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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  

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