The other day I got a little postcard in the mail from my high school's directory office asking me to call within 7 days to update my info. I nearly threw it out, but then thought I should follow up because this might have to do with my 10 year reunion. I want to make sure I am invited so that I can make a big deal about refusing to go.
So just now, while there was a calm point in my day at work, I dialed the hotline number on the card. I wanted a website. Who does these things over the phone?
While waiting for someone to pick up, I noticed the address for the directory office was a P.O. Box in Chesapeake, Virginia. My high school was in New York. What the?
And then someone picked up. He said that they were checking all of the graduates' contact information for some directory they'll publish soon.
Me: I've never gotten a directory before.
Him: We only do this every 8 years.
Me: Oh. So it has everyone from the last 8 years in it.
Him: It has everyone ever. Or, everyone who agrees to be in it.
Me: So this is optional.
Him: Can we start?
He double checked my name and mailing address and the year I graduated. He asked for my email address. I hesitated, but then figured what if SOMEONE randomly wants to talk to me? Like someone who graduated earlier than I did and also works in the entertainment industry and needs a new VP for his or her company and wants to hire an alum. I should at least be open to such things. So I gave the email address I rarely ever check.
Him: So what were your favorite activities in high school?
Me: I didn't have any.
Him: Did you play any sports?
Me: I was in marching band?
Him: OH! Well that's something!
Him: And what is your favorite memory from high school?
Me: I don't have any.
I can just imagine my listing in the directory:
Favorite activity: marching band
Favorite memory: none
Him: Do you have a spouse or kids?
I didn't like the tone of his response.
I was about to ask "well, I'm engaged, do you put that in the book?" but then he kept talking
Him: No kids?
Him: Or, at least, none that you know of, right? Hahahaha.
I wanted to tell him that this joke would only work if I were a man because, as far as I know, a woman can't birth children without her knowledge.
By this point I felt like I'd been on the phone for an hour and I was worried I'd provided much too much information about myself. I also figured no one would ever read this directory because everyone just stays in touch through facebook (except me, but I might get an account soon).
Then came the part of the conversation where he tried to sell me this directory. Or rather, "order a copy in advance."
Me: No thanks...
Him: Well, that's fine, but maybe a soft cover copy. It's $20 cheaper.
$20 cheaper? I wouldn't pay $20 total for this thing.
Me: No, really. I don't really want to talk to anyone or hear from anyone I went to high school with.
I hope they don't print that either.
Him: Oh. Got it. Can I email you my youtube videos?
Him: You know. Since you do production stuff.
Me: Oh. Uh, fine.