Attendance looks to be 80 or more Mt. Eden High School (MEHS) class of 67 members. I have not been to a reunion since the 20th if memory serves. Many things have changed. Under normal circumstances I would not attend - simply because my real HS friends are still my friends. We scattered asunder to many different places but have managed to stay close over the years. And then along came Facebook and suddenly old acquaintances and friendships have been renewed.
Here's a pic of the old alma mater - somehow I do not think it looks quite this nice today and I guarantee it looked better with all of the garbage cans on the roof and the hundreds of rolls of toilet paper weaved throughout the trees and bushed. And then there was the time someone (yeah yeah -my friends and I) toilet papered the band room and filled the teachers office with wadded up newspaper. That was serious stuff back in the day - LOL. The fact that we had keys to the entire school really irritated the principal and his cronies. And the basketball coach went ballistic when his house was papered. He thought he was special because he lived in the Hayward Hills with lawyers and Doctors. At one point in our senior year Mayfair Market refused to sell us toilet paper - so great was our legend and reputation LOL.
So now we gather one last time. Time to renew old acquaintances and friendships. Perhaps rekindle an old flame or add fuel to budding new relationships. Share in each others successes and failures. Share photos of kids, grand kids and great grand kids. Nerds who struck it rich can strut and compare bank accounts, brag about who has the biggest boat LOL. But mostly this will simply be a chance to get up close and personal with old friends. compare life stories. and have one last big-ass party to celebrate what for many were four very important years.
I was primarily a jock in high school - a three sport guy - football, wrestling and baseball. I actually graduated in the top 10% thanks to my pal Benny dragging me kicking and screaming through advanced Algebra. He went to Oregon State and then the Navy. He is one person I'd like to see again but he is not anywhere to be found.
On a particularly sobering note, the list of class members no longer with us is very extensive. I also found that to be true of my late wife's class of 67 at Skyline in Oakland. Particularly hard for me was seeing her photo on their deceased students wall. I felt like I lost her again.
In case you wonder what I looked like back in the day, that is my HS photo in the middle of the three images at the top of the screen. Razor cut hair and all.Probably wearing Jade East, Brut or some other sickly sweet smelling cologne. Possibly even Hai Karate.
Reunions are what you make of them. Go to them with a smile on your face and a positive attitude and I wager you will have a helluva lot of fun. I certainly plan on that - after I collect on the hugs Vicki Martinez and Lyn Schuller have promised. Yeah - those will be fun too.
See ya next eek, same bat time and same bat channel. Be sure to check Ramanas Musings to see what he has to say.