my theory anyway.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: June 18th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
It's hard to build up a fund of new stories when you work 160 hours a week, dude.
hnybny From: hnybny Date: June 18th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'm guilty as well.
sokmunky From: sokmunky Date: June 19th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I got a new story 2 weeks ago, but yeah, most stories are from before I started acting the adult.
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