High School Reunions are Weird

A little late on the posting here, but a couple weekends ago I flew back to Connecticut to attend my 10-year high school reunion in a whirlwind of a trip. It was the shortest trip back East I’ve done (flew out Friday, flew back Sunday), and I don’t think I want to do it again any time soon. With everything else going on during those two days, it was just exhausting.

A lot of people asked me why I was bothering to go back to the reunion, and honestly, I kind of liked highschool and a lot of the people I went to school with. I knew I’d have regrets if I missed it, so I decided to go for it. The weekend consisted of an informal gathering at the (only) local bar on Friday night, a tour of the highschool Saturday morning, and then the reunion party/cocktails/gathering on Saturday night.

I’ve heard that the 10-year reunion is supposed to be the most fun, but also mostly about bragging and showing off. I did get a sense of this from a lot of people and probably did a good bit of it myself. But equally so, I heard a lot of people almost discontent with their jobs or where they’re at, and not spending much time blabbing about it. Overall, it seemed like everyone was genuinely (surprisingly) interested in just chatting and hanging out with each other.

There was plenty of standard reunion gossip too. Who got fatter, who got skinnier, who looked exactly the same, married, kids, and so on… There were only a couple people that I had a really hard time recognizing. I think somewhere around 80 people showed up out of our class of about 150.

Long story short, I had a great time. My only complaint was that the reunion itself was a little too short. Trying to catch up with so many people within the 3 hour time block was impossible. A lot of people stuck around for an extra hour afterwards, or went to various after-parties, but a little more variety to the reunion event itself might have been nice. And c’mon, no cheesy DJ playing our old high school favorites?

One thought on “High School Reunions are Weird

  1. Chris

    Hey, at least your class got a 10-year reunion! Mine just didn’t happen because my class is that lame.

    Also, what would the high school favorites have been? Lots of Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam and Nirvana and Chili Peppers? I know I wasn’t listening to a whole lot outside that genre at the time.


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