Do you live where you went to high school?

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty

Yesterday I took my daughter to the doctor to get one of those required sports physicals to participate in school sports. I walked into the waiting room and sitting in one of the seats was a familiar face..

I immediatly stated that she looked familiar and after two questions we nailed it. We graduated from the same class!

I was able to establish that she had lived in thev Bellingham area yet hadn't recieved an invitation to our reunion. I just happened to be on the reunion committee and now have her information and it is all entered in our website.


We talked a bit and I found out a little about her and am jazzed that she will be included in our next function.

I remember when we were gathering names and information that many of the classmates live in or around Bellingham let alone the Northwest in general. We live in an amazing place that everyone comes back to!

Later my daughter commented on how I could recognize someone after 20+ years. I said, I don't know I just had a feeling and boy I'm glad I did. She can now be informed when classmates are getting together!

Both of my girls are also attending Sehome High so they will hopefully carry on the tradition of getting people together



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Katharine Carey
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Jen Ran- Its always fun when you go back. It even smells the same!

Sean Allen- names are hard to remember, there is a book I read that gives tricks on how to retain. something I need to read again:)

Peter- Don't let that stop you from getting everyone together! It's a blast!

Aug 06, 2008 07:56 AM #5
Dale Terry
Yadkinville, NC

That is a great story, now if she will only buy a home from you it would be perfect.  You never know when something like that will happen!

Aug 06, 2008 08:03 AM #6
Tony Sena
Shelter Realty, Inc - Henderson, NV
Broker/Property Manager

I live 10 minutes away from where I graduated high school.  I missed my 10 year high school reunion due to my job at the time, SWAT Callout, nothing I could do.  Hopefully I will make my 20 year reunion which will be in about 6 years :)

Aug 06, 2008 08:10 AM #7
Jimmy McCall - Cunningham, TN
The Ex-Mortgage Consultant


I am still local and were are celebrating our 20th reunion next month.  However, a lot of my class mates have moved away.  I do live in a military town.  So, I contribute that to some of it.

Aug 06, 2008 08:28 AM #8
Tim Hawkins
Remax Realty Pros - Pell City, AL
Realtor Pell City, Pell City Real Estate

I live 700 miles from my hometown, my wife will complain about bumping into everyone she knows, but I haven't done it in 7 years

Aug 06, 2008 08:31 AM #9
Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate

Katharine - I live very close to my old highschool.  I am pretty good at recognizing old classmates, for some reason.  No one usually recognizes me, though.  I think it's because I used to wear glasses...  :)

Aug 06, 2008 08:59 AM #10
Robert L. Brown - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

Nice story. I remember when i went back home to the Virgin Islands it was weird because i could look into the eyes of someone and recognize then right away and it had been years since i was there. I think it's time to go back there soon (Virgin Islands).

Aug 06, 2008 09:08 AM #11
Kathleen Brooke
Pic Properties - Olathe, KS

Oh my, I am glad I am not in my home town of 299.  I love to go visit my home that I grew up in, but I could never live there. 

Aug 06, 2008 02:56 PM #12
Katharine Carey
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Thank you to all that have replied with such wonder comments. I will be traveling today so I will reply to everyone individually when I have a larger span of time! Love you all,


Aug 07, 2008 02:43 AM #13
Peter Nikic
Broad & Bailey Realty LLC - Valhalla, NY

Katharine, I also wanted to mention that I run into a lot of people who grew up and went to HS where I currently live. Unfortunately, many of them tell me that they would love to live in the town where they grew up, but just can't afford it. that's too bad. besides the high prices of RE, I'm not sure what other obstacles would have gotten in their way.

Aug 07, 2008 03:04 AM #14
Marci Toliver
438-4642 - Mauldin, SC
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging

I love when this kind of thing happens!  I have gained a few pounds since high school and it amazes me when people say - Marci Toliver? 

Aug 07, 2008 04:42 AM #15
Katharine Carey
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Tony- From SWAT to a realtor, man I bet you have some stories to tell..

Jimmy- I would have to say my 20th was really the best, everyone had a wonderful time and were past proving themselves to each other:)

Tim- I hope you have the chance to go home and bump into a few classmates, as for your wife, maybe she could introduce you to all of hers :)

Debi- I will never forget the 10 year reunion, one of my classmates who wasn't noticed in high school was drop dead gorgeous and all the guys had their tongues on the floor. She was a very special person in my daughters life and passed away due to breast cancer. 

Aug 09, 2008 07:10 AM #16
Katharine Carey
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Robert- Sounds like it's a good time to visit back home. I bet many would like to stuff themselves into your suitcase. 

Kathleen- For some it is not as rewarding as for others.  How about college?

Peter- I think that is the hardest part, seeing those that you went to school with struggle, and your wish for them is to have a comfortable place to live.

It is about compassion and helping others with the tools to realize their dream.

Marci- I think most of us have put on a few by the time the 20th rolls around. Unless your a movie star with a personal trainer:)  

Aug 09, 2008 07:23 AM #17
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

I recently connected with a college friend through our Alumni Assoc., and found out he lives here in Houston, we plan on getting together soon, can't wait, it's been 25 years!

Aug 10, 2008 03:21 PM #18
Freddy Solis
Carrington Real Estate Services - Fairfax, VA
Your Real Estate Coach

Great story, I live very close to my high school and often pass by as I travel to see my brother, brings back some very fun memories.

Aug 10, 2008 03:30 PM #19
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

Hello Agent Carey,

I left as fast as I could. Great memories & lots of friends, but had to get the heck out!

Aug 11, 2008 03:24 PM #20
Brooke Shepherd
Keller Williams Partners - Colorado Springs, CO
Speak With Honesty~Act with Integrity

Yep, I live in the same city as I graduated from.  My kids are in the same school district too.  It is alot of fun running into classmates.  We are all reconnecting on Facebook w/ a reunion page on there. 

Aug 11, 2008 03:29 PM #21
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

It's been a pretty drastic change for me -- from the snowy winters of Wisconsin to the desert heat of southern Nevada. Always fun to run into someone from UNLV and see where life has taken us since college days.

Aug 11, 2008 03:37 PM #22
Katharine Carey
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Cindy- Wonderful, hope you have a great time! 25 years is a long time

Freddy- Sounds like a great opportunity!

Greg- Thanks for stopping by King Nino. I pegged you for someone who would have stayed other than college. 

Aug 12, 2008 08:10 PM #23
Katharine Carey
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Brooke- Great idea about Facebook, we created a website that you plug in all your photos etc. and I have thought about linking it to Facebook, myspace etc. Brookebut haven't taken the time.

John- Wow that is quite a difference, but just think of all the money your saving on winter gear:)

Aug 12, 2008 08:16 PM #24
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