The Structure of Our Crew
Have you ever been out-and-about with the guys or ever set up a ladies night with the girls? Sure, you are out with your friends, but you still compete with each other in society whether you know it or not. Guys feel that they must be the most ascendant and dominant in public. Just as Deborah Tannen states in “Sex, Lies and Conversation,” “boys groups are larger, more inclusive, and more hierarchical.” (p.82)
One night that I will always remember is the last night the crew got together before Gage moved away. My brother, my friends, and I all went out for a typical evening to the movies. Nothing out of the ordinary, but something else was eerie about that night. It must have been the fact that we knew this was the last time we would all be together. We came across another group of people that we knew but didn’t care for simply cause of their arrogance and search of thrills through alcohol and illegal narcotics. We said our farewells and bought our tickets to “The Hangover” and took our seats. We had a blast as we all cheered, hooted and hollered during the movie sometimes too loud just to annoy the other movie goers.
After the movie we decided to go and shoot some pool at Leisure Time. We got past the drunkards and rented a little pool table in the back. Josh, then being his overconfident self puts out a challenge to play for some cash. Then, my friend Gage starts talking major smack on how great he is at pool, while Hanley stands by idly, and quiet as usual. I taunt them with old clichés and wise sayings that have stood the test of time. I did this solely for the purpose of detering them from being overly aggressive with the bullying and trash talking. As we played we recalled embarrassing times in high school and things that made us look like idiots and tools. We all harassed each other except for Hanley, he didn’t usually have witty comebacks or slanderous stories. He was a guy that usually let his fists do the talking,...