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On the run

Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I received a phone call from an old friend last night. "They found me," he said.

No, we're not talking about the IRS, the FBI, or even the ATF. We're talking about the reunion committee for the 1996 graduating class of West Linn High School. We're talking about the reunion.

Just about 10 years ago yours truly graduated from that suburban school to which I'd transferred for my last two years from Grant High School (in Portland.) I remember vividly my lack of participation in the graduation ceremony - I chose to babysit instead. Why? Because graduating from high school was meaningless. I did go to the worthless, indulgent all-night party, but in my experience the school district was designed to push you out the door rather than preparing you to step out on your own. But that's not what I want to talk about.

Rather, it the concept of a "reunion". Should I go? Why should I? This is apparently going to take place in October at Kell's Irish Pub in downtown Portland. Now I love Kell's, of course, for a variety of reasons, but do I really want to go there with a bunch of people I don't remember from High School? Those people I graduated with that I care about, such as The Doc and Laura, I've kept in contact with. I've even become good friends with some folks I graduated with AFTER we left high school. So why would I want to "catch up" with those folks I obviously didn't care about?

It's a conundrum, for sure.

I have some time to think about this, of course. When the time comes I won't even be in town, though I'll only be an hour away. Maybe - resorting to herd mentality - if enough of my friends DO go I'll go just to hang out with them.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

NO FAIR!!!!! you get Kells and my reunion is at the stupid Governor's Hotel. where is the justice in this?

6:17 PM, July 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I reccomend going. I have gone to one at Kells and one at the Governor. The one at kells was definitely better but at both I learned some interesting things about myself.

11:17 AM, July 20, 2006  
Blogger Rebekah said...

Don't go. Why bother? I feel the same way you do...anybody I really liked from high school, I still talk to. Why would I want to spend a night hanging out with the rest of them? The only reason anybody really has to go to a reunion is if high school fucked them up so badly they feel a need to show assholes they hated 10 years ago how successful they've become.

It just makes me tired to think about it. Recognizing people who don't remember you, being recognized by people you can't remember, or mutually recognizing people you didn't care about in high school, and now have to pretend to care what they've been up to for the last 10 YEARS. Which, unless they joined the secret service, is probably a pretty dull litany, involving how many kids they've popped out, or bragging about a degree that--guess what!--puts them behind a desk, just like you!

Sorry. I guess you already know I HATED high school. Lemme know how the chips fall on this one.

10:59 AM, July 25, 2006  

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