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Mark Atwood
My Twenty Year High School reunion.
I flew to Utah last weekend, from Friday to Sunday, for my Twenty Year High School Reunion.

Friday evening was the "Family Friendly Picnic". There was maybe a hundred "fellow grads" there, out of a graduating class of about 450. Along with wives, husbands, and children. Lots and lots of children. (This is, after all, Utah). Everyone was friendly enough. I just felt very much "not part of this", but for somewhat different reasons then I felt "not part of this" twenty to twenty-four years ago.

I wore my kilt. :) Nobody batted an eye, but I was told later that some of the kids asked their parents "Who was the guy in the kilt!? That was cool!".

The next morning, Saturday, I went flying with my Dad again in his Mooney. We flew from his home port of Morgan County Airport to Ogden Airfield, ate breakfast at the Auger Inn, fueled up, then flew back to Morgan. I was his "radioman", tuning the transmitter to frequencies according to the schedule and notes he had writen for me, and setting the transponder to the numbers that traffic control gave us. He's started school again, going to a FAA certification class for being an aircraft engine mechanic. He's also lining up his ducks to buy his hanger.

Late I went out shopping with my Mom, and Jett & Lisa (lj user="wurtmann">, jatg, clymerchick). I discovered where my great colorfull reverse tiedye shirt (the one I am wearing in my icon pictures) went. Jett had it.

Saturday evening was the "Formal Dinner". It was at a restaurant up at the UU Medical Center Complex. I used to work there, but after Jett dropped me off, I got very lost and turned around. There are many new buildings, growing upwards up the side of the mountain and sideways into where the old fort used to be. (The only old US Army western fort where the main guns where pointed AT the city was there to "defend".) But I finally found it. It was the top floor of the highest up the mountain building, and thus had an amazing view of the Salt Lake Valley.

It was very odd to see everyone. How much apparances had changed, and how much they had not. How many many of them were in Utah, or had moved back to Utah. (The old joke is "Nobody moves to Utah, they just move back."). To be fair, there was a strong selection bias, in that getting to the reunion was much easier for the still-locals.

I won an award. Most Changed. Heh. :)

The next morning, I flew back to Seattle.

I had, for many years, semi-seriously joked that I was going to show up at this reunion with four or five dates. I'm kind of glad I didn't (beyond just the expense and logistics). It would probably have been mostly boring, with high annoyance mixed in, for all whoever I brought.

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Current Location: Home, Capitol Hill, Seattle WA

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jatg From: jatg Date: August 24th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you didn't bring 4 or 5 dates either. They wouldn't have fit in my car. ;)
From: neocuriosity Date: August 25th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)

You've been getting around.

If it weren't for getting lost, would the reunion have been just benignly boring? I've been debating whether to take the Dude to my 20-year reunion (next month).

Do transponders comfort you as much as they do me? It is comforting to me that they reach out and are embraced by the traffic control tower as the airspace of the field enfolds you and your tiny plane.
From: technoshaman Date: August 27th, 2007 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You've been getting around.

Speaking as someone who has also flown a fair bit (never got around to actually getting my ticket, alas, but got pretty good at it with my then-CFI dad in the right seat all the time), no, transponders aren't all that comforting; there's always the possibility, slim though it may be, that a controller's eye may wander, or some idiot will do something stupid and wander through without a clearance. What does give me comfort is hearing a controller on top of her game, getting folks from point A to point B expeditiously and with good grace, and maybe a little fun when time allows. That and the steady drone of the engine and the solid feel of the yoke in my hand and the needles on the nav instruments doing what I tell them to, and last but not least the runway lights and the VASIs telling me that yes, I'm right where the needles said I was supposed to be, on centerline and a touch high, because I know where that old sycamore tree is off the end of the runway, and I really don't want to be any closer to it than I can help. :)

Mooney. I am jealous. Except for the fact that they don't want to slow down without serious provocation....
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: August 27th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You've been getting around.

That's my Dad's main complaint about his Mooney. It certainly makes executing a landing interesting and exciting.

Part of that "doesnt want to slow down" makes them also want to dolphin
on landing, which is even MORE interesting and exciting...
From: technoshaman Date: August 27th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You've been getting around.

... *nods* and hazardous to your nosewheel.

Perhaps some of these might make things a bit less.... interesting. :)
papertygre From: papertygre Date: August 25th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Aside: I've experimented with bolding key words in longish posts once or twice. As a reader I like it because it makes it easier to skim the post, but I also seem to avoid doing it because it feels weird when I'm writing.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: August 27th, 2007 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)
That's about the same reaction I had while writing it.

I figured that highlighting the keywords would be more likely to get things across to my readers, most of which are just skimming their flist. But writing it down, and reading it slowly, makes me sound like one of those internet loons who randomly capitalize words.

I wish there was a way in CSS to put a "highlight gloss" over a span, without having to completely "take over" the background color (especially since LJ articles are displayed in all sorts of random styles, based on the style selections of the readers).
amythis From: amythis Date: August 25th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
ROTFL! Most changed!
wurtmann From: wurtmann Date: August 25th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am glad you posted about your reunion.
From: technoshaman Date: August 27th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
*heh* I only ever got two negative comments on the 'kilt. One from a boss I eventually fired, and one from a mother-in-law I don't speak to anymore. Glad to know it went over well in Utah.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: August 27th, 2007 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I've never really got a negative comment. I've had a number of questioning comments, to which I respond by giving the questioner a UK Co business card and then extolling why they are so great.

The closest I've got to a negative comment was a joking question from a coworker at my last job, that if it had been said by a man to a woman, instead of from a woman to a man, would have been cut and dried sexual harrassement.
From: technoshaman Date: August 27th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I never did like double standards...

"It's called a kilt, lassie, in lovin' memory of all those who died after callin' it a 'skirt'."
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