Today was the alumni gathering at my school. The 11th graders traditionally prepare entertainment, everyone is supposed to ask the alumns questions, and as is traditional, the guests are expected to entertain by songs or stories. The 11th graders decided to model the event after the popular television show “zhde minye” in which people look for lost loved ones. It has sappy classical music playing in the background, and the people making requests invariably break down. But, it’s very culturally revealing. People during the USSR were shifted all over the place for various reasons and often without being able to prepare. The format was a big hit, mostly because the 11th graders are hams. The graduates they “found” came out from behind the curtain, just like on the show. The guys all had all grown mullets and bought tight jeans. The girls had all cut their long hair into drastic layers.