for the memories...and on....and on....and on....and on. That's what a class
reunion song might sound like if the reunion included classes from 1965 to
the present day. And that's just what
did at the end of July for their all-class reunion!
The event actually went on over two days with golf going on over Friday
afternoon. After work, I tried to locate the golf course area that everyone
was at and promptly got lost. (It was at Southcenter, not Kent.lol) We made
it there to get in about ten minutes at the bar where I saw old classmates
Stacey, Lori and Olivia. (see me, Stacey, and Lori in picture)
The next day I headed for
. True to form, I blasted my tunes, (80's tunes I would have been listening
to like Sly Fox's "Let's go all the way", remember that?) While
walking down there on the hot day, I couldn't help but get tingles and
shivers thinking about all the memories. It has been a long time since I had
been inside this school!
I finally made my way there and surveyed the scene. There were food booths,
games, photos on walls, time capsules, and yearbooks. And the cafeteria was
open! I walked in there and wow, what a time trip. The tables and chairs
changed somewhat but the stage and food area was exactly the same. Oh my. I
saw Olivia and sat over by her as the current principal discussed the state
of affairs at Tyee today. When I graduated in 1991, it was mostly white, but
now over 57 languagges are spoken on the grounds! They also announced the
hardships they were facing and come September, the school would break up
into three separate schools to accommodate the students changing needs.
Donations were needed and after chatting a bit with Olivia, I went over to
help - and to get a root beer float - yummy.
While I sat and enjoyed a hot dog and rootbeer in the cafeteria with some
music playing nearby, many, many thoughts came over me, like, I remember
sitting in this same building so many years ago..and I was such a dork.lol
Some things never change. ;)
I just had to go in to the one open building where my locker was at. You do
feel deja' vu bad when things like this happen. One wall outside had
collages up from each letter of the school and in those collages were so
many memories. I felt like Geena Davis and Lori Petty in "A League of
Their Own" and I even found a few photos of me, including the one of me
and John Jones where we were voted shyest in school. Yep, they had an award
for those things.lol
On the table in front were boxes and boxes of photos and I found out they
were free! I dived in, (you know me and photos), and got quite a few
treasures, including many shots of me, (in fact, a lot of the boxes were
80's photos, so bad hair was abounding.lol)
took a break and called more people to get them to come. Finally, my old
classmate Mike Hellickson caved and made his way down. What a treat! Once he
got there, I took him to the locker area cause we both had lockers there
back in the day and then I told him the story of how he gave me some cookies
and cause I was so touched by it, I kept them in there all year and ever ate
them! Ewwww.lol We headed back out and plopped down at the photo table to go
down memory lane. It was so awesome to have at least one person who was
there with me while I took that trip. After a while, Mike had to head out
and so we bid adieu, and then it was time to get ready for the nighttime
social so I headed down to the casino.
The casino had a great stage/reception are and bar downstairs and I got
there early enough to watch the people coming in. Since it was an all-class
reunion, there was a lot of people I didn't know, (mostly alumni from the
70's). I found one guy from the class of '96 and one from '99 and we dubbed
ourselves "the 90's corner". LOL The magician and one stagehand
became my fast friends for the night. I did get one surprise when my English
teacher, Mrs. Rudy, arrived. That was awesome! She gave me sound advice to
go back into music again someday and not to become an office drone. I just
may have to do that. ;)
Me and Mrs. Rudy back in the day...
and us today!!!
After a while, I called it a night when my friend Kurt came and got me.
While I wish more people from the class of 1991 had shown up, I was very
happy for the memories, and a chance to see Tyee again! Thanks for the