The clerk was asking her all the usual questions: address, phone number, date of birth. I'm used to hearing 70-something, or even 80-something, but my ears clicked right over her year. It didn't have any sounds that resonated with me - she was born in a mystery year.
As I continued to stand there and rerun the conversation in my head the clerk asked for her birthday again. And this time I heard loud and clear. Something-something-NINETY. I was shocked. 90!! Oh my God!! Not only do I remember 1990, but I was a freshman/sophomore in high school!!! This wasn't a, "Oh, I remember 1984, cuz I was 9" sort of thing. I was a fully fledged teenager in 1990. Oh, shit, I felt so o l d ! ! !
This is what I was doing in 1990:Check out that scary-ass van in the background! Who buys that for their kid to drive?! I imagine the back is upholstered with shag carpeting or something.
I was going to lunch with Amy Santos (pictured) and Linda Hubbard (her convertible mustang is in the picture). We were probably on our way to Taco Bell where I would have ordered a Meximelt and nachos. Linda would have gotten a bean burrito, no onions, with a soda, and Amy would probably have ordered a Mexican Pizza and a coke. I would have begged for sips of their drinks since my $2 lunch allowance would have only just covered the nachos and the Meximelt. This is what I was doing in 1990.
And that girl was being born.
I had another thought this morning as I was laying in bed while Anthony was waking up Hollis. The internet is to my generation as the television was to my grandparents. Hollis is a DFL (digital as a first language) baby. Everyone in my generation and older is DSL (digital as a second language). He'll never know a world without a cell phone, the internet, texting, flat-screen TVs. Oy! So damn crazy!
Do you realize that pretty soon we're going to stop saying "two-thousand-whatever"? We'll just switch to "twenty-whatever" finally. Twenty-ten, twenty-eleven. Amazing!
Anyway, that's all - I just feel ancient and, ironically, kinda wise all of a sudden. I'm feeling a little bit like a wise, old, badass today - woot! Not bad for a random Wednesday morning!