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40 Year Reunion! and NSV

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I really enjoyed my 40 year college reunion at Reed College in Portland. I met my good friend from friend JR late Friday night – a work crisis delayed me, so I missed our class dinner, and arrived in the middle of the Irish fiddle music concert. Throughout the reunion, there was an interesting mix of music from various alumni -- from Ethiopian rock, to jazz, classical, and folk music. I stayed on the college campus in one of the new dorms, and really enjoyed the variety of healthy food they served in the Commons (cafeteria). I also enjoyed mingling with the other alumni.

The campus has REALLY grown. I enjoyed the mix of old building and new.

original building

Gargoyle on old library

New library

My dorm room was across the canyon from all the activities. I loved walking through the canyon! When I attended college, the canyon had been dammed to form an ice cold mucky swimming pool. They have now removed the old swimming pool, and put in a fish ladder. I saw the fish! And beaver swimming from their lodge to the beaver dam at twilight! I didn’t see the otter, but one has returned.

Natural pool formed by springs in canyon

Canyon path

Tree ears

JR on canyon path

Canyon springs


Several of us walked across to the rhododendron garden, and enjoyed a nice walk.

Class of '73 on our walk



Fern wall

On Saturday evening, the returning alumni paraded, starting with the 5th year returning alumni, and ending with the most senior alumnus – from the class of 1936! In true Reed fashion, the organizers handed out kazoos and bubble blowers for us to play as we marched.

I packed a nice outfit to wear to dinner and to the parade, and for our class reunion photo. I packed in such a hurry – I didn’t realize that my nice outfit was now much too large for me! My elegant black silk pants legs now look like billowy clown pants. I wore my jeans instead!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MANILUS 6/24/2013 6:34PM

    Congrats on making such progress and a 40 year reunion! Sounds like a great time!

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MADAMES 6/23/2013 2:26PM

    What a pleasant problem to have silk pants that look "like billowy clown pants" . Yay!
Looks like a really beautiful campus with all the landscaping and naturalized areas. Seems you had a very nice time walking down memory lane!

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1BEACHWALKER 6/22/2013 12:25AM

    Wow-look at the size difference in those jeans and slacks! I know everyone wants to look slimmer for their reunions and I imagine you felt pretty good!!!
Glad you had a nice time! Nice looking college! Beautiful scenery and flowers! emoticon

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OOLALA53 6/19/2013 9:01PM

    Beautiful atmosphere. My 40th from UC Santa Cruz is coming up in 2015. I've been to a few before, and that campus has gotten even more beautiful while going from 5,000 to over 30,000 students. I was spoiled. But the food news is I weigh less now than when I went there, and my habits are stellar in comparison. H emoticon ope that's still true in two years.

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CLAIREINPARIS 6/19/2013 5:11PM

    What a beautiful college and a lovely occasion! And congratulations for all the weight loss, I am really happy for you!!!

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MARITIMER3 6/17/2013 10:13PM

    Congrats on the too-big pants!

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AWESOMECHELZ 6/17/2013 6:18PM

    What a wonderful experience! AND the area is SO beautiful! I gather that you don't live far from there? I am glad you got to go and thanks so much for sharing the photos; very beautiful. emoticon
Love, Chelsea emoticon

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DR1939 6/17/2013 7:51AM

    What a beautiful campus. Funny story about the clothes being too large.

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