Thoughts on my 45th High-school reunion in Boston

  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Sep 15, 2009 5:07 PM GMT
    This turned out to be quite an eye opener and I am still digesting it,
    Over Labor day weekend I attended my HS reunion of 45 years in my hometown of Arlington, Massachusetts.

    In a graduating class of 454, 25 had passed away (that we knew of)
    and about 175 people attended the party.

    Mostly I noticed that or so people looked relatively fit and healthy.
    Many are retired and not just from their careers but from life itself meaning they are not very active in anything, Very sad icon_sad.gif

    The notable exceptions warmed my heart and many people told me I am not looking or acting my age (as they see it) and I have to agree That I didn't identify with most of the men I saw there.

    More later.... how about Others? please share your experiences in your Reunions.
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    Sep 15, 2009 5:30 PM GMT
    I'll bet you were a hit at your reunion, looking as young or younger than any of them, causing jealousy wherever you went. LOL! Good for you!

    I'll also be approaching my 45th HS reunion in 2 years, of a class almost exactly the same size as yours in New Jersey.

    I've not gone to one of our reunions before, partly because I only spent my last 2 years in that high school (it was a 4-year school back then, no middle school or junior highs). Prior to that I was in a couple of private prep schools for my freshman & sophomore years before I rebelled and simply walked away (well, it was the 1960s, I'm sure you'd understand).

    I was the only student who refused to have his picture in the senior yearbook (they had a caption for me anyway), and I also refused to attend the graduation ceremony, for which they withheld my diploma until August, as I was leaving for college. So my involvement with the other students was marginal & strained, not close at all, and I doubt I'd know the names of any 2 of them at a reunion, and certainly not recognize them.

    I was a laughable geek to them, and perhaps they already sensed I was gay before I did, as it seems my own family did before I realized it myself. I was very anti-social and not a joiner at all.

    Still, it could be interesting to attend. My family founded that town 150 years ago, and the neighboring town over 150 years before that, so I might like to see them both again. Portraits of my direct ancestors hang in a local museum, one of their Dutch farms itself a museum, so I suppose I should pay my respects in a sense.

    Yeah, thanks for bringing this up. I need to plan to do that, and 45th would be about right.
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    Sep 15, 2009 9:26 PM GMT
    I'm actually going to miss my 45th reunion this year. They originally scheduled it for November, but had to reschedule into October. I already had something planned and pre-paid for the October weekend. I've enjoyed my reunions and will miss going.
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    Sep 15, 2009 10:02 PM GMT
    Went to my 45th two years ago, in Pasadena, CA. It was a small Catholic school, mine was the first sophmore class and the second to graduate. We had a class of 70, and even with such a small group there were cliques, and I was in the geek one, tho it wasn't called that then. Still, I knew most people in the class and best of all, there was no one I didn't like. Had a geat time. Of the 20 or so who showed up, I recognized almost everyone, with the help of my yearbook. Some of our teachers were there too.
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    Sep 15, 2009 11:00 PM GMT
    High school reunion? Isn't that what Facebook is for? icon_lol.gif

    I didn't go to my 10 year reunion. I thought it was too soon. I already knew about the lives of most people, through what friends/acquaintances have told me. Also, before classmates.com turned into a scam site, I've seen pictures/updates of a lot of my old classmates.

    I think I would consider going to my 20 or 30 year reunion. But beyond that, probably not. At that point, things start to get depressing. People start dying, both literally and figuratively.
  • creature

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    Sep 15, 2009 11:14 PM GMT
    I have my 10-year reunion coming up in October. I purchased the ticket and a new suit for the event.

    A friend of mine, and another person whom I re-connected with on Facebook have told me they're not going. For some reason they don't care to see most of their classmates. Bad vibes, I guess. Tickets can still be purchased at the door so I'm going to persuade them as much as I can to go. I don't understand how you can still hold the same attitude about someone whom you never really knew, over the course of ten years.
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    Sep 15, 2009 11:18 PM GMT
    Nine years ago, I went to my 25th year reunion. It was fun and interesting to see how people changed and how they didn't. I took my partner (at the time) with me which I felt (also at the time) good about.

    A few of us had the same reaction to the gathering: "This was fun and now I need never come to one of these things again."
  • jgymnast733

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    Sep 15, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    Last summer i got together with the guys from the gymnastics team and it was really fun.. It's funny all the guys we're on their 2nd or 3rd wife,.. I'm seeing the entire graduating class in novermber and i cant wait...
    Most of the guys looked rather in shape and still handsome, but some just let it totally go...[see what woman do to you] ,,,LOL
    It was nice going to an all boy school, i wonder who'll venture over to my room at the hotel...HHHhhhmmmmmm...... I'm sure there will be lots of sleep walking once the booze kick's in...
  • Webster666

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    Sep 16, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
    I would love to know all the details of how everybody I graduated with (all 36 of us) ended up in life.
    But, going to a class reunion would be one of the last things on Earth that I would want to do...