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   Posted 7/26/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
A 45 year class reunuin and and the lounge of an assisted living facility?  Sadly, just about nothing!
I didn't want to go because of The Fog and all, but the hubby convinced me it would be fun and it was only about twenty minutes away.  Friday night was an informal get together at a bar which was part one of a three part week-end.  It is the only event I went to.  No name tags.  Immediately, five women rushed up to me, hugs all around and I didn't recognize one of them.  It's been twenty years since I went to a reunion.  One woman said "You look like you don't know who I am...we went to the Hollywood theatre every friday night and smoked in the girls room!"  Eventually, I got the names straight and I really had a terrific time.
But...there were a few in wheel chairs...walkers...quite a number of people who had to stay seated and friends had to come to them.  One of my close friends way back when,  had been flying a Boeing 747 the morning of 9/11 and when he got a message to land his plane anywhere, he did so and immediately had a heart attack the minute the wheels hit the tarmac.  He is suffering from tremendous PTSD.
I am thankful that at this point in time, my worst condition is fibro.  This had put things in persepective for me and I am glad I went.
The worst faux pas I made was going into the mens room.  The doors were labeled  Hens and Roosters.  The guy at the urninal informed me I was not a rooster, which I knew but had to go so bad I didn't want to wait in the huge line of women who were putting their make up on, and rearranging their wardrobes inside the stalls.  I pee and get out....
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   Posted 7/26/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad you went too. It reinforces the notion in me that I don't have anything to be embarrassed about for having fibro, and that other people like me may have other things going on with their health too. Thanks.

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   Posted 7/26/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Donna, My 35th reunion is next Saturday.  I wonder whether I will know all those old people?  Diane
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   Posted 7/26/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   

I am glad that you went to the reunion too. It sounds like you had a good time. I know how it feels not to recognize people. I am working at a store now and see people that I haven't seen in many many years. They seem to recognize me first. But there was a few that I couldn't figure out how they knew who I was, well it was my nametag. lol... Fibro fog moment. hahaha.

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   Posted 7/27/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
We have had very few reunions since I got out of school. Last year was the 40th but the ones in charge didn't know where I lived so I didn't get invited. But from what I heard very few showed up for it anyway. I can't remember who all is in charge of it but they have done a very poor job over the years.
I'm glad you went Donna. Yeah, there are a lot worse things than fibro to have.
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   Posted 7/27/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   

My class has a reunion every five years.  There were about 550 people in my graduating class so it wasn't surprising to have about a 150 at this gathering.  Those that attend these all the time don't notice the difference in people the way I did, having not gone to one in so long.

I guess that's why I was so in awe of how some of these folks handle their disabilites, that we all get eventually with age.

I will say that we have an ex playboy bunny in our class who just doesn't know it's time to give it up!  She still poses on her own website and looks like a train wreck.  44DDD...she can tuck them into her socks!



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