Big Chill



This right here is my own Big Chill.

Well, kinda. 

IMDB sums up The Big Chill as:

“A seminal Thirty-Something movie in which a group of old college friends who are now all grown up and hardened by the big wide world come together for the funeral of Alex, a barely glimpsed corpse, who was at one time the brightest and the best of them, and yet who never managed to achieve half as much as any of the others. The friends use the occasion to reacquaint themselves with each other and to speculate as to what happened to their idealism which had been abundant when they were younger.”

Important point: those old college friends all went to the University of Michigan. And the movie has an incredible Motown soundtrack.

So, here’s what my own Big Chill has in common with the 80s classic:

  • Group of old college friends who are now grown up come together after decades living far apart
  • We all went to the University of Michigan
  • We definitely all qualify as “thirty-something” (except Julie’s mom, who got to be in our reunion picture up there because she’s awesome!)

And here’s where our plot line diverges a bit…

  • Nobody’s dead (phew!)
  • Our idealism is (for the most part?) still pretty much alive, or we wouldn’t be in the Bay Area
  • This is more than a weekend rodeo, as we now all live within 25 miles of each other (weeeeee!!!!!!)
  • Though we all appreciate – are even true fans of – Motown, having grown up in the Mitten State, our reunion soundtrack was a tad more provocative (turn up that ODB!)

OMG, I just knew it would come to pass… Julie, Zac, and I now all basically live in the same city. It’s been a long 17 years of friendship, and various adventures to Chicago and Boston and New Hampshire and Florida and California, but somehow we all landed in the same place.


Me, Zac, and Julie, as far back as I'm willing to share a photo because the hair just gets too awful.

Me, Zac, and Julie, as far back as I’m willing to share a photo because the hair just gets too awful.

Has become this:

Happy birthday, Zac, and welcome to California, Joolz!

Happy birthday, Zac, and welcome to California, Joolz!

TWIRL! Here’s to 17 more years! 😀

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3 thoughts on “Big Chill

  1. Margaret Wisniewski says:

    Time has not put a chill on this group! You all look better than ever! What an amazing coincidence that friendships started so long ago (sorry) on the U of M campus have endured. I remember those times, too. I could not have imagined how far you would go or how successful you would all become. I wonder if the Maize and Blue had anything to do with it, or if you were just a good picker when it came to friends. Anyway, the best part is that you all live close enough to keep the friendships going. I would like to hear the soundtrack!

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