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  1. Tom-G

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    On Saturday, I will be attending my high school's 10 year class reunion. I'm looking forward to seeing my old classmates, but because of the attacks, I'm guessing that a lot of people will no-show for fear of flying.
    Have you attended a class reunion? If so, how did it go? I'm not sure how dressed up I should get. It's being held at a restaurant/lounge.
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    Wow, that's cool. I have my ten year reunion this saturday too. I wouldn't get too dressed up for it. My friends and I aren't. I hope it's a good time. Well a good excuse to get liquored up.
    Have a good time.
     
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    You'll be surprised how high school cliques remain tight, even after all these years...
     
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    I've been out 17 years now [​IMG] and haven't been to a reunion yet. All the friends I had in high school live out of state and like me, could care less about reunions which seem to be mainly for the popular cliques (we were all nerds). [​IMG]
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    When the invitations arrive and it lists as the reunion committee as the same bunch of "Let's not include anyone else in our group" asses, I just have to laugh. I know right then all they want is for you to show up so they can shun you even more. No thanks. BTW, I was a very popular person in school but just absolutely could not stand the cliques and all that bullshit. I talked to EVERYONE.
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  6. Tom-G

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    After all these years, I've found that cliques are present everywhere--church, work, etc. School is no different. I was never the most popular person in high school, but I tried to be friendly to everyone. There were some people that were in a clique who just wouldn't commiserate with someone like me, but after graduation I ran into some of those people and suddenly the attitudes changed and it was as if we were good friends in high school.
    I'm looking forward to it. There were 200 people in our class and I hope that most will be there. We didn't have a five year reunion. It's going to be fun to see how people have changed, or haven't changed. I'm so different than I was in high school. It's almost as radical as the difference between night and day.
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    My 10-year reunion comes up in 2 years, but I seriously doubt I will go. It took me long enough to get out of high-school and away from my snooty classmates I couldn't stand, why the hell would I wanna go back to visit? [​IMG]
    Seriously, though. I've always viewed reunions as gossip sessions for bragging-rights, nothing more. Come to think of it, I have not spoken to any of my graduating class for about 6 years now. All of my friends were a couple years younger than everyone in my class, and they all attended a private Catholic school across town. He he he...Maybe I should hold out and go to their reunion. [​IMG]
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    I've never been to a class reunion, but a guy from my old school has set up a web page where we can meet and chat. The experience certainly hasn't left me any keener on physically re-meeting my old classmates. Incidentally, more than twenty years after leaving school, my suspicions of the time have been confirmed. Everyone else did become richer than me.
     
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    I have my 5 year coming up end of Oct, but I don't think I am going. I still live close to home. All the people i would care to see, I still hang out with. Plus they gave us like a week to send out RSVPs. My girlfriend (graduated with me) wants to go, but I don't think we will. We have the Pledg of Allegience Tour that weekend [​IMG] plus moving to a new townhouse.
    And I agree, they are mostly for the popular cliques anyhoo. If i Had something to brag about I'd go, but in 2 week i am layed off. "Hi, I'm unemployed"...how impressive.
     
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    One of the things that really messed with me was the fact that some people in my class had already died by my 5th year reunion, probably 4 from a class of over 300. At least it was on the water, and was okay in terms of fun, but at that time, most of us had gotten out of college, and were embarking on careers, so the bragging hadn't gotten out of hand.
    Then I found out at the 10th year reunion that one of my buddies became paralyzed in an accident a year preceding that reunion, and died scant months after that reunion. You could just feel the sadness that many of us felt for the guy as we went up to talk to him, and asked him how he was doing. There he was, a guy who was a cross country runner in high school, sitting in a wheelchair then, but in decent spirits, getting to see his old friends, possibily for the last time (he knew he had health complications). It makes your life's troubles at the time seem petty and small in comparison.
    I think I found out another 2-3 people from my high school class passed away at that 10th year reunion. But on the flipside, it was amazing to see which classmates were the breeders of the class, some of them having 4 kids already! (but I expected that because I did attend a catholic high school - just for the academics, not due to my religious upbringing). That reunion took place at night time at a bay house, and we all just say around, caught up with whoever I had a decent relationship, and drank the kegs dry.
    The other funny thing at the reunions was to see who still had hair (I was shocked at some of the guys whose hair had prematurely fallen out in their late 20's, a guy we called "Porky" was bald! but he was married with one child, so I guess it all balanced out), and which girls still had their figures. Me, I still had my hair, but not my figure. [​IMG]
    My 15th year reunion was a hastily put together affair, on short notice, and mainly for people that still stayed in the area, so I didn't go to that one. I didn't miss not going.
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    Well we are at 12 years, and although we had on about 5 years I didn't go.
    I've lived in a small community for 25 years, a nothing changes. I see lots of old classmates on just a short walk through town.
    I still work at the same store I started at when I wab 16!!
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    5 year reunions stink... I had one 3 years ago. 50% of the people are still in school, nobody's really done anything yet (i.e. no wife, kids, major accomplishment, etc.) The only good thing was seeing the snobby cheerleader take a second look at me (lost close to 50 lbs in those 5 years) What can I say, she was smokin!
     
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    I didn't go to my 5 year last year. Anyone from HS that I care to see are just just a phone call away and live nearby. I was a nerd in HS, and far improved now. But I don't feel the need to show off to all the girls that denied me back then. A few years ago I was thinking about showing up to the 5 year in an audi A4 with my new and improved body but like I said, I don't feel the need to show off to all these people I'd rather forget.
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    My 10-year reunion will be next year. I've already thought about it a bit, and I am completely torn on whether I want to go. It may be fun seeing some more of the old soccer team, but I can't decide.
     
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    Another nerd here. My 10 year reunion is coming up in a couple weeks. I won't be going either. If the teachers were going to be there then I'd love to go. I'd rather see the teachers I had then many of the students in my class. The only reason I would attend is to see how successful some of my other fellow nerd classmates turned out and to laugh at the fat ex-jocks. But I doubt any of my fellow nerds would show up (for all the reasons already listed here) so why should I care to go. There are a few girls that will probably be there that I'd like to see how they turned out, but why travel that far and spend $75 for a ticket just to be disappointed. It's just not worth it.
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    I would of had my 10-year reunion a few years ago, but we're all slackers and I never was contacted.... Wouldn't of matter though anyway as I used to fence in high school. Not that kind of fencing, but I was Foil captain on the fencing squad. That along should tell you how popular I must have been. Plus, reunions always seems to sound like an ego-trip that only serve to inflate the heads of certain people. Oh lookatme in that fancy Lexus convertable...
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    I didn't hear anything about my 10-year reunion til a few weeks after it already happened (at an interview for a job I didn't get; the person interviewing me turned out to be the mom of someone I knew in high school.) I didn't really want to go anyway just because I get jealous real easily; I didn't want to know who'd gotten married, made their first million, or anything else like that. The only thing I would want to know was who's died, gone to prison, or come out of the closet! [​IMG]
     
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    Had my ten year reunion this summer and did not attend. I was kind of torn on going as I haven't been in contact for a long time with some people I'd like to see again, but at the same time, they wouldn't necessarily be ones to go to a reunion anyways. Ultimately I had vacation scheduled for that time and was in Rhode Island when it occurred. Oh well. I did get an e-mail after the fact from an old friend, so that was nice. I stumbled upon my class's page on classmates.com, and it was interesting to read the few updates that some people had provided. Some seemed like they had never left the comfort of high school. I was surprised what others were doing. (Keep in mind, my graduating class was around 425 people.)
    I will say that being single probably played a factor in choosing not to go. [​IMG]
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    I didn't make it to my ten-year reunion either. There are several people who I would love to chat with, but the thought of three hours of small talk just makes my head hurt.
    "Yeah, we've been married for five years now. . . Yeah, we like Knoxville. . . Yeah, I'm still in school. . . Nope, no kids yet. . . Yeah, we've been married for . . . . ."
    I wasn't a nerd in school. Actually, I was too invisible (largely by choice) to be classified in any way. One guy I would really like to talk with, though, was a bit of a geek in school. He delivered the greatest line I've ever heard from a 17 year old. We were in physics one day -- two of a small group of juniors in a mostly senior class -- when this guy, Dave, made a really stupid, geekish joke. One of the seniors, a dim-witted, but extremely popular guy, turned to him, pointed, and gave a really sarcastic laugh. Of course, all of the other seniors thought that this was hysterical. Dave turned calmly to them, and said:
    "That's okay. Some day you'll work for me."
    The delivery was perfect. The whole class went quiet. Last I heard, Dave was doing his internship after graduating from one of the Ivy League Medical Schools.
     

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