Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Wrap Up

Well, the bills were finally paid.  The chairs were stacked back up.  And as far as I know, everyone made it home - even Bridwell!  From the sounds of things, the reunion turned out to be a pretty good one.  I'm sure there were things that could have been done better.  Activities that could have been funner (let's just say its a word, OK...).  And there were even a few things that were said in the name of being funny that I'd love to take back.  Still, I think most folks had a good time.

There are a few things that needed wrapped up though.  Thanks are owed to the folks who donated money to help us cover the costs.  Matt Albus, Angie Hill, and Jenna Anderson all gave money via PayPal.  I also know that Kelsey Hathaway, Brock Conrad, and Crissy Brookshire all slipped in a little money the night of the event when they bought their tickets.  And a big thanks to Diane Hughes who came bearing a check to cover any final costs that weren't paid for - and more!  There were, I'm sure, a few folks who I've missed, and I apologize for that.  There were a few too many things to juggle at the reunion, so record keeping was a bit on the spotty side.

OK, so here's a little something more:  I'm really pleased to see the love out there right now.  People are "friending" folks they hadn't talked to in years.  Others spent the Sunday after the reunion catching up over breakfast.  I have no idea what happened in some of those hotel rooms, but I hope there are videos.  Pictures have been shared.  E-mails exchanged.  I like it...and I'm afraid that if we wait another ten years it will have all gone away.  So here's what I'm proposing:

Let's plan a get together sooner than ten years.  No ballrooms.  No three day events.  No meetings months in advance.  Just an old fashioned cookout in Baytown sometime next spring.  I host a crawfish party every year for 100 people or so, so this would be pretty similar.  Not quite the same learning curve as figuring out how to host a reunion.

There would be no begging for money.  Everyone would pay $10 or so.  No movie to make.  No name tags to create.  No DJ to hire.  Just a simple gathering of old friends and new.  I do have a fun idea that would take place in conjunction with the cookout, but I'll spring that on y'all closer to the event.  A $10 cookout probably won't interest a lot of the out-of-town folks (which is why we chose not to do that for the actual reunion), but it would offer a chance to keep things alive and possibly create something that we might want to do again and again.  (And out-of-towners would certainly be welcome, of course)

If this sounds like something you'd like to do, then continue to be a member of the Facebook group (or be sure to send us an updated e-mail address if you don't belong to the group.)  Also, let me know what you think by e-mailing me or posting it on Facebook.

Bottom line is that I feel lucky to have some good friends, but I could always use more.  This would be just one more chance to make a few friendships stronger, create some new memories, and...well...have a good time.  Let me know what you think. - Mike Gill  FB or

PS - If you'd like to be part of putting it on, let me know......committee members

Monday, June 27, 2011

Reunion Movie

Well until the Blu-Ray and Director's Cut editions make it onto the market, here is the original video that was shown at the reunion.  It is, by no means a stellar piece of work in that there are a few places where the music is too low or didn't match.  There is a big black spot in the middle of the credits that won't seem to go away either.  Still, for never having edited a video, I thought it wasn't too bad.  Another big thanks to those who helped film this thing, and especially to Carla who still agreed to help despite being sore from a car wreck and needing to deal with the insurance company between scenes.
To get it to fit on the blog page, I had to convert the video to quicktime format.  It's not the sharpest picture, but at least folks who didn't get to see it can find out what all the laughs were about. I'll work on figuring out how to get a better version posted somewhere.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


We just wanted to say THANK YOU to all those that came out for the mixer, reunion, and family picnic to celebrate the Class of '91! :) We had a great time seeing everyone enjoy theirselves. May your travels be safe and the blessings be adundant!
~The Reunion Committee

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Just want to let everyone know that tickets can still be purchased for tonight's reunion at the door! Cash/check only! Hope to see everyone there!
And for those that came to the mixer, thank you for making such a success! Good times were had by all!
~The Reunion Committe

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Those Who Have Passed

As one of the collectors of information for this event, I've been asked by numerous people if we are going to have a time set aside in which to honor those classmates who are no longer with us.  Your committee has spent quite a bit of time discussing this by both e-mail and face to face, but have unanimously decided to not make a spectacle.  I've already shared a lot of the fears we have in doing this on FB such as accidentally leaving someone out or seeing "favoritism" towards those who were more well known than others.  Someone asked in the survey if we would be holding a slide show to feature those who have died.  Again, the fear of having loads of photos of Classmate A and only a yearbook photo of Classmate B leaves us believing it would be best to just honor all who have died with a moment of silence before the meal.  Still, there is an understandable curiosity of "just who has died" that seems to be out there, so I'm going to share the list I have via this blog page.  (I was afraid it would be tacky to just put it out there on FB).  Please keep in mind that this is the list THAT I KNOW OF.  If you see that there is someone you know who needs to be added to this list, please contact me.  There are still more than 100 classmates who are considered "missing", so this list could be incomplete:

Cari Allen
Jason Aubey
Shelly Blake
Keith Chapman
Jeremy Clamon
Denroy Clark
Mike Cole
Jerry Cook
Mishelle Garrett
Dora Garzoria
James Guyer
Richard Hemminger
Kristi McLean
Valerie Sandlin
Cicely Wilson

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Menu for the Reunion 06-25-2011

Chips and Salsa
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Southwest Caesar Salad
Grilled Tender Beef Fajitas with Bell Peppers and Onions
Grilled Seasoned Chicken Fajitas with Bell Peppers and Onions
Warm Flour Tortillas, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole, Shredded
Cheddar Cheese and Sour Cream
Refried & Charro Beans
Mexican Style Rice
Tres Leche
Caramel Cheesecake
Freshly Brewed Iced Tea
Iced Water
Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee
Call Drinks @ $5.50 eachSky, Beefeater, Bacardi, CuttySark,
Jim Beam, Jose Cuervo Gold
Wine @ $5.50 eachCabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay,
and Sparkling
Domestic @ $4.50 eachBud Light, Budweiser, Miller Lite

Imported @ $5.00 each
Corona and Heineken

T-Minus 10 DAYS!!!

Hey '91 Rangers!
Only 10 days left until the reunion!! Tickets are still on sale. Also, you will be able to purchase tickets at the mixer at Dirty Bay on Friday, June 24, 2011, cash or check ONLY. Please make sure to contact us at if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you all there!!!