During this first decade of the new millennium --the only decade with a zero in each number --so much has changed, so fast.
The clock is ticking toward the next decade, with even faster changes ahead, for sure. I wrote these random personal reflections down over the past week, and it was interesting to look back.
I remember earlier in this decade when
... a fax was high tech, I had a landline and I carried maps in my car.
... we talked face to face, not on Facebook.
... a tea party was polite and proper and involved drinking tea.
... Tiger Woods was a role model (I guess he may still be for some jerks).
... Katrina was a popular name.
... I had a rising stock portfolio and a second house.
... there was just us, not Wii.
... we weren't at war, in even one country.
... when I thought about the strength of China it was about the plates in my cabinet.
... a tweet was a bird noise.
... my cellphone was big enough not to lose, and not smarter than I am.
... texts were books.
... I had one password.
... the political Clinton was Bill, not Hillary.
... Gaga was a description of when a lady got excited.
... Real Housewives were ... real housewives.
... mani-pedis were not for mannies.
... Harry Potter was a boy.
... Brett Favre had only started to retire.
... Sex and the City was worth watching.
... 3D was a bra size (not mine, of course).
... Susan Boyle had bushy eyebrows and a gorgeous voice and nobody knew about them except the Scots in her village.
... I was the age I say I am now.
... we had low unemployment.
... George W. Bush had potential.
... the only voice giving directions in my car came from a backseat driver.
... Twilight was a time of day.
... Sarah Palin was a small-town bully. (Well that hasn't changed, has it?)
... American Idol was exciting and Dancing with the Stars was when I cha-chaed on my patio at night.
... Leno and CoCo were a one-two punch not a punch-out.
... we didn't undress and get felt up when we went to the airport.
... we had optimism, and we felt safe. That lasted one year and eight months.