As planners, we have often used questionnaires to judge public opinion about a particular topic, such as the addition of streetlights, installing sidewalks, or other development concerns that might get political. But how would you answer questioners relating to your personal experiences in your youth and up until now, such as what are your greatest accomplishments and memories? We might answer these in a lackadaisical way remembering conferences, promotions, or scoring the winning touchdown at the homecoming game. (No, I did not play football)
However, what do you do when they are the questionnaires for your high school or college reunion? I have to come up with answers to what was my “Best High School Memory” and my “Greatest Accomplishment Since High School, and the answers will end up in a memory book. The difficult thing is I did not have that great of time while I was in HS, and did not come out of my shell until my Sophomore Year of College.
I thought about giving typical meaningless answers such as my best high school memory was the class trip to Washington DC, or the bonfire parties and this persons house, or everyone going to the hockey game, and my greatest accomplishment was meeting my wonderful fiancée.
One buddy is going to have fun with it and come up with completely crazy stuff but I don’t know. I am leaning towards giving the generic answer.
How would you answer the questions of what was your best high school memory, and what is your greatest accomplishment since high school… with the stories being published in some memory book for all of your former classmates to hold against you…. Ahhh I mean use as a tool to remember the past.