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Tuesday, September 03, 2002

So I have to decide today (tonight) whether or not I want to go to my 10 year high school reunion. I've been expecting to do it all year. I think it will be nice to see how other's lives are turning out and see where people have gone. I never felt particularly close to most of my high school class, but I would really enjoy seeing my old friend Phil and his wife and kids.

But then I went hunting around recently to find out about it. A class reunion company is arranging it, and they're charging $74 per person to attend (or $148 for Rick and I to go). They have me listed as one of those they couldn't find, which is ridiculous since my mom still lives in the same house we lived in when I graduated and I'm registered on classmates.com and highschoolalumni.com and reunion.com. The first thing they say they're charging for is for hunting down all of the class members. So immediately, I'm kind of put off by this whole thing. The ticket is only one dollar less than the cost of my tickets to Baz Luhrman's La Boheme, and that's a full scale Broadway production opera directed by a world class director. So let's see, that's a night in Sacramento reliving old times or a night at the opera. Well, it's not a fair comparison. I've already bought the tickets to the opera. But when I bought those tickets, I gasped at how expensive they were.

So I'm torn. Is this a worthwhile endeavor? Is there any reason to rekindle old friendships that never really were friendships? Heaven knows I didn't even remotely begin to bloom until college. High school was little better than torture to me. But will I regret not going?

It's prom all over again. I went to prom thinking I'd probably regret it if I didn't. The dressing up was fun. The going out with Nick and Beth and Ron was fun. The going to Rocky Horror afterwards was fun. But prom itself wasn't any particular fun. Overpriced and underwhelming. I'm sure it will be just the same. Nevertheless, I'm curious. And that curiosity will probably end up costing me $148.

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