Reunion In Vegas

Posted on August 12th, 2010 by Jean

Twenty five years. That’s how much time passed between visits with my girlfriend, Wendy.
 
Twenty five years ago, I didn’t know it would be decades before I saw her again. I can’t even recall our last hurrah. Possibly drinks and dancing at Black Angus. Maybe an evening bbq at a friend’s house.
 
You might guess we reunited through FaceBook, but it was actually Flickr, where I found a recent photo of her, and MyLife (formerly Classmates dot com) where I paid $14.95 for 1 month membership and access to her contact information.
 
Not long after mailing her a letter and current family photo, my phone rang. It was Wendy!
 
♫♪♬ Reunited and it feels so good! ♫♪♬
 
Fast forward to Tuesday.
 
♫♪♬ My girlfriend’s back… ♫♪♬
 
Wendy, her husband, and her parents were spending a week in Vegas. By 11am, I was hugging my friend again after all these years! Wow, she was as gorgeous as ever. And tall! I don’t remember her being so tall. Her family was all so nice, and made me feel welcome.
 

Fashion Show Mall

Fashion Show Mall

While the men headed to the Bass Pro Shop, we ladies headed for the Fashion Show Mall. Making our way through the maze of underground parking, we scored a sweet parking spot close to one of the many entrances. Macy’s, Dillards, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, and Forever 21 called out to us, and we answered! Two hours flew by as we navigated the stores, trying on outfits here and there. Wendy scored an excellent deal at Macy’s, bagging 4 pairs of shorts and a pair of capris for $50.
 
For lunch, we drove to Tommy Bahama’s Cafe at Town Square.
 
Three Blackberry Basil Smashes, please! Actually, they said they no longer offer that cocktail, but after checking with the bartender, we were told they WOULD make them! We have a feeling they scooted over to the nearby Whole Foods for ingredients.
 
Tommy Bahamas lunch

Tommy Bahamas lunch

Wendy’s Mom and I had the fish tacos, and Wendy had chicken salad. The fish was blackened and spicy, with contrasting cool, crisp slaw on top. To the side was a deep fried tortilla bowl with plantains and sweet pineapple, coconut “pudding”.
 
Laughter and conversation flowed easily. It is amazing to pick up with dear friends right where you left off. We drank, ate, enjoyed the lovely atmosphere, and each other’s company for several hours.
 
I won’t let another 25 years slip away.
 
 
Wendy and Jean

Wendy & Jean


 
• What’s the longest you’ve gone without seeing a friend?
• Are there pictures of you on Flickr that you knew nothing about?
• Do you like flowers in your cocktail?

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32 Responses to "Reunion In Vegas"

  1. That is so cool you connected through Flickr!

    I don’t know how to navigate very well to find people. I just need to spend more time there. 🙂

    I love your recap reunion and the cute, cute, cute pic at the end. Cheers!!

    That is awesome.

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    Jean Has Been Shopping Reply:

    I couldn’t believe it either, Angelia. I haven’t been a long time user of Flickr, but it saved the day.
    Thank you so much! I’m still on cloud 9.

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  2. Oh, and it was 20years before I saw one of my best friends from high school at our reunion last summer.
    🙂

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    Jean Has Been Shopping Reply:

    20 years! Can you believe it? Isn’t it like old times?

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  3. Its been about 10 years since I’ve seen a few friends. We visited a few people when we’d go “home” for Christmas. But, its been awhile since I’ve gone “home” for Christmas. Well, “home” moved here in 2005… Mom did I should say. And, I just don’t remember seeing anyone for a few of the Christmas I did go home prior to that.

    As for pictures….. Yes, I am… Well, I’ll keep the former title to myself. But when I google it, I find myself out there…… and I laugh everytime. The baby girl was EMBARRASSED to find out she was out there too as her former beauty queen titles. *snickers* Yes, I am a pageant mom and winner…. *blushes*

    Great write as always, Jean..

    *HUGS* C B

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    Jean Has Been Shopping Reply:

    Hi Cee! Thanks for swinging by today.
    That is wonderful that now home is home! I’ll bet the former beauty queen pics are gorgeous!

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  4. How fun!
    Ive been spending a lot of time with one of my first Phoenix friends Cindy lately!
    Ive been planning a blog on it because our lives have always gone this way & that, but we always pick up like it was 30 years ago…

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    Jean Has Been Shopping Reply:

    Lisa, I’d love to see you blog again!
    How fun to spend time with Cindy. You’re so lucky. Sounds like you ladies live near each other.

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  5. Glad you hooked back up. Sadly I haven’t seen some friends in years but Facebook has helped me get back in touch with old friends.

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    Jean Has Been Shopping Reply:

    Hi JacqRox. Thank you for your comment.
    FaceBook is so awesome! It makes connecting easy. Hopefully you’ll see some of your oldest & dearest friends soon.

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  6. Blackberry Basil Smashes! Yay! Cheers to you both. You look gorgeous and happy, and its good to see you with a friend 🙂
    Love you!

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    Jean Has Been Shopping Reply:

    Sadly, I make ’em better ~ more BASIL, more GINGER, and more BERRIES!
    Thank you, Sunny. It was wonderful to reunite, and to share the Tommy Bahamas experience with them. 🙂

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  7. This is awesome! I am so happy for you! I know the feeling because I, too, have reconnected with old friends from 20+ years ago. We reunited through facebook. I never thought to look up someone on flickr.

    Some of my reunions were flops and we didn’t reconnect well. Others went surprisingly well and we continue to keep in touch and meet for lunch. Emails are a great way to keep in touch regularly.

    Flowers in cocktails look very pretty.

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    Jean Has Been Shopping Reply:

    Thank you, Tammy! I’m so glad some of your reunions have also been hits!

    Wendy had gone to her high school reunion, and someone from her class posted the photos on Flickr. That is how I found her, under her maiden name.

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  8. Isn’t it amazing how you can find people nowadays? So cool. Seems like you guys a fantastic time!

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    Jean Has Been Shopping Reply:

    It is amazing, Gita! I feel so fortunate that we live in a technological age.
    We had so much fun, and I”m really growing fond of Tommy Bahamas. 🙂

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  9. Always great to get in touch with old friends, I should have another look on friends re-united etc !
    Glad you had a great time,
    Gareth

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    Jean Has Been Shopping Reply:

    Thanks, Gareth!
    Speaking of friends reunited, I hope you’ve heard from Jim.

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  10. The “oldest” friend I have found on Facebook was my 2nd grade best friend. That’s a looong time ago. She lives in PA and I live in AZ, so the chances of us actually getting together is slim. However, just finding her was pretty thrilling.

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    Jean Has Been Shopping Reply:

    2nd grade? Kristen, that’s a long time! I found some of my 3rd grade friends, many of whom live near each other. I do get a wee bit jealous when I see their FB updates & pics.

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  11. Look at you guys. All happy. You guys are lookin good. 🙂 I am glad that we can meet up with friends again…with help from the internet. I try to stay in touch by phone. I get toooo lazy. My friends call up and yell at me. lol 🙂 It makes the point a little louder. lol 🙂 Hope you enjoy the summer and the weekend. 🙂

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    Jean Has Been Shopping Reply:

    Thanks, Luisa!
    Hope you find time to pick up the phone and call your friends soon. LOL!
    Should be a good weekend. 10,000 participants floating down the river today. Hubby’s got a seat in a helicopter to video & photo the events.
    Enjoy your weekend too!

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  12. I’ve found friends on FB from elementary school but so far I haven’t reconnected with any of them in person. It’s been great chatting though.

    I’m so glad your experience was good. How exciting and fun for you.

    BTW, I’ve never had a fish taco and now I’m craving one.

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    Jean Has Been Shopping Reply:

    Joy, you’ve got to experience a really good fish taco! Let me know when you do. 🙂

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  13. That is so awesome that you reconnected with your friend. So happy for you!

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    Jean Has Been Shopping Reply:

    Thank you, Girl From The Ghetto!
    I’m really enjoying the book you sent me. Thank you so much for that. It’s got me in a “Prairie” state of mind.

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  14. no nothing yet??

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  15. What’s the longest you’ve gone without seeing a friend?

    I haven’t really made a friend since High School and haven’t been in contact with any of them since my first year of university. At this point, I barely remember them.

    Unlike so many others, I don’t feel the need to join Loserbook to hunt them up and numb my empty, miserable, life with a personal nostalgia coma. (NOT saying you are!)

    Besides, odds are pretty good that these past friends would just disgust me now. Most people do.

    Are there pictures of you on Flickr that you knew nothing about?

    With the Orwellian spy society that has sprung up in the last decade and the technology that enables it, I’m absolutely positive tonnes of humiliating footage of me has been captured, stored, and some of it displayed somewhere without my knowledge by one asshole or another who thinks they have a right to do whatever they want with my image.

    I was in a restaurant recently that had a camera aimed right at the Mens Room door and it could see all the way through when the door opens. I can only imagine what it catches. Another restaurant camera caught me almost barfing up soup this winter. That was pretty swell!

    Do you like flowers in your cocktail?

    While a little too “fabulous” for me, I have nothing against flowers (or fabulousness) …other than the fact that the flowers would steal space that should be devoted to more alcohol. I need as much as I can get.

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    Jean Reply:

    Oh, Sedate Me, I really should have a glass of wine.
    Thank you for not grouping me with the the others on Loserbook. LOL! I know what you mean.
    I’ll bet there are photos of you on Flickr. Who knows where media ends up. There could even be YouTube clips. No wonder you don’t wish to keep in touch with past friends.
    The restaurant camera aimed towards the bathroom seems to cross the line.
    I’ll toast you tonight with a non-floral, alcoholic beverage.

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    Sedate Me Reply:

    Thanks. From your videos, (ha! ha!) I suspect you’re just the kind of gal I’d really enjoy getting drunk with.

    Unlike most people in this exhibitionist culture, I value my privacy. I’ve told everybody I know that if they ever post pictures/video of me on the Internet, I will stick a fork in their neck and post the video on the Internet.

    Not to go off on a tangential rant (as if I’ve ever done that before!) but surveillance is probably my biggest pet peeve (aka rage trigger). It’s a constant reminder of the open contempt people have for others. I honestly can’t express to you how much I resent being constantly monitored like a common criminal. I’ve never even had a parking ticket, but even convicts in maximum security prisons aren’t watched as much as I am.

    But the idea that I need to be watched as I sit at a table in a restaurant and try to enjoy my meal takes it to a whole ‘nother level of inexcusability. I’ve actually been in 5 eateries this year that have EVERY single centimetre of floorspace monitored by cameras.

    What? Do they think I using too much fucking ketchup???

    In this sick world, only the bathrooms are left alone…or are they? Yeah, hundreds of thousands of pervs every year install their own secret cameras in bathrooms like this winner: http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-ventura-hidden-camera,0,7123104.story

    but “official” surveillance is quickly creeping into bathrooms now too.
    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/12/walmart-sued
    You, as a mom of 2(?) really cute kids (that I personally wouldn’t dare put on the Internet) you might be interested to know the following is catching on.
    http://www.infowars.com/articles/bb/camera_school_bathroom.htm
    I easily found about a dozen examples like this.

    If I did the exact same thing, I would be jailed as a child pornographer and probably killed in prison. But because they are “authorities” it’s their victims that can face jail time. It’s like jailing a rape victim.

    What’s going on in England is
    beyond appalling and North America is only about 5-10 years behind.
    http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/58896#comment-261460

    You give these Nazis a centimetre and they wind up putting computer chips in your neck, cameras up your colon and tasering you for not smiling about it. Arrrrrgh!!!!

    OK. I need to stop. Even though it’s just the short version, I’m sorry for unloading like this. I really hate even thinking about it, but it’s everywhere I go now. Boy, I really need a drink or 30…and a camera sweep of my bathroom to make sure I can pee them out in peace.

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    Jean Reply:

    Sedate Me, the invasion of privacy in bathrooms is APPALLING! (Note to readers: the links provided by Sedate Me lead to news stories.)
    If I didn’t need a drink before, now I certainly do.

    Sedate Me Reply:

    Yeah, links to news, as opposed to the links to porn I usually provide 😉

    Thanks for your sympathy. I will begin the self-medicating at 5:01 PM Eastern.

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