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As I may have mentioned before, I am a huge fan of cruises. Although I haven't gone on one yet this year, I usually go on at least one or two every year. Where the cruise actually goes is wholly unimportant to me. Half the time I sleep through the stops anyway, and just stay on the boat. I just like having no cell phone, having great food available 24/7, and sitting on the back of the boat watching the waves.

It takes a certain type of person to enjoy a cruise. Usually that person is an old person. My friend Jonah and I are the two exceptions. I think we've gone on two cruises together, and each time we were the only people remotely close to our age. So much for meeting the hot ladies pirate-style.

On one such cruise we woke up at our usual time - 3pm. The boat was docked in Mexico, and was leaving at 5:30, meaning that everyone had to be on the boat at 5.

What Is a Teenager?

On Chocolate Milk in a Wine Glass

I turned 19 last week. My friends (who are still 18) were saying things like "Isn't it crazy? This is your last year as a teenager! This is it!" But my parents were less inclined to agree with that. Maybe it's because I'm the youngest child and they don't want to think about me growing up. But in any case, the polarized comments on my birthday got me thinking about what it is to be a teenager.

A great great friend of mine (who I've mentioned before here) is 24 years old. But, he's still living at home because he's back at school getting a second degree. He hasn't had the suffix "teen" at the end of his age for 4 years, but is he still a teenager? I'm still a teenager in the suffix ways, and he doesn't seem too much older than me. So are you a teenager until you're entirely independent from your parents? Or does school have something to do with it? Does having a full time job define the difference between a teenager and an adult? But some adults never get full time jobs, though they might be more adult than those who do have full time jobs. Is an adult someone with a lot of responsibility? Or a lot of stress? I know someone who is 26 and living on his own, but his apartment is paid for by his parents, he doesn't work, he doesn't cook, and he doesn't clean. Is he an adult? I don't think so. But he's 26...

What makes an adult an adult?

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