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Things that are reeeeaaaallly boring...to a 13 yo boy

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I'm trying to come up with a few comparisons for my MC to make about how boring something is. I've already used poetry and the declaration of independence. I'm just at a road block right now and can't think of anything good. It doesn't have to be reading-related. Right now all I can think of is "curling" but I don't know if that's something my MC would actually know about.

I'm blaming it on end-of-pregnancy brain.

Help! What are some other things a 13 year old might find boring?
#1 - August 21, 2013, 01:09 PM
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clothes shopping with his mom?
#2 - August 21, 2013, 01:21 PM
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Being forced to watch a girlie movie with his family and not be allowed to get up and run to the candy counter, etc.

Listening to his older sisters and friends talking about makeup and dress-up clothes

being forced to stay inside and act like an adult when he wants to be riding his bike, skateboard, playing a sport, while his parents have friends over (also no video games, texting etc.) because they brought a child with them he is to entertain

#3 - August 21, 2013, 01:29 PM
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church, volunteering somewhere, running errands with a parent, going to a sister's dance recital, babysitting a sib or neighbor, waiting with mom while she gets her hair done
#4 - August 21, 2013, 01:37 PM
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I'm chuckling...some of the stuff that others mentioned were things my son liked when he was 13!  :)

Things that bored him:

Reality TV
Clothes shopping
Math
The movie "Titanic" 
Football, basketball or baseball (curling he likes!)
babysitting
When girls do girly things

#5 - August 21, 2013, 01:53 PM

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doing the dishes, helping with yard work, listening to a boring neighbor talk with his dad.
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Flossing his teeth.
#7 - August 21, 2013, 02:33 PM

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School
Attending a sibling's band concert, open house, sporting event
Family reunions
#8 - August 21, 2013, 02:46 PM
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Great ideas guys! Thanks for breaking my brain freeze!
#9 - August 21, 2013, 03:33 PM
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Diagramming sentences.
Church.
Scooping dog poop.
Talk radio.
#10 - August 22, 2013, 04:30 PM

My son said "reading," but I guess that wouldn't do.
#11 - August 22, 2013, 05:40 PM

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Grocery shopping, sitting in a waiting room while parents/siblings have appointments, riding in a car to various appointments and chores...
#12 - August 22, 2013, 07:32 PM

being forced to stay inside and act like an adult when he wants to be riding his bike, skateboard, playing a sport, while his parents have friends over (also no video games, texting etc.) because they brought a child with them he is to entertain



Had to giggle a little at this one. We have to force our 13 yo to bike, skateboard, play sports - even hang out with friends (not that there are any of those around, since they're all holed up in their houses playing video games all day. So much for summers the way they used to be.)  If it's not a video game, he couldn't care less. Of course, once he's out there, he has tons of fun (and is super athletic), but it's not as easy as the brain numbing games. Maybe it's only because we limit his time on them so strictly.

So, in answer to the post, anything that's not a video game is reaaaaaaally boring.
#13 - August 23, 2013, 10:09 AM
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60 Minutes
NPR
#14 - August 23, 2013, 05:00 PM
FIVE SHORT SECONDS
SAYA AT SPEED
RULES OF THE GAME
TEST CASES
TWISTER RESISTERS
CRASH COURSE
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Sitting at the dinner table for hours while all the adults tell the same stories they told at the last family gathering.  Are their memories really that bad? :whistle
#15 - August 23, 2013, 05:02 PM
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My 13YO son's current thing he is too bored to do would be his current algebra homework.
#16 - August 23, 2013, 06:51 PM

Sitting in a restaurant with the family waiting too long for the food to arrive.
#17 - August 24, 2013, 04:30 AM
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Listening to older relatives talk about what it was like when they were his age.
#18 - August 24, 2013, 07:43 AM
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being told by his relatives how big he is getting (whether or not he has changed since the last time he saw them), being asked by his relatives what subjects he is taking in school and what sports he is playing and then being told what that relative took when they were in school or being asked why he isn't playing ? sport, he has the build for it, is he playing a musical instrument? Does he have a girlfriend?  All those embarrassing relative questions everyone goes through... :hiding
#19 - August 24, 2013, 09:22 AM
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sitting in a hall outside the room his mom is having a two hour board meeting, with no internet or phone service
#20 - August 26, 2013, 01:09 AM

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