Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Good Friends + Twenty Years and a Splash of Social Networking

Equals a lot of fun! I went to my 20 year high school reunion a few weeks ago. First of all, it was the first trip I've taken by myself in several years, other than work travel which totally doesn't count. Second, I was able to see lots of friends while I was in California, including a group that I grew up with but were a year older than me and not attending the reunion. Friday night was an absolute blast, with friends coming to a local deli that Monica's brother owns from as close as a few blocks, to as far as Los Angeles. We ate and drank but mostly just chatted and enjoyed each other's company.

The next day was a lazy day hanging out with my mom, swimming in the river and pretty much doing nothing. I met some old friends at the hotel where the reunion was being held, and I had a room for the night, so I could avoid responsibility all together. We got ready, had a great dinner and good conversation, then embarked on a night of nostalgia. It was way more fun than the 10 year reunion because everyone had forgotten high school BS and were truly glad to see each other.

The good times continued well into the night, with the hotel kicking us out of the ballroom at 11:00. Luckily there were a few bars closeby so we wandered there for more drinking and hanging out. There was a big festival going on in Folsom, so the bars were shutting down "early" around 1:00 am. It's funny because when I'm at home, that is never early! We gathered in a hotel room for more celebrating and by 3:30 hotel security was knocking on the door. I saw a few bleary-eyed folks in the morning, but I was off to spend time with my in-laws, then my mom and grandpa. All in all it was a great trip, and it didn't take me as long to recover as I thought it would!

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