Class of '97 reunion
commonly asked questions
The reunion will be held Aug. 24-25. On Friday the 24th, the Class of ’97 will meet at a Lake Stevens drinking establishment, exact time yet to be determined. On Saturday, the event will culminate at Everett’s Monte Cristo Hotel time and price TBD. Please register for the reunion by emailing your personal info to email@example.com. This is also a good place for you to ask any questions you may have. Be sure to stop by the Myspace site as well at www.myspace.com/lshsclassof1997. Be a friend, leave a comment, etc.
In thinking about the upcoming reunion, I was pondering how to fill an entire column with reunion related subject matter. I haven’t attended a reunion before, and I didn’t feel like writing one of those columns where we talk about how all the popular kids will be washed up and all the dorks will parade into the scene with trophy wives (or husbands) and second homes in Vail.
Then I remembered that I have been part of many reunions as a bartender. Over the course of my several years in the bar business, I worked many reunions from Scottsdale to Seattle, and even a few in Lake Stevens. Drawing on my hazy recollections of these events, let’s play a little Q&A.
Question: What should I wear?
Answer: Well, that depends on what you’re trying to accomplish, but I think you should start with pants. Nobody will want to shake your hand if you aren’t wearing pants. Dresses are fine as well.
Question: Can I bring a guest?
Answer: Of course. In general, one’s significant other is the preferred guest, so be sure to check with party organizers if you are planning on bringing extended family or livestock.
Question: I’m a teacher, can I attend the reunion.
Answer: Yes, Mr. Crowley, we’ll see you there. Be sure to wear pants. (Ha! That’s two Crowley references in one issue!).
Question: What fun games are usually played at reunions?
Answer: I’ve seen many interesting games played, including but not limited to: The ‘I’m Pretending Not to Remember You Because You are Way Bigger Than When I Last Made Fun of You’ Game, ‘The How Did You Get Such a Hot Wife?’ Game, The ‘Husband Meets High School Boyfriend’ Game, and my personal favorite, The ‘Drink-and-Fight Redneck Battle Royale in the Parking Lot’ Game.
Question: Should I rent a car and/or tuxedo to try and impress my old flame.
Answer: Buy all means. This is generally expected, and it is considered rude not to.
If you have any other questions, send them to the aforementioned email, and be sure to check out that myspace account, if for no other reason than to thank the planners. I’ll post any breaking info about the event on the blog, and will try to chime in with another column before August. Until then, let’s all hit the gyms and the tanning beds so we can all compliment each other on how great we look. See you there!
Kevin Hulten is the former Managing Editor of the Lake Stevens Journal and a proud member of the Lake Stevens High School Class of 1997. Send email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.