It’s been 20 years: You oughta know
Ok. I write this with a very heavy heart, A very heavy heart. I think I am getting older. Duh. Doh. Eek. Yes. Obviously, the day we are born we start getting older. However, lately I have found myself going “oh my has it been that long?” That is setting me off on a bit of unasked for nostalgia. A few nights ago I was watching jeopardy where the latest twitter sensation Matt Jackson had won his 10th game. The final jeopardy category was super easy. The answer was “AS PART OF ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN 2014, THIS VIDEO GAME USED THE SLOGAN WE ALL FIT TOGETHER.” Before I could process what came out of my mouth I screamed at the television “tetris!” I was ecstatically right and then I felt deflated. I processed what I had just said. Tetris has been around for 30 years years. That is crazy. When I went to college, it had already been out for more than a decade but I had never heard of it till my college housemate got the game on her computer. Then I dreamt of those boxes for night after night. If you have ever played it, you know exactly what I mean about the nighttime Tetris visions. Those boxes, those little boxes just kept falling. Eventually I stopped playing and those visions went away.
Years later, a song came out called “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette. It was angry, daring and growled by a female. It was awesome for a while for it was the ultimate “bad break-up” song. Then, of course, the song was over played ad nauseam. At first, though, it was cool. Now, today, it has been 20 years since that song came out. Twenty years! What? My Entertainment Weekly magazine dissected that time and kept emphasizing how that song was released 20 years ago paving the way for many other female artists to be so raw in their words and emotions. Ironically (major pun intended) the television show Full House ended right around the time Alanis’ song was released (many believe that Dave guy from Full House was Alanis’ bad break-up) and it is returning to television this year. Why must bad television go around, come around?
But back to my existential crisis. How did 20 years go by so quickly. I seriously can’t wrap my head around this. To me, that song, just came out a few years ago. Not two decades ago. I looked up what else happened 20 years ago and was astounded to find that eBay was launched and the final Calvin and Hobbes Strip was published. Many kids these days would have no clue about Calvin and Hobbes. It’s all Minecraft and Skylander characters now. I believe eBay still exists. Thus far, I have only used eBay twice in 2004 for a Bridesmaid’s dress. I still have it. I suppose it is nice that the dress still fits.
As the rock group the Suburbs notes:
So, I sip my coffee and wonder whether I am experiencing nostalgia, mid-life crisis or just a random stream of consciousness. I oughta know. I need to know. Maybe.
I think I need to make my own time capsule and see what remains big in 20 years. Twenty years. Some things stay the same; others are completely gone with the wind.