RHS 1987 Classmates
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Forest Service - Eldorado National Forest 2012-08-06 12:29:24Wow -- ok, so I'm with which ever one of you said you've just been moving the postcard around the house not paying that much attention to it since you received it. I finally took the time today after receiving Franny's email to take a look at the website and read a few posts. I may actually make my way down to Palm Springs next month now. Someone else said they had pretty fuzzy memories of high school. This is definitely the case for me. I suspect it had to do with either some of my soccer concussions or the migraine meds I was on. All the same, seeing people's pictures on the website brought back some memories and sparked my interest in re-connecting with people. After high school I went to college at the University of La Verne. After major knee surgery and retiring from soccer I switched my major from Sports Medicine to Communications (graphic arts/photojournalism). I worked for a couple of years at Deutsch in Banning as an Industrial Editor/Journalist. Eventually I returned to school in pursuit of a Master's in Psychology at CSU San Bernardino. While working on my thesis (1998) I fell into (really sort of accidentally) working as a wildland firefighter for the US Forest Service on the San Bernardino National Forest. After the first season, I was hooked. I don't think I'd ever had a job that I could come home from and say "I had SO much fun at work today." I mean seriously, "they're actually paying me for this?" An unfortunate mountain biking accident (I don't get hurt alot, but when I do I make sure it counts) separated my shoulder among other things. I fought fire for 2 more years with the help of cortisone before moving on to other things within the agency, including information, wilderness ranger, route inventory coordinator, route designation co-team leader, recreation specialist and fuels technician. I think my two favorite jobs were wildland firefighter and wilderness ranger. Presently, I'm in central/northern (depending on perspective) California near Placerville. I work on the Eldorado National Forest. I have a great life and enjoy the company of fantastic friends. I just got back from an impromptu backpacking trip in the Mokelumne Wilderness yesterday afternoon and today I'm packing to go to rafting guide school on the South Fork American River for the week. Last weekend I spent riding my Roadster with the Sierra Foothills chapter of Chrome Divas -- a fun-loving band of women motorcyclists (and their dudes). Like some others, I came out in the early '90s. It was a metamorphic experience to be sure. I really had no clue when I was in high school or college, but have a sense that if I'd known then what I know now I might have had a lot more fun! Not that I didn't have fun . . . I'm most certain that I did. If I don't make it down to the reunion, have a great time. I'd love to hear from you anyway!
janice Bodnar (ririe)
Mom Married 4 2012-08-06 12:29:02
I keep asking my husband if I'm as old as the rest of you look. He's not answering me... So in the last 20 years I served a full-time missions for the Mormon Church (1990-1992), married Brent Ririe (RHS class of '89) in 1994, graduated with my BSN in 1995, had 4 beautiful children, Megan 11, Matthew 7, Jeremy 4, and Andrew 20 mos. We're expecting our fifth around leap year 2008. We moved up to Utah in 2001 and love it up here. We frequent Redlands about once or twice a year to visit family.
Document Control Single 2012-08-06 12:29:01
Hello fellow students!
Don't ya just love the old goofy picture! Am I smiling? Not sure...
I spent 10 yrs. in San Diego beginning in 1989 then moved up to the bay area in Jan. 2000 to study music. I lived in chilly San Francisco for 5 yrs.! It's no joke that Mark Twain says the coldest winter he spent was a summer in San Francisco....
Committed Relationship 2 2012-08-06 12:28:59
Hello everyone, it is good to see everyone is doing well. I am living in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. I have two beautiful girls named Samantha age 8, and Sydney age 5. I am currently going to school at the University of Oklahoma for my BSN. I will be attending the reunion and look forward to seeing old friends.
Customer Service Supervisor Single Again 2 2012-08-06 12:28:59
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go…
So when I first received the post card of my 20 year High School Reunion my eyes rolled up in my head and I thought…Yeah. Right like I want to go to my High School reunion…if I really wanted to talk to anyone from that time I would have done so already…this quickly turned to flash backs of all that was good during that time…choices to be proud of and some not-so-much. But don’t we all have those moments? Now I am just old enough to not really give S&*% and live life on my terms. The post card served a variety of functions besides reminding me of the fact that I am now 37 and the rather routine comment oh…I was four when you graduated. Something kept me from tossing it out in the recycle bin…like I am really gonna go.
Today I loaded my 10 year old on plane to Ontario International Airport to spend some quality time with Gran and my 4 year old off to see her dad—can you say Mommy time? Yes! Though I must admit I am insanely jealous of the fact that SHE, aforementioned 10 year old, gets to consume amazing Mexican food of which she really has no conception of how flipping good it is! Two things I miss about Redlands? Mexican Food and the beach. Though Seattle is fantastic Taco Time and Azteca just can’t compete with Rosa Maria’s. In fact when I was pregnant, I ordered 12 Chile verde with Cheese burritos and had them flown up here overnight. Extravagant? Yes. Worth every morsel? Yes. Guilt? None.
While the house was quiet and I finally got a moment to clean out a few things I stumbled on the darn reunion postcard again. Well, I could at least check out the web page I told myself…and so I did. Half expecting to hear some cheesy 80’s music but thankfully given the option to just say no...I clicked 87’classmates. Lo and behold Shannon Dudding! Shannon played flute in band and I had my way with the tall flag…but we shared an extra crispy center chicken breast daily at the KFC. Crystal clear… it was just yesterday and it was lunch time as we all piled out of the parking lot in our Nova’s or 80’s car of choice. We were so cool then. So full of ourselves and Dynasty hair. How many of you have some obscure memory that pops up from time to time that just makes you take a moment to just say wow. Yes! I remember that as if it was yesterday. And isn’t that what High school reunions are supposed to be about?
How many of us many have married, divorced, had kids, gotten and lost dream jobs…
” You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know. You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.”
Nothing was as simple as it was then when we were all excited about the unknown and afraid of absolutely nothing.
Remember that graduation day? Someone read us “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. And when I read words now, I am moved as I was just 20 years ago…though the words are weighted…so much more meaning now than so many years ago.
So maybe your life has taken twists and turns you never expected…it’s your life, our lives and we are now in our Prime! Prime people! We all have cars, money, and hopefully have a glimpse of what it means to be truly happy…
Once again it’s our day! We are poised to light the future on fire…
“So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!”
Yes…I just might actually go to the reunion resisting with every inch of my body the impulse to perm and wear my bangs 5 inches off the top of my head…I will dance to Bon Jovi and cry to The Cure…but know that I am there in this moment for me. All this from a postcard…a friendly reminder that’s it’s been 20 years…
So here’s to Thurman Flats, The Point, and KFC…a glimpse of the past on the way to the future…
Oh the places we’ll go…at least to Palm Desert…
Vodka Maker and Writer www.modernspiritsvodka.com Married 2012-08-06 12:28:26Am I the only one that can't remember much about high school? It could be the breadth and width of experiences since then that make RHS fade away...or Alzheimer's.
What have I been up to? After RHS, I studied Poli Sci and Economics at UCR. During my last year, I lived in France. Didn't want to leave, but eventually, I made my way back to California -- to graduate journalism school at USC. I held down a corporate gig for a few years and went back to France -- to cooking school. I'm a cooking school dropout.
In 2004, my husband (whom I met in grad school) and I started making artisan spirits. Modern Spirits vodkas can now be found in 12 states. The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times, Saveur, Bon Appetit and even Maxim have said some very nice things. It's been a very cool experience (bitchin' as someone wrote in my yearbook). Check it out at www.modernspiritsvodka.com. And for God's sake, support a fellow Terrier and go buy some vodka.
On the side, I'm a freelance journalist. I write about food, travel and whatever else someone pays me to write. Check out some of my work at www.writerati.com. Hope this is the year I can start on my novel.
I won't be at the reunion but please stay in touch!
michelle thomas (thomas de mercado)
Donna di casa Married 2 2012-08-06 12:28:26
Loved seeing all of you on Friday night!
Tech Single 2 2012-08-06 12:28:26
Kristy McCoy (Burkhart)
Technical assistant Married 3 2012-08-06 12:28:26
20 years has gone so fast ! I'm not sure if i will be at the reunion I have family coming in from out of town but I have had a great time reading about everyone. I have 3 kids Kyle who is 11, Kody, he is 8 and my daughter Daylie who is 7. They keep us very busy! I work part-time at a utility contract company and I love my job. I hope to see you all soon.
Angie Vinhateiro (Gregory)
Business Owner/ Part time Hairdresser Married 2 2012-08-06 12:26:04
Wow, I can't believe 20 years has flown by, it's been great. I've been married to Carl Gregory for the past 16 years. We have 2 beautiful daughters Ashley (10) and Emiley (2). We love to travel to the beach house in Carlsbad, and camping in our motor home, spending time with family and friends and our pets. I love being a mom and being involved at Ashley's School, Redlands Christian and all her sports activities.Can't wait to see everyone! By for now.....
Michele Shattwell (Rendino)
Mom/MOPS Mentor/ Passion Consultant//Wedding Cordinator Married 1 2012-08-06 12:26:04No way, it's been 20 years! I enjoyed reading what's been happening in all your lives. I've been married for 13 years and we've been blessed with Malcam; our 11 year old Mr. Personality child! I have many titles but the most rewarding is being a mother. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion. P.S. Angie Gregory and I are still best friends!....
Married 2012-08-06 12:26:04Had waaay to much fun at the 10 year, let's hope this one is just as great!!
Oh yeah, and invented Post-Its!
Diane Gonzales (Hirsch)
Stay At Home Mom Married 3 2012-08-06 12:26:04
Just looking at this website brings back such great memories! It's funny to think that my kids may be making their own lifelong friends right now. I've been married for 14 years to my college sweetheart Charles. We live in Burbank with our 7 year old son, Alexander, and 3 year old boy/girl twins, Ryan and Kaylee. I'm a stay at home mom and I stay very busy! I volunteer with the kids' schools and keep busy keeping track of all their activities! Our favorite thing is to get away and go trailer camping. Boy have times changed!
Julie Drew (Ellis)
Floral & Event Designer Married 2012-08-06 12:26:04
So great to see how well everyone is doing! Certainly doesn’t FEEL like 20 years... I graduated from CSUSB in 1991 and have been married to my wonderful husband Greg (‘86) since 1994-we met in P.E. class! We moved to Los Angeles where Greg pursued his law degree and I worked in higher education. After his graduation we were ready for a change and left California to travel. My varied resume includes a bit of everything from wilderness canoe outfitter to human resources director. We are now preparing for our next adventure and living in Redlands temporarily as we await our eventual move to North County. The timing is great as I’m excited to see everyone in July!
Paige Garner (Hamtil)
Division Director - Finance, Contracts & Procurement Married 2012-08-06 12:26:04Just as everyone else has said, "WOW!" I can't believe that it's been 20 years... It's been fun reading what everyone has been up to and seeing old/new pictures! Thanks, Meredith, for this great website. Well, after high school, I didn't know what I wanted to be, so I worked a bunch of different jobs - Interior Designer, Executive Assistant, Buyer, etc.. I now work for the County of Riverside as the Division Director over finance, contracts & procurement. It's a lot of work, but a lot of fun, too. In 1990, I rededicated my life to the Lord and couldn't have dreamed of what He'd do in my life! :) I'm so thankful that He gives 2nd chances and that we're not predestined by what we were in high school. :) (Jeremiah 29:11) In 1998, I married my best friend, Scott, and we've enjoyed the last 9 years traveling (Hawaii is our favorite place), doing house projects, spending time with family and friends and helping out with different ministries. We don't have any children, but enjoy spoiling our adopted nieces & nephews. :) [This pic is of my sister and I...talk about feeling old - she hadn't even started kindergarten when we graduated!]
Sylvia Lopez (Bounds)
Manager Married 4 2012-08-06 12:26:04I live in Arizona, am married with 4 amazing children (even the teenagers). I've spent the last 20 years raising my children and working off and on. My oldest daughter Jessica is in her 2nd year of college. Wow! Elizabeth is a Senior in high school, and Paul is a Sophmore in high school and my youngest, Johnny is 11. I've been married for 17 years to a great father and husband. I've really been blessed. See ya in July.
MICHELLE Bridges (GAROFOLO)
BUSINESS OWNER architecturalcolors.com Married 1 2012-08-06 12:26:04
Hello all !! I can't believe our 25th is this year. My son turns 5 also so its a great year to celebrate.
Kelly Sherman (Westerfield)
Stay at home Mom Married 4 2012-08-06 12:26:03It has been nice reading about everyone. It sounds like you are all doing well. After high school, I graduated from the University of Redlands (91) and became an elementary school teacher. After five years, I stopped working so I could raise my own family. I married Michael Westerfield (Class of 86) and we have been married for 16 years. We have two boys (8 & 14) and two girls (6 & 11) and live in Redlands. They keep me very busy. I Look forward to seeing everyone in July!
Kathryn Pace (Sinske)
Librarian Married 2 2012-08-06 12:26:03
Sales Married 4 2012-08-06 12:24:31
This site is too much fun!!! I have always felt fortunate to have grown up in Redlands. Its amaizing to see so many friends that I went to elementary, junior high, and high school with. I can't wait for the reunion.