Re: Some unfortunate things as a Teenager... READ!
When I scrolled this thread I could only reflect positively on how stupidly easy I had it. I was encouraged to play. When I asked for lessons I got them. When I needed materials, books or recordings I got them. My parents let me practice day and night and acted like there was no sound at all. When I wanted to do comps they drove me from one side of the US to the other and volunteered for every school band activity. Then when I was ready to sit in with older guys I had that too.
Joey I'm going to send out some very positive thoughts your way, then later I'm going to get on Skype and have a nice thank you conversation with my folks.
I endorse Zildjian sticks because I like them.