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Superman
Did you go to yours? If you did, what did you think of the experience? If yours hasn't happened yet, do you plan on attending it when it does?

Mine's coming up this Friday, and it seems like we might have a low attendance rate. I plan on going, but a lot of people aren't, some because of work or travel issues, others because they just don't want to go. I've even seen at least one person say that high school reunions are outdated due to Facebook. While I agree that Facebook may take away some of what people got out of these reunions before it was around, I still think that nothing beats face-to-face interactions with old friends you haven't seen in years. Any other thoughts on this?

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ThatDudeintheHoodie
I didn't like the high school that I graduated from, so unlikely, now when I hit it big, I'll go. 
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ThatDudeintheHoodie wrote :

I didn't like the high school that I graduated from, so unlikely, now when I hit it big, I'll go. 
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I'm sorry to hear that, TDitH. That's definitely a good reason not to want to go. My mom felt the same way about her high school.
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Vaporman87
I think the demise of Alumni Banquets and High School Reunions began long before Facebook came along. I attribute the apathy toward them as a sign that during our youth, we didn't share the same camaraderie that people in the decades prior did.

Something happened during the '70s and into the '80s that made us feel less like we were all in the same boat surviving the experience, and more like individuals making our own way. I'm not sure what spawned it, but I can see the difference when an Alumni Banquet comes to town. They make a lot of hay over it, but our graduating class never made much of it. I would think that this year being our 25th Anniversary that somebody would be out contacting people and making something happen, but nope. Nothing. It's a little disappointing in a way.
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Benjanime
i'm kinda thankful that i graduated. my last high school wasn't a great experience either. way too many students doing some lowkey bullying and the dress code was crap. you could wear the loosest of pants and the staff wouldn't care.
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Silvervix
I do not wish to see my former classmates ever again.
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Rick Ace Rhodes
I'm still far off from a High School reunion given that I just graduated not that many years ago. Maybe when it comes time for the 20th I'll go, but 10th I don't know. Honestly, I've matured quite a bit from my high school years. I've learned to get over things and maybe reexamine how things were my fault at times. I can move on with my life and be a better person.
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pikachulover
I already missed my 10 year reunion 5 years ago. My next one would be in 2022. Back in 2011 I kept fretting about it. Then I ran into my friend from high school (from the same graduating year) on the bus one day in 2011. He told me he was not going to the reunion either and that made me feel a lot better. I think it's a good thing I didn't go in 2012 I think I was not mentally able to handle a reunion.

This is why I like to keep a low profile on social media especially facebook. About 2 years ago I got an email from classmates.com from somebody I went to high school with.

I think by the 20 year mark the people start holding combined years reunions. Where I live they like to hold non-formal events like picnics and stuff. Sometimes I snoop on the alumni facebook reunion page. The page is for all years that have graduated from my high school. Back in 2009 somebody organized an elementary school reunion at the local hamburger place everybody at the elementary school and high school hung out at. I didn't go to that. They have really good pastrami sandwiches there.

My mom who graduated in the 1970s is elusive, but she told me she doesn't want to go to those things. My mom has a friend who they kept contacting looking for her. When he ran into my mom he told her that he wrote back to the organizers that he didn't know where my mom lived and to stop bothering him he was not interested in going to a reunion.
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Vaporman87 wrote :

I think the demise of Alumni Banquets and High School Reunions began long before Facebook came along. I attribute the apathy toward them as a sign that during our youth, we didn't share the same camaraderie that people in the decades prior did.

Something happened during the '70s and into the '80s that made us feel less like we were all in the same boat surviving the experience, and more like individuals making our own way. I'm not sure what spawned it, but I can see the difference when an Alumni Banquet comes to town. They make a lot of hay over it, but our graduating class never made much of it. I would think that this year being our 25th Anniversary that somebody would be out contacting people and making something happen, but nope. Nothing. It's a little disappointing in a way.
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This is an interesting observation.
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