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My Bad! This is of course the perfect cover to represent the 2000s decade. Thank you for pointing it out! RH
At the beginning of the last century, only 41% of adults survived to age 65. Today, however, the percentage of people who survive to age 65 has doubled from 41 to 82%.
Sites Of the Times
"Freedom is not something to be secured in any one moment of time. We must struggle to preserve it everyday. And freedom is never more that one generation away from extinction" Ronald Reagan
Things Boomered in the '00s
RETRO-SPECTIVE THE DECADES PAST:
2000s or Making It Up as We Go Along!
America loves catch phrases and buzz words - if people are talking about something - it won't be long until several words are smushed into one and a new member of the American English language is born. Obamabelia is the latest (first sighting January 20, 2009 in NBC newsletter) What is Obamabelia? The oodles of stuff people are selling as Souvenirs of the Obama campaign and presidency. See pics!
It occurred to me that today is tomorrow's yesterday, and that while I research the decades past, tomorrow's history is happening as I write this! At first I thought I would work my way up, but then I realized that all of the advertisements that fly through my inbox and clog up my real mailbox are a gold mine of information! Up until now I just found them irritating =).
So if you are not interested in the present because you are busy living it yourself, just skip this section; I don't want to irritate you with more ads and oh-god-not-more-of-that-again current events and news stories! I mean, you know George W. Bush is the President and that his wife's name is Laura and that Dick Cheney our Vice President shot his friend by accident and that his friend lived etc.
We take it all for granted...we are sick of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston and that other Blond Chick that looks like that Other Blond Chick that is getting divorced from so-and-so because he slept with the first blond chick (not really) and what about the kids, who cares?
You know that in the United States, this decade has been, and will continue to be, defined by ONE SINGLE DAY. One sunny, beautiful, warm, end of summer day, a Tuesday, that started out so innocently and turned into the stuff nightmares are made of.
You know that because of that day, mothers are again losing their sons, AND their daughters now too (Progress...), to roadside bombs and gunfire yet again in a place called IRAQ. That we couldn't just leave it be...start out the new millennium without a war. We wouldn't be human if we did that, we would have evolved into something else.
Not that we aren't busy trying. Our scientists are busy making maps that no one even knew 50 years ago were even needed. The things growing in the Petri dishes of today will make the viruses and bacteria of yesteryear hide themselves in simplistic shame; It won't be long now until we find the key to unlock the big mystery called US. The human bean. Even the most die-hard atheist has to see the allegorical similarity to our Friends Adam, Eve and the Snake. (Don't worry if you don't...Hollywood is working on the movie as we speak. )
You can watch it on YouTube.
November 2008 Presidential Election
Today is September 8th, 2007. The race for the election to be the next President of the United States is well underway, although we have yet to reach the primaries and establish who will be our two final contestants!
The Democrats seemed poised to make history by either nominating a black (man) or a (white) woman as their candidate for president. We still care about these things in 2007 you see, and this will be the first time in U.S. American history that such a thing occurs. Read my Blog entries about Barack in Santa Barbara and Hillary in Santa Barbara.
It is now August of 2008. Joe Biden has been chosen to be Barack Obama's running mate - (I forgot to mention that Barack Obama has sealed up the nomination for the democratic nomination - making him the first GenX'er to have a serious run at the presidency! Go GENX! WOO HOO!)
On the Republican side, Sara Palin, the Governor of Alaska has been chosen as Senator McCain's running mate. Not since the 1984 presidential election has there been a woman on the ticket of one of the two parties.
October 2008: The economy is in a melt down, the US government passed a $700 billion bailout package and FOX NEWS saw fit to report on whose FLAG PIN was larger - The one worn by Sara Palin or Joe Biden during the Vice Presidential debate.
If you are reading this sometime in the future and wondering what caused the downfall of the United States of America, look into the so-called FREE PRESS - it started with CNN during the 1st Gulf War and then got much worse when CNN was joined by FOX NEWS sometime in the 90s. That's how we chose our leaders in 2008 - by the size of their Flag Pins.
Sara Palin, the one with the much larger Flag Pin, thinks she knows a lot about foreign policy because she can see Russia from her house. The trend to favor the stupid over the "Elite" - those who have read a book or two, most likely contributed to our downfall. We decided we only wanted stupid people in charge.
Oh Well - Just know it was a great place to live while it lasted.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? Send in your comments!
November 3rd, 2008 - Tomorrow is a big day for our country.
January 20th, 2009 - So is today! President Obama was sworn into office and now he can get busy trying to get us out of the mess we are in. Won't be easy - but this country is just full of surprises - and that is part of what makes us so spiffy.
June 25th, 2009 - Dear Mr./Ms. Anthropologist of the future - You may get a kick out of this one: Naked Moonbats Save Planet by Avoiding Soap
"We don't elect politicians to do the bidding of the majority, we elect them to do what they (politicians) think is right" Staff of Sen. Richard Lugar (Indiana)
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