*I’m talking reunions and the go-to quote for most people seems to be the one about inventing Post-Its from Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, but I’ve always been more of a Grosse Pointe Blank fan and I like this quote instead.
So yes, I spent the weekend in Grand Blanc at my 20 year high school reunion and it was awesome. I didn’t go to my 10 year reunion but this one was great. Life experience has a way of recalibrating priorities and by this time in life all of the crap from high school has a way of melting away and we all just celebrating survival and what we’ve made of our lives.
And speaking of what we’ve made of our lives, I have to say having my first novel come out a few months before my 20 year reunion and being deep in the writing of my second contracted novel when it happened certainly made things much more enjoyable. Folks I really didn’t talk to much in high school were starting conversations with me about how much the enjoyed the book or how cool they thought it was that I had a novel published. That sort of conversation started makes even a social wanker like myself look like a conversational wizard. My choice of wardrobe also contributed greatly to conversation, I think.
The only disappointing part was that I really didn’t get to see most of the people I actually hung out with in high school. I was a theatre and choir geek and those groups tend to be more multi-year and generational groups so the vast majority of my closest friends in high school were a year or two younger or a year or two older than me. But it was still fun.
And this will likely be my last visit to the web for a while as I’m about two weeks behind on that aforementioned second contracted novel and need to get it done.