March 08, 2002
Posted by scott at March 08, 2002 11:54 AM
Things I am grateful for:
- A wife that challenges and loves and deals with me.
- A brother that compliments me.
- A mother that taught me to see poetry in things.
- A father that taught me to take people as they are, not as I want them to be.
- A job that lets me play with things I want and make a difference at the same time.
- A country that protects me and tries (however badly) to protect the world.
- A world that, no matter how slowly or painfully, gets better as time goes by.
When I have children I will tell them that I can remember when:
- there was no such thing as a computer you could buy yourself.
- we all went to bed at night worrying whether the missiles would fall on us.
- cancer was thought of as a big single disease and nearly always killed you.
- I had a dog named BJ, and a cat named Panda.
- people actually dressed like that.
- I actually dressed like that.
- there were only four channels on TV and everyone watched Walter Kronkite.
- everyone knew who Walter Kronkite was.
- spam was something you ate.
- there were two Germanies, and you could get yourself shot trying to cross a street in Berlin.
- Russians were Soviets and Soviets were bad.
- their great grandmother stopped being a legend and started being a person.
- their grandmother stopped being a nutball and started to be a grandmother.
- their mother didn't know how to drive a car.
- the only people that got into space were Russians.
- everyone thought Poison was cool.
- everyone knew Poison was a rock band.
- people were actually dumb enough to trust the government.
- people were actually dumb enough to hate the government.
- their aunt was a little punk-ass kid that ran around with her fingers shaped like an "L" on her forehead.
- the iron curtain was something people feared.
- rubick's cubes drove everyone crazy.
- pop-rocks were dangerous.
- a Saturn V took off.
- a shuttle exploded.
- a web site was where a spider lived.
- Ronald Regan wasn't just the name of an airport.
- SALT didn't mean something you put on your food.
- Henry Kissinger mattered.
- we all thought it was a big deal when Russians and Americans met in space and didn't have weapons.
- I waited in line for hours to watch The Empire Strikes Back premiere.
- Bill Clinton was just the governor of Arkansas.
- Bill Clinton wasn't the governor of Arkansas.
- people thought it was bad that black folks and white folks would love each other.
- Barry Manilow was king.
- Donny and Marie was on Television.
- Evil Kenevil tried to jump the Snake River canyon.
- a turntable wasn't a musical instrument.
- they were called albums, were black, and more than a foot across.
- everyone used rotary phones.
- everyone drank from tin cans.
- if you loved a guy instead of a girl other people would try to kill you.
- I couldn't believe my parents couldn't remember what time their 2nd grade math class was when they were
- video games only cost a quarter.
- a 19 inch television was a piece of furniture.
- you recorded things on video tape.
- you had to sit through all the commercials.
- you had to get up to change the channel.
- a lady married a prince.
- that princess died.
- we thought that mosquito repellent was just something you always brought to little league games.
- their mother said "I love you" for the first time.
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very sweet:), yes you are STILL older than me!! :)
Billy Joel had a hit record "We Didn't Start The Fire." and you were the only one in your class who knew what he was talking about.