Here’s a hard one for me to take in: it was twenty years ago this summer that I graduated from Sunset High School out in Beaverton. This weekend is our reunion and tonight Liz and I had the chance to gather with several Sunset alum and their partners for a “pre-union” get together. One of the great joys in my life is that I’ve been able to stay in such close contact with so many friends from high school and before – people like Heather, Jon, Larisa, Erik, Jani, Kate, Michelle and others I’m blanking out on right now because it is late. Every high school has problems and growing up in the suburbs in the 80s wasn’t always the easiest thing to do but we were so amazingly fortunate to attend a well funded public school that offered a full array of programs. Without teachers like Bill Pressly and Jim Barlow – now two dear friends – I would have been lost as a teenager. Looking back after twenty years it is clear to me how fortunate we all were to be in a community that could afford to fund their public schools. Every child deserves what we had growing up. Now this nearly middle aged man – who looks so young in this picture – has to go to bed to save up some energy for tomorrow night.