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Class Reunion!

I have six weeks to lose fifty pounds and get a major face lift.  Yes, it's coming up. 

It's not just a class reunion, it's a "0" year class reunion.

So sweetie and I are planning a "Two for the Road" thing - not in my comfortable Lexus with a giant trunk and lots of room and a navigation system, but in his adorable little 2-seater with a trunk barely large enough to hold two little bitty suitcases. Well, his car does get better mileage.

We're planning our route, trying to avoid aiming the car down I-70, which leads right from here to Topeka.  Yes, Topeka, Kansas.  The town I ran away from to New York City, where I began my big life adventure.

I graduated from Topeka High School, a member of an amazing class of kids. 

Like there was about a seven-way tie for class valedictorian, which included most of the cheerleaders and the co-captains of the football and basketball team.   There were a lot of great kids who grew into great adults.

We have a web site where we're posting photos and videos.  And those of us who have real estate licenses seem to be putting up the most stuff.  Could it be that Realtors® have a leg up on this stuff?

Meanwhile, I found an old photo of me in my band uniform.  Yes, I was a band geek, the piccolo virtuoso who played the Stars and Stripes Forever obbligato with the marching band at half time at all of the football games. 

Tomorrow morning, I'm hitting the gym.  I am really vain.  I need to lose a bunch.  Maybe I need a trainer.

Wait.  I need a real estate trainer!  Is it better to show up thin or rich?

Comment balloon 28 commentsPatricia Kennedy • August 02 2011 11:39PM


Do both!  Lose the 50 and show up Rich!

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) about 9 years ago


I love to go back to my old school. There is nothing like a reunion. Last year, my school celebrated it's 50th year of existence, with teachers, principals and schoool workers showing up. Who says you can't go home again. Have a great time

Posted by Scott Hayes, Realty Austin, Broker Associate ((512) 786-8300) about 9 years ago


Yikes. That's a scary thought, in a number of ways.

Never did the class reunion thing abnd no intentions of starting. Enjoy, though - I'm rooting for you on all counts!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) about 9 years ago

patricia- good luck losing 50 pounds in 6 weeks, but I sure can gain 15 pounds.

Very cool photo.

have fun in Topeka

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) about 9 years ago


This year would have been my 40th, but I haven't seen the gang since June of 1971. Wow, can iyt possibly be that long?

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 9 years ago

Pat just go the way you are and have fun.  I helped to organize my 35th reunion last year.  We spent 2 years planning it and it was so worth it.  We did the website also and we have kept it active and old classmates are still joining.

I have reconnected with many people from the past and have even had 4 real estate deals that have come from the reunion.

We now regularly have pub nights for those who still live in the area.  You will have a blast.

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Pat --- did Aristotle  Onassis say --- you can never be too rich, too thin or too tan?   Hmm, maybe it was George Hamilton.  So go, have fun, be yourself and be FABULOUS!

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 9 years ago

Oh what fun. A road trip and a reunion. Aim for 10lbs and you will feel so much better.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Oh I need to lose some weight, too.  At least you have a good incentive.  Remember...all you guys are the same I'm sure you'e not alone.  Cool abt the piccolo.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 9 years ago

It's better to simply show up, no matter what!

My 40th is this October in Bethesda.  Hard to believe...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Good morning Pat,

I love it! I'm with must show up no matter what! Who cares what George Hamilton or Aristole Onassis said!! 6 weeks and counting!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) about 9 years ago

So proud of you for showing up.  You will be successful, funny, kind....who needs thin?!  Besides when you go back you will discover thin is relative, or at least it was at my reunion.  I love that your class has a website going.  Great idea for others planning a great reunion.

Posted by Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia (Real Living Cornerstone) about 9 years ago

Rich, thin and tan?  The rich part maybe!  But today it's pretty clear that you can be too thin and too tan.  Neither of those things are a problem for me, however!  And it's going to be pure fun.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Hi Pat!    Always love a road trip with a reason.   Have a blast!  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 9 years ago

Class Reunions are fun and somewhat scary at the same time.  Hoping that there's way more of the fun part in this one for you!  Have a wonderful time. :)

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Pat, I vote for rich......anyone can forgive a fat rich person.  But, a thin, poor one only gets the pity.  Have fun!!!

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) about 9 years ago

Class reunion? God, I couldn't WAIT to get OUT of high school and away from everyone there - by my senior year most of my friends were already in college -I never did the reunion thing and can't even imagine seeing those people again - besides, a large portion are probably already dead - it will be a 50 year reunion if they do it in 2016 - that IS a long time!!!!

Hope you have fun, take plenty of photos to share and WHY do you want to drop pounds unless it is for health? You look fantastic just as you are! Remember, I have met you a couple of times and it isn't photos I am relating to! You don't need to drop an ounce Pat!


Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 9 years ago

 They will love seeing you, just you. Have am awesome time!


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 9 years ago


That is just too unhealthy to lose weight thT FAST. jUST ENJOY LIFE.

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) about 9 years ago

Pat ~ I say just show up and have fun.  The guys seem to change the most.  They all loose their hair!

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) about 9 years ago

the gym will make you sore and the trainer may make you throw up dont do it PAT

oh and its true you look thinner with a tan but  if you get a spray tan  then dont forget to bleach your teeth too people will be looking at your tan and bright teeth  LOL  Somehow I think you will be more sophisticated than the Topeka crowd...not to knock KS because my Father grew up near there and went to Williamsburg High School, I have relatives all over Topeka that was the old Milliken family homestead, just visited there in May :)

Have fun that will be some roadtrip and those Kansas farmers will be eyeing that fancy little car

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty) about 9 years ago

Pat, if you can just sell "the big one" now, you still have time to get sucked and tucked! Forget the tan though... you can always have that sprayed on....

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

You wanna lose weight? Do it for..........yourself and not them. They are gonna love you being there no matter what :)

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) about 9 years ago

Patricia- You can do it!!! My husband's father lived in Topeka and "running away" is an apt description!  We'll head to Lawrence, KS for college football in the fall! 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 9 years ago

I have a personal trainer now and though I'm losing weight, I'm not sure if I went to a reunion that I would be able to dance. Ever muscle hurts!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

I have a cabbage soup recipe that does wonders for losing it for a week and you will lose weight.  

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 9 years ago

Pat...there was this time at band camp .....

Posted by John MacArthur, Licensed Maryland/DC Realtor, Metro DC Homes (Century 21 Redwood) about 9 years ago

Pat, just go healthy!  If that means your clothes fit, than that should be good enough.  Get a great hair cut.  Have fun.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) about 9 years ago