El Clarín Meets Reflections II

by Michelle (Fearey LaGue) Mock '69

"California Dreaming" - Southern California III

Decemeber 18th 1998




Well, another successful reunion has come and gone. There were 10 of us total: Vic Hightower '80, Jeff Hightower '90, Lisa Vasconcellos '85 and her boyfriend Mel Harker, Mark '81 Vasconcellos and his wife Ceci, Gita Kevlin '74, Heidi Lambert '84, Cheryl LaGue '72 and me. There would have been more, but others had office Christmas parties, kids performing in Holiday recitals, etc. Those of us that were there had a great time!

We met again at the Burbank Bar and Grille in "beautiful downtown Burbank". Many groups had made reservations for office Christmas parties, so the place was packed. Unfortunately, the person who took my reservation wrote it down on a post-it note and not in the reservation book, so we did not have a table ready. Luckily for us they were able to set up a table for us and it all worked out o.k.! The people at the Burbank Bar and Grille were most gracious for both of our reunions. The food was very good and the service was excellent. We stayed until approximately 10 pm.

Plans are in the works for the Paella Fest at Mark and Ceci Vasconcellos' home in February or March. Gita Kevlin offered her home for a barbecue and Heidi Lambert offered hers for a beach party. We also discussed having a mini-reunion in Las Vegas and/or Central California. The bottom line is: we genuinely like each other and want to get more ASMers together! Also, we are acutely aware that we failed in our first attempt to beat Miami's reunion attendance! Miami is still #1 - we will admit that - but a challenge is a challenge (Go Lancers! Go California!!).

It is difficult to describe the ASM mini-reunion experience to those who have not had the chance to attend one. It does not matter how long you were at ASM, when you attended or if you ever met before. The people who go to these reunions connect as if they have know each other all their lives. The laughter, the smiles, the sparkle in the eyes ... It is a terrific feeling!

Anyone can plan a mini-reunion. All it takes is a few e-mails or phone calls and making a reservation. No fancy preparations are required. I hope every ASMer reading this makes it a point to meet with at least one or two other ASMers in 1999.


Michelle (Fearey LaGue) Mock '69


ASM: "California Dreaming" - Burbank, CA Pictures - Dec. 18th 1998


Coordinator's E-Mail Address: Michelle (Fearey LaGue) Mock ('69)