June 11, 2008

A La Recherche Du Temps Dorky

I got a call out of the blue last evening from a gal I knew in high school, but with whom I have not spoken in 21 years. Our 25th reunion is later this month and she was checking up to see if I might be interested in attending.


"Zoom! What was that? That was your life, mate. Oh, that was quick. Do I get another? Sorry, mate." ***

Actually, I loathed high school. I was, as they say, a late bloomer (indeed, there are those who are of the opinion that I am still a work in progress), and never really fit into any of the social cliques at school (the band geeks, the jocks, etc.). Instead, I was one of those odds & sods who orbited about the fringes and as a result, generally had a pretty lonely time of it. And when I did get close to somebody, I usually managed to make a hash of it. (Indeed, when I say that I knew this gal, I am over-simplifying our relationship greatly.)

Ah, well. Water under the bridge and all that. I eventually grew up and turned out more or less normal after all. (Mom: See? What did I always say? Such a nice boy! Who wouldn't love this boy?)

So anyhoo, we chatted for a while. I haven't kept up with a single other soul from those days and she filled me in on what some of them were up to. I had had absolutely no intention whatsoever of going to the reunion (apart from anything else, starting next week I am going to be out of town on bidness more or less until the Fourth of July), but after our chat I have to admit that I was beginning to be mildly intrigued.

Perhaps I'll make it to the 30th.

*** Spot the quote.

UPDATE: Quote fixed, so don't send any cranky emails.

Posted by Robert at June 11, 2008 09:43 AM | TrackBack

Fawlty Towers. A great quote second only to, "Is this a piece of your brain?"

Posted by: Mike at June 11, 2008 10:26 AM

It seems so many people I know have kept up with high school friends, I'm glad to know I'm not the only person out there who really didn't have any high school friends to care about keeping up with. My mother loves to fill me in on the doings of people I barely remember the names of, but that's the workings of small town life.

Posted by: Jordana at June 11, 2008 10:47 AM

Mike - I think almost every line in that show is eminently quotable. Two of my favorites are, "There's enough material there for an entire conference" and "my little nest of vipers".

Posted by: Robbo the LB at June 11, 2008 11:11 AM

Being the woman in question, I feel compelled to defend Rob from himself. I wouldn't say late bloomer, exactly... It was just that Rob's accomplishments (playing the harpsichord, writing poetry in Latin) were more suited to a Merchant-Ivory film, and our school was more Friday Night Lights.

Posted by: Kiki at June 12, 2008 09:33 PM