Sadly, I missed the Edmonton Concordia
Grad '85 reunion held in July 2005. I was teaching and living in Korea, and
travelling 8,300 km for a weekend was impossible. If the reunion were only
three weeks later I would have been there anyway as I was getting married in Edmonton. Que es la vida. The best thing I can do instead is to connect
to other alumni with this page and with Facebook, in the hope that you will see some fun memories
on it. I think about the people I went to Concordia with often and encourage people to message me. Hopefully we don't have to think in multiples of twenty years the next time we have reunions.
There is no Concordia High School anymore, and to me the Concordia University of Edmonton which remains is a colder institution than it was in the days when we barely needed ID cards because everyone knew who you were anyway; typically, no one asked for input on the reunion date. But for the people who were there in the 80's, there is still a bond and a connection.
For those who don't know, Bruce Braham passed away in October 2006. He joins Shonda Jardine (d. 2003) and Deb Hagglund (d. 1987) as deceased alumni. My continuing condolences to their families and my hopes that I won't have to add to this list anytime soon.
As far as I remember, in 1985 in Edmonton
there were no Burger Kings, Wendy's, Taco Bells, video rental stores,
software stores, Wal-Marts, Future Shops, Subways, Imax theatres, Buffalo
wings, computer mice, E-mail or internet services, Twitter, SNS, bank machines, direct payment machines,
home shopping channels, computer viruses, compact discs, gameboys, Mp3
players, DVDs, smartphones, or digital cameras. Feeling old yet?
And then one day you
find, ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run... you missed the starting gun. (Pink Floyd)
What have I been up to for 30 years?
After high school I worked in a camera store for two years
and then returned to Concordia. During that time
I joined the choir, stayed in dorm, played drums in a rock band, and
earned a highly employable BA in English. In the early 90s I volunteered in Hawaii
as a clerk for a missionary organization and attended grad school
in Montana. In the late 90s I went to Memorial
University in Newfoundland, where I majored in alcohol and chasing women
and graduated with an MA in Old English. In 2002 I taught
in Mexico for a year and then moved to Korea, where I
taught teachers and committed marriage. I completed a PhD program at UNLV in Las Vegas, and in 2009 I took a position as English professor in Daegu, Korea, moving to Hanyang University in Ansan, Korea in 2014. We have one daughter. I don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
Now what am I
going to do with my box of hoarded Rock into Guinness buttons?