Ten Year Reunion

The 10-year high school reunion is an institution, a rite of passage, a tradition. It appears in movies and is something you have in common with everyone "of a certain age" you pass on the street (even if it is only comparing notes on why you didn't go, why you didn't hear about it, how your high school sweetheart looks so happy now, or whatever). This myth - lore, expectation, curiosity - led me to greatly look forward to my 10-year reunion. I'm pleased to say that it didn't disappoint.

While some of the cliches applied (there was a drunkard or two that made a fools of themselves, and a few people that had "swelled"*), in general, I was pleasantly surprised at so much. Lots of people showed up, way more than I was expecting (across the 3 events, I would say about half of the graduating class was represented). Most people looked really good. The conversations were much less stale than I might have thought (quickly getting the location/marriage status/job stuff exchanged and then finding a commonality; not nearly as much reminiscing as I feared). But possibly the most pleasant surprise was most people's seeming willingness to leave behind cliques, old grudges, etc. and eagerness to re-meet the people with whom we all share a common past. And while often unsaid, the openness, acceptance, and inclusion displayed signified to me an appreciation and camaraderie the stemmed from that shared experience.

My only real disappointment* was the lack of more than a few notable faces. As I pointed out in my earlier post, "the more, the merrier" couldn't be better applied than to a class reunion. Those who chose not to go made the experience that much less complete. During the showing of the senior class video* when a non-attending classmate was featured, you could hear murmurs from the crowd. Why isn't Siri here?, I wonder what Jeff is up to., or I was really hoping that Aron would be here.. Alas. While not the same, perhaps those questions will be answered at the 20-year. See you in 2018!
Sunday August 10 2008File under: Anacortes, misc

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on Sun 10th Aug, 2008 10:39 pm PDT Saxtor said:
on Sun 10th Aug, 2008 11:20 pm PDT Horge said:
"When I feel... quiet... when... I feel... blue... ...For a while... For a while."
on Mon 11th Aug, 2008 08:21 pm PDT Andrew said:
Why wasn't Andrew there? How is he these days? I heard he is a racecar driver!
on Mon 11th Aug, 2008 08:54 pm PDT Jule! said:
Happy Birthday Wren!!
on Tue 12th Aug, 2008 11:40 pm PDT Horge said:
Sretan rodjendan! (Bosnian for the above statement)
on Wed 13th Aug, 2008 08:14 am PDT dave said:
omeidetou gozaimasu!
on Wed 13th Aug, 2008 01:44 pm PDT Saxtor said:
I'm pretty sure you low-rezzed that photo on purpose...
on Wed 13th Aug, 2008 02:57 pm PDT Wren said:
The photo is low-res because I stole it off myspace. I even tried to hack the URL and everything to get a better copy.
on Thu 14th Aug, 2008 07:39 am PDT cardboard said:
is that fantini up front there with the microphone?? looks raging
on Tue 26th Aug, 2008 11:19 am PDT Wren said:
A few pics from the reunion: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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