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Old 08-06-08, 07:47 AM   #1
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20-year high school reunion

Should I go to my 20-year high school reunion? It's this year. Should I bring a date or go single? Is it ok point and laugh at the people that are now obese who didn’t use to be? Is this too trivial? If I go, should I grow a mullet like I had when I was in high school? Did you go to yours? Will Jane tell Johnny that she’s really a guy?
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Old 08-06-08, 07:55 AM   #2
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Yes. Go. An emphatic YES if there is an open bar.

I had a blast at my 10 year. Even though I was not some top tier popular kid, I had plenty of close friends who also attended the reunion so it was much fun.

I also had fun at my wife's 10 year reunion, even though I only knew a couple of people there. Again, open bar FTW!

I can't wait for my 20 Year Reunion to see how bald the guys have gotten.

However lame people will say reunions are or that they couldn't care less about high school, reunions can be a wonderful experience if you open your mind that most folks evolve over time. And the ones who stagnate are fun to talk to, as well.

Go.
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Old 08-06-08, 07:55 AM   #3
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Don't go. I was very diappointed at my 10 year reunion. My twenty year comes up in 2012 and I'll live without going
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I missed my ten year reunion. I saw a lot of pictures and heard good stories about it. I won't be missing the 20 year one.
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You can go to my 20th in my place to see whether your's will be worth doing.

Tell the gang I said "meh".
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I went. It was for purely shallow reasons. I had gone thru college, had a good job, I was not fat, I had all my hair, it was not grey. It was kinda good to see all the high school heroes who had gone to seed. (you may correctly get the impression that HS was not a high point of my life)

That done, I won't be attending any more. I kept in touch with those I wished to anyway. If they have a good venue and open bar, I'd say go. Otherwise, I would take counsel as to what exactly you hope to get out of the experience.
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Old 08-06-08, 08:23 AM   #7
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I sense this thread is going to expose some bitterness.

Nobody wants someone at a party that doesn't want to be there, so if that's the attitude, then by all means, stay home.

If you like to party and mingle, then all the old bitterness and high school drama should melt away in favor of, well, a good time.
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Old 08-06-08, 08:24 AM   #8
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I just skipped my 30 year reunion, as well as all the other ones. High School is a closed chapter in my life. I don't have any real interest in seeing any of the "old crowd", either. I just am not interested in seeing them, since they've never even made it out of their small town. No common frame of reference anymore.
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Old 08-06-08, 08:30 AM   #9
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I haven't been to any of my reunions, I have been graduated for over 30...

I have been to the 30th for the year ahead of mine... Mostly because most of my best friends were in that class, and I went to hang out with them. I went and met a few other people that knew me, but really just hung out with people I had reconnected with before the reunion.

The people I hung out with had a good time, so it depends on you.

If you are going to make fun of other people, do yourself, and your classmates a favor and find something else to do. That sort of stuff should have been left in the gym after your sophomore year.
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I have had fun at the ones I attended. The people that I considered friends then I would still consider friends now. I also stayed close to 5 -10 people from my graduating class and we all attended together.
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Old 08-06-08, 08:48 AM   #12
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The open bar isn't that imporant to me. Plus it's not really open with a $50 ticket to buy. I don't keep in touch with anyone I went to high school with, so I think the curiousity is what's pushing me in the direction of going. Plus, it'll give me an excuse to rock a mullet and a mustache again. Heh. Btw, I didn't go to the 10 year.
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I would much rather find all my grade school chums and see what they're up to, rather than high school or college friends. All the first group of friends I had, some of whom moved far away, some who just moved into the next town, but you still never saw them again.
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Is it ok point and laugh at the people that are now obese who didn’t use to be?


Sounds like you should still be in HS.
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Old 08-06-08, 09:03 AM   #15
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5 year reunion was fun because no one had changed much. And someone was passing out acid to people who probably should have known better than to consume it. Much hilarity seeing the HSpopular crowd deal with... well, whatever they were dealing with inside their now melty heads. "Hey, Jim, how's it goin'?" "I, uh, I don't know... not good, I think..."

10 year reunion was interesting because people had started to really get away from the old mores, cliques, and social circles. They'd developed a bit. There was much more mingling, people talking to others who would never have had much reason for conversation in the past. People were much more interesting than I remembered

20 year reunion. Much fun. People are now old. Not you, of course, you haven't changed, but man, look at some of the others! Pretty dramatic. And of course the inevitable, 'gee, I know the face and know that I once knew the name...' But keep in mind that at 20 years, HS was literally a lifetime ago. Interesting to see what tangests some lives had taken, fascinating in some cases, especially with a couple wars in between then and now.

I wasn't part of the in crowd, was somewhat of a freak outcast, didn't particularly like much of HS. But I am incredibly curious about the different paths people's lives take them and reunions are good for that like little else. Some were predictable almost to the point of being stereotypical--the washed up jock, the rich geek, the pretty girl who married well. Others, not so much--the jock who became an art dealer, the ex-girlfriend who married an English football guy, the punk rocker stock broker...
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I wouldn't go, but that's because I don't feel there is any reason to. $50 a ticket? Sheesh!
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I would much rather find all my grade school chums and see what they're up to, rather than high school or college friends. All the first group of friends I had, some of whom moved far away, some who just moved into the next town, but you still never saw them again.
Ummm..... this is pretty much what reunions are designed to do.

For reference, my dad had his 50th reunion a few years ago. They have a reunion every 5 years and though all live scattered, it has helped keep them tight.

At the 50th, there was a mini reunion with just his grammar school classmates.

Also, I think he mentioned that there were a couple there who were just getting married after all that time (they were either widowed or divorced from others, I think). Imagine that. Finding love later in life at a reunion!

I was surprised at my 10 year how many people I talked to that I really didn't 'hang out' with back in high school. And a closer knit group of us met up the next day to go to a baseball game.

It's what a person put into the event that makes it a great experience, not what you expect the event to do for person.
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Sounds like you should still be in HS.
It was a joke. Geesh.
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What do homeschoolers do for reunions?

Hey mom, Hey dad, are those new drapes? No, oh they look new. So, what have you been up to? Can I get anyone some punch? Its the kind made with sherbet. I made that decision since I was in charge of the entertainment committee and the refreshment committee. No, No, Okay then, I will just get some for me. After I am done, we are going to check out how we all did on our must likely votes from senior year, then after that, CONGA LINE!!!!!!!!
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LOL!!! ^^

Homeschoolers get reunions every time they are with their parents.
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Our class of ‘88 year reunion didn’t pan out, it would seem the coordinator of the event is in jail awaiting trial for murdering his wife.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=4366675&page=1
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we didn't have a 10 yr. Or no one invited me. probably the latter.
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I can't wait for my 20 Year Reunion to see how bald the guys have gotten.
Some of the ones that don't have hair anymore ain't doing so bad. At least that was the case for my class

I didn't go to my 20 year reunion, but that was mostly for logistical reasons. A number of classmates contacted me out of the blue and I visited with them on holiday and business trips later.

I never was attached to my school while I was there. However, it is nice to see how all the people you spent so much time with are doing.
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I've got 3 years left until my 20 year reunion, and I probably won't go. My HS combines reunion events so they can book a larger hall; so it will be my 20 year, 25 year for class of 86, 10 year for class of 2001, and 5 year for class of 2006. I already know what my old friends are up to because I met back up with them via Facebook. There's no need for me to travel across the country to hang out with a bunch of other people I didn't really like the first time around.
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Mine was 2 yrs ago, I didn't go. I did participate a teeny bit in an online forum that somebody started, but that kinda died out too. I guess I had enough interest to see who would post on a forum type thing, but not enough to buy a plane ticket. None of the friends I am in touch with went, including the one who still lives nearby. There were a couple of people I would love to see to get back in touch with but I doubt they went either.

Friends from college went to the 15th and said it was good. 20th for that is in 2 more years. Probably still won't go. Although my wife likes any excuse to get the kids to NY.

My high school actually had a 5th, which is a lame concept, and I didn't want to go to that anyway, but that same month a friend from HS got married so it was only people that I wanted to see, and from other classes in addition to ours, so his wedding was way better than the reunion could have been. Plus, kids I hadn't liked were all working for the caterer doing the busing and stuff. Garcon! Garcon! He's divorced now, but my friend who is still in the area met his future (and still) wife at the party so it averaged out.

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