Monday, October 2, 2023


 Last Sunday was my 60th High School Reunion! The entire Kitsalino High School 1963 grad class is 78 years old (give or take). I picked up Penny, (who was also my high school girlfriend) in Victoria and we went over to Vancouver on the ferry early Sunday Morning and got an early check-in at our hotel in Steveston, The reunion was at the posh Arbutus Club and consisted of a cocktail hour and a wonderful Buffet dinner followed by socializing. It started at 5:00 PM and by 9:30 or 10:00 it was winding down. I had kept contact with a couple of the people over the years and it was great catching up with them and many others but by 10:00 I had stood around and talked long enough and we were both ready to head back to the hotel.

Hotels in Vancouver have become ridiculously priced and we were very lucky to find one for under $500 a night, The Steveston Hotel is a very nice small, newly remodeled hotel in an old suburb of Vancouver very near the water and we found a room there for $230 a night with full breakfast included, a great deal for Vancouver! There are many neat old restaurants in the area and we had decided to stay an extra day. We spent Monday cruising around our old late 50's, early 60's stomping grounds and spent an hour in an old coffee house near the High School. We then drove back to the hotel and walked to a nice Greek restaurant just around the corner and had a very pleasant evening (like being back in high school but with enough money for a nice dinner out)!
Tuesday morning we headed for the ferry but made a detour to Point Roberts, Washington where we both stocked up on Tilamook cheddar cheese and butter (only available in the US). After exploring Point Roberts for a couple of hours, we re-entered Canada and boarded the ferry home. I hung around Penny's for a couple more days, stopped to see Brooks for his birthday, turning down his invitation to accompany him on his birthday adventure of skydiving and drove home on Friday. It was a very busy week and I am now in my "relax at home" mode!


  1. Sounds like a great time Croft and nice you could share it with Penny.

  2. The high school reunions are fun for the extroverts, I enjoy them very much. Our reunions are not as much fun these days, no sport, no excessive partying, it is still good to see the old crew. There were only 60 in my graduating class, about a third are passed on-none of us are getting out alive.
    I'm glad to hear that you are spending time with an old flame. Life is short but oh so good.

  3. Hi Dee (I am assuming this is Dee). It is almost impossible to sign into Blogger these days. I just spent ten minutes trying to sign in to reply to your post. Yes, we are all slowing down. The organizers decided there would be no music or dancing at this one. Many of us, me included, have no hope of hearing when music is being played and really, we get together to talk. People started leaving quite early due to not wanting to drive at night. We all decided that the next one (if there is a next one) will be a lunch meeting. But I am really happy we went to this one even though, like anything requiring even a short trip, quickly turned into a $1000 weekend.