I heard somewhere that whoever you were in high school, that's who you'll be for the rest of your life.
Stupid sayings like that beg for mockery.
Unlike who I am today, in high school I was a physically awkward, geeky, smart alecky.... Ok, that stuff hasn't changed a lot, but there's more to me than just that. For example, back in high school I enjoyed activities like reading, films, computer programming.... Dang. Ok, all kidding aside, we're just being superficial here. When it came to more thoughtful matters, in high school I was a politically incorrect, left-leaning, agnostic who....
Ok, so I'm exactly who I was in high school.
Well then, I guess it'll be easy for my classmates to recognize me this weekend at my 20 Year High School Reunion. Yeah, 20 freakin' years.
Our high school had all the usual cliques one would see in a movie. We had the jocks, the stoners, the geeks, the popular people, the drama crowd, the band geeks, the rockers, the 80's rockers, and a few unidentifiable groups. Unsurprisingly, I was a core member of the geeks. The table where we met for lunch each day was christened "Geek Gulch" by people much cooler than us. That moniker was ok with me. Alliteration dulls the pain.
I wasn't necessarily thrilled with my place in life back in high school, but after living in this skin for another 20 years, I've become pretty comfortable with it. There are worse things than being a nerd. I mean, hey, I've got a blog! How many people can say that?
I'm actually looking forward to the reunion. High school wasn't really a bad time for me. I've got no axes to grind. Also, along with my wife, I'll be going with one of my best friends from high school and my high school sweetheart. The three of us have loosely stayed in touch over the years. I've let all the other high school friendships lapse because I am generally a lazy and bad friend. Those two friends are the only ones who didn't write me off for it. Good folk.
Anyway, I've only got a few days left to build up some muscles. See ya.