Now leaving the ‘totally rad’ 80’s with a wedding ring on my finger, it was time to grow up and be an adult. Unfortunately, with the recession in the early 90’s, this was not easy. And me working as a graphic designer didn’t help since designers were usually the first people to be let go when a company downsizes. The good news is that I made some great friends along the way, and things were getting interesting in pop culture.
MTV was lacking the financial backing for a soap opera type television show, so instead they cast seven real Gen-Xers to film living together in a New York city loft. “To find out what happens when people stop being polite, and start getting real.”
The show was a smash hit. And of course I had to watch it because these people were my peers. It reran over and over in what seemed like an endless loop. (Dang, it just now hit me how lonnnng ago that was!) And even when the next series in Los Angeles began, the New York show STILL aired in reruns. However, the game changer came in Los Angeles when the cast did a majority vote (girls against the guys) to evict one of their roommates. Next, the San Francisco cast did the same. And thus reality television was born.
In the world of music, Beck put out some awesome albums, but in my opinion, the media people of the older generation (i.e. Boomers) latched on to ‘Loser’ and the Grunge era a little too much for defining Generation X as ‘Slackers.’
BTW, Beck just won another Grammy in 2015 and Pearl Jam’s still producing music and touring. So what’s your definition of ‘Slacker?’
The 90’s was also a great decade for women to assert themselves as artists.
With all of this girl power happening, I was trying to assert myself into the job market, which was not easy. I was laid off in 1990, 1992, 1995 and just missed 1999!
In the mean time my husband and I found joy in promoting greyhound rescue with our two boys Nick and Monte. Such great dogs!
As the 90’s came to a close, there was a bunch of media hysteria over Y2K, or the year 2000 computer meltdown. Apparently, there was the possibility that planes were going to fall from the sky, street lights were going to act crazy, personal computers were going to crash, and just all around chaos in western civilization. And true to form, the media hysteria panned out into a lot of fuss over nothing. But the new Waterford Crystal LED ball dropped at Times Square was pretty cool!
In October 2000, my band U2 was at it again, this time releasing their new single ‘Beautiful Day’ from their upcoming album ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind.’
This clip from their video filmed at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport is one of the less interesting scenes, or at least I thought so at the time because this was before 9-11. Almost a year before. Can you imagine a rock band today filming a video going through airport security? Sadly, I don’t think so. The whole vibe of this video is so up and happy. I have to admit I tear up a little bit now when I watch it, and think about what the world has lost since then.
Thankfully, we got to see their show in April of 2001 in Los Angeles. It was amazing. And not so coincidentally, our daughter was born 9 months later!
Now that was a beautiful day.
The following years are a blur of school, soccer, birthday parties, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Although life is about more than being a parent.
In 2012, I went on a mission trip to Uganda. Beautiful country and beautiful people. I think about them all the time and hope one day to go back and see them again. The photo below was taken at a child survivor program that our family donates to in order to help women and their babies get the care they need in such an impoverished part of the country. This is how we were greeted when our grouped arrived. What a joyous welcome of music and dancing!
Looking back, I have to say, it’s been quite a ride. Since this blog is about fun, I chose to leave out some of the more heartbreaking moments in my life. But everything for better for worse has shaped me into the Golden Girl that I am today. And I’m still not finished. So here’s to having some more fun!