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Hope your hubbie wasn't the kind of hoon that gave me a frightening 20 mins the other night! Ruined a great night out! Was travelling home and hoons kept trying to force me off the road!!!!
I think the Police say that because you can grow Marajuana here legally. I understand you can grow 3 plants for personal use. Now these plants could be 9 feet tall by 6 feet wide if you want. you do get into trouble for supplying and if the police catch you with any on your person you'll be in trouble too. I think it all comes down to personal use and I know when you get stopped for breath tests they test for drugs as well.
Lots of people I know smoke soft drugs as a common thing. My daughters friends dad owns a night club on Hindley Street and he tells me stories that make me determined she'll never set foot in a club in her life!!!!!!! I know thats not possible but I can try. however most people I know are very careful about what they smoke in relation to kids being around. Well tey are when MY kids are around, maybe its because they know my feelings on the subject in relation to the kids being about. I think its just an accepted part of life here.
I personally think its fine here and I came from a very quiet, low crime, afluent area. There is quite a lot of graffitti, though i notice more down south than the north. However there is a lot more hoon driving about up North, especially around the Elizabeth, Davoren Park areas, most roads have tyre marks on them, its just life here.
On top of the hill in Salisbury Heights
I'd say it's family friendly in terms of kids being accepted just about everywhere, and there are a lot of family events going on - like someone mentioned, beach/park cricket with the whole family joining in, family walks/bike rides etc. You certainly don't seem to get the 'Kevin the Teenageer' types here either - all the teens I've met have been polite and chatty and this confidence to talk to people of all ages is really nice to see. One of my son's 11-year old friends called round the other day, whilst my son was out playing tennis (at the free tennis courts, with my husband) and he stayed and chatted to me for almost an hour.
You can do a lot of stuff for free or very cheaply, here in Adelaide, whether that's because of the climate, or the facilities, or just the slower pace of life, I'm not sure, but as an example, as a family (kids are 10 and 13) on Sunday we cycled along Linear Park to a Par 3 golf course about 6km away, hired a bag of clubs and all of us had great fun trying to get the little white round thing in the teeny weeny holes! There were a couple of teenage lads behind us, and they didn't gripe at all about us holding them up (we did let them play thru eventually!) - even giving us a couple of spare balls when my son's got lost.
Whereas my daughter's old friends in the UK spend their weekends hanging around the shopping malls, eating MacDonalds, my daughter will be over at a friends house for a swim, or out playing tennis, or on a bike ride with friends, or walking the dog in the park. I'm not saying the hanging around thing doesn't happen here, just that there are more options.