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Saturday, August 2, 2008

All Hail the Adopted Alma Mater

As if going back to high school via the reunion circuit isn't hard enough for those of us in the MLC (mid-life crisis) stage, how 'bout for a school you never went to? Weird?

Three classes from S.D. Lee High in Columbus are having a joint reunion this weekend. I didn't go to S.D. Lee High, but a bunch of my closest friends did. There's a sad tale here about separation due to critical geography and school district lines, but that's for some other time. Nevertheless, I received a few emails inviting me to attend the festivities. Seemed like a good chance to catch up with some of my old chums.

The starter was an informal pre-party last night at Steve & Kay Ellis' home. How equally weird is it that neither Steve nor Kay graduated from Lee High, but like me hung out with all those Lee High folks? Better weekend parties with that gang as I recall...

Anyway, about 30 folks showed up. Saw a few that are still in the area like me. The exotically located returnees included my old friends Clint (now an attorney in Houston), Mark (an architect in Miami who does historical renovations) and Lamar (who holds the coolest job of all as Billy Joel's stage construction manager - no kiddin'). All in all, the group looked pretty good - everyone weighed in a little bigger than high school days and some sporting more than a few gray hairs, but no walking corpses or Macy's parade balloon-sized people. We should be proud, I guess.

The main deal is tonight at the Columbus Country Club. The head count is only projected at 60 or so according to the main organizers. A pitiful turnout for three years worth of classes (almost 600 altogether). At this point, I'm still a bit on the fence about attending. After all, I ain't my school. But I did fork over the $40 a few weeks ago.

Stay tuned for Part II...

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