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Time Magazine Cover Issue March 24, 2003
When Mom Goes to War -
March 24, 2003

I came along your site when browsing the web. I enjoy it very much. Like what you have on it for each decade. You seem to have a picture of time magazine for every decade except 2000's. You mention the Iraq war. Do you know who Leiut. Colonel Laura Richardson is? TIME Magazine: When Mom Goes to War Front page of Time Magazine, March 16, 2003. Not just about her it's a family goes to war. Laura, her husband, sister and brother were all there at the same time. Read the article very interesting, a very nice family. Hope you don't mind my input. Love your site, Carol.

My Bad! This is of course the perfect cover to represent the 2000s decade. Thank you for pointing it out! RH

1900 the beginning of the last century. 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 has2000 - The beginning of this century. doubled from 41 to 82%.

Sites Of the Times

Things Invented In the '00s
  1. ;=)
  2. Google Gadgets
  3. Shoe Bombs
  4. Inventions of 2005
  5. Social Networking - Online, I mean.
"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

  1. Bear Stearns was founded as an equity trading house in 1923 by Joseph Bear, Robert Stearns, and Harold Mayer with $500,000 in capital. The firm survived the stock market crash of 1929 without laying off any employees and by 1933 opened its first branch office in Chicago. SO LONG!
  2. Lehman Brothers - Founded in 1850 - ADIOS
  3. Merrill Lynch - Founded in 1914 - CIAO
  4. AIG - AIG's history dates back to 1919 LATER
  5. Fannie Mae was created in 1938, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, at a time when millions of families could not become homeowners, or risked losing their homes, for lack of a consistent supply of mortgage funds across America. BUH BYE...
  6. Freddie Mac - created in 1970 - SEE YA!
  7. Washington Mutual - began in 1889 as the Washington National Building Loan and Investment Association on September 25, 1889 - 119 years to the day before its dissolution. "Washington Mutual, the United State's largest saving and loan association, failed on Thursday and was seized by the U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision. Most of the bank's assets will be sold to JPMorgan Chase. This is the largest bank failure in U.S. history, and another in the recent history of failed financial institutions." I hereby award Wamu the dumbass of the year award!


2000s or Making It Up as We Go Along!


Obamabelia - NBCs Inauguration Video
Obamabelia: Barack Obama BobbleheadAmerica 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!

2008 Summer Olympic Games Beijing Mascot JingJing 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.

Sarah Palin - 2008 Republican Vice Presidential NomineeSara 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.
Front Row to History

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)

Chronicle Of What Is Coming, But Has Yet To Be Named

The US Presidents

43rd President
George W. Bush
2001 - Present
Party: GOP
Wife: Laura Bush
Why We Like Him: Waiting for history to fill us in.


The 44th President Of The United States Of America - Barack Obama
44th President
Barack Obama
f. January 20, 2009
Party: Democrat
Wife: Michelle Obama
Why We Like Him: He's Brilliant!
Congratulations, President Obama!


2000s Time Line

  • 2000: Suit filed against Napster (By those rat finks Metallica!)
  • 2001: Airplane passenger tries to explode shoe bomb
  • 2002: Yates is convicted of murder for drowning children
  • 2002: International Criminal Court established
  • 2003: Illinois governor clears death row
  • 2003: Martha Stewart is indicted
  • 2004: Bombs tear through Spanish trains, stations
  • 2004: Elections held in Afghanistan
  • 2004: Actor Christopher Reeve dies
  • 2005: Seven Die in School Rampage
  • 2005: Prince Charles marries Camilla
  • 2005: Banks help illegal immigrants own their own home
  • 2007: School Shooting in Cleveland
  • 2008: Charlton Heston dies
  • 2008: Pope’s birthday in D.C.
  • 2008: China hit by 7.9-magnitude earthquake
  • 2008: Barack Obama wins Democratic nomination
  • 2008: (July) Retro Housewife pays $4.69 per Gallon of gasoline.
  • 2008: China hosts the summer Olympic games in Beijing
  • 2008: Manson follower denied release
  • 2008: US Financial System Crumbles
  • 2008: Actor Paul Newman dies
  • 2008: The Philadelphia Phillies against the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series
  • 2008: Barack Obama elected President Of the United States Of America
  • 2008: Walmart Employee Trampled to Death by Shoppers on Black Friday
  • 2009: Barack Obama becomes president
  • 2009: Banks bailed out at taxpayer expense
  • 2009: Swine flu scare
  • 2009: The Eve of the American Reawakening
  • June 22, 2009 Kodak retires KODACHROME Film "They say all good things in life come to an end. Today we announced that Kodak will retire KODACHROME Film, concluding its 74-year run." A Tribute to KODACHROME: A Photography Icon
  • June 24, 2009 Farrah Fawcett dies.
  • June 25, 2009 Michael Jackson Dies. Michael Jackson: A rather good selection of Michael Jackson music on Amazon.
  • August 2009 Ruckus at Town Hall meetings, finger pointing and blame over healthcare debate.
  • October 2009 - The US Government announces policy decisions to foreign language newspapers, but not (yet) to the English speaking media: "Obama’s Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the Obama administration expected to begin its amnesty push when enough votes were found to pass it. The Spanish-language paper La Opinion said that Salazar gave his amnesty timeline at meeting for Hispanic publications. Salazar said that he along with DHS secretary Janet Napolitano and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis were strategizing on the amnesty bill."
  • In 2009, the Chinese processed some 600,000 patents, compared to 480,000 in the US.

News Sources

  1. The Daily Show - The quality of the US free press has fallen so low that the only news program worth watching is on Comedy Central.
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