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the beautiful destruction

Monday, August 01, 2005


Well, not quite. But high school has been on my mind as of late. My 10 year reunion is approaching and I'm conflicted as to whether I should attend. I didn't technically graduate, as I dropped out in the beginning of my junior year, so I'm not sure that I'm actually welcome [which is a long and sordid story for another time].

My friends and I have talked about going, clowning all the people there, getting drunk, and acting like fools. But in real life, high school reunions are kind of like everything else--boring. When I imagine a reunion, I think about an event held in the gymnasium, not some pseudo-hip downtown restaurant. I picture my friends and I walking the halls, reminiscing, drinking 40's wrapped in brown paper bags, breaking into lockers, raising hell.

Who the fuck wants to pay $75 a dinner to hang out with people you didn't like 10 years ago? You stay in contact with the people you like and excommunicate the rest. I mean, seriously, what are we going to do, "network" with each other, exchange business cards, share pictures of our children, muscle cars, time shares, and above-ground pools? Fuck off.

People just want to talk in canned, adult language: "Oh, you really turned out well," "no kids yet?" or maybe "Wow, somebody packed on the pounds," "my kids are little monsters," or "Robert just got promoted to sales manager." I'm bored just thinking about it.

Our reunion even has its own website, what high-tech bitches we've become.

Last week, while visiting with my nephews, I looked through my sister-in-law's yearbooks (we graduated together). We all laughed at the peoples' haircuts, the ridiculous teams and clubs (rifle team?), and all the crazy-looking people we went to school with. But there was also an overwhelming sadness in those pictures. Revisiting that time period, looking at the faces of people I had all but forgotten, tarnished the golden nostalgia I sometimes assign to that time in my life. You want memories to remain fluffy and bouyant, full-of-fire. However, to view things in such a way, you need to lie to yourself, just a little bit. At least I do.


At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I don't want to discourage you from going if you are interested, but I thought I would share my experience with you. I was equally intrigued and suffered the financial consequences for it. As soon as I got there and found out it was a cash bar, I was pissed (I just dropped $50/pp for this affair which was pathetically pretentious). Also, I HATED THESE PEOPLE when I went to the damned school in the first place. I excused myself for a cigarette after 10 minutes and ran like hell. BTW, tell Michelle she better get a taffeta gown from Gantos, as I was one of the sad few without a bedazzled outfit.


At 8:45 PM, Anonymous little g's mum said...

Aw, Matt, you have to submit a caricature of yourself for the photo page.

I, like bdl, was intrigued by the reunion so I too doled out a large sum of cash for the bummerfest. Not much, if anything, had changed. Someone in my class actually disappeared from the event claiming to have been called into work for an emergency...Yeah, it was B-A-D bad. In fact, the hubby actually said he felt bad for me that I had to attend school with such folk. I just couldn't stop myself from going!!!

Ah well, it's a freakshow that might possibly be worth the price of admission. Good luck on the big decision.

At 2:42 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I am so glad I got to see a picture of Jill Shaeen and her Mom at the race for the cure. i mean that is prime info for a reunion page.

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