Happy New Year to ALL my friends! Since today, we start a brand new year, 2010, I thought this topic would be appropriate to chat about.
I get some great blog post ideas from my local newspaper and I was reading yet another article in the paper recently, this one by Jocelyn Noveck from The Associated Press. It was a recap of 50 things that changed our lives since the beginning of the millennium. You can read the full article here. You’ll need to click over and read the list so they will all make sense to you! There are reprints of it all over the internet and you may have already seen this, but I thought it was purely fascinating.
When you think about it, things have changed tremendously in the last 10 years. Heck, I’ve lived long enough to see MAJOR changes in lifestyle during my 50+ years on this planet and I know many of you have too. You younger girls don’t know what you’ve missed. 🙂 To name a few:
- TV in everyone’s homes was not the absolute norm when I was a child. We got our first black and white console TV (complete with rabbit ears) back around 1963, when I was in the 2nd grade and I still remember the cartoon that was on when my Dad plugged in that bad boy and there in front of our little eyes, in our own livingroom, in living “black and white” 🙂 the rooster cartoon, Foghorn Leghorn was on. It was a momentous day for me and my sister. Our family life was changed forever, when we watched Bonanza and Gunsmoke all together every single week.
- From 45 records and vinyl LP’s to 8-track players to CD’s and DVD’s. Do I feel old now?! I totally remember stacking up those 45 records of the Top hits back in the day. The Monkees, Bobby Sherman, Herman’s Hermits, Jackson 5, oh my, the memories of all that. You haven’t experienced music until you hear the scratch of the needle on vinyl. 🙂 Every teenager had one of these old record players for their rooms.
(those precious IBM Selectric typewriters we all loved)
- I do believe we had electric typewriters in high school when I learned to type, but they weren’t that sophisticated back then. My first job was using an electric typewriter and I remember being thrilled when the Selectric III’s came out with auto-erase. Remember that, you old people like me? 🙂 Remember carbon paper (ewwww!). I vividly remember one of my first real jobs in a commercial real estate office in Atlanta, back in the mid-80’s. I was perfectly happy with my sleek and stylish Selectric III and could do anything on that machine (I typed 90+ wpm). They brought me in my own PC using Displaywrite (word processing software). I had to learn it or else and for about 3 months, I just wanted to cry, it was so hard. After the learning curve though, I fell in love with my new computer and did not look back. I couldn’t have lived without it. All of my computer knowledge back then was learned ON THE JOB. Those of you who got to learn it in school are SO fortunate.
- Cellphones for all! I was a holdout and didn’t get my own cellphone til 2002, not all that long ago really. Now, of course, I love it and couldn’t live without it. It’s funny to watch old reruns of Miami Vice and see them on their carphones. Those big old clunky phones of the mid-80’s are really funny now, but I sure do remember those days.
OK, enough of my memories! Let’s get on with the 50 things that have changed our lives this decade, in alphabetical order.
- Alternative medicine
- AARP cards for boomers
- Blog (I blog, you blog, he blogs, how did we spend our time before blogging?) Good question!
- Book clubs
- Celebrity culture
- Cell phones
- Cougars (not the 4 legged kind)
- Embarrassment entertainment
- Going green
- Helicopter parenting
- Information overload (I’ll amen that one)
- Instant gratification
- Life coaches
- Pregnancy chic
- Reality TV
- Recession chic
- Retro chic
- Sexting (oh my, I’ve heard about this!)
- TV screens
- Tween culture
So, how about that list? To get the full recap on all of them, click over and read the article and they will all make sense when you read the explanations. The writer elaborates on all 50 items and it’s very interesting to see where we are after 10 years and makes you wonder what the next 10 years will bring. Feel free to comment on any or all of these.
I can see the good things and the bad things about technology and how far we’ve come, can’t you? I’m looking forward to a fresh and new year in 2010. How about you?
Don’t forget next Wednesday, January 6th, we are having a BIG party, Top Projects of 2009, complete with Before and After pics. Click here for all the details. All you need to do is write up a post with YOUR favorite projects that you completed in 2009 and share them on your blog. Come over on the 6th and link up to the party (please link back to the party post, once it is live). You can use the button or not. Last year we had 100 participate and it was so much fun to see what everyone had completed for the year. I have picked my Top 10 Faves to recap and share again. It’s gonna be fun, so don’t miss out! I do not want to party alone! 🙂