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Bush is in Omaha today. He arrived last night and he's leaving late this morning. According to the local NBC station, this is his 6th time visiting Omaha. Bill Clinton only visited once, and that was at the very end of his administration. Can you tell Nebraska is a Republican state?

I received an invitation to my 10-year high school reunion yesterday. The reunion is the weekend of August 18th.

God, ten years... The sad thing is that I haven't really done much in ten years. I'm not married, I don't have any kids, I'm not dating anyone. The RSVP to the invitation includes a space for me to talk about what I've done, my hobbies, etc. What on Earth do I put? "I've been a corporate travel agent for over six years, I'm single, and I love to read?"

I'm sure most of my former classmates are married with kids. Some of them might even be divorced already. The invitation also included a list of the classmates the committee hasn't been able to contact. A good number of them were in Air Force JROTC with me. (Yeah, I was a Smurf. I think most people who have met me after high school would be shocked to know that.) I know at least one of my former classmates was going into the military, and he's on that list. I'm sure the others are probably in the military themselves or married someone that is and they've now moved far, far away.

Speaking of JROTC, I was the closest to my JROTC classmates. I took it all four years of high school and most of them were in JROTC with me the whole time. I looked through my senior yearbook last night. There are a few people I'd love to see again -- Brad F., Susan R., Lisa C., Penny W. ... I didn't stay in contact with any of my JROTC classmates after high school.

I have a terrible fear that some of my classmates could even be dead. God, I'm morbid.

According to the invitation (which I do not have with me at the moment), the reunion is going to be all weekend. On Friday night, there'll be a casual meeting at a new bar in Bellevue. I think it's called Varsity, but I'm not positive. Late Saturday morning, there'll be a guided tour of Bellevue West. I know there've been a lot of changes to the school in ten years, so I'll finally get to see all of them up close. Saturday night is the actual reunion dinner. It's at this reception place at Fontenelle Forest, which is a local nature preserve. Finally, there's a picnic Sunday afternoon at one of the local parks.

There is so much I have to do before August. Mostly girly makeover stuff. I also want to subscribe to Classmates.com, since I know there are already message boards and stuff for my year. Maybe I'll reconnect with my JROTC classmates. I started wearing my high school ring today to remind me that I need to prepare both physically and mentally for this reunion. Mentally, you ask? Well, high school wasn't the best for me (my self-esteem was at almost my all-time low for most of those four years) and I have to keep reminding myself that I'm not the same person I was 10 years ago. I'm more self-confident. At least, that's what I tell myself.

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abermel
Jun. 7th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
Also, remember that most other people feel the same way about their high school experience..even some that may surprise you. I used to come off bitchy when really, i was very shy and didn't know what to say to people. I didn't go to my reunion. I only knew those people for 2 years and didn't feel much of a connection to any of them. It's different when you've had a longer experience with them, you know?
ravenclawed
Jun. 7th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
Do you regret not going to your reunion?

I guess high school reunions, especially the first one, are great litmus tests (I think that's the term I want) for how your life is going. If most of my classmate feel like they're not as far along as they'd like to be, then I really have nothing to worry about.

Thanks. :-) I needed that.
abermel
Jun. 7th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
I don't regret it at all. Most of the people I went to school with were married/divorced with kids, etc. Some of them got married the summer after high school. I just didn't have that much in common with most of them...I was single and loving it. Plus, they were charging like $100 a person and I didn't think it was worth the money to hang out with a bunch of people that I didn't really feel the need to see...Sounds kind of aloof but the way I figure it: I'm a very different person now and didn't want to compare where I was to where they were at the time because our paths diverged so much at graduation.
You don't have anything to worry about. Corporate travel agent sounds like a fun job to me! Hell, if you are ok with where your life is, then you have nothing to worry about!! If you want to see where people are in their lives, go, enjoy yourself...maybe you'll make a new friend that you didn't know back then. It really is amazing how much people change after high school and college even. I am friends with people now that I would NEVER have been friends with then.
ravenclawed
Jun. 7th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
$100 a person? Was that for just a dinner? Damn... They're charging $35 for the actual reunion Saturday night and $2 for the picnic on Sunday. But I think it's a good deal, considering there is a handful of people I really want to see again.

I'm definitely going, I just have to relax about it. I think you're right about people changing. New friends are always good. :-)
abermel
Jun. 7th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
that was for the saturday night deal. Yours sounds like it might be more fun! Relax! You're you and that isn't going to change. See your friends, have some fun!
ravenclawed
Jun. 7th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
It does sound like fun. The way I see it, the worst that can happen is that I'll have ranting material for a post or two.
fantabulous
Jun. 7th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
I have a terrible fear that some of my classmates could even be dead. God, I'm morbid.

Two of my classmates from high school are already dead. :-( It's really a shocking feeling, isn't it?

One was already very sick. He was in hospital for graduation, and we all wore blue ribbons during the ceremony to show our support for him. I believe he passed away not too long after that.

Another was killed in a car accident about two or three years ago.
ravenclawed
Jun. 7th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
God, that's sad.

One boy from my year (I didn't know him at all) died my sophomore year. His parents set up a scholarship for a deserving student from my year.
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