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Slice: Bumping Into Old Classmates

There are certain advantages to having lived in different parts of the country. For one thing, it encourages you to assess people one at a time and not rely on simple-minded regional stereotypes. This is helpful, for instance, when one starts to suspect that everyone in Idaho is nuts. Still, those of us who did not grow up in the Spokane area definitely miss out on something. We never bump into our grade school classmates. That might not sound like a big deal. But in a way, it is. I have a friend, Jeri Hershberger, who occasionally sends me a note when I mention someone she knew at Wilson Elementary back in the day. She still crosses paths with some of her old milk-money pals. And I am so jealous/Paul Turner, SR. More here.

Question: Do you still bump into elementary or high school classmates? Is it a good or bad experience?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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