I was out in Atlanta back in August, at my favorite karaoke bar (the purest honky tonk I've ever been to), and this couple got up to sing and yelled "WHO LOVES THE 90s??!!!!!" And the crowd went wild. They followed this up with a near-perfect rendition of Temple of the Dog's "Hunger Strike" (you may remember Temple of the Dog as the band formed by Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam and Chris Cornell from Soundgarden... one of the first "Super Groups" I was aware of). [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUb450Alpps&w=420&h=315]

Anyway, it struck me how many people of my generation truly benefited from growing up in the 90s, and just how much we all can relate to because of it. No wonder everyone in the place (who spanned the ages of 21 and into their 60s, but with the majority being late 20s and 30s) went insane when she said that. The 90s were AWESOME. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. We were still in a bubble where everything was on the up-and-up, or so it seemed. My generation was told "The sky is the limit!" We were one of the first generations to not really think much about how gender or race affected whether we would get good jobs or be allowed a voice. We were the first to probably not even notice race in the first place (at least in a negative way). We also never saw real war until September 11th. Up until then, the most pivotal "where were you when..." moment I remember was when Princess Diana died (I was at the beach).
  2.  We enjoyed TV shows like Saved by the Bell and Boy Meets World, and later Friends, and Will & Grace... shows that, even with their laugh tracks, were so good because they were simple. They weren't flashy or overly sexy. We weren't spoiled by CGI and special effects. When Buffy the Vampire Slayer came around, we were WOWED. The same can be said for reality TV. The Real World was first broadcast in 1992. I was 10. And whoaaaa it was so cool. You could get a glimpse into other peoples' everyday lives! But all that is to say - we were easily impressed. I may be over-assuming, but it seems to me like kids these days have seen it all, heard it all. They're all "been there, done that, unimpressed" by the age of 13. I was so impressed by the ability to IM and thrilled by hearing "You've Got Mail!" I just feel bad for them.

  3. And with that being said, we were lucky to live before the world of reality TV, constant contact, and social media. We got to experience high school (with all of its messy breakups and mistakes) without it being documented for the world to see via Facebook, Twitter, and the like. There's probably no way I'd have the awesome job I have now if some of my less flattering high school moments had been documented and were google-able. I have teenage cousins who are all over the social media with no privacy features and no filter... it's scary.
  4. We got to eat all sorts of things that were TERRIBLE for us... without any guilt. Sure, we're all paying for it now, and hopefully with the attention to health (I noticed as I was getting breakfastdriving past McDonald's the other day that they have all of their calories displayed), our kids will be thinner and healthier... but the poor things will never know what it's like to eat a Happy Meal (we're talking full nuggies and fries, none of this apples-as-a-side nonsense) every day just to collect all the toys... at least not guilt-free.

  5. 90s Country. Do I really need to explain? For some reason, I've found myself listening to a lot of 90s country lately. Perhaps it was brought on by the Garth-a-thon I mentioned in my last post (and the fact I got to see him live in Vegas back in October), which spurred a trend of rewatching my favorite country movies (also inspired by how unimpressed I was with the show Nashville, in comparison)... but I've been on a kick. And yall, it really doesn't get much better than Reba with her big hair, Toby Keith before he was trying to stick his boot everywhere, and Faith Hill and Tim McGraw as the biggest power couple around, who still look exactly the same as they did 20 years ago. In fact, I've put together a nice little playlist that I hope you'll enjoy.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videoseries?list=PL8qen_is6z1gwjjpyexBacA47JAhbC1M4&hl=en_US]

If you're curious which movies I'm referring to, I cannot recommend more a good watch of Pure Country, starring George Strait (as Dusty, a disillusioned country star, pony/rat tail and all, who just wants to go back to the basics).

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImbNqSoqGqA?list=PL2501EC4042AF78D1&hl=en_US]

And The Thing Called Love, starring River Phoenix (in one of his last roles), Sandra Bullock, Dermot Mulroney, and Samantha Mathis as newcomers to Nashville trying to make it as songwriters. There are Pam Tillis and Trish Yearwood cameos, and all of the self-indulgent country music references you could ever want. It's just really, really great.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq5BNzAVNEY]

So with that being said, and in keeping with the upcoming holiday, I'm thankful. As someone who recently turned 30, I'm thankful to be happy about it. :)

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Safe travels, and happy eating!