Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another new decade

I remember when the 60s became the 70s, the 70s became the 80s, the 80s became the 90s, and then the turn of the century. But I remember those occasions as seeming much more significant than the beginning of a new decade seems to me now. And I wonder why this is?

Is it just because I'm getting older? Or does it have to do with leaving behind a decade that still doesn't quite have a name? Was it the Oughts? The Oughties? The Ohs, or the OhOhs? And what are we entering? The Teens?

You rarely hear references to the 20th century's teen years as the Teens. Why is that? When we refer to "The Turn Of The Century" do we mean the years 1900-1909, or does it go all the way to 1919?

I have a hard time imagining how the years 2010-2019
might distinguish themselves from the years 2000-2009. Though I'm sure they will, and I'm sure it will be interesting.

How funny to think that there will be a day when photos taken in the Oughts and the Teens will be as distinctive and representative of their decade as the photos on this post are of theirs.

I think another reason the change from one decade to another seems less significant to me than it used to is because new decades now make up much smaller percentages of my lifetime.

I was 25 when the 70s became the 80s - so the ten years of the 70s had comprised nearly half my lifetime. In contrast, the Oughts took up less than one fifth of my life so far. And the Teens will be even less.

There's a cheery thought for the new year

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Winter blooms

My Christmas Cactus and African Violet are both in bloom. Such a nice winter treat of color. That's our first snow outside the window, though we didn't get much. Just a dusting of the lawns. I'm so glad the big blizzard missed us.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Nine truths, one lie

One of my favorite bloggers, Willow, of the Willow Manor blog, recently posted a list of ten personal facts, one of which wasn't true. It was fun, so I thought I'd give it a whirl, too.

Nine of these things about me are true, one is a lie.
Can you guess which one?

1. I need the sound of a whirring fan in order to go to sleep.
2. I don’t like shrimp.
3. I can catch a stack of quarters off my elbow.
4. I once arrived at a party in a limo, dressed as Anna Nicole Smith.
5. I was once a rural librarian.
6. I sang karaoke in a New York City bar on my 50th birthday.
7. I have no interest in sports.
8. I hate Winter.
9. My first car was a 67 VW "Bug".
10. I’d rather be body surfing.

I'll reveal the correct false answer when I get at least three guesses. So, come on, click on the comments link and take a guess.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday Favorite photo: Blue Heaven

I took this photo in May, 2004 at one of my favorite places on Earth: Blue Heaven, a Key West restaurant. BB and I have been there twice and both experiences were memorable. I especially remember the carrot & curry soup - so delicious.

The food at Blue Heaven is outstanding and the ambiance, an outdoor courtyard paved with slate pool table tops from the property's days as a billiard hall, is quintessentially old Key West. The courtyard features a tropical almond tree and there are cats and chickens wandering about.

I'd sure rather be there than here on a cold, grey December day like today. Though I'm grateful we haven't had any snow - yet.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

She's gay!

I was never a big fan of the TV show Family Ties, and never thought much of Meredith Baxter as an actress, but I was surprised to hear that she'd come out. I admire her honesty in this interview and relate to her story of coming out late.