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Ltlabner
11-22-2006, 12:37 PM
What's your stance on going to high school or collage reunions?

Frankly, I could care less because I've maintained contact with those people I cared to do so with. I really have no interest in spending an evening with a bunch of people I really don't know and haven't spoken with for now 17 years.

If I wanted to make pointless small talk I'd make more sales calls. At least I have a chance of making some money on those.

But I know other people who love to go to their runions and do so faithfully. They really enjoy it.

What's your take?

RedFanAlways1966
11-22-2006, 12:40 PM
Never been to one. I live about 20 miles from where I attended High School, so it is not a distance thing. Pretty much the same reason as Ltlabner... just not interested.

Patpacillosjock
11-22-2006, 12:43 PM
didnt go to my high school reunion (this past summer)

saw pictures of it and everybody looked like crap.

plus nobody notified me until a week before the reunion and im the only person who lives further than 20 miles from our hometown in ohio. (im in california) so there was no way i was gonna drop 500-600 bucks THAT week to go see people I could care less for.

Johnny Footstool
11-22-2006, 01:04 PM
I went to my 10 year and had a blast. I ran into a few friends who I had lost touch with, and a few other people who I didn't hang out with in HS but who actually became decent people later in life.

It was also fun to see how fat the former football studs had become and how haggard the prom queens looked.

Red in Chicago
11-22-2006, 01:45 PM
i've been out of high school since 1984 and haven't even thought about going back there since...i still chat with a small handful of friends from back in the day, but have no desire to see anybody else from then...

Danny Serafini
11-22-2006, 01:55 PM
My high school class didn't even have a 10 year reunion due to lack of interest. I wouldn't have gone regardless, for the most part anyone I still want to see I see already. I don't have any interest in getting together with a couple hundred people I really didn't care about back then.

RedsBaron
11-22-2006, 02:10 PM
I've gone to my high school class's 5th, 10th, 20th and 30th year reunions, and I have really enjoyed each one. I still keep in touch with several friends from my class. It was generally a good group of people.
I have never been to any reunions of my college or law school classes.

savafan
11-22-2006, 02:12 PM
I didn't get my invite until the week after the reunion...

What does that tell you? ;)

MrCinatit
11-22-2006, 02:24 PM
Our 20 year reunion got cancelled because of lack of planning. I had contemplated going. But, had not been to any previous ones.

pedro
11-22-2006, 02:28 PM
I went to my 15th and it was basically a high school kegger at the VFW. Not terribly fun, but mostly b/c most of my friends did not attend.

Not going to my 20th this year.

westofyou
11-22-2006, 02:31 PM
My HS graduating class had a whole 120 people in it, I see whom I care to.

I went to my 20th and found it unenlightening.

oneupper
11-22-2006, 02:33 PM
I went to my class' 25th. Very few people recognized me or remembered me :( Didn't enjoy it much.

Heath
11-22-2006, 03:09 PM
I set up my HS on a website to track where everyone was living and to get information to send out.

I then realized that 80% of the people still lived in the same town. I felt grossly stupid.

I passed on attending. Not from lack of preparation, but moreso from embarrasment.

RichRed
11-22-2006, 04:08 PM
I was on the fence about going to my 10th (9 years ago) but decided to go and had a blast. The funny thing is, I hung out with people I barely knew when we were in school. Turns out they were more fun than the people who were my friends back then. For me, it was a good way to meet "new" friends. I recommend it, especially since these things usually only happen once every ten years.

Hap
11-22-2006, 05:21 PM
This is me at my 10-year reunion, showing everyone what I learned in four years at Ohio University.

dman
11-22-2006, 05:27 PM
My HS graduating class had a whole 120 people in it, I see whom I care to.

I went to my 20th and found it unenlightening.

I got you beat WoY, I had a whole 70 people in my class. The Columbus Catholic Diocese decided to close my school the follwoing year, so that may have a little bit to do with the lack of interest on reunions. It is now the Columbus Fire Department Training Academy.

cincinnati chili
11-22-2006, 05:29 PM
My 10th was fun, my 15th not as fun.

What I liked about my 10th is that I got to connect with a lot of acquaintances, as opposed to friends. While I've had reason to keep in touch with friends every few years by email, I'd probably never have seen my acquaintances and not-so-close friends without the excuse of a reunion.

919191
11-22-2006, 05:39 PM
Never been to one. My 25th was in 2003, and I thought it might be fun to see who went to hell, but it wasn't worth it to make a 2 hour trip just for that.

vaticanplum
11-22-2006, 06:27 PM
I graduated from high school ten years ago, but my high school is so lame that they're holding our ten-year reunion off for another year, so we're due to have our ten-year reunion eleven years on, with the class below us who will be celebrating their actual ten-year reunion. They told us all this in a letter that asked for $150 donation. I refuse to go on principle. And also because I don't remember anybody I went to high school with.

College reunions are different. My school has a big weekend every year and a ton of people go. The people I went to college with, both my friends and non-friends, mostly rule xcore so it is always a good time. And the schoo is perfectly happy with my annual $5 donation.

pedro
11-22-2006, 06:30 PM
We had an unoffical 10 year reunion for college in 2000. About 40 people came. It was a lot of fun. Haven't been to Athens since. It's long overdue.

reds1869
11-22-2006, 06:45 PM
I didn't go to my 10th and don't plan on going to any others. All of my real friends are from college and work (including a few I went to high school with).

KittyDuran
11-22-2006, 06:46 PM
I got you beat WoY, I had a whole 70 people in my class. The Columbus Catholic Diocese decided to close my school the follwoing year, so that may have a little bit to do with the lack of interest on reunions. It is now the Columbus Fire Department Training Academy.And I got you beat, dman... my class had only 21 people. Next year is my 30th - but I don't think there has been any reunions AT ALL. Namely because of the size but also because it was a boarding school and many of the class were not from the area. I live about 5 hours away (the school is in SE KY). It might be fun to see classmates again but maybe not since HS was probably the worst 4 years of my life - mostly of my own fault since I was a loner and didn't make friends very easily.

chicoruiz
11-22-2006, 07:22 PM
The last time I went to a class reunion I was treated to the sight of one of my classmates on the dance floor attempting to do the "electric slide" while using a walker. That was such a poignant metaphor for our middle age that I don't think anything I'd see at a future event could top it.

Hap
11-22-2006, 07:57 PM
We had an unoffical 10 year reunion for college in 2000. About 40 people came. It was a lot of fun. Haven't been to Athens since. It's long overdue.

You won't believe how much the town has changed, even in the past six years. Wal-mart has put a lot of the unique uptown shops out of business. East State street has five lanes. Court Street has a stretch (near Chubb Hall) where traffic is two-way. The bartender from Tony's that looked like Eric Clapton died a few years ago. SchoolKids no longer sells music. Jefferson Hill is closed to traffic.

Matt700wlw
11-22-2006, 08:24 PM
Didn't go to my 5 year....my 10 year is sometime in 2008

Not sure if I'll go....there will be several factors that will lead to my decision, and distance is not one of them

(I pretty much see/talk to all the people I care to from high school)

pedro
11-22-2006, 08:53 PM
You won't believe how much the town has changed, even in the past six years. Wal-mart has put a lot of the unique uptown shops out of business. East State street has five lanes. Court Street has a stretch (near Chubb Hall) where traffic is two-way. The bartender from Tony's that looked like Eric Clapton died a few years ago. SchoolKids no longer sells music. Jefferson Hill is closed to traffic.

wow. can't remember his name but I spent a lot of time in that place. IIRC, he partied quite a lot.

I see the Casa Nueva has expanded quite a lot too. I worked there from 1989-1993.

Unassisted
11-22-2006, 09:28 PM
Mrs. U went to her 5th and had her car rear-ended by a drunken classmate in the parking lot. She hasn't been to any since.

I went to my 10th. Didn't particularly enjoy it. Haven't been to any since.

vaticanplum
11-22-2006, 11:19 PM
Mrs. U went to her 5th and had her car rear-ended by a drunken classmate in the parking lot. She hasn't been to any since.

Drunk driving at the school reunion...that's so cute

Chip R
11-23-2006, 09:24 AM
I went to my 15th. It was better than I expected. But I haven't been back to one since because of the distance.

Yachtzee
11-23-2006, 09:28 AM
What's your stance on going to high school or collage reunions?

Frankly, I could care less because I've maintained contact with those people I cared to do so with. I really have no interest in spending an evening with a bunch of people I really don't know and haven't spoken with for now 17 years.

If I wanted to make pointless small talk I'd make more sales calls. At least I have a chance of making some money on those.

But I know other people who love to go to their runions and do so faithfully. They really enjoy it.

What's your take?

If you're in sales, I would think you'd want to go just for the networking opportunities. Never know where you might get some new leads.

I skipped my 10 year reunion. I was living in Chicago at the time and had lost touch with just about everyone from high school. Since then, I've moved back to the area where I went to high school and have bumped into old acquaintances. In fact, my eye doctor is a woman from my high school class. I have to say that it is nice to see people you knew way back when and know they're doing well. I will probably go to my 20 year reunion to get back in touch with people. Plus, now that I live in the area again, it will be a good opportunity to network. You never know what opportunity might present itself. As it is, I will be graduating from law school soon and I need to find a job. I hear about more job opportunities meeting people socially through "idle chitchat" than I do through the career planning and placement office.

Ltlabner
11-23-2006, 09:35 PM
If you're in sales, I would think you'd want to go just for the networking opportunities. Never know where you might get some new leads.

Nah...I get plenty of business as it is. Don't need to endure the torture of a renuion on the off chance that someone there might work for a company that could use my particular product.

deltachi8
11-24-2006, 12:30 AM
I graduated with 434 people and have no use for 433 of them, so I guess I'll be skipping that event.

MWM
11-24-2006, 12:55 AM
I had a good time at my 10th, but too many of the people there weren't much different than they were in high school. The next one I'll go to will be my 25th. Hopefully by then everyone will have grown up and I can have a few more adult conversations.

GAC
11-24-2006, 05:00 AM
I grew up in the same school district, and with the same kids, until halfway through my junior year. My parents got an excellent opportunity on a home (Urbana), but told me they wouldn't take it because it meant I'd miss graduating with the kids I basically grew up with. I told them that I was graduating next year and going to be gone, and that they can't pass up the opportunity because of me.

So I spent the last year and a half of high school at another school. I made some good friends in that time, but overall, the kids in that school were a bunch of snobs with their flying and tennis lessons.

After graduation I went into the military. I got a notice for the 10 year reunion which was being held at the local country club and formal dress was required. I never owned a dress, so I didn't go.

I did go to my old school's 20th class reunion back in '94. I really consider those people my graduating class. I had a really good time.

It was hilarious seeing what had happened to some of the people over that 20 year period. The cheerleaders were still acting like cheerleaders, only hanging out with each other and acting like the rest didn't really exist. A bunch of giggling 38 yr olds who acted like they wanted to do some cheers, but forgot to bring their pom-poms. And the jocks were still trying to act like jocks, though they weren't as bad with their bulging midriffs and reseeding hairlines.

Half my graduating class had already been through divorces (some multiple).

But there was one jock I didn't even recognize and had to ask a buddy who it was.

My friend looked at me and said "You don't know who that is? That's......"

I had to take a good long look at him. He was the starting RB on the football team. Long curly blond hair, muscular physique. Dated one of the cheerleaders.

I looked at my buddy and said "What happened to him? He shrank!" He was completely bald, and the muscular physique turned into a beach ball. He looked 20 years older then the rest of us. I thought he was one of our old teachers at first. :lol:

I also had a few people asking others who I was? I was one of the smallest kids growing up. A little speedster in track on on the baseball field. I was the kid everyone always went after in dodge ball but couldn't hit! :lol:

I was now a lot taller and with a beard PLUS all my hair. ;)

But it was fun sitting at a table with a bunch of the guys I grew up with and reminiscing about growing up, all the things we did, and some of the trouble we got into.

I missed our 30th, and have the 35th coming up.

cincinnati chili
11-24-2006, 02:43 PM
I had a good time at my 10th, but too many of the people there weren't much different than they were in high school. The next one I'll go to will be my 25th. Hopefully by then everyone will have grown up and I can have a few more adult conversations.

I hear that sometimes that people instantaneously revert to their childhood tendencies when with their old crue.

OldRightHander
11-25-2006, 12:00 AM
I went to my 15th a while back and had a pretty good time. 20 is next year and I'll probably go to that one as well. What is interesting is that some of the people I didn't get along with then are now pretty agreeable company while I can't stand some of the people I hung around then. I guess folks change.

Dom Heffner
11-25-2006, 12:51 PM
I saw some pictures of the reunion for the class that graduated one year ahead of me.

Time had not been kind to some, I'll tell ya. Others looked like they did the last time i saw them back in the mid-80s.

Like GAC said, I would have thought some were old teachers until I read the caption under the picture.

I'll go to my 20th next year, I think, so somebody else can make fun of how I look. :)

bucksfan
11-27-2006, 04:40 PM
My graduating class was ~ 100 (I think 96?). I went to #5, 10 and i think 15. Had intentions of going to #20, but it was in a very busy time and it was going to be at someone's house who stayed local. I would have preferred a neutral setting as we had done previously such as the shelter house oat the pool or VFW or something.

Our class, though small did have some typical cliques, but they were absoluately nothing compared to those I hear others tell about or those I see. As such, at the reunions I really found almost everyone talkign to everyone. I know based on the last one I went to that there isn't hardly anyone from my class (based on what I know of them upto this point anyway) who I wouldn't mind talking to. I think our smaller communities were a bit closer. It helped that I bridged a few of the cliques. I was in sports (baseball, basketball), I was in music (marching and concert band, chorus), and got good grades, I liked real heavy music - so that crossed over into several sometimes seemingly "conflicting" groups - jocks vs. band geeks, smart kids vs. "stoners" (aka heavy metal kids), etc. But in many respects I don't think I was different from many more in our class in that I was willing to talk with most anyone. No real snobs in our school save maybe 1 or 2 - somore of an individual thing a than a group-held characteristic. I don't know if this is because we were a small rural school, or if it is only rose-colored glasses looking back, or what, but it is how I remember it.

WebScorpion
11-27-2006, 11:15 PM
Our 25th was last year...I was curious, but was too busy to attend. I've never been to any of our reunions and I don't keep in touch with anyone I went to High School with. In fact, I don't keep in touch with anyone period...I really suck at keeping friends. I guess it's a good thing I have family. I think it would be interesting to see what people have done with their lives, but I'm guessing that the most interesting stories would be the ones who are unable to attend. Maybe I'll go to our 50th to see who's still alive. :D

SandyD
11-27-2006, 11:56 PM
Not sure my class had a reunion after our 10th. Didn't go to that one ... haven't heard about one since. Wouldn't go anyway. Distance, and lack of interest.

My mom went to the 50th reunion of her 8th grade class and had a blast. My uncle's HS class has quarterly meetings and a party at least once a year. But their number is dwindling.

LoganBuck
11-28-2006, 12:44 AM
My graduating class had 39 people. I went away to college, and came back to our family farm. I married a classmate of mine. We did not have a 5th and our 10th should be this spring. I doubt it will happen either.

BTW watch the balding jokes, some people:cry: might not take it so well. Not much you can do about it depending on your hairloss pattern. What gets me is that people would never tell someone how they got fat, or that they have discolored ragged teeth, but people won't think twice about pointing out how you have less hair than the last time they saw you. My typical response is that it just shows that there is alot going on up there. On occasion, depending on how much or how little I actually care for the offender and my mood, I will point out their most obvious physical flaw in turn. Typically those people leave me alone in future encounters.

kbrake
11-28-2006, 07:15 PM
Just read this entire thread. 2 things came to mind:
1. Many of you have been out of high school for a very long time.
2. Many of you must have hated many people you went to school with.

Not that I have a problem with either just the two things that continued to come to mind after almost every post.

I have only been out of high school for 3 years but I'm sure I will go to most of my reunions if possible.