Combined Ages: 396

November 4

At the time we’re stuck in it, like hostages locked in a Turkish bath, high school seems the most serious business in the world to just about all of us. It’s not until the second or third class reunion that we start realizing how absurd the whole thing was. ~ Stephen King

[This was the second week of Merill’s 100th birthday celebration. Here the Boys of ’65, with spouses, went to lunch in what was obviously a lovely late October day in Minnesota. (Photo by Tom’s (far right) wife Pam at Lure Lakebar.)]

This dress exacerbates the genetic betrayal that is my legacy. ~ Janeane Garofalo

October 30

[OK, let’s let everyone in on the picture, with Mayo & Linda, Bradley, me & Ruthie, Merill & Tom (also by Pam) . . . ]

[Waiting for food at Lure Lakebar . . . ]

There is no such thing as fun for the whole family. ~ Jerry Steinfeld

[Why yes, we all did a big kick out of Mayo’s big weenie . . . ]

[Looking good at 100! (Well his birthday was actually a couple days later on November 2.)]

Without a reunion, the Eagles are forever young, like James Dean. ~ Glenn Frey

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

[Pam gets to be in the photo . . . ]

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day. ~ A. A. Milne

Stand firm in your refusal to remain conscious during algebra. In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra. ~ Fran Lebowitz

[And then the tour group moved on to Carlos Creek Winery . . . ]

[We were there for a little outdoor music with Elsa Lee. I told everyone to dress for a football game. Although the temperature was actually in the low 50’s, it grew cloudy with a stiff wind out of the northwest . . . ]

[Nevertheless, smiles were coaxed . . . ]

[With the aforementioned Elsa Lee, Ruthie always puts bread in her jar when she sings Elton John’s “Border Song”. We were joined in the foreground by fellow music aficionado Deb . . .]

If at first you don’t succeed then skydiving definitely isn’t for you. ~ Steven Wright

[Mayo was perfectly positioned to be asked to shoot group photos . . . ]

[So, I may as well shoot them . . . ]

I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers. ~ Woody Allen

[Then the coven arrived . . . ]

[I believe they had already tapped into a watch’s brew . . . ]

[And Mayo was once again called in to perform photographic duties . . . ]

The trouble with class reunions is that old flames have become even older. ~ Doug Larson

If you’re too open-minded; your brains will fall out. ~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti

[“How would you like to buy this 1954 low-mileage Studebaker from me?”]

[And upclose with Elsa . . . ]

[The “bandstand” had heaters and windbreaks which a piano player appreciates . . . ]

Many people have asked me why there are three pedals in these grand pianos. Well the pedal in the middle is there to separate the two other pedals. ~  Victor Borge

Over the piano was printed a notice: ‘Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best’. ~  Oscar Wilde

[More people have joined the party; Ruthie positions them accordingly . . . ]

Musical compositions, it should be remembered, do not inhabit certain countries, certain museums, like paintings and statues. The Mozart Quintet is not shut up in Salzburg: I have it in my pocket. ~  Henri Rabaud

The piano ain’t got no wrong notes. ~  Thelonious Monk

I always make sure that the lid over the keyboard is open before I start to play. ~  Artur Schnabel

[No, really, 50 degrees can be quite chilly . . . ]

Education can get you the only thing that really matters in today’s world – an assigned parking space. ~ Gene Perret

Ruthie was also having a full day behind the camera. The next series is hers . . .

Some students drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle. ~ E.C. McKenzie

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. ~ Will Durant

The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so. ~ Gore Vidal

[Dave and Karin were also Class of ’65ers, but not in Alex. Dave was in Alex from 7th – 9th grades, and remembers a guy named Deleski . . . ]

[Flush with cash from the sale of the Studebaker, they were ready to par-tay . . . ]

[Joined by two more Class of 65ers, John & Helen on the left (like Karin, Twin Cities grads), and Paul & Deb . . . ]

Figures tell us there are already more people on earth than we need to move even the heaviest piano. ~ Woody Allen

When you play, never mind who listens to you. ~ Robert Schumann

The music is not in the notes, but in the silence in between. ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A football team is like a piano. You need eight men to carry it and three who can play the damn thing. ~ Bill Shankly

Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings. ~ Robert Benchley

Playing the trumpet and piano took practice. I thought that was a waste of time. I’d go out on the street corner and be funny. In a minute. ~ George Carlin

OK, I’ll finish up with Elsa . . .

Maybe one day I can have a reunion with myself. ~ Sebastian Bach

Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny. ~ Stephen Hawking

I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don’t even invite me. ~ Dave Barry

Up Next: Elsa’s at the winery again this weekend . . .

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