Am checking in from Tulsa right now, reading blogs instead of listening to one of three keynote speaker events. In all fairness, I tried to listen to the keynote, but got distracted thinking of opening phrases for my own paper, which is after lunch.
The current question right now among my group of college friends is whether or not to attend the 5-year reunion next May. This was prompted by a set of emails from our class liason asking for "updates" to put into a "5-year reunion book" that will be sent to everyone in the class, whether or not we pay the requested $60 (!?!) for it. I am all in favor of treating my undergrad institution like the guy on the street waving flyers for the new hair salon in my face. Ignore it for long enough, and eventually it'll leave you alone and wave its flyers in other pedestrians' faces. However, a couple of folks are making the case that it will be some sort of vindication to go back, have reunion, just without the self-importance that characterizes the horrific sample entries in this 5-year-plan book (sending in parodies featuring years smoking hash in Morocco, etc.). My view is if you feed the goat (goat = university) trash or delicious oats, it won't matter, you're still feeding it and training it to come back for more. And I don't really want a big stuffy goat nudging me every five years for the rest of my life.