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    YOUTH CLUBS AS A KID.
    So who joined a youth club when they were young?..Pretty much a thing of the past these days youth clubs were primarily a way of keeping kids off the streets and out of trouble. mainly a product of the 70s/80s there are few if any remaining probably because kids rarely leave there bedrooms.
    I was more into making my own fun and getting up to mischief than being monitored by the well meaning volunteers that ran these establishments, i did join one in the early 70s but it was more about education than having fun with art classes and joinery type activities, i quit pretty soon after and joined the Boys brigade which was cool and which taught discipline and respect at an early age....plus had a cool uniform
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    I never went to a regular "youth Club" but had popped into a couple of different ones as a teen. I remember one in a church hall that had Pong machines set up on TVs to play and a pool table. There was a tuck shop too. That might have been a Boy's Brigade one as it was in the hall attached to the church where I went to Anchor Boys and Boy's Brigade as a younger kid (i'd stopped going by my teens). TBH the best thing about those were that my parents would take us to the newsagent round the corner after and we'd get sweets, I remember getting some Kojak Chewing gum and stickers there. Later on i recall going in there and buying some of those computer magazines which just contained games listings and you typed the (usually incorrect) code in yourself, although some also had a tape on the front with the games pre-coded.
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    Ditto I never went to one of these youth clubs. I was an Eagle Scout for a year tho. You know "be prepared" and all that. Enjoyed going into the bush and doing assorted bush survival things. I was also a Military Cadet in my last 2 years of high school. This was great fun. Dressing up like a soldier , having parades and the like. Reckon the other kids looked up to us Cadets. The best part was the weekend "bivouacs". These were tantamount to army games..where we camped out and conducted small battles between each other.

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    Back in the mid 1990s I was thinking of going to a Youth Club a few miles away from where I lived in order to help increase my social skills (and perhaps, even optimistically even get a girlfriend if I played my cards right) at the age of around 17-18, but alas, my social phobia got the better of me and over 20 years on, I have felt the brunt of my difficulties even now - I did feel like a gatecrasher to be honest with no reason to be there. I still feel like that now - I don't need to mention the two unsuccessful stints that I had with going Speed Dating in the last few years in order to give an example of that.
    I am now in my 40s (just in case anyone asks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    Back in the mid 1990s I was thinking of going to a Youth Club a few miles away from where I lived in order to help increase my social skills (and perhaps, even optimistically even get a girlfriend if I played my cards right) at the age of around 17-18, but alas, my social phobia got the better of me and over 20 years on, I have felt the brunt of my difficulties even now - I did feel like a gatecrasher to be honest with no reason to be there. I still feel like that now - I don't need to mention the two unsuccessful stints that I had with going Speed Dating in the last few years in order to give an example of that.
    George have you ever tried self confidence classes? I cant advise for or against them as i have no experience of them, however i can't see what harm it might do. I have had this conversation with my son who actually chooses to have no friends or a girlfriend and is happy in his own company. He is intelligent and not at all withdrawn but simply chooses not to mix with others so i guess this might be social phobia as you like to describe it, he will happily interact on facebook or by text but will always avoid face to face encounters where possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tex View Post
    George have you ever tried self confidence classes? I cant advise for or against them as i have no experience of them, however i can't see what harm it might do. I have had this conversation with my son who actually chooses to have no friends or a girlfriend and is happy in his own company. He is intelligent and not at all withdrawn but simply chooses not to mix with others so i guess this might be social phobia as you like to describe it, he will happily interact on facebook or by text but will always avoid face to face encounters where possible.
    I do get a monthly magazine posted to my address which lists things that happen locally, and I do see things like mentioned from time to time - I had to admit that when I first read "self confidence" I nearly thought it said "self defence" which would have also come in handy as well. Things can get so bad that there is the instance that there happens to be a local group for people who have anxiety, but the irony is that my own anxiety is preventing me from attending - I do feel that I lose all round at times.

    I hope that one day things will happen positively and that I will meet someone, and the horizons will open up for me at long last - the end of the tunnel is a few miles away for me yet however.
    I am now in my 40s (just in case anyone asks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tex View Post
    George have you ever tried self confidence classes? I cant advise for or against them as i have no experience of them, however i can't see what harm it might do. I have had this conversation with my son who actually chooses to have no friends or a girlfriend and is happy in his own company. He is intelligent and not at all withdrawn but simply chooses not to mix with others so i guess this might be social phobia as you like to describe it, he will happily interact on facebook or by text but will always avoid face to face encounters where possible.
    My son is also not all that sociable.. not with his parents or us oldies. Not so sure he has all that many friends either. As for girlfriends.. he says he has plenty of them. So I ask him "Marc when are you going to settle down and give mum and I grand kids?" He tells me he is fussy and has not yet met the girl who melts his heart . Bloody hell. I will be in an old folks home by the time he is ready to make a family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    I do get a monthly magazine posted to my address which lists things that happen locally, and I do see things like mentioned from time to time - I had to admit that when I first read "self confidence" I nearly thought it said "self defence" which would have also come in handy as well. Things can get so bad that there is the instance that there happens to be a local group for people who have anxiety, but the irony is that my own anxiety is preventing me from attending - I do feel that I lose all round at times.

    I hope that one day things will happen positively and that I will meet someone, and the horizons will open up for me at long last - the end of the tunnel is a few miles away for me yet however.
    Hi George, checking out your profile i see you list your occupation as writer, if it's not being too nosey can i ask if this is how you earn a living? are you published? The reason i ask is because again my son Simon is a prolific writer in a non professional capacity. He writes articles on several websites but is struggling to find paid work in the sector.
    The writers domain is ofcourse quite a lonely one with little interaction with others, if i am wrong in this assumption i am happy to be corrected
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    I used to attend the occasional youth club when a teenager. It was a good place to at least be able to look at girls, even if you didn't stand much of a chance. One used to put on a monthly disco, which was quite well attended, and would have reasonably decent DJs--probably amateurs but not bad. Churches often ran youth clubs, but I didn't often attend those. They tended to be run by a trendy curate. Don't get me wrong, they were well meaning and decent guys, but I always felt a bit awkward, like having to be on your best behaviour when your posh aunt visits. I was in the Scouts for a few years, though I never really considered that to be a youth club.

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    A few random memories....

    Friday night used to be my mom's bingo and beetle night at our local working men's club. She went with our next door neighbour and I also went occasionally when I got older. I remember she won this big early 70s white table lamp and a small cheap AM radio. I had that radio for many years--well into the 80s. When mom was at bingo I got to stay up late and watch the then traditional friday night horror film. That was when I first saw Brides of Dracula on our old B/W TV and it scared me to death, particularly when the old servant is coaxing the vampire girl out of her grave.

    When I had to go to see my GP there was no making appointments; you just turned up and waited for your turn--first come, first served. I remember he had one of those date stamps with the little rollers to adjust the date. He would have to stamp the prescription. He would always position the stamp on the prescription then let me press it down to make the mark. Also, no tablets in nice bubble packs with instruction sheets. The chemist would just put them in a small tablet bottle with a screw on top that was certainly not childproof. No expiry dates either. I used to get very bad hayfever with made me wheeze like I had been on 80 a day for 40 years. The doctor would prescribe Ephadrine and it really worked well. I believe it was discontinued many years ago. As there were no expiry dates I was taking those thing years and years after we had gotten them from the chemist as we would just put the ones left over with new ones.

    Those Ephadrine tablets tasted awful. I can still taste them now and even the thought still makes me shiver. What was worse was that I just couldn't take tablets with water. My mom would cut a Mars bar in half and stuff the tablet inside. The problem is of course that it is so obvious where in the bar that foul tablet is lurking, and I always seemed to accidentally chew the tablet. If anyone has had to take those big one per week malaria prevention tablets then you will know what I mean about foulness--but I think those little Ephadrines had them beat for sheer vileness.

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