We Baby Boomers were the first introspective generation in America, thanks to too much psychotherapy. For three years, multiple times a week I dutifully reported my feelings to David W. Harder, now a respected professor of psychology at Tufts University. Of course we carried that habit of emotion analysis into all aspects of our lives. In short, we were a pain in the butt, and boring.
Reunions, formal and informal, are predictably self-involved. Those I had interviewed focused on how they felt, not the bands which played, the cuisine served, how no popular kids amounted to anything, and the losers who were naive enough to show up.
The tragedy here is that, research and experience show, reunions are ideal networking events for job and work assignment leads. That because we're out of our usual networks. In the 1970s, researcher Mark Granovetter documented the power of "weak ties." Many professional opportunities come through acquaintances. They have access to information about jobs and assignments that the usual suspects don't. Also they don't pigeon-hole us. For instance, my communications colleagues wouldn't likely consider me a possible fit for a part-time job selling smartphones. Joe the security guard whose mother works at AT&T might. He would tell me "They're hiring at my mother's place."