Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Why do I like pictures showing road views so much? Lots of metaphoric possibilities there. Or maybe it's just that I didn't see a whole lot of road views like this one enroute on my Pennsylvania trip. The high points were lots of turnpikes, toll roads, and of course two generous helpings of the warm group hug that is Chicago rush hour.
But we won't dwell on all that. The main point of the whole trip was the **gasp** fortieth reunion of my high school class. And that did not disappoint.
My school was a tiny parochial one, and in recent years the reunions have been combined with the larger local public high school's. That's fine with me-I had a good number of friends in the other school and it was a real thrill to see lots of them after a long, long time.
Two of my very closest friends also made the trip. Nancy and Tweet. (Tweet was always said to look like a bird, hence the name...)
I haven't been together with the two of them in many, many years. And to share TWO NIGHTS of festivities--that made the weekend just over the top. That's Pat with us above. He's still pretty cute, IMHO.
One night we all ended up at the local Italian American Lodge at about 1 a.m. Much hilarity concerned having to sneak in those of us whose names don't end in vowels... And we were there till we were run out by the management at 2 a.m. I thought my late nights like that were long over. But we just didn't want to let the party be over.
Maybe you can't go home again, but I sure felt like I was there when I was dancing and looked around to see people I danced with in tenth grade, eighth grade, seventh grade.
Interspersed among all this partying was a good deal of driving around checking out places that always meant a lot to me--those beautiful Allegheny Mountains.