So… I had my 10 year high school reunion on Saturday at Lake Alice Trading Co. in downtown Riverside. Roughly 30 people (out of 250) showed up. Not bad, considering most people are active on Facebook.
The reunion was small, simple, and cheap. It was basically a happy hour at a bar (with all-you-can-eat tacos). There was also a nice highlight reel from senior year playing on repeat to remind us of how young and hopefully we were.
A bit of background: My class was the first graduating class of Martin Luther King High School. Back in 2002, the school administrators made a huge fuss about establishing tradition. We were a special class because not only did we win a number of awards and completely blow away district scores, our boys’ basketball team also won the state championship. It’s too bad that when the planing committee reached out to the high school for assistance, the administrators wanted nothing to do with us. I guess all that talk about tradition was nonsense. Shame on you, Martin Luther King.
Those who grew up watching 90210 or any number of similar CW shows featuring multi-ethnic kids in high school probably wished for a big, bombastic reunion. Not me. I don’t care about spectacle. I just wanted to see the people I care about. Pretty much anybody who made something of themselves after graduation (e.g. moved out, went to college, and found a good job) made an appearance.
Of course, the night was not without controversy. Apparently, one of my pals whom I knew from elementary school recently shot and killed a guy. Why did he have a gun on him? No idea. That’s Riverside for ya.
Special kudos go to the planning committee who took time out of their busy schedules to put the reunion together (without any help from the school). Thanks for a great night.