ragani: (Smile)
Going to one's 20th HS reunion can be a chancy thing, especially when you missed the 10th so have not seen most of these people since you graduated. I helped out with some of the prep, most notably by scanning in the senior portraits and printing them out to be name tags. This turned out to be a big hit as people really got a kick out of seeing who had changed a lot and who looked the same (one guy even went around taking photos of everyone's name tag). Not to mention how helpful it was for jogging our memories. The turn-out was rather good, considering, and we ended up with probably 130+ people (including SO's, about 105 actual graduates from our year). The place was packed, wall-to-wall alumni, and I had almost lost my voice in the first hour just trying to make myself heard. It was odd being mobbed by people you may know, but don't necessarily recognize (I was handing out the name tags). I recognized several people right away, and totally flubbed a couple too (sorry Ceni and Tim!).

It was also fun having both John Hodgeman and Jonathan Coultan at my reunion. Nope, they did not crash it. Hodgman was the year behind us, so knew many of us in our year (including the girl he married), and it is through him that JoCo (who was a college buddy) met and married another girl in my class. John gave me a big hug when he saw me, but we did not talk much because there were so many people there we never managed to hang out. At some point I struck up a conversation with JoCo. Being at a reunion where he was a spouse is a different dynamic than the last time I met him, so I actually got a chance to talk to him this time (last time I had a sip of his brandy while talking with Hodgman at his book signing).

Additional highlights of the actual reunion include at least one apology for how badly I was treated by one of the guys who teased me a lot when we were in grade school (I had another one before the reunion from another gal by e-mail), and many people thanking me for my help with the reunion who barely talked to me in HS. Not to mention finding out that a friend of mine used my name in a screenplay he is writing as one of the kids who is the first to get killed in a slasher movie. He was worried I would be offended, but I thought it was a hoot!
ragani: (reflection)
Last night was interesting. The feature of the night was attending the reading and signing of The Areas of my Expertise by John Hodgeman.

John and I were in high school together, and knew each other well enough to be friendly, so I hoped he would remember me. To jog his memory, I sent him a brief e-mail message beforehand to avoid that awkward moment where I would have to explain why he should recognize me when he first saw me. As it turned out, he did receive the message, and it worked out well as he was able to recognize me when the right moment came. That moment was during the Q&A portion of the evening when a woman sitting a few rows behind me asked him if he had played D&D as a kid (he brings up D&D briefly in his book). His answer was essentially no, but it afforded me the opportunity to say "You know, John, we would have welcomed you to the club had you asked." He looked over at me and said "Oh, it's Ragani! Hi Ragani!" then went on to explain that we had gone to high school together. He then asked what character I played in D&D. It seriously took me a moment to recall, and eventually said I think I was a thief. He said everyone tended to say they were a thief if the did not want to admit what they had played, and the Q&A went on.

While we queued for signatures, [livejournal.com profile] furycom came over and said hi. I had noticed him earlier, but he had not seen me, so was startled when he heard Hodgman mention my name during the Q&A. It was fun running into someone I knew there who did not expect me, and nice to see [livejournal.com profile] furycom.

When it was my turn to talk to John, he got up and gave me a big hug, had me sit down next to him and told me he had received the e-mail. I had invited my friend, Mike, along, who I had asked to take some pictures with my mobile phone. John handed me Jonathan Coultan's cup of brandy so we could each pose with glasses (they had both taken a brandy sipping break earlier while we listened to an excerpt from the CD of the book).



We talked a bit while he signed the copies of the book that I had (one for Mike, which he signed "Thanks for taking my photo", one for my brother which he signed "your sister is koo koo" and one for me which he signed "I am the Pirate King"). He reminisced about our days working on The Pirates of Penzance for the school play, which I had not even thought about as being the main connection for how we knew each other best.

As for the remainder of the evening.... )

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