Sunday, September 14, 2008

15 Years Already!


I was thinking of some of the music from my high school years. The following songs made me laugh! What a blast from the past!

Whoomp! (There It Is), Tag Team
Rump Shaker, Wreckx-N-Effect
Informer, Snow
Dazzey Duks, Duice
I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston
Whoot, There It Is, 95 South
Hip Hop Hooray, Naughty By Nature
Sweat (A La La La La Long), Inner Circle
Rhythm Is A Dancer, Snap
Boom! Shake The Room, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince
Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Taylor Dayne

I actually really liked these songs though:

Runaway Train, Soul Asylum
In The Still Of The Nite, Boyz II Men
Two Princes, Spin Doctors
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles), Proclaimers
I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That), Meat Loaf
All That She Wants, Ace Of Base
Cryin', Aerosmith
Cats In The Cradle, Ugly Kid Joe
Rain, Madonna
Fields Of Gold, Sting
Livin' On The Edge, Aerosmith
Hey Jealousy, Gin Blossoms
Two Steps Behind, Def Leppard
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You, Sting

Some of you may already know that one of my classmates from high school and I are organizing our 15 year high school reunion. Thanks to Facebook, Steve and I have managed to find most of our grad class. I started a Class of '93 group on Facebook for our grad class and I've also posted an events page on there too. Steve has been doing all the legwork on that end since he lives in Montreal still. (Thank you, Steve! I know you're really busy too!) I've been doing a lot of the contacting and sending messages and updates.

The reunion is scheduled to take place in Montreal next month. Getting an event like this together is more frustrating involved work than I thought it would be.

I was thinking about the whole idea behind reunions. If a reunion "reunites" people, what if said group was never "united" to begin with? I figure that's one of the reasons some people don't go to these things. Some people probably feel "why bother?" or "that was ages ago and we've all moved on".

Then there is the matter of conflicting schedules. Many now live out of town (though it seems the majority of my graduating class still lives in Montreal). People need to find babysitters for their kids, some people already have prior engagements and family events. It is really hard to get everyone together and accommodate everyone.

For me, I really do want to see everyone again. Yes, we've all grown up and we've all started new lives since high school. However, there's just something nostalgic about going back to the good 'ol days and rehashing fun memories. I really loved high school. Of course, high school had its ups and downs, but overall, it was a great experience. Some of my most memorable times were in high school.

High school was also the last time I'd ever feel really carefree and at the height of my youth. After high school came CEGEP (post-secondary education/pre-university/college in Quebec), followed by university and summers filled with part-time jobs. Of course, I also had summer jobs in high school. It just seemed that after high school, life was all serious business and all about the future.

Another reason I would go to our reunion is because I am truly, honestly, and genuinely interested in seeing how everyone has been doing and what everyone has been up to. Of course, I'm not interested in the "OMG! Did you see what so-and-so looks like now?" or "Wow! So-and-so gained umpteen pounds since graduation!". No. Not like that at all. I'm not that kind of person.

Did you attend your high school reunion? Would you go to your reunion? Why or why not?

11 comments:

t said...

You are too kind Chris! I'd totally be "OMG! Did you see what so-and-so looks like now?" or "Wow! So-and-so gained umpteen pounds since graduation!". You know I would!

Didn't go to my 10 yr. Don't know if I'd go to my 20 yr if we had one. Wouldn't want to drag the BF to a painfully embarrassing event like that where no one would remember anyone anyway.

Cherry said...

I didn't go to my 5 or 10 year reunion, and there wasn't a 15 (I don't think). I wish I had gone to my 10 year though, but I was working 3 jobs and going to school full time and the $70+ ticket each did not seem like the best place to be spending our money. After seeing pictures and hearing stories I wished that I gone anyway.

I'll go to my 20 year though. Especially since I have reconnected with some people thanks to Facebook.

Happy Planning!

Rosie : ) said...

I heard about our 10 year reunion, but we had just had a baby, and t was too expensive to go.

Through Facebook though, I have pretty much caught up on who's doing what,who still lives in our hometown, who moved away, etc. I think it would be fun to go to the reunion next toime around though, if there is one planned. :)

I hope you'll have fun at the reunion!

Sharon - Mom Generations said...

I graduated from high school 38 years ago and haven't been to one reunion. I just don't have the need at all...

But my husband has been to all of his... his 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th and 40th!! And I have been to all of his but his 5th, because I didn't know him then!! As you can tell, I enjoy his classmates and friends more than my own!!

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Runaway Train gets me every time. Really good song, really sad video.

I went to my 20 year reunion, and it was boring. I just realized that the people I REALLY wanted to see or talk to, I was already seeing and talking to. It was OK, but a lot of money and a lot of ho hum. Kind of like high school. (OK, high school wasn't expensive, but it was ho hum.) I doubt I'll go again.

C said...

T:
Yes, I know YOU'D say that! LOL! :) You don't think you'd enjoy seeing your old classmates again? It could be fun!

Cherry:
Reunions can be pretty pricey, eh?
As for Facebook, I've found most of my old classmates on there too! I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. At times I find it a waste of time and I don't check it as often as I used to. At the same time, it allows me to keep in touch with friends, family, students AND it's gotten me in touch with old friends and old classmates. It's not entirely evil! :)

Rosie : ) said...

Oh, I forgot to mention, most of thsoe songs have been "remastered" in hip hop style. It is pretty funny to see your younger teenage brother sing/listen to a song you listened to as a tenager. When I tol him that I knew that song, he said:"really?!?", as if I was so very uncool. Don't I get that enough from my kids?{lol}

C said...

Rosie:
It's amazing what can happen in the span of a decade or two! I remember for our 10 year reunion, something was planned but nothing materialized in the end due to people not being able to commit.

I'm kind of glad we're trying to get a 15 year reunion going since a lot more noteworthy things have happened since! :)

Sharon:
I sometimes think that too. "What is the need to go to a reunion anyway?" Then I think of how curious I am and there are some old classmates that I'd really like to catch up with.

Sounds like Barry's got great friends and classmates if they want to get together for all those reunions! :) That's fantastic! I don't know about my grad class though. It's hard enough getting one reunion together! I don't think I'll ever plan another one! LOL!

C said...

J:
I KNOW!! :) I absolutely LOVE Runaway Train. That video does get me all the time too! I remember almost crying every time I saw the video!

Good point about the already being in touch with all the people you want to talk to from high school. I moved sooooooo many times since and have lost touch with many old friends. I've kept in touch with some really good friends, and I guess those are the ones that are important.

Just last year when I discovered Facebook, I was able to contact other old friends. At first I thought "Why bother getting in touch if we haven't been in touch for years?" Then I realized that some of those people were really special to me before and it was nice being able to catch up.

That said, I am just exhausted from all this extra "stuff" involved in planning the reunion. Thank goodness my friend Steve has been such a champ and has been doing pretty much everything in securing the venue. I can honestly say that this will be the last time I plan anything like this again! LOL! :)

Autumn's Mom said...

I'm celebrating 20 years this year. Alone. haha I didn't not have THE high school experience so there isn't anyone I really even think about from high school anymore. And that's ok for me :) I do like reconnecting with people on Facebook though.

Karen MEG said...

Well, my 25th was this year, and my friend had started a FB reunion group to try to get things going... but they were two guys, one in Bermuda ..., well, didn't get off the ground. Then our FB page got "hijacked" by a lot of people who were from different years and we were like "what???!!!"... so a small group of us, 2 who now are out of the country, got together at my place mid-August - with all our kids. That was eye-opening! It was a lot of fun; but we also noticed that we're all really OLD now LOL!!

My Dad is attending his 50th reunion later this month in Montreal too... isn't that amazing? And my mom is anxious to go because none of his high school buddies ever met her, and they really, really want to. Too cute!!

Good luck with the reunion, it should be a blast!

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