Thursday, July 23, 2009

80th post - 20th reunion


This post is number 80 for me and my little blog. To be honest I started this blog with no real idea of where to take it or what I wanted it to accomplish. There were time early on that I just about walked away. But, thanks to the encouragement of my wife, the computer dork and currently my sugar mama, I continued. And I am very glad I did. Being a part-time-stay-at-home dad does have it's many adventures, and what a great outlet to talk about them. I have met some other great dad (and mom) bloggers out there in the interweb and have become a big fan of their blogs. This technology really is amazing. As a good friend of mine said recently "I think this Internet thing just might catch on!"

So, to mark this mini-milestone I thought I would talk a little bit today about another milestone in my life, my 20th high school reunion. My god, how could this be happening now? It seems like not too long ago I was going to my 10th. Since that time I have moved back to my home town, changed jobs twice, had two kids, lost about 30 pounds and settled into my new role as PTSAH dad. The only thing that is the same is my marriage to the most wonderful woman on earth (I love ya crouton!).

I have talked to several people much, much older than me about the big 20th reunion and they all say it will be so much better than the 10th. No one will showing off, name dropping, job bragging, big timing like at the 10th. People are more real, they have families, they really are there to see old friends and tell old stories. To be honest I really enjoyed my 10th and have been looking forward to the 20th. There is however some nervousness I am feeling the day before I see people I haven't seen in over a decade.

I am terrible with names. I can meet someone for the first time and forget their name 5 seconds later. How the hell am I going to do with people I haven't seen for years? How many "Hey buddy, hey champ, hey dude, hey lady" intros will I be able to get away with before I just freeze? I dug out my yearbook to try and cramp for this reunion exam, but that will only help if everyone looks the same as they did 20 years ago...fat chance. I can hold out hope for big ass name tags I guess, but if they don't have those I am screwed.

I really should be no big deal. My wife thinks I'm a total dork for even worrying about it. She is my ultimate back-up plan for social events like this, introducing herself to everyone right away to get a name. It works pretty well, unless she forgets...then I really look like a fuck up. "Uhhh, Mrs. Whatnowdad, this is....uhhh, O shit...there is so-and-so, please excuse me!"

What I am really excited about is the family picnic. Here I will get to see what the offspring look like, and try to imagine if they are anything like their parents were back in the day. Will the nerds have nerdy kids? Will the alternative/punk/goth parents dress their kids up in black? Will the hicks ride in with their kids on horseback. Will the jocks be tossing the old pig skin around with there kids? Will that one really hot chick from 3rd period science have a really hot 21 year old daughter and will they be wearing matching bikinis? Is that last one pretty sick? Probably...but you gotta wonder, right?

And what will everyone think of my kids? Do they at all resemble what I was like as a kid, or are they more like me now? Maybe a good cross of both.

After the weekend I'll give a full report on all the activities as I'm sure there should be some nuggets of entertainment to share.

Until then....



  1. i've yet to go to a reunion. was wanting to go to my 25th, but it's in aug and that's when school starts here. oh well lol

  2. I hated High School. I wasn't un-popular or really picked on but I was a bit of an outcast. I had a close group of friends and they were all that I really cared about. This year is our 15th and they are having a small get together but I'll be on vacation. I never went to my 5th(which I felt was pointless)or my 10th. Maybe I'll give my 20th a shot...

  3. I never went to mine. I didn't hate high school..but I was stoned from 7th-12th. Ahh those 70s....I am still in contact with some people from highschool.
    Have fun at the renunion and I can't wait to hear how it went...Perhaps there will be pictures too?????????????

  4. I hope you have a great time at your reunion and that all your questions are answered. I went to my 25th high school reunion and figured out that I had no reason to have the inferiority complex that I did in high school.
    I can't wait to hear how it went and I do hope there will be photos!

  5. You are going to have one helluva time...guaranteed ;-) As for names, I repeat someones name in my head, three times after meeting...sometimes it works, other times...well, you know :-)

  6. Good luck, high school wasn't a lot of fun for me. I've reconnected with a few high school friends on Facebook, but we talk on there about as much as we did in school. Mine 20th will be coming up in two years or so and unless by some odd chance I have to be in Southern NJ at that time I won't be going.

  7. Go and have a great time! I attended 3 high schools (none of them with kids I knew from k-8) at least you once knew these people. And don't they wear name tags?

  8. Did you stop and ask for a "business woman special?" LOL jk

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.