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.
Gargoyle on old 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
JR on canyon path
Several of us walked across to the rhododendron garden, and enjoyed a nice walk.
Class of '73 on our walk
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!