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Time flys, often too quickly.  Last night was my 25th year school reunion, and in many ways it only seems like only a few years have gone by.

What question did I get asked the most last night?  "Are you on Facebook?"  I think I was one of maybe two people out of 50 or more that wasn't.  My answer?  "No, I'm on Deviantart."  That was followed by blank stares, appears DA isn't as widely known as we deviants think it is.  Luckily my Nexus 1 Android phone was getting good 3G signals so I was able to show them some of my art.  Seeing is believing, I think many of them were interested in DA after seeing what it was all about.

It's amazing how many people you forget about in 25 years.  First impression when I walked in the door was "crap, I don't recognize anyone."  Actually though, I did remember a few people as the night went on.  There are two main types of brain functions in the world, those who remember names, and those who remember faces.  A rare amount are lucky to have both, but I remember names the most.  People change a lot in 25 years, age catches up to appearances as maturity sets in.

Life changes you the more you walk the earth.  I high school, I was wallpaper.  There weren't many who were quieter than I was.  I was the shy, smart guy that never seemed to really got much credit.  I wasn't a jock, so naturally I didn't make the honor roll, even though my grades were high enough.  Didn't take part in any clubs or groups.  The only thing I really did in high school was be a part of the JROTC program.  When most people were getting ready for the next game, I was competing in drill events throughout the region.  I wonder how JROTC classes get perceived now that 9.11 has happened?  In the early 80's, we were the outcasts.  The role of outcast suits me fine.

Outcast or deviant?  Interesting thought.  As I'm sitting here typing this, I wish I would have planned ahead and gotten a huge stack of post cards of my work here to have passed out last night.  Of all the doctors, business people, electricians/engineers, and various other people that represented 1985 last night, I think I was the only one that was talking art.  I think it's easy to take DA for granted but in many ways, if you're posting art here, you have something special going on in your life.  Long after I'm gone and forgotten, my creations will live on and be seen by people from all walks of life.  Deep thought, and also an encouraging one.

That leads me to my next question; does anyone in the Chicago area know of any devmeets?  I'd like to touch base with the people here to see what we have in common, and to build some new real life relationships beyond the relationships that are build online here.  Let me know, the summer is in full swing and it's a great time to take advantage of it all.


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HeyItsSpiffy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
I post some of the stuff I find here to my Facebook profile, so hopefully a few more people know about dA thanks to me. :)

I've never been to a school reunion, and to be honest I'm not really keen on going. Not the happiest time of my life. :| I know one person who's a fellow alumni, although we weren't in the same classes - ironically, we subsequently made contact via Usenet, of all places. Unfortunately, I've lost contact with all of my old school friends. :(
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Aeires Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
I don't think I'll ever be hooked on Facebook, I spend too much time here and doing real life things. It has it's place though.

School was a hard time for me, too many negative things happening at that time. I think I don't remember much because I blocked a lot of it out. Time goes on and so do I, I guess.
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HeyItsSpiffy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
I find Facebook to be great for keeping in touch with old friends. :)

I hear you on the school days. :| Being nerdy and un-sporty didn't help.
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jenepooh Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
As much as I'd love to come to Chicago because I do miss getting up there, I'll just stay where we're at near St. Louis lol.. I went to my High School's 10th reunion 4 years ago. I wasn't to going to go at first, because of things that went on then, etc... and I wasn't sure what kind of fun we'd have, etc... So, after a little thought, and getting some funds together, we decided to go. It was worth it... in many different ways. I learned that a lot of people just don't change... those 'cliques' that you THOUGHT people grew out of, is still there..among other things. It was fun though, although at that time, it was one of the worst and stressful times in our lives as well, so it just made things interesting. I wish I could have told everyone about dA, but I wasn't fortunate to run into dA until about 3 weeks later... and it's been so worth it every since...

I could go on and on and on, but I will stop here rofl. :hug: Glad you went to your reunion. I knew if I didn't, I would have been kicking myself and asking what ifs... :) Not anymore. :heart:
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Aeires Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Before I went, a guy I work with had his and he was not too happy from it. He was a bit bummed that the cliques were still there just like they were in high school. For me, that wasn't a problem because I hung out with people in my "clique" and would still run with almost all of them. I think the term has negative tones if you isolate yourself to only that group of people, but I'm more open than that. Some people I didn't say hardly anything to because I didn't know them at all then, and it seems hard to start a relationship now. Otherwise, it was good to talk to people that I barely rubbed elbows with in school. Overall it was a good time.
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NatalieKelsey Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always viewed ROTC kids as mini-soldiers, and soldiers earn my highest respect. Our school didn't have ROTC but I new a few kids from other schools that were.

I missed my 10 year reunion 3 years ago. I looked at all the webpages about it and saw that A) none of my still-friends were going, and b) the main point seemed to be to drink, and maybe hook up if you were still single. Didn't seem worth traveling 3000 miles for.

I had good friends in high-school and I was definitely outgoing and involved, if not actually popular. I keep in touch with some and would be happy to see others, but not at an all night drinkfest. I guess if you don't drink alcohol there are a lot of things that just aren't as fun. (There are a lot of things that are funner, too. ;) )

And if you want some awesome cards with your art on them, check out MOO.com. Affordable, beautifully printed, and you can put as many of your works on as you want. I love them and hand them out at every chance I get. They have these mini-MOO cards that are half a business card, they are really slick.
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Aeires Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
I think ROTC didn't get much credit until we started doing the color guards for the games. Now that 911 is over, I'm sure ROTC programs saw a boost of attendance and respect. Not so much when I was in it, but drill competition was fun at times.

I'll check out Moo. I was debating on getting business cards before the event but didn't feel like spending the money. I found a cool site that makes either metal or plastic cards, but it's not cheap. Now I'll check out Moo and have to really scratch my head to figure out what art I want to represent myself with. Not an easy task...
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My university has a one-year reunion, don't know why....

I think dA goes along with the rest of the art world. People who take an interest in it know about it, but the vast majority--who also don't spend that much time on the Internet anyway--are clueless about it (and, in general, how art operates).
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Aeires Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
One year? Seriously, that's not much time. I think that barely gives you time to discuss new jobs and all.

Well said about the art points.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I didn't go. :/

:w00t: Seems that art theory class was useful after all!
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Fangfingers Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Good journal! :) ..:thumbsup:



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It used to be i didn't have a social life... now i don't have a social networking life either~ Fangfingers
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Aeires Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Thanks, Jim. :salute:
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hazlenutx2 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
If I lived with my dad when I was a kid, I would be in Antioch right now. BUT, I lived with my mother so I sit in a small town in Kansas... where no one wants to go. At least not for a devmeet. If had the ability to travel, I would stop in on my way to New York to visit my sister and mother (who is in Virginia) and say hi. But, that's all wishful thinking. :heart:

"I was the shy, smart guy that never seemed to really got much credit." - I was the shy, smart girl that never did get any credit. I was ignored until I grew up and became a woman. Then everyone that teased me wanted to be my friend. It was my turn to walk away from someone in need. Selfish as I was back then, I did it. I walked away from those in need of friendship just to prove my point. Now that I am truly grown, I wish I had befriended them anyways as it wasn't about me to begin with. These were people that I am sure had a hard life growing up, just as hard as mine was, though they had all the clothes in fashion and happened to be born with good looks and perfect bodies. I often wish I had stopped and said "I know." and went on with life. Such is a chance I will never have again, but I can pass on my knowledge this time to my son. I have high hopes for my dear little Lucian and even though I wish/hope/dream that he never has to face the trials I did... I know he will be better for it.
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Aeires Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
I think my attitude was to go and be myself, and more importantly, to myself be true. There was a lot of people I could have mingled with but preferred not to because they didn't get to know me in school so I wasn't interested in getting to know them now. School is a needy time and I don't subscribe to that now. All my dreams haven't been fulfilled but I'm content with how my life is for the most part. I'll touch base with some, and maybe more during the 30 year, who knows.
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hazlenutx2 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
that's a very good outlook. :heart:
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