April 9, 2007

Would You Rather?

You are attending your high school reunion. Would you rather:

  1. Have everyone say something along the lines of “Wow - you’ve aged.” or
  2. Have nobody recognize you.

You make the call!

Posted by James at April 9, 2007 11:20 AM
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I'd rather have no one recognize me. I was not considered very attractive in high school, and after high school I had reconstructive jaw surgery... so I'm guessing if no one recognized me, it would be because of my now-stunning good looks. :D


Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at April 9, 2007 11:32 AM

I think I'd rather not have anyone recognize me because... well, I probably wouldn't recognize most of them so it's better not to be embarrassed if they come up to me and say "Hey there, I know you" and the recognition isn't mutual.

Posted by: James at April 9, 2007 11:36 AM

If people said to me "wow, you've aged" I would think they were assholes. But I like it when people recognize me because that means they remember me (I hope for a good reason). So I think I'd rather go with the assholes saying I've aged. That's because I don't care what rude people think.

Posted by: Julie at April 9, 2007 11:43 AM

Oh - I didn't read the introductory sentence. If it's my high school reunion, then I'll definitely go with "wow you've aged." That's because most of my classmates have already aged much more than I have. I can just reply "same to you and more of it." There's also the fact that many of my classmates were assholes anyway, unfortunately.

Posted by: Julie at April 9, 2007 11:45 AM

I'm with Julie,

I was having a hard time deciding but hey it has been 22 years. Of course I've aged. I could reply (loudly)"and you haven't changed a bit" (sotto voce) "asshole"!

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at April 9, 2007 11:53 AM

I would rather not be recognized at my high school reunion. Because then nobody would bother me since I wouldn't want to be there in the first place.

Posted by: Chuck S. at April 9, 2007 12:00 PM

I'd rather be recognized, even if the remarks aren't all together flattering. If they're talking to me at all, it's a step up from being unrecognized (& ignored), particularly at a high school reunion.

Posted by: pam at April 9, 2007 12:04 PM

I have not attended any reunions at all, because if I cared about anybody at those schools, I am still friends with them, and if I didn't, then I don't need to see them now.

But if I happend to be there, I would rather not have somebody tell me I've aged. It's true, of course I've aged, and it would be miraculous if they hadn't as well, but I still don't want to hear it.

Of course, maybe they don't recognize me because I've aged so much. :-P I'd still rather not be recognized. That doesn't hurt my feelings a bit.

Posted by: Maggie at April 9, 2007 12:37 PM

In my experience the people who would say, "Wow - you've aged" don't bother attending reunions because they're ashamed of how much they have aged themselves.

But a reunion where nobody recognized me would be boring so I'll go for #1.

Posted by: Mike at April 9, 2007 12:58 PM

I haven't been to any of my reunions either. I don't think they even had a 20th. If they did no one contacted me. I skipped 15. I tend to believe I'd be the one not recognizing people. I ran into a high school friend about 6-7 years ago and he introduced me to his wife who he clearly expected me to recognize as she went to school with us. I drew a complete blank. Later I realized that she was his girlfriend all the way back in high school. Who I saw virtually every day senior year.

A couple of years ago I went to my 15 year college reunion. Only about 10-15 people from my class even showed up. Only 2 of which I recognized and was never all that friendly with. Bailed out of that one pretty quickly.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at April 9, 2007 1:32 PM

Let's go with the recognized but aged one. Like Mike says, it would be dull otherwise.

Posted by: briwei at April 10, 2007 1:11 PM

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