High school reunions

Have any of you ladies gone to your 10/20/30, etc year high school reunions? What were they like? For those of you who haven't, would you go? My high school reunion is getting closer and I've always been really sure I don't want to go back. I had a bad hs experience and I really don't see how it would benefit me any. I am in contact with the people from high school that I want to be, I haven't lost touch with anyone that I want to keep in touch with. A lot of people keep telling me that I will regret not going. What are you ladies thoughts on hs reunions?
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I have not regretted not going. Do I wonder what everyone looks like now? Sure...but, no one would recognize me or hubby anyway...so...lol
I haven't gone, and I have no plans of ever going.

99% of my friends were underclassmen or graduated already, the fews friends that were in my class I'm still in contact with. As for the rest of them, I don't care if I ever see them again.
My DH graduated from the same HS the year before I did and I have to say that I've had more fun at his reunions than at my own. I had several friends in his class that I didn't keep in touch and it's fun reconnecting with them even if it's just the night of the reunion. My class's reunions just always seem more tense or something but it's been worth it just to go and see the few friends I've lost touch with. But, honestly, it wouldn't be a big deal to me if I skip the next one.
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I went to my 10-year. It was mostly lame but I did reconnect with a couple of people I'd lost touch with. Only one I still keep in touch with since then. I am glad I went, although if I go to my 20th I will probably leave my SO home, because he was so very bored.
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I skipped my 10th and 20th HS reunions, because I just wasn't over the trauma of high school well enough by then. I went to my 25th (3 years ago already, ack!), and it was a blast. It was a trip seeing all the young folks I remembered looking old. They all looked like themselves, just older. Good thing I didn't look any older.

Really...it was fun. I don't want to see any of those people on a regular basis, but it was fun seeing how they turned out as adults.
I went to my 10 - it was horribly planned. They did some kind of awful Monte Carlo casino night thing at some cheap hotel with bad lighting and ugly carpeting. There was no music and literally we all just stood in an ugly flourescent lit convention room and stared at one another.

It was good to see some people though, and we had a good time anyway. Most of the women had gained a lot of weight and most of the men had lost a lot of hair, but for the most part people were the same. Except for the couple who announced they were now swingers and propositioned numerous people at the reunion.
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A big sticking point for me not going is knowing that most of the people who were such asses haven't changed, they might change by the 20 or 30 year reunion, but I've seen some of them around town and they still act the same. I work with a woman now who was 2 years ahead of me at the same hs and said that at her reunion a big majority of them still acted the same and were bringing up gossip and issues from hs. I just see my time as valuable and in going to something like that it would be a waste of time, money and stress. I would definitely go to my college's homecomings and reunions, but hs is a no go.
Yeah, if you had a bad hs experience, I can't see any reason to go. I liked most of the people I went to hs with, so I enjoyed myself, but it would have been torture if I didn't get along with them.
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My graduating class organized an informal 5 year reunion and I went to that three years ago. It was lame, and if I had it to do over again I probably wouldn't go again. I'll probably still go to the ten year, though, as I'm a glutton for crap like that.

My husband's ten year is this year, and I really want to go to that. I have no idea why, but I really, really do.
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A big sticking point for me not going is knowing that most of the people who were such asses haven't changed, they might change by the 20 or 30 year reunion,
Originally Posted by Amandacurls

Even if they don't change, YOU won't care anymore by 20-30 years.
I went to my 25th or 30th. It was not bad; fun to see former cut-ups now upstanding citizens.
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A big sticking point for me not going is knowing that most of the people who were such asses haven't changed, they might change by the 20 or 30 year reunion,
Originally Posted by Amandacurls

Even if they don't change, YOU won't care anymore by 20-30 years.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves

Good point.
I moved my before my junior year in HS, so I went to two schools. I will probably never go to another reunion for my second HS because I don't care about those people.

As for my first one, I went to the 5th, 10th, and 15 year reunions. The 5th was painful because people hadn't changed enough. The 10th was better. By the 15th, it was downright fun to see many of the snotty girls had gained weight and were working crappy jobs; many of the good-looking guys were bald or fat; and many of the geeks and nerds were great success stories.

I'm looking forward to my 20-year reunion now that I have a child so everyone can quit feeling sorry for me.

I say go and have a good time. If it sucks, just make an appearance and then go have fun with your friends somewhere else.
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My 10-year reunion was last summer. I kind of wanted to go, but it ended up conflicting with a holiday my husband and I were planning. We ended up going to England and Scotland and skipped the reunion. A friend sent me some pictures, and it looked very lame. I'm so glad I didn't go--our trip was so much better.
I went to mine after swearing up and down that I wouldn't because I was teased and picked on in high school. I went thinking if it sucked, I could take the party elsewhere and have fun.

It was a blast. We had ours at a casino. People had grown up- well, except for one girl whom I don't even remember. I reconnected with a ton of people and though we don't really talk regularly, we had a great weekend and look forward to the next reunion. I was so happy that I went.

My brother also didn't want to go to his but he's going to his this weekend. He had a change of heart after some friends contacted him and he decided it would be fun. I'm glad he's going.
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I didn't/haven't, but I've enjoyed hearing gossip from those who have.
DH and I went to our 10th back in 2003 (yikes!) and it was okay (not great) my biggest complaint was almost no one had left our state and that they were all in the family businesses of parents (i.e. landscapers, firefighters, cops, teachers) another complaint is that most of the cliques hadn't changed one bit they all hung out together..

I did enjoy one part sitting next to one of my old classmates (a guy) and his wife and him filling me in on all the gossip (divorces, drugs, alcohol) yep, and it all was the popular kids who went downhill!!!

I did get an invite recently to a 15 year (why we are having one I don't know) DH and I aren't going as far as I know.

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I went to my 10 year. It was kind of interesting but I wouldn't say it was fun or exciting. Like many others I still talk to the people I want to talk to so I didn't really care if I saw anyone else, but in the end I'm glad I went. My best friend and I agreed to go together and leave together, that was the only way we were going!

In high school I had a tendency to be friends with guys and I feel like those friendships didn't really carry over into the following years so I was glad to see a lot of them there. I also was able to chat with people I was friends with in middle school but grew apart from in high school. Everyone seemed pretty mellow and friendly so it was nice.

We stayed a couple hours at the most and left.
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I didn't go to my 5- or 10-year, but I may go to the 20-year reunion (which is fast approaching). The reunion committee set up a website for my 10-year, so I actually got to see how everyone looks now without having to go.

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