So Friday I partake in that long American tradition of going to a High School Reunion. I really don't know why I've decided to go. I mean I went to a very large high school with a graduating class of over 600 students. I wasn't much of a standout. Due to the large anonymity of the school, teachers refused to call me by my middle name, which is the name I've always gone by, "Kirk". Instead they would only go by the name on the attendance sheet, Daniel, Danny, Dan, Danny Boy, which was not a name I particularly liked. So there was pretty much an identity crisis from the start.
As a student I was not particularly distinguished either. I wasn't popular, or athletic. I didn't achieve any of the benchmarks expected of a high school student. I was a solid "C" student, which meant I could achieve passing grades with minimal effort. I was not athletic. I was pudgy, 36 inch waist at 15, devastating. Not particularly handsome, but not too pimply. I was called "weird" but not "gay". I had an anonymous style, shying away from brand names (very big in the 80's) but jeans, boat shoes and pullovers were standard. So all in all I just did my best to blend in and survive.
I didn't really accomplish much socially either. I had some close friends, quite a few crushes, but we weren't particularly popular, but we were close. I graduated virginal in a heterosexual sense, but I had one or two opportunities....ewwww. I graduated semi-semi virginal in a homosexual sense, but that's a tale for another day. I mean we're all semi-semi virginal in some sense aren't we?
I went to my 10th high school reunion and I was the only gay, out of several hundred people who actually went. Why? I mean I became aware of enough of them after high school, but not one came back. Just me. Nobody cared and one of the guys on the baseball team invited me back to his room.....with his wife...for some "fun". Still trying to maintain my heterosexual virginity, I politely declined....but I can't say I wasn't tempted. So I guess there was one gay and a bisexual, kinky swinger guy.
So why do we go back? Why this nostalgia? It's not cheap either. What unresolved issues can be solved in a high school reunion? Will it be like Peggy Sue Got Married? I mean I never married the prom king, in fact I don't even remember his name. There was no girlfriend or boyfriend to speak of. I don't have any really great memories to relive, nor have I kept up with many people from that era of my life. With a few exceptions, would I know them if I ran into them on the street?
In any case, I like group activities (within limits, see paragraph 4), in a beachfront hotel. It should be interesting, I mean that pudgy, pimply, indistinguishable boy has been gone for a long time. My life has taken many interesting twists and turns and I'll be there to represent for all of the gays who were too chicken to show up.
Next week: Oh the Cubanity!!(part 2)