DS is a self-proclaimed nerd. His term, not mine. His friends all pretty much make the same proclamation about themselves.
There are 8 teens in my basement getting ready to play Path Finder, which, I am told, is like Dungeons and Dragons.
I have 8 really polite, nice teens in my basement - with a crockpot of sloppy joes, soda, cookies, and chips. They are good to go.
I have always encouraged my kids to have their friends come to our home and I am just enjoying the chatter and socializing I hear from down there. These "mom moments" get less frequent when you have a 17 yo DS who would live on xbox if you would let him.
Happy kids in the basement, happy mom up here.