The "Social Circle" is a group effort between readers, social networkers and the OnMilwaukee.com editors. Every Monday, we ask a question via Facebook and Twitter and then post the responses from our Facebook "likers" and Twitter followers in this column. Well-known Milwaukee movers and shakers will contribute, too.
’Tis the season for lots of things, including reunions with family and, sometimes, high school friends.
The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, referred to as "Blackout Wednesday," is a popular night for catching up with old chums, so this week, OnMilwaukee.com asked the Social Circle whether or not they planned to connect with or avoid old friends.
What about you? Do you make time for high school friends and acquaintances over the holidays or do you steer clear of 'em?
Dean Calin: "I don't go out of my way to connect with old school chums other than the casual connections via Facebook. That said, I keep in regular touch with my best buddy from when we were kids, no matter what the season."
Lucianne Demers: "Yes, I connect with my old neighborhood at SOB’s annual party."
Alison Frye: "Some years I find myself wanting to check in with the old group and other years not so much. Kind of depends where I am in my life, I guess. When I was unemployed I didn’t want to catch up with anyone."
Jill Engel-Miller: "Our friend Kevin Wilkins has organized WWASH – While We Are Still Here – the last five years in Lincoln, Neb. It happens twice a year: on the Summer Solstice and the Winter Solstice. It’s held at Yia Yias in downtown Lincoln. It’s a party where people drop in and see each other. Lots of our friends from high school and college come from all over the country."
Paul Kennedy: "It depends on if they're allowed conjugal visits."
Derrick Matzke: "I have no high school friends. I was bullied in high school."
Jeff Pawlinski: "I try to meet new friends through Match or Tinder or AtheistsMingle. So far, no luck!"
Laron Taylor: "Yes, I maintain connections."
Tamara Washington: "I really do not care what anyone from my high school is doing. I did not like high school and I do not give a crap what happened to anyone who went there except my one friend who is still my best friend today."