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« on: October 29, 2008, 03:29:03 PM »

With apologies to Peter Straub for lifting the opening question from his novel Ghost Story, what's the most terrible thing you've ever done?

I'll admit to something pretty mean and stupid. In the spring when I was sixteen I was going through what remains the worst time in my life. Someone I loved died, my parents split up, the autumn before I myself very nearly died and missed most of a quarter of school, I was continually cruel to this boy who’d once meant everything to me, my life just seemed without any meaning whatsoever. Though I was still making straight A’s, the honor roll, and appeared all right on the surface, inwardly, secretly, I wasn't myself to say the least. So there I was not even talking to my mom, angry at some other people, living through this total change in my personality for about half a year, and in that state of mind I was walking alone one evening by some railroad tracks near my house, and there stood the neighborhood's uber-hood, this boy we all knew was going to wind up either in politics or maximum security prison. I asked what he was doing and he pointed to a pile of broken bricks beside him and said he was waiting for a train to go by because it was hauling a bunch of new Toyotas, and his father had lost his job “cuz of foreign cars.” So I waited there with him till the train came slowly by and handed him the bricks to throw at the cars. He busted out a lot of windshields, lemmetellya...

I know, on the “worst” scale that’s not murder but to me that was hard core bad behavior, and I’ve never done anything like that since.
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2008, 05:03:53 PM »

It was accidental but I still feel really bad about this, in around the 7th grade I had been getting p**sed at about every human being because for some reason I was the only one who walked at a decent pace, I still am and I still get p**sed, anyway, at on point someone in front of me with noone in front of him took forever getting onto the bus to him I said, "It's called walking that's what your legs are for!"  What I didn't know was that this kid only had one leg.  Still eats me up inside.
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2008, 06:11:42 PM »

Boy, where do I start.

When I was in high school, a friend and a I beat the crap out of some guy that was harassing my sister.

After my parents divorced, my Mom was working until midnight + on weekdays. A friend and I used to roam the streets and steal pretty much everything that wasn't bolted down and some of what was. What was left usually got vandalized.

All through high school and even after, I actually prided myself on never having gone with a girl for more than a month without cheating on her. I was always 'juggling women' and didn't really try to hide it.

Most of that time I had a steady girlfriend who I used to break up with before Christmas so I wouldn't have to buy her anything for it or her birthday (which was only a few weeks later), then make up with her afterwords. 

Where I grew up, the tradition was the first weekend of a new school year was a party. After I graduated, some friends and I crashed one of these parties which was apparently run by a bunch of freshmen. We got there LATE, pretty much everyone was passed out, so we took all the booze, ALL the food in the entire house, and put it in the car. We called 1-900 numbers (they had 2 phones) and told the women on the other end to "just keep talking" and laid the phones down. My friend went into the parent's closet, pulled a pair of HIS GFs panties out of his pocket, and put them in the pocket of one of the Dad's suits. Then we took the microwave outside, filled it up with 2 rolls of aluminum foil, plugged it in, turned it on, and left.

When I was in high school, a friend and I had a little "business" making copies of porno VHS tapes and selling them. When kids would ask where they were supposed to come up with $40 for a VHS tape of 3-4 top-named, full-length pornos, I would tell them "Steal it from your parents".

Once, I 'bumped' a guy with my car to knock him down so we could steal his drugs. . .


I was an idiot kid. .
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2008, 06:24:21 PM »

 About 12 years ago, my early death was almost certain and through reflection, I knew I had to make amends for a lifetime of selfish, bohemian "carpe diem" behavior. I made heartfelt apologies to those I'd harmed, and wrestled with a conscience I didn't know I possessed. In time I felt at peace. But there was one incident from years before that I couldn't absolve myself of. It was cowardly and shameful (yet I've done much, much worse things), and it remains with me to this day. My old roommate was trying to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend, and she had a friend that was "perfect" for me. My roommate and I worked for the same company, and were away from home doing installation work for 3 80 hour weeks a month, and partying every spare moment (a lot of stuff was built very quickly in the 80's by men like us, with a little help fom my friends), so I didn't have time for matchmakers. But I talked on the phone with Diana, and over a few weeks we talked a lot! I couldn't wait to meet her; we loved and hated the same things and had similar backgrounds. My mates girlfriend made a dinner date for the 4 of us, and when I saw her, she was perfect! An independent, witty, petite firecracker. Everyone was having a great time, and the conversation was easy and fun. When the 2 beautiful flowers got up to visit the ladies room, Mark looked at me and said: "I knew you'd like her! The only thing is, uh....she's got Herpes...." I grabbed his shirt and shouted "Are you f**king kidding me?'. He shook his head....and I jumped up from the table, ran to my truck and raced away like a chickens**t. His ex never called back, nor did Diana. The next week I assisted him off a scaffold and he broke some ribs in payback (and he didn't cry foul).

 He deserved what he got, Diana didn't. I still feel ashamed and s**tty about this. Fessing up to it helps relieve the conscience.
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2008, 06:58:19 PM »

Uuuhhh . . . wow . . . lessee . . .

man, I got nothing to compare to any of that.  I threw a butter knife at my sister when I was about 12.

It's not that I don't have evil thoughts . . . I just don't ACT on them.  Not the things that are mean, anyway.


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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2008, 07:35:35 PM »

@ghouk WTF?  that's mental...Im actually shocked  Buggedout

I stole a bar of kendal mint cake from a national trust shop when I was 15. only thing Ive ever stolen

told a guy I didn't like french people and later found out he was French  Bluesad

used to steal the odd pound coin out of pairs of my dads jeans (when he wasn't wearing them, obviously)

started blanking my best friend all through school once we started college because I wanted to hang out with cooler people, but the cooler people turned out didn't like me.

had a friend who was tormented by girls who all called him "chipmunk" because he kind of looked like a chipmunk, and then one day accidentally called him "chipmunk" when I got slightly angry with him about something.

nothing major, tbh
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2008, 07:36:59 PM »

I really was never much of a law breaker minus a few petty things.  My words speak more than my actions usually.  I've said some really, really awful things to people in the past.  I've literally been known to bring people to tears.  You know, nice things like wishing death or plague on people to their face. The worst part is, I sometimes enjoyed seeing people cry after I insulted them.  I've kind of grown out of that behavior in the past few years but its still in me.  Looking back, some people I did say those things to deserved it.  Others, maybe not.  I've also had no problem holding lifelong grudges either and yes I know thats unhealthy.   

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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2008, 07:48:19 PM »


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Most of that time I had a steady girlfriend who I used to break up with before Christmas so I wouldn't have to buy her anything for it or her birthday (which was only a few weeks later), then make up with her afterwords.

Ghouck, you're a funny man.   BounceGiggle

The sad part was she had a horrible home life, so she really clung onto me and I treated her like crap in return. There is some serious mental illness running in that family, and she's not immune to it.

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I have never met a kid that is as despicable as I was when I was a kid. I went through some really weird times where I didn't feel I fit anywhere, but I tried to fit everywhere. I was so full of hate back then, and what was in me that wasn't hate was usually some drug or another.
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2008, 08:37:24 PM »

I married lonely widows 3 different times, and I killed each of them for their money.

Other than that, I made terrible fun of an emotionally disturbed girl in elementary school, simply to try to be popular.  To be fair to myself, I really had no idea of the impact it might have on her at the time, though I knew it was wrong.  Other than that, I shoplifted once, and a couple of times I stopped calling girls in an attempt to break up with them, hoping they'd get the hint, instead of being man about it.
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2008, 08:41:36 PM »

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I have never met a kid that is as despicable as I was when I was a kid. I went through some really weird times where I didn't feel I fit anywhere, but I tried to fit everywhere. I was so full of hate back then, and what was in me that wasn't hate was usually some drug or another.

sure... fair play for admitting that, and being able to be objective about it now tho'  Thumbup
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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2008, 09:10:58 PM »

used to steal the odd pound coin out of pairs of my dads jeans (when he wasn't wearing them, obviously)

I've done that to my stepdad.  He used to carry what seemed like $20 in quarters in his pants pockets.  Whenever he was out working in the garage and my mom was distracted, I'd sneak into their room and take 5 or 6 dollars.  Then I'd ride my bike down to the gas station and buy baseball cards or comic books.  Oh, and a few candy bars, too.
If he knew about it, he would've said something but he never did.  I have a feeling he really didn't know because he's the type who would flip out if he found out I went through his pockets and stole change from him.

The worst thing I've ever done was vandalize an old man's house with a buddy of mine on Christmas night in 1991.  Apparently he was visiting relatives for the holiday.  So we put on our gloves and walked through the snow to his house.
My friend broke the back door window and we went inside, took whatever we wanted and just trashed the place.  We must've caused thousands of dollars in damage.
The thing I'll always remember about that is this little black/grey poodle dog cowering in the living room corner.  It was so scared you could see it shaking from across the room.  We had been in the house, trashing it for more than 10 minutes before we realized it was there.
We didn't harm the dog.  Instead the thing actually let us pet it and it didn't bite.

I still feel guilty for doing that to the old guy's house.   Lookingup
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« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2008, 09:52:25 PM »

... The worst thing I've ever done was vandalize an old man's house with a buddy of mine on Christmas night in 1991.  Apparently he was visiting relatives for the holiday.  So we put on our gloves and walked through the snow to his house.
My friend broke the back door window and we went inside, took whatever we wanted and just trashed the place.  We must've caused thousands of dollars in damage.
The thing I'll always remember about that is this little black/grey poodle dog cowering in the living room corner.  It was so scared you could see it shaking from across the room.  We had been in the house, trashing it for more than 10 minutes before we realized it was there.
We didn't harm the dog.  Instead the thing actually let us pet it and it didn't bite.

I still feel guilty for doing that to the old guy's house.   Lookingup
So why roll your eyes?  You should feel guilty.  Maybe he's living and you could make amends?  Can you imagine how he felt to come home on Christmas to find his little world had been invaded, violated?  I'm sure he'd be grateful you didn't hurt his dog.   Bluesad Smile  I admire the fact that you realize that it was wrong. 

I was very bad when I was young, but I realize now mostly to myself.   Smile Bluesad
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« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2008, 09:54:39 PM »

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Man, just to cover my teenage years alone would take up most of the room left on the internet ... I don't even want to think about my 20's and I'd say I was about 35 or so before I really started "chilling out". I was a troubled youth ... but damn I had fun.
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« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2008, 10:27:56 PM »


So why roll your eyes?  You should feel guilty.  Maybe he's living and you could make amends?  Can you imagine how he felt to come home on Christmas to find his little world had been invaded, violated?  I'm sure he'd be grateful you didn't hurt his dog.   Bluesad Smile  I admire the fact that you realize that it was wrong. 

Believe me, the guilt I felt after doing that lasted for a long time.
Thoughts of making amends entered my mind many times but I never acted on them.

A few months after that, the same buddy of mine and I were driving by the old guy's house and saw him.  He was standing outside of his house with that little poodle dog of his on a leash.
He looked at both of us as we drove by.

There's no way he's still alive.  He looked to be over 80 years old at the time.
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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2008, 10:31:48 PM »

The terrible things I've done are nothing compared to the terrible things I've yet to do... nor are they something I'm willing to make a matter of public record on a message board. Don't want to ruin any aspirations for future political gains after all.  Drink
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