Red & Black (A Final Word on the past)…


skipped my 30th High School Reunion. Why ? The Past is best left in the past. If I look back on those 4 years of my life. I swear it’s a blur, not because I was stoned or drunk but because all it was to me was 4 more years of school till college. No Dances, No Dating, No Drinking, No Drugging, No Skipping School, No Prom, No Clubs, No Performances, No Sports. Not that I was at total loner. I do have memories of hanging out with friends now and again, going to movies, the mall, comic conventions, one Summer I even made a movie with a group of friends. Most of the people I would love to see again, never go to the reunions. I went to my 18th (Don’t ask) and my 25th. The 18th was kind of cool, it was classy, held at a country club with a DJ that spun all kinds of tunes. I was still single then too. But it really felt at times like High School all over again. The shuns, the cliques, people actually asking me if I graduated with them or if I was someone’s spouse. Most of the people that went were all about the party. For the 25th I went with my wife. I chair hugged. I just wasn’t comfortable, it was the same old cliques, the shuns although this time there was a band fronted by an alumni that only covered 80’s music. Dancing was out because the music bored me. By this time in my life I had giving up drinking, but that really seemed to be what the reunion was truly about. Not to mention the venue was downgraded. The 30th would only be worse a bunch of middle aged drunks that I had no connection to. No one to share the conversation of parties, dances, proms of the past. So, why revisit the past. It’s just not for me. It’s not a vanity issue it’s a what’s truly the point ??

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Matt Snyder has been making a dent in the creative community in North Eastern Pennsylvania since 1988. He’s been involved in showcasing his art in Exhibits in area Galleries & Spaces as well as online. Mr. Snyder is a real renaissance man. He doesn’t just dabble in the fine arts but has been known to grace the following kinds of things with his presence: Live Sound Mixing, Radio Production, Television Production, Short Films(Acting/Editing/Writing/Directing), Animations, Costume Character Performance, Dance, Music, Djembe Drumming, Theater (Writing/Acting/Directing/Props Management/Stage Management), Self Published Comics & Zines, Written & Slammed Performance Poetry, Sculpting Animal Figurines, Designing Tee Shirts, Photography Film & Digital, Painting (Acrylics), Drawing (Pen & Ink, Pastel, Colored Pencil, Sharpies, Crayons), Mixed Media, Collage, Paper Art, The Brooklyn Art Library & The Sketchbook Project, Blue Turtle ComiX, Just an Average Day Comic, Toxic Shock & Other Abnormalities of the Inner Being Zine as well as the culinary arts. His passion is the arts, his life is as a married humanitarian bisexual politically unaffiliated pacifist working as a Digital Preservation Archivist since 1999. Matt currently resides in an apartment with his equally creative wife of 7 years ,Jess and their cat Nigel.

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