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30yr class reunion; only lost ten.

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by vart, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. vart

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    I had my 30yr class reunion last night and on the table coming in were pictures set up of classmates who had died since graduation.

    We had 198 in our class and have only lost ten.

    Four were auto accidents with two of those within a year of graduation and both, ironically, traveling to Oregon for college. Two committed suicide. Two were severely handicapped special education kids who died of natural causes related to their condition, and one drug overdose and one died of cancer a couple of years ago.

    I was surprised at the low number we had lost in 30yrs of living.

    My partner at work graduated in Ohio and told me a couple of months ago that he had lost 12 of his classmates THIS YEAR ALONE to heroin overdoses. He's 27 and his class had around 600 kids in it.

    Was curious if other folks here had kept track of their classmates and if they went to reunions.

    I know we have a very high number of people here who claim to be the social outcasts in their high schools and seem very angry and bitter over the whole thing.

    The ten year reunion is still full of that anger and people trying to prove how successful they are. The twenty year is much less about that, and the thirty year; there is a lot of hugging...

    My buddy was still bitter over people that snubbed him in high school. I encouraged him to go to this reunion and he did. He was shocked at how nice everyone was and how much people had changed.

    Just curious as to other's reunion experiences and survival rate of classmates.
     
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    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

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    Car wrecks have chewed up my cohort pretty bad over the years. (Went to a small school so I tend to use the class above and below as my cohort because that is the range of our social group)

    This actually lines up with statistics. Getting into a car is the most dangerous thing most of us do on a regular basis. Until we get older and disease starts killling us, the roads are what gets us.

    We have had a suicide and a sudden early heart attack. A few cancers but it has not killed anyone yet. The "sick kid" has also passed but that was expected. We also have two KIA in the military.
     
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  3. lonegunman762x51

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    "Danger" is not your middle name, nor anyone from your school.
     
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  4. OGW

    OGW NRA, SAF

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    As of my 50th reunion 17 out of 125 passed, starting with 'Nam.

    ETA: I've never been to a reunion, read about the 50th on Facebook.
     
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  5. G30SF/F-250

    G30SF/F-250 Pinky Out Platinum Member

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    I only talk/text with one person from school.
     
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  6. GoBigOrange

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    Just went to my 10 year. Out of 275 or so I think only 1-2 have passed. 1 was just murdered a few months ago. We have at least a dozen in jail though. Only 25-30 showed up for the reunion.

    I have a theory that social media has killed the reunions.
     
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  7. -JCN-

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    This is relevant to me. You have people here who carry 6 guns and 200 rounds of ammunition "to be ready for anything" but drive in cars with poor crash ratings and don't work on improving their driving skills.

    When my wife and I started competitive driving we were shocked to feel how much that extra "situational awareness" and "understanding of equipment and grip" helped keep us safe in our street driving. We have both avoided at least 5 accidents each in the past 10 years that we would have been in if it wasn't either for excellent equipment and decreased reaction time / accurate alternative planning in an emergency.

    I like guns, but I'd rather have snow tires and traction control in the Winter than an extra magazine on my body....
     
  8. GoBigOrange

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    It's the same as as the guys who carry a gun but also carry an extra 40lbs on their belly. 100x more likely to die of heart disease at an early age.
     
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  9. Flying-Dutchman

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    I don’t go to reunions but I can think of 4 in my circle of high school friends who died of various cancers in their 30’s.

    The first death was by car accident the summer after graduation.

    Probably a good number more I do not know about.
     
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    Glockworks Who, me? Silver Member

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    Never been to any of mine, "79" (~398), but I was away all over the world or opposite side of this continent, as I am now. We are not the same immature fools we were back then, and even if we were nice and mature for our age back then, I will assume we are all nicer now, and hopefully much wiser in so many ways.
     
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    50 in 2018.
    at 45 there were too many to stand there and count.
    i know of one more that didn't make Christmas 2013.
    good friend.
    buried with his forever 18 year old daughter.

    next reunion, the toll will rise.
     
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  12. CAcop

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    I never made it to my 20th because I had a big surgery just a few weeks before it. I think we lost our QB to cancer and one of the cheerleaders to a car hitting her as she crossed the street. There were 550 of us at graduation and it was a middle to upper class high school so people are probably doing better than average. Although it is Stockton so you never know.
     
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  13. JBL13

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    My 35th is this year. There are maybe a dozen (that I've heard about) gone from my class. I think there were around 400 in my class.
     
  14. shopkinslpskids

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    People change after high school. The popularity politics are only there for that brief, awkward time. I'm glad people are living longer. Everyone downs on our healthcare system but it must be doing something right.

    Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
     
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  15. shopkinslpskids

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    Most guys who carry guns are in great shape.

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    Yep. Social media has eliminate the need for reunions.
     
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    I'm going to assume that was sarcasm.
     
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    My 20 year is in 2 years. I could care less about it.
     
  19. Grabbrass

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    I went to my 10th yr reunion, but I was already so different from all those folks who never left our hometown, I had no interest after that night. That was 22 yrs ago. I have no idea.
     
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  20. Victor Dubya

    Victor Dubya The Kindly Curmudgeon

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    Got my 55th coming up in September. I didn't go to the first one (10yr), too busy raising hell but haven't missed one since. I enjoy them. In my circle of friends, none have passed...yet. We all wonder who's gonna be first. There are two distinct groups at the reunions. Those of us who belly up to the bar. And those that watch us who are bellied up to the bar.

    I'll have to wait 'til the reunion to get the latest death tally on the whole class.
     
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