Over the weekend, received a letter from the chairman of our
60th anniversary high school class reunion, advising that the
reunion will be from September 18-20, 2015.
More details to follow as they become available.
Talk about advance planning.
Maybe that's one of the reasons our reunions have been held
every 5 years starting with the 10th and have had very good
Well that and or no one's math skills, that look forward to attending,
has deteriorated so much that they can't determine on their own that
they should be expecting another reunion in 5 years. ;~)
There are going to be a lot of factors on participation. The less the
class has spread out/relocated to other parts of the country over the
decades the more likely the participation.
I recall my dad going to his 50th class reunion about 25 years ago, 7~8
showed up, and that was about 85% participation of the whole class. ;~)
The reunion organizers have managed to keep in contact with most
of the class.
Staying in contact has had a major impact on attendance
over the years.
The 50th was the big one.
Had a live band and a large first time participation of classmates
from California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey as well as
the New England area.
Had about 80-90 attend which included spouses.
Since then (10 years ago) parents are gone and many have now
down sized and moved to retirement homes in Florida and are not
traveling as much as in prior years.
I'm sure health issues are now beginning to impact travel ability
as well as cost and incontinence of air travel.
And of course father time has claimed a share, probably 25%-30%.
Will just have to see how things progress during the coming year.
On 9/2/2014 5:23 PM, email@example.com wrote:
This is pretty much what I have heard from those that have gone a time
or two. The ones that enjoy going year after year keep trying to be
teenagers, with all that comes with that mindset. Most of us have
matured past that stage in our lives.
Less than half (30?) of our class reunites every 5 yrs. The others are "too far gone", anyway!
Most of us goers go to eat, bullshit, compare our stomach's bulge (compared to last time 'round), the guys discuss huntin & fishin, the girls probably conspire about no-tellin-what. We have fun, with each others company....two day event(s).
You have me committed and I haven't even thought about it,
but thank you anyway.
When I put my mother in the ground, thought that would be my
last trip back to Ohio, but who knows.
Guess the timing would be about right for one last unassisted
trip back to Ohio.
After 50+ years of having my rear end jammed in the center seat
of a 707, don't think I could face needing help getting onboard
and in that center seat.
Air travel isn't what it used to be.
After 911, it's almost more work than it's worth.
Will just have to see what the coming year brings.
Don't know how long it'll take you to drive it or what your start/stop
points are, but have you considered the train? Amtrak has a daily train
(the Vermonter) from DC that makes 9 stops in Vermont and you can get to
DC on a train from just about anywhere. Takes about 13 hours for the
whole trip. See:
ie not the coastal cities.
In most of the country traveling by train is a joke. You may have to
travel 50 miles to find a train station and when you do you may go
hundreds of miles out of your way to reach your destination.
On Wed, 3 Sep 2014 20:02:25 +0000 (UTC), Larry Blanchard
...on a *very* good day.
OK, it's 13hrs to Washington, 13 hours from Washington to VT (Essex
Junction would be good but I'd be dumped on the street, there), and
another 12 hours overnight waiting in a train station in DC (not my
cup-o-tea). 36hrs, vs. 4.5hrs, at about the same cost as a next-day
airfare. I still don't know when I'm going.
Maybe Friday, maybe next Thursday (the next time I can get free). I
also don't want to take four days off work. It would also be nice to
drive it a bit to make sure it's fixed before I leave.
With 9 stops in VT, there isn't any sq.in. of the state that's 50mi.
away. ;-) I used to live in Essex Junction (one of the stops) but
there is nothing there. I'd be stuck on the street. There isn't even
a station. The train just stops and lets people off on the street
(and ties up all the traffic - there is a reason it's called "Essex
Sure, but a couple of points... I generally only travel by air for
business. I rarely use air for personal travel. In fact, the reason
the car is there was that we got in an accident when we were up there
on vacation. ...by car. I'm only traveling by air because I have to
get the car back here somehow and don't feel like taking another week
to do it again. I don't know when, because now they can't get the
damned airbag system working, after not being able to get parts.
...and the airbags did most of the damage.
True, of course. One of the things that surprised me was the number of
people that had stayed "close to home". I'd guess that at least a third
had stayed in the same town; of the other 2/3, probably 80% were living
within 200 miles (of their home town). AFAIK, I was the only one out of
350 that was living out of the country.
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