Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Getting Out Of A Gang

  

Getting Out Of A Gang

It’s like saying, “getting away from your friends!” So the first thought is always - It’s not going to be easy to do.  Though the first part is pretty obvious, you have to busy yourself with other activities - such as working a job, or working on your music, and then when your old friends call - don’t answer them or call them back. The truth is that most normal kids will get the hint pretty quick - he’s busy with his girl, or he’s always working now, or he’s really into going to the gym now so he doesn’t hit me back anymore - oh well! 

And then there are the kids that don’t get the hint. They will be the ones that catch an attitude when they see you out - and glare at you. Call you up and leave threatening messages like “You better call me back when you get this - you dissed yesterday and I’m not letting you get away with that again today!” And you should recognize pretty quick that guys like that have ulterior motives for taking the most offense on what you choose to do with your personal life.

So first, it’s real easy - if they call you, don’t call them back. And if they start to get loud or threaten you, do not bitch out to pressure from them. If you start to get nervous or scared and decide to do what they say - that attitude is what will get you in trouble later!  Cause some kids will say that you are now their bitch.  And since you are nervous around them, you have to do everything they say.  And if they can get away with bossing you around - they can get away with anything!

So don’t ever call them back, and when you see them out, act real positive and smile, and laugh off whatever they are saying, with something like, “I know you’re not serious.  You don’t really care about all that! You probably got a million things to worry about!” And as you are saying this, keep walking, hold out your hand as you pass and try to give them dap. 
And if they refuse, keep smiling and say, “That’s okay, you know I still love you but I really got to get going. I have to get to work.  You know how it is!” 

That’s how you don’t get caught in their tractor beam and get pulled into their circle. Cause when that happens, they''ll just begin to  pick on you and talk shit until you nervously decide that you better hang out with them to make up for all the disrespect you showed for dissing.

However, If you stay friendly and positive - and act like you don’t have time to stand around and take their abuse, there is really nothing more they can do -  except give you an attitude.  After all, you may really be telling them the truth about all the stuff you have to do these days instead of just hanging out. So keep moving when you see them!

The first couple of times may be the hardest but as soon as you set the precedent that this is the way things are now, it gets easier every time and they will give up the attitude.   

Now let’s go over what the failures may look like.  When they see their old boys hanging out on the block they get nervous and think, “I better go over and hang out with them for a minute to do what they want- cause they look pretty pissed off.” Then when they do that, they stand there getting tongue-tied and more and more uncomfortable as their old gang ridicules them for having the nerve to diss them the other day.  The minutes turn into hours and pretty soon, the old gang sees that they were not really serious about having to do other things. 

They are just lying and making up excuses cause they are scared about something.  The ringleader may call him a bitch for trying to diss them lately.  And then, the next thing he may be thinking is he better do something quick to impress the gang - so they will stop picking on him.  Then, before he knows it, he has to take a risk, or do something stupid to prove he’s not a bitch. And that is how so many good guys get arrested and stuck in jail. And that's where the bad guys like you.  Often times it’s a psychological thing; a loser on the street is a bad guy who knows how to intimidate and put pressure on other kids. Often times they may be older or more experienced at mind games. They know how to influence other kids, who are not so bad, to really screw things up for themselves so they wind up in jail and kill their futures. 

Once you get locked up, you often lose your girl cause your girl starts dating someone else.  You lose your job, you lose your apartment, and when you finally get out - the same a**holes that helped get you locked up are waiting for you. This time they have even worse plans, that may get you shot, killed or stuck in a prison for the rest of your life. This is how losers get guys with talent in trouble all the time.  So understand a big part of street life is psychological.  You have to be tough minded, not just physically tough.  If you can get pushed around mentally, you are not too strong at all!

That is the biggest problem with gangs: most times individuality suffers and the herd mentality takes over. It’s like being a part of any weird cult - where you have to shave your head and do whatever the cult demands. Cause it’s not about you and your freedom anymore - it’s only about the gang of weird people you joined.  

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Leech Mob Girls


     
    Eve                                               Krissy 

In Leech Mob: A Novel about a Connecticut Gang, we lucked out to have the coolest and smartest group of punk rock chicks in one place in time.  They didn’t even dress that weird, but the Jocks would stare at them, the preppy girls didn’t like it and there was nothing but problems but I don’t care what anybody says, the Leech Mob Girls were just hot!  Macey is a pretty girl who every Leech Mobber is secretly in love with. Could it be her natural good looks and her sweet personality?  Macey’s always down to hang out, just don’t tell anyone you saw her smoke pot! 
In the chaos that surrounds the Leech Mob, Krissy often has to step in and set things straight.  This is not going to be a simple thing to do, yet we still have to commend the girl’s efforts.  Violet dated half the Leech Mob so when it’s your turn, don’t expect any special treatment.  As Krissy warns Kelly, “Don’t let Violet make you cry.” Yet still, Violet remains the funnest girl in the world to skip school with. Eve is a tough chick who doesn’t take shit from anybody.  She makes combat boots and fishnet stockings look good. 
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Clothes Styles of Leech Mob


Zed

The clothes styles of Leech Mob were very different.  It was a mix of hardcore, punk, skater, gangster, and industrial gear.  Kids would wear champion sweatshirts, ripped at the collar, with black jeans and sneakers; or zippered sweatshirts with cargo pants and doc martin boots.   For a minute, long-sleeve t-shirt hoodies were all over the place with baggy pants, meaning size 48 waistlines we had to cop from second hand joints cause the jeans they sold at department stores were just too tight.  For the skaters, baggy denim jeans and flannel shirts helped keep their skin intact when they flew off skateboards.  Underground skateboard companies still sold t-shirts with unique logos and art designs that the mainstream skateboard companies could never live up to.   Hardcore bands developed their own trademark long sleeve t-shirts with statements printed down the sleeves and I remember the style was to wear a short sleeve hardcore shirt over a long sleeved one.                     
Everybody’s ears and noses were a wreck of piercings and the baseball hats were always rolled down tight so our eyes were shaded. Usually kids shaved their heads around the sides and back but left the tops long, which they bleached blonde or dyed black while other kids got Manic Panic hair dye for the red, purple and green.  With the underground store Trash American Style still around in Danbury CT, some of the girls would show up dressed like hippie chicks with long dresses and beads.  Trash was the place to go to for hardcore records, gear, and all types of ill shit.    
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Pranks


Brody 

Pranks are always fun, playing practical jokes on your friends and teachers, or in Leech Mob: A Novel about a Connecticut Gang, on complete strangers too.  For example Geo likes to raid his parents’ fridge for all the leftovers, mix them all together, add ketchup, mustard, eggs, fry it all up and then carry it around in a bucket to utilize as a weapon.  Or how about when Kelly decides to throw half the classroom out a third story window.  Textbooks, globes, overhead projectors and the classroom TV all had to go.  And last but not least, in Ancient Civilizations class, Brody replaces the documentary on Ancient Rome with Asian Pornography.  In the words of old Dr. Nooland, “HELLS BELLS, WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?!”     
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Alcohol Abuse

       

Since there are a few keg parties and drunken bashes in Leech Mob: A Novel about a Connecticut Gang, let’s talk about alcohol abuse for a minute.  I always thought there was a fine line between using alcohol and abusing alcohol.  Since alcohol doesn’t taste too good, I never believed people who said they drink one or two glasses for the way booze tastes.   Let’s face it, beer and whiskey aren’t the first items named when people think about delicious things to drink.  People drink, whether they want to admit it or not, for the way it makes them feel.  People describe it as a buzz which, after a few more drinks, turns into spinning sensation.  How many drinks you have usually depends on your tolerance to alcohol or just how often you drink booze for it’s sensational taste.  

Unfortunately many high school and college kids drink to get drunk and this leads to many problems including fights, drunk-driving, and accidents.  When kids drink too much, it changes them for the worse.  There is nothing more pathetic than a sloppy drunk.  In fact, the very nature of alcohol is to disorientate the user until they can no longer walk, talk, or appear even remotely sensible. While this may seem fun when we’re younger, as kids mature, hopefully they will begin to see how alcohol abuse ruins people’s lives.  When a drunk, drooling zombie stumbles over to you at a party and begins to chew on its tongue instead of talking, we might begin to realize that zombies are never cool.  Zombies don’t get the chicks and zombies don’t impress the dudes.   
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Fights


Casey

Fights are never good.  Kids could get seriously hurt and these days schools do not hesitate to have students arrested.  In Leech Mob: A Novel about a Connecticut Gang, among the many brawls there is a big fight between the Leech Mob and the Jocks.  The cops arrest only members of the Leech Mob and let the Jocks go merrily on their way, which creates some hard will among the group who thinks the Riverview school system takes it way too way easy on the groups they favor.  So the Leech Mob retaliates by invading a Jock party where another rumble takes place.  So it’s safe to say, there are quite a few fights in Leech Mob.  What kids should learn is that it’s up to the leaders of the different gangs to learn how to handle problems more diplomatically—or often their gang is broken up and hauled off to jail or worse.  In Leech Mob, you get to decide which fights were unavoidable and which fights could have been handled differently.  Since many young people are into Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, and Streetfighting, Leech Mob is a good book to introduce them to. Leech Mob: A Novel about a Connecticut Gang is a fast-paced novel with mad drama at every moment that will keep you thugs flipping the pages.  
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Raves and Drugs


Remmy

In the early 90’s, Raves were underground parties that took place at makeshift clubs, usually in warehouses.  The DJ would spin techno music that evolved into several different styles, such as Jungle, Trance, Drum n Bass, and Dub Step.  I remember how it changed a lot of kids’ styles, who went from wearing old, baggy Goodwill-copped pants and torn hoodies to designer clothes.  Quickly the skater and hardcore look was abandoned for the designer-thug look and people could easily spend a thousand dollars on an outfit.  Of course, it helped to pay for all that gear if you sold drugs, so Raves also helped turn many kids into serious druggies.  Before Raves came around, it was all about weed, 40’s, and shrooms.  But after hitting a few Raves, Ecstasy, Heroin, and Cocaine became easier to find.  In Leech Mob: A Novel about a Connecticut Gang, you get to read about Kelly’s first experience at a Rave.  This is the straw that breaks the camel’s back and, after the cops raid the joint, Kelly is hauled off in cuffs.         
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