The PHS Class of 1988 Twenty Year Reunion (from 2008)
Story by Jayson Dodge
I enjoyed my ten year high school reunion so much, it was time for
another one. It's been ten years since the last reunion. I couldn't wait to see
everybody there again. Here's what happened:
Day 1 - Friday
The informal social gathering took place on a Friday evening at the
Prairie Bar & Grill in Brush Prairie, a couple of miles from the PHS campus.
About 70 or so of my classmates showed up, many of them I have not seen since high
school. There was socializing, some dancing (along with a live band) and even a
few tears shed. I have heard about this place, but never been there before.
This is only the beginning of a fun-filled three day weekend with memories to
share and time for catching up.
Day 2 - Saturday
The classmates and their spouses enjoyed a buffet dinner of Pacific
Northwest cuisine at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel. A DJ was
there playing music from the 70s, 80s, 90s and the present day. Door prizes were
handed out. We also gathered around for a class picture along the stairway by the
front desk of the hotel (framed and hanging on my wall). It was another fun-filled
night, and everyone was having a great time.
Day 3 - Sunday
It turned out to be a pleasant Sunday afternoon for the picnic at
Blue Lake Park. I got a chance to talk to more classmates and saw some of their
kids. Everyone enjoyed some hot dogs, chips and soft drinks. I realized I forgot
the charcoal and matches, but luckily there was a Fred Meyer store only a couple
of miles from the park. With the receipt from the gate admission, I did not have
to pay again. There were lots of activities for the kids, so they were not bored
at all. It was another great day.
It was great seeing everyone there. I was disappointed for those
who didn't make it. Many had other commitments with family and friends that were
scheduled well before the reunion. Now with the convenience of modern technology
such as cell phones and the internet, it is much easier to get in touch with our
classmates. We'll get to see each other again when we have another reunion in five
or ten years (or even sooner with informal gatherings).
Some of the classmates from the Friday gathering.
Dinner at the Portland Marriott..
Everyone gathering for a class picture.
A Sunday picnic in the park.
Getting the grill ready.