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Some thoughts on the past decade, pt. 2. Now with Uggs!

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ll bet that people from the Middle Ages times would think to themselves, “What will life be like in the year 2000?”  Perhaps rumors flew the fastest in the earlier part of the 20th century (the advent of the industrial age).  There were quite a few guesses on what the futuristic world of 2000 would be like.   Apparently, it was generally agreed that it would be something like this:

y22kImage5.jpg image by sezlez369

I must say that the truth is decidedly disappointing.

Then again, our own modern predictions on what the future will be like have often proved to be just as erroneous:

(No offense to the King of Pop here by the way–truly.)

So here’s a top five list of what I think are the most important events of the 2000s:

  1. September 11, 2001.
  2. Terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
  3. 2001’s September attack in NYC
  4. World Trade Center attack in 2001
  5. The destruction of the Two Towers and deaths of 3,000 people.

I think that pretty much sums it up. 

But what about other important events?  When people look back and think “2000s” (or “00s” or “aughties” or what have you–we’ll probably never decide on a name) what will they think of?  Here’s five other momentous occasions in recent history, mainly dealing with the U.S.:

  1. The capture of Saddam Hussein
  2. Hurricane Katrina (and the other hurricanes)
  3. The Iraq/Afghanistan occupations
  4. The election of Barack Hussein Obama
  5. The death of Michael Jackson

Speaking of the King of Pop…no. 5 may seem a little odd, in regards to the other items, but his impact on popular music is with us forever, and his death was worldwide front-page news.  I can’t think of any other popstar so big that his funeral would warrant LIVE coverage on all the major networks.  Unbelievable.  We may never see that again in our lifetimes.

And now for the fun stuff:  trends.  Here’s what I will always remember:

  1. iPods and mp3s
  2. Stick-straight layered hair and side-swept bangs
  3. Emos
  4. Hip-hop
  5. Uggs
  6. Flared jeans
  7. “Going Green”
  8. Crocs (regrettably)
  9. “Natural” looking makeup
  10. Reality TV (namely, American Idol)

All in all, with the exception of a few completely nonsensical trends (as in the case of the reviled, hated, horrible, and dippy-looking Crocs), I think fashion took a turn for the better.  There was more interest in flattering the figure and finding the best hairstyle for your face shape, and hairstyles in general were more polished.  Makeup showed off the natural beauty of women’s features, rather than coating them with goop (that’s right, early 90s).  Yes, some guys wore stupid baggy pants that let their underwear show, but the general preference for looser slacks instead of fitted pants for guys was an improvement.  (I’m looking at you, 80s, cesspool of all that was unattractive!) 

I could add more, such as the obsession with “dewy” skin and having a “sun-kissed glow” (while hysterically telling women to STAY OUT OF THE SUN!!!) and the “tousled beach waves” hairstyle that’s still in.  But I think we get the picture.

There is so much I could say about movies and music that why not leave it for another blog post?  Alright, then, if you wish, then I will. ~

Some thoughts on the past decade pt. 1

January 7, 2010 Leave a comment

I suppose I’m a little late for this post. If I were on schedule with the rest of the media I would have churned out several top ten lists by mid-December musing upon the last decade of the new millenium.

Speaking of which, before New Year’s I saw a list on Yahoo.com that compiled the “worst mistakes of the 2009” or something to that effect. I’ve tried my darnedest to relocate that article but it seems to have disappeared into whatever black hole so many old Yahoo news articles fall into. One was about the “Air Force One photo incident,” which happened back in April. What Air Force One photo incident? you ask. To which I reply, EXACTLY.

For the first time ever, I read about the incident that happened on April 27th, when a White House Military Office-approved photo shoot of a Boeing VC-25 flying low over New York City was carried out. (This Boeing VC-25 becomes the Air Force One when the President in on board, which in this case he wasn’t.) The main problem aside from the tacky decision to photograph the President’s aircraft flying nearly at the altitude needed to slam into a skyscraper was the fact that NYC was not notified of the photo shoot. Understandingly, people grew nervous when they saw a plane apparently about to stage a terrorist attack, and there was panic in the streets along with evacuated buildings. Whoops!

Obama apparently had no idea the photo op happened until after the fact, and was very upset by such relentless stupidity.

I tend to keep up with the news, but have absolutely no recollection of hearing about that photo shoot. Which must mean that it barely made the news. Let us imagine, if you will, that such a photo shoot had happened when Bush was still in office, a few years after 2001. Why, there would have been no end to the coverage of this embarrassing incident! Not only the White House Military Office, but indeed the entire administration including Bush personally would be held up to ridicule, and asked how could they possibly support such idiocy? Yet it happens in 2009, and if not for that item in Yahoo news it would never have come to my attention.

Alright, more to come late, most likely in the form of a top ten list.  After all, I am rather fond of top ten lists.~