Reflections on MHS Class of ‘90

August 24th, 2010

This last weekend I attended my 20 year high school reunion instantly dating me. There were numerous scheduled events between Friday and Sunday, but I only attended the Friday and Saturday night events. The Friday thing was at a McMinnville brew pub, like our 10 year reunion, and it was pretty well attended. I had a good time and all, but it was what happened afterward that left a distinct memory. As I left the parking lot of the brew pub, a Mac cop followed me. I drove down 3rd street and made a left turn on Baker (99 West). 5-O followed close behind. After the Baker/1st Street intersection, I made a change into the right lane. The cop immediately turned on his lights and I pulled over. He came up to my window and the following conversation transpired:

Me: Is there a problem officer?
Mac Fuzz: You made an improper land change
Me: I had my turn signal on
Mac Fuzz: Oregon law requires that you engage your turn signal at least 100 feet before changing lanes
Me: Are you serious?
Mac Fuzz: Have you been drinking?
Me: I had a gin and tonic about four hours ago
Mac Fuzz: I’m going to need your license, registration, and proof of insurance

So I hand the guy all my stuff and he goes back to the squad car and sits there for like 15 minutes. I rearrange the contents of my glove box to pass the time. He eventually comes back.

Mac Fuzz: There is a problem with your license
Me: What?
Mac Fuzz: Is this your current address? (points to license)
Me: I just moved to Kiezer, like, two weeks ago
Mac Fuzz: You have 30 days to change your address with the DMV or you’ll be in violation in Oregon law
Me: OK, thanks

And with that, I drove off for my hour long trip. Since I missed the last Wheatland Ferry run, I had to go through Salem, making my already long drive that much longer.

Saturday night was a much better experience. I spent pretty much the whole day putting together a video slide show for the evening, but I was having all manner of technical issues. Much of my computer stuff is still in boxes, so I spend a lot of time rummaging for correct power supplies or Firewire cables. And then I had all sorts of issues encoding the footage and burning the CD. All of this made me 30 minutes late to the Saturday event, but everything worked out fine. The video, while pretty rough around the edges, was generally well received. Later in the evening, I had a ton of great conversations. There were the standard conversations centered around where people lived and what people do for a living, but I enjoyed other conversations centered around the human condition. You see, when I was in middle school, I tended to get into a fair amount of trouble, as did some of my classmates attending this reunion. Nearly all of us got that waywardness out of our systems by high school and had left the delinquency behind us. For a few of our classmates, they never made that step forward and remained stuck in a cycle of alcohol and drug addiction. Some have been regular visitors to the inside of the Yamhill County Court House (or worse, the jail). I talked with a couple of my classmates about why we manage to make it through high school and lead relatively productive lives while some of our old friends floundered. One interesting insight a classmate had was that our troubled counterparts had virtually no interests outside of getting wasted all the time. I certainly liked drinking and smoking out during my middle school years, but it wasn’t something I wanted to do all the time. For some of our more troubled friends, the only activity worth participating in was one that included getting totally wasted. It’s like most of us outgrew that urge and moved on with our lives, while these old friends remain trapped in the past.

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