So yesterday night I crashed my own 10-year high school reunion and what I realized is I saw how much geekiness was still in these people. That yeah, it's not because they aren't nice people, it's just that they grew up from NYC so there's no polite warmth which isn't helped by a sense of dork factor. I felt out of place not because I didn't know anyone, but because I just thought I was different. Ironically I joked that I've been the same.
I met two people I don't remember at all, whom my gaydar zoomed in on. No words were said and we just KNEW from the way we looked at each other. It was the first time I did something like that.
So yeah, I just assumed people were different and I just conversed about it like it was all well and fine and that everything was no big deal how much we change. And I didn't even have to brag about my work or how I changed. Even if people didn't say anything to acknowledge whether or not I looked familiar to them, and I couldn't get myself to say something to them, it didn't matter. Or there was a moment when several people wanted to greet me at the same time happened briefly at the reunion as well.
My night ended with me getting a lift from a hs friend's dad, almost like things really haven't changed.