When I lived with my parents I had my room, but it was a busy house and there was little chance of a kiss and cuddle not being disturbed. Especially as my room was right next to the toilet!
When I moved out I shared a 2 bed flat with 3 other young men. There was absolutely no chance of privacy whatsoever.
There was, however, always one place where we could snog in peace and relative security. My car.
For much of my courting years I drove a 1974 Vauxhall Viva which was a reasonably large car - enough to make having a cuddle with the girlfriend a pleasant experience - despite the passion killing vinyl and front seats that did not fully recline!
This came to mind recently following a rare night out for me and Mrs Stan. Mrs Stan, despite being of a similar age to myself, is still a gorgeous woman with a figure that puts many 20 year olds to shame. A couple of weeks back we attended Mrs Stan's works Christmas dinner at a restaurant which wasn't very far from the "lover's lane" I used to frequent when I had the Viva.
Being the gent I am, I drove so that Mrs Stan could enjoy a couple of glasses of wine. Anyway, after a very jolly night we said our goodbyes and with Mrs Stan looking so very beautiful and the kids tucked up at home with the baby sitter I suggested that we relive our youth at the local lovers lane - Mrs Stan was happy to oblige. Off we went and parked up.
And that's when I wished I had my old Vauxhall Viva. It's big wide seats and the lack of clutter between them made romance simple and pleasant. Modern cars just aren't built for romance. The huge dashboards, low seats and obtrusive centre consoles provide a very substantial barrier to good old fashioned snogging - and at my age I'm just not as flexible as I once was. The back seats were occupied by they child booster seats as required by the good old EU directives so they were out of the question. After several attempts and frequent fits of giggles, we gave up and went home.
There's no doubt that modern cars are far superior to the those I had available when I was young, but when it comes to courting - modern cars are rubbish!