Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for November 08, 2019


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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 5 days ago

    Never attended one.

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    B UTTONS  5 days ago

    Sounds like Congress after a recess.

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    dadoctah  5 days ago

    Is it my imagination, or does the strip-within-a-strip look like something from Don Hertzfeldt?

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    Bilan  5 days ago

    I went to my first reunion, the 40th, and was pleasantly surprised. People do mellow as they get older.

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    Jimmy90403  5 days ago

    I attended my 50th — first one ever — had so much fun I told everyone I’d be back for sure for the 100th.

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    PICTO  5 days ago

    High school, seven of the worst years of my life, why bother?

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    Z51 Premium Member 5 days ago

    I went to my 50th, I felt sorry for them, they seem to have gotten old!

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    EcurbYkspohs  5 days ago

    Some dogs are best left sleeping …… Croc Power !

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    LesliePiper1  5 days ago

    Attended the 40th. Was overcome to see who DID, and enjoyed the experience. What a small-world group. AND I missed terribly those who didn’t show.

    No, I wasn’t a ‘joiner’ then either. Fortunately the most capable guy and I have been friends, and over the recent five or ten years we have emailed several times a week, so there’s a bit of a connection.

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    Troglodyte  5 days ago

    I tend to keep in touch with many of my ex-classmates. Our HS 25th was a blast, and most of us remember it fondly to this day (more than 5 years later).

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    Gent  5 days ago

    The one employed as a driver drove the best car.

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    ralphkramden  5 days ago

    Really missin’ the Crocs……

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    Masterskrain Premium Member 5 days ago

    High Schools still HAVE reunions??

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    beegwoop  5 days ago

    I’m back

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    Zebrastripes  5 days ago

    Went to two…the 10 yr and the 45th! Not impressed…felt like I was back in high school….the cheerleaders here, the majorettes there, the football players in a huddle, the geeks here….NO THANKS! For gods sakes grow up!

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    Lou  5 days ago

    When I first got on Facebook and started seeing my former classmates I thought “who are all of these middle-aged people?” then it hit me…ruh roh.

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    Andrew Sleeth Premium Member 5 days ago

    Who drove the best car? Jef the Cyclist, of course!

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    sykerocker  5 days ago

    I attended two, my 30th and 45th. As the class loser (especially the 30th). The experience was such that a good Hollywood scriptwriter couldn’t have come up with better. Which only proves the statement, “The best revenge is living well.”

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    nopainogain  5 days ago

    and then they invented facebook and nobody needed to go to one of those to see what their classmates were doing anymore

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    YippiKiAyMofo  5 days ago

    The best car is one that’s paid for. Debt is NOT impressive.

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    EllisAmirRogersArcher  5 days ago

    My reunion was pretty small.

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    jessegooddog  5 days ago

    I have been to all of mine and loved every one! I was a “nobody” in our 1300+ student HS but everyone was friendly and engaging and the changes were so interestingl. Wouldn’t miss the next one for anything.

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    WaitingMan  5 days ago

    Class of ‘71. Never been to a reunion. There are only two people from those days that I would have any interest in seeing. One, I’m still good friends with. The other is dead.

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    jonesbeltone  5 days ago

    Nailed it.

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    hda2z  5 days ago

    I love them Last one I went to was a 50th in 2017. Show my wife of 50 years my past friends and the stories. late 60’s drag racing on weekends. Vietnam, who was going. who got into the reserves winding down on life now but still keep in touch with life long friends on face book

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    wirepunchr  5 days ago

    I’ve gone to a couple. At the 5th all of the clicks reassembled. I think 25th was the next just to see the school building remodel and I skipped the 50th.

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    Bob. Premium Member 5 days ago

    This year would have been the 72nd reunion. I don’t know if they had one.

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    sharpie1952  5 days ago

    Went to three the 25th, 40th, and 45th they all had the plus and minuses, overall I liked the get-together.

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    walstib  5 days ago

    Loudon Wainwright III: “Old friend don’t you know its over? – The good old days are good and gone now – That’s why they are good, because they are gone -We kiss the past’s ass all night long”.

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    jel354  5 days ago

    Rat could write for YouTube’s “Every (blank) ever.”

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    Snoots  5 days ago

    I attended one high school reunion, 15 years later. I admit I took silent pleasure in the results, but at the same time felt some pity.

    Almost everyone I knew showed up. The jocks and class bullies all looked 10 to 20 years older than they were, balding, had paunch guts and worked at jobs like car salesman, retail clerk etc. All of them. Oddly, not a “success story” in the bunch. (Not that there is anything wrong with that. Putting food on the table is honorable.) The “cheerleader” types and class beauties had wrinkles under their eyes, and although only in their early 30s had lost that youthful glow, were no longer the beauties they once were.

    Of the entire reunion, only two people looked still in their twenties: me and one other woman, both of whom had lived “clean lives” free of smoking and drugs and booze and heavy partying (aside from the occasional social drink on my part. She didn’t drink at all). We still looked young and vibrant. She was still pretty, a successful business woman and I, the class nerd, owned my own software company. (Not bragging, just fact. We all know the nerd-to-businessman story: socially shunned, so what is there to do but learn and strive for success?)

    I challenge anyone to tell me such validation isn’t a head trip. I did manage to treat everyone kindly and not rub it in, although many of them richly deserved it. People mature between high school and adult; the consequences of their life choices were painful enough… and was clear to everyone there. We shook hands and put the past behind us and all in all had a good evening. Despite the humiliations of high school, it was good to see many of them, older and wiser and having learned from the trials of life.

    I never saw need to return to another one.

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    DCBakerEsq  5 days ago

    I only go for the boob jobs.

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    SukieCrandall Premium Member 5 days ago

    At about the 50th year people relax more and most stop this, so people talk more about what they enjoy and are happiest about, and share info more (including health info, because — hey — it helps).

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    Chuck2Carol Premium Member 5 days ago

    ‘Twas true for my wife’s recent 60th…her first to attend. Poorly planned—at least the food was good. On the other hand, I went to a pre-ministerial HS, Jr. College, Sr. College and Seminary, so we were together for 12 years. I’ve gone to several reunions [like 5 or 6], and was delighted to re-engage with some of my closest friends [one guy I roomed with for 8 of the 12 years! Kinda know him better than my own brother]. Was faith a part of the bond? Sure. Depth of relationships during school years was also a part.

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    marilynnbyerly  5 days ago

    I went to my 10th. I was feeling bad about myself being surrounded by married people with kids. After more than one story about the first marriage to an abusive drunk and the second to a cheater, I decided that being single with three college degrees was pretty dang good.

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    MarkKahler  5 days ago

    Thinking about high school (Class of 1980) makes me wish I’d have been HOME SCHOOLED!!

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    kunddog  5 days ago

    never wanted to see my high school reunion. I would love to see the people I grew up with in the army. but that’s a dream some didn’t make it and lot are now gone.

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    zeexenon  5 days ago

    My 81 older brother says his are now every 5 years. You should see the beautiful car he just bought, and he’s almost mastered his Smartphone, and his new wife is gorgeous.

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    circleM  5 days ago

    Went to my 10 year in 1988 and haven’t been since. One fool rented a Ferrari and claimed it was his.

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    Old Guy  5 days ago

    I only went to one reunion – my 20th. We had name tags with our senior picture on it, which was either convenient or cruel. Half the people said they would recognize me anywhere and the other half said they wouldn’t have recognized me if they walked past me on the street. When they announced the winner for who had changed the most, it was the guy who had a sex change operation to become a woman.

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    WCraft Premium Member 5 days ago

    Lots of interesting comment here today. Also thanks for the reminder to get an impressive car…

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    Eric S   5 days ago

    I drove the best car because I drove some of them out of there in an Uber.

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    JustMe  5 days ago

    people actually still care about high school….after high school? Never got invited to one and didn’t care to either. Only keep up with one person but those kind of friends are extremely rare. I count myself lucky to have found a friend like that.

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    flying spaghetti monster  5 days ago

    I find people stories about how they won the game or screwed the cheerleader kind of boring rather hear about the here and now.

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    1MadHat Premium Member 5 days ago

    Did something different for my 10th. Rode my paid-for motorcycle (my only transportation) to it. In the rain, of course. Just so they knew I was still weird. Worked.

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    Concretionist  5 days ago

    I have two friends from high school on FB, and one other friend from that era that I knew from a non-school setting. That’s about right, remembering my time there, then.

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    eddi_tbh  5 days ago

    There were so few reasons to go to a reunion.

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    salmon43  5 days ago

    I never went to one, including the 50 year event. Then, they decided to have a reunion 2 years after that when everyone was 70 years old. It was a wake up call for me, because by then 15% of the class had died. I went and had a good time, but I didn’t go back for the celebration of the 75th year birthdays. I guess my curiosity and interest was satisfied. I say, go to one if you’re interested, but it’s no big deal.

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    dlaemmerhirt999  5 days ago

    I was nerdy wallpaper in both high school and at college; I have no reason to attend either.

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    salakfarm Premium Member 5 days ago

    At my 50th H.S. Reunion in Annandale, VA in 2008, it was ME, driving my 2-week-old Nissan GT-R.

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    Bicycle Dude  5 days ago

    After my first and only 10 year reunion I was so discussed with the behavior of my prior classmates I’ve skipped the rest.

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    Sisyphos  4 days ago

    Yes! Yes! Yes! A thousand times “yes,” Old Man!

    Wait a minute. What school is this?

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    JoeMartinFan Premium Member 4 days ago

    I’m with the comic strip character Ziggy on this one: “I don’t live in the past, but it sure is a nice place to visit!”We don’t throw national and world history out the window, so I see no reason to throw my personal history out the window. If something from my past brings a smile to my face, why should I ignore it? I can look back, look to the future, and enjoy the present. It’s not that hard. Of course, depending on your experiences, your results may vary…

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    JoeMartinFan Premium Member 4 days ago

    By the way, I drive a 2005 Honda CR-V, it still runs great, and I haven’t had a car payment in almost 10 years. I’d say that’s pretty impressive!

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    onceaweekreader Premium Member 3 days ago

    Went to the 10 year. Never heard if there was another. Don’t care.

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