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What drama! My parents were waiting for me on Christmas Day. I emerged from my boy cave in this attire. Yikes! Look at those socks, for God's sake! At 13 or so, I was too cool for the room. Like a celebrity fleeing the paparazzi, I covered myself in an effort to escape the people laying in wait for me. View full size.