Thank you to Jerry Littlejohn for his recent donation to the class fund. It’s not too late for the rest who haven’t donated yet, to send a check to “Class of ’69” to Mike Bell.
A couple weeks ago, I asked if people would be willing to receive the questionnaires for the reunion booklet via e-mail. Several of you responded you would. I sent the questionnaires to those who responded.
Since then, I received email from Shelley in Arizona, telling me she thinks we should ask different questions. The ones I sent were much too boring. As she filled out her questionnaire, some of her co-workers offered suggestions. Here is Shelley’s email to me:
One of my co-workers (who is 31 years old) said if her class had a questionnaire it would probably have questions like: How big is your diamond ring? What is your husband’s annual salary? What kind of car do you drive? How many cosmetic/plastic surgeries have you had? Another gal said if a couple of her single friends who have no aspirations to get married or have children wrote questions to be answered they would be something like: What is your favorite martini? What’s the most unusual place you have had sex?
When Dave looked at the questionnaire, he said too bad they don’t ask questions like “does your husband treat you well, or how happy/satisfied are you with your life?” Dave said it would be interesting to include about 100 questions, and out of those questions, people could pick and choose the ones they wanted to respond to. It would make for an interesting book, huh?
One of the guys in our office said his high school questionnaire would probably ask: Have you ever done time in prison? For what?
Shelley and I have been emailing back and forth other ideas we have for questions. Here are some of mine!
1.) How many surgeries have you had and for what?
2.) How many appliances do you put on in the morning in order to function?
3.) How many prescription medications are you on?
4.) How many knee surgeries have you had?
5.) How many beers can you drink in comparison to 30 years ago?
6.) Can you breath without the assistance of an oxygen tank or breathing apparatus?
7.) How many homes have you refinanced?
8.) How many presidents have you voted for?
9,) How many wars have you opposed in your lifetime?
10.) How much do you spend on pain relievers (legal and illegal)?
To which Shelley added:
1. Who was the last group you saw in concert, and when?
2. What was the last book you read?
3. Ever done a keg stand? (just kidding)
4. Do your copayments for prescription meds, doctor visits and surgeries total more than your monthly mortgage, at this point?
5. Who did you vote for in the last election?
On the more serious side, she added –
I would really like to know to what extent our classmates followed through with some of the interests they had in high school, such as those who played an instrument in band or took private music lessons. Do they still play that instrument or do something in the realm of music? Or people (like yourself) who were on the yearbook and newspaper–did they continue writing?
As we write back and forth, I am struck with how boring the real questionnaire really is. So, I invite you all to add whatever information you want to the questionnaire. You may pick and choose the questions to answer and add some of your own!
Keep sending pictures!
I met with Lana last night on my way to writers’ group. She treated me to dinner at Fernando’s in Blair. (Thank you very much, Lana! It was totally unexpected.) Anyway, Lana has many original Senior pictures of us, so she is loaning them to me to scan for the video and possibly nametags, if that committee would like to use them. I have been scanning the pictures from Frank’s yearbook (which I borrowed because mine was destroyed when our basement flooded a couple years ago when the water main broke near our house.) The scanned pictures from the yearbook are grainy, so I’m sure the ones Lana loaned me will be much clearer. I will use the yearbook ones that aren’t in Lana’s collection.
This past weekend was prom, so I MUST share prom pictures. It was a rainy day, so we met at one of the girls’ house to take pictures (Erica in purple). The kids left to eat at Anthony’s steakhouse and nine of us parents went out to eat at the Summer Kitchen. It’s fun to go out with the parents and get to know them better. We had a great time. Mike and Anna ended up with 11 other kids in their group. (It started out as 2-3 couples, then grew!) The kids were calling them “Mike and Anna’s Group” as in “Are you going with Mike and Anna’s Group?”