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Re: And now, for something completely different...

Postby Momma Snider » Sun 26 Oct, 2014 09:26 pm

I went to a high school reunion/picnic today after church. It was for classes from the '60s, and I graduated in 1971, so almost everyone else was older than I am, but even knowing that, it was weird to see so many old people! Several people commented on how good I look, but I'm sure they were mostly comparing me to the old women who were there. It's fun to live in the same town where I grew up, and to find out how many of my old friends and acquaintances are still nearby.

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Postby SDR » Mon 27 Oct, 2014 07:24 am

I graduated 28 years ago. As far as I know, we've never had a class reunion.

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Postby Momma Snider » Mon 27 Oct, 2014 08:36 am

I think they're waiting for you to organize one, Scott.

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Postby SDR » Mon 27 Oct, 2014 08:47 am

I doubt they'd all want to travel from Texas to Utah.

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Postby Momma Snider » Mon 27 Oct, 2014 10:27 am

No, no, no, you have it in the town where you graduated! All you have to do is find all the names, find addresses for all of them, find a place to hold the reunion, and make all the arrangements, figure out how much to charge, sell tickets, and make the decisions regarding food and drink and a band or whatever.

That's why I'd never organize one myself, either. I'm so glad there are people in the world who care enough about stuff like this to do the organizing. I don't even care enough about seeing anyone to pay to attend a reunion. There have been a few multi-year reunions at a casino about 20 miles from here, $75 per person, and I just ignored them. But my class had a 40-year in 2011, just for us, and they found a restaurant/bar that would let us use it for free, knowing that people would buy food and drink, so I went to that and had a wonderful time. There's so much less pressure for a 40 than there was for the 10 and the 20. EVERYONE has gained weight by this time, and no one cares about prestige or looks or any of that. And only a couple of them had to get drunk in order to be able to face their former classmates. At the 10 and 20 it was ridiculous, not much fun at all for me because I knew that my dear old friends who appeared to be so interested in what I'd been doing were not even going to remember having seen me by the next morning.

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Postby SDR » Mon 27 Oct, 2014 12:29 pm

I know. I was being silly. :)

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Postby Momma Snider » Mon 27 Oct, 2014 01:13 pm

Well, yeah, I figured that! But seriously, if they wanted to see you, they'd be willing to go to Utah, right?

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Postby SDR » Mon 27 Oct, 2014 02:43 pm

You would think! :)

But seriously, I suspect that anyone who has a real interest in knowing how I am at this point has made contact with me thanks to social media of one sort or another, primarily FB. It was a very small class, so we could comfortably meet in a Dairy Queen, if only there were a Dairy Queen in our home town. Or any other fast food establishment, for that matter. HA!

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Re: And now, for something completely different...

Postby Momma Snider » Wed 29 Oct, 2014 10:28 am

Yeah, connecting with old classmates is what Facebook is for. I did like this multi-year reunion, though, since my older brother went with me. We never had much of a relationship in high school, because he was in the "In Crowd" and the Saturday night partying club, so I was just the lame little sister. At least that's the way I felt. I always envied Trixie Belden (girl detective) who had older brothers who included her in their groups, although the Saturday night drinking thing wouldn't have appealed to me anyway. But we've had a good relationship for the last 15 years or so, and it was fun to show up with him, because people talked to him who wouldn't have remembered me, since I was a freshman when they were juniors and seniors. I remembered them, but I'm sure they never even noticed me.

So it was way more fun than it would have been without him. And I have my little group of friends who have also reconnected via Facebook, and we get together twice a year, or at least that's the plan so far. We gathered right after Christmas last year for the first time, and then again in June, and we have plans for this year after Christmas at my house, which is my favorite part of it.

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Postby SDR » Wed 29 Oct, 2014 10:46 am

I know Trixie Belden well. And Honey Wheeler. And her adopted brother Jim. And Di. And Trixie's two brothers, though apparently not their names. Matt? No, Martin & Brian. Thanks Wikipedia! Forgot about Dan.

In any case, I think my high school tends to have more multi-year reunions, and they may be announced in the local paper, but I don't subscribe so I don't hear about them.

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Re: And now, for something completely different...

Postby Momma Snider » Tue 04 Nov, 2014 03:21 pm

There was a little Chihuahua mix running loose in our parking lot this morning. I took her to the corner to see if she seemed to know where she came from, but she didn't, so the cafeteria lady took her home. But she looked SO MUCH like my dear departed Andy! She's obviously mixed with a bigger breed, so her head is bigger and her ears are enormous, but her body and coloring look could be Andy.

About 15 years ago, when Andy was a baby, his mother and sister were stolen from their yard, which is just a few blocks from my school. PeeWee, the dad/grandpa, was also taken, but he found his way to their old apartment. I always figured he was so mean, they let him go, either by accident or he bit someone and got away. Anyway, I think it's very likely that this dog is a grandchild of Andy's twin sister. So I told her all kinds of stories about ol' Uncle Andy.

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Postby SDR » Tue 04 Nov, 2014 10:23 pm

That story makes me a little misty eyed. Not to be confused with Misty eyed.

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Postby Momma Snider » Mon 10 Nov, 2014 02:05 pm

I wish there was some way to actually know how many greats are in Andy's line of descent, assuming, as I do, that this little girl really is related to him. It could be as little as two generations, I guess, or as many as 10, maybe. I'm thinking probably three or so.

Today is the sixth anniversary of PeeWee's death. PeeWee, as you may remember, was Andy's father and grandfather. He fathered Brownie and then later married her and had Andy. I miss him, and I miss Brownie and Susie, although I don't know what would have happened to them when Chris and Roni divorced. I don't know if we'd have been able to keep all four dogs or if Roni would have taken some or what. But Susie and Brownie disappeared before that happened.

And Andy's been dead for 15 months, and our dog before him was Black, a shepherd/wolf, and he died December 19, 1996. I'm thinking I should get a turtle, because they live a long, long time.

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Postby SDR » Mon 10 Nov, 2014 02:26 pm

Get a tree. They live even longer. Some even can talk to you if movies are to be believed.

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Re: And now, for something completely different...

Postby Momma Snider » Mon 10 Nov, 2014 03:23 pm

Yeah, I do like trees, and I have several. They don't snuggle very well, but then neither do turtles. I watched a show the other day about an exotic pet vet, and she operated on a big turtle who was egg-bound. She had 16 eggs inside, all too big and too hard to come out, so she had to cut open the bottom of the shell to reach them. Also in that episode was an ophthalmologist for birds. Who would ever think of going into that specialty?

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Re: And now, for something completely different...

Postby Momma Snider » Thu 16 Apr, 2015 08:47 am

Surely someone has something random to talk about!

We have a student here who has seizures and a lot of other health issues. There's a medication that is now available to be given by volunteers, Diastat, which is inserted rectally. I volunteered to be trained to do it if necessary. So I got my training, along with three other people, and I'm ready. One of my most important jobs is to look at the time when I first hear the seizure has started, because I have a Fitbit so it's convenient.

Yesterday a different kid had a seizure, and I wasn't involved in the treatment. But I never even thought to look at the time. I had ONE JOB.

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Postby SDR » Thu 16 Apr, 2015 03:56 pm

Sandee hurt her foot at school during the "Patriot Games". She wasn't going to report it since she's only been there about a month and didn't want to get in trouble or be a whiner or whatever. I told her she should anyway as it was on the job. Fortunately, one of her peers reported it to the office for her and they insisted she file the paperwork and go get it looked at. The diagnosis from the instacare is: "can't tell for sure that it's *not* a break, so wear this special footwear for a few days and if it isn't getting notably better go see one of these foot/ankle doctors". Then they handed her a 12 foot scroll with elaborate calligraphy of names and contact information for foot/ankle doctors.

I might have made up the 12 foot scroll and calligraphy part. But maybe not!

Fortunately it was not a seizure so you wouldn't have missed timing anything.

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Re: And now, for something completely different...

Postby Momma Snider » Fri 15 May, 2015 10:44 am

We had a semi-heat wave in April, like we ALWAYS do, and people were complaining, like they always do, that "it's like summer out there!" and "If it's this hot now, what will summer be like?" and so on. (It was never more than 95, usually only low 90s, and dry, so it was really not like summer at all.) I would always say, "This isn't summer. It will cool off again in May before summer really comes."

Well, today it's 50! It's even raining, which is unusual. Next year maybe you'll listen to me!


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