To go to the reunion or not to go… that seems to be the big question/debate among my fellow classmates from Mission Viejo High. Yes, time has flown by and this June marks TEN YEARS since I graduated, oh dear! Everyone I talk to about it here in Texas has been asking if I plan on going, which to me always seemed like a silly question… as in “Do you want to go home this summer, to beautiful Southern California, to hang out with all your old friends, and NOT be at work for a week or so??” to which the the answer would be YES OF COURSE. And in my mind, that would be the obvious answer as well for my fellow classmates… BUT thanks to the imfamous facebook survey going around, I realise that is not the case. Total bummer. And yes, I can see the reasoning on both sides:
Why to stay away: The event itseld cost about $80. It is at a Hotel by the John Wayne Airport (which isn’t even IN Mission Viejo)... which means sterotypical ballroom, a hotel dinner, cash bar (BOOOO), a “facebook” of where people are now, in a room where you probably dont know 90% of the people. A lot of my friends still live in Southern California, and seem to see eachother on a fairly regular basis anyways. So it would definatly be cheaper to throw a big party with the friends you know (actually WANT to hang out with).
The fact that the event is in June, and no where near were we actually WENT to school is a bit sad. My parents went to High School together in Arizona, and their reuions have always been a BIG freakin’ deal… they go to their alma matter during HOMECOMING and get to ride on a special float through the Town during the homecoming parade. Their school makes a big deal out of their Alumni… this event seems like kind of an afterthought.
Why you should get your butt over there: It’s your freakin’ REUNION! It’s just something you do. Once every TEN YEARS you shell out the money, get dressed up and go. One of those cheesy Mile Stones maybe, but still, 10 years is a significat amount of time. $80 seems like a lot of money for one night, dressed up in a room full of people you barely know… but if you think back, how much where those PROM Bids??? Sure, senior year it would have saved a lot of money to not buy an expensive dress you wont wear again, eat at a classy resturant and join your class (90% of whom you dont know) in a ballroom for an evening… but you do it ‘cause it’s PROM, you can’t not go to your Senior Prom. Also, it’s a convient way to actually get everyone together in the same place at the same time… lots of us are scattered all over the country now, so if I’m going to drop $300 on a plane ticket out there, it’ll be nice to see as many people as I can.
...And, for me at least, the thought of going is actually pretty exciting. Why?? Because I am awesome! I can proudly say I did not peak in High School I’m still the overly nice, super sarcastic person I’ve always been, but now I have beauty and confidence to go with it. I’d love to wear a stunning red dress, walk up to the hottest guy in the room and say “Didn’t we have art class together?” or something clever to get him to buy me a drink from the cash bar Of couse, a stunning red dress might be just as effective at a party with my acutally friends too.
All in all, I’m making my way out to Southen Califronia this summer… and will most likely be attending the official Reunion… and hopfully some un-official class of ‘99 reunions as well I don’t have to make any offical decisions for a few months… and yes, I’m still the procrastinator I’ve always been too.