Tuesday Chatter 99

 

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Tidbits and Pieces- The Year 1999

The world population exceeds 6 billion

General Hodge-Podge

Preparation begins for new millennium parties; computers worldwide run testing for the millennium bug; Dow Jones closes above 11,000 for the first time; the Barbie Doll celebrates its 40th birthday; Internet Explorer 5 is released; My Space debuts on the internet; Bluetooth debuts.

People

Lance Armstrong wins the first Tour de France; Vladimir Putin replaces Boris Yeltsin, as President of Russia; US women’s soccer team wins the FIFA World Cup; It is The International Year of the Elderly; Wayne Gretzky plays his last game in the NHL; John Elway’s #7 jersey is retired by the Denver Broncos.

Average Costs in the US

The average annual income is $40,810; average cost of a new house is $131,750; monthly rent $645, the average cost of a new car is $21,050 and to fill it up is $1.22 per gallon.

Weather

A tornado hits Oklahoma City leaving 38 dead; floods in Mexico causing mudslides wipes out entire villages leaving 400 dead; catastrophic floods and mudslides caused by torrential rains in the coastal regions of Venezuela; Hurricane Floyd, a category 4 storm hits the US-about 3 million people evacuated.

I was one of those included in the 3 million people that evacuated due to Hurricane Floyd. At that time, I lived in Ponte Vedra, FL, which is coastal city north of St. Augustine. Several of my friends and I packed our cars and headed to Georgia. Luckily, we found a place to stay for a couple of days until it was safe to return to our homes.

Hurricane Floyd was a huge Category 5 storm, some 580 miles across, which was twice the size of typical Atlantic hurricanes. I didn’t think there would be anything left of my neighborhood, however, we sustained very little damage.

As it turned out, North Carolina bore the brunt of the wrath of Floyd. According to my references, Floyd dumped 15-20 inches of rain causing every river and stream to flood. There was an estimated 6 billion in flood damage alone.

Music and Culture

Spongebob SquarePants, a popular children’s show debuts; Hours by David Bowie is the first complete album recorded by a major artist that can be downloaded over the internet, which preceded the physical debut by 2 weeks. Cher sets the record for the longest hit-making career span — 33 years between the release of her first and last Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (1965 and 1999).

 

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 A fingernail moon and a balloon

Create serendipity as they swoon

Like a tapestry they weave a tale

Infinite fractals shall prevail

The tooth fairy enjoying the ride

Black patent shoes do the electric slide

Baubles and beads in a quilted cloud

Make a child oh so proud

To check a box or connect the dots

Rarely reveals the secret plot

Be it friction or fiction

Or felicitous addiction

While sharing tales of muted glory

Graffiti hid the gist of the story

Eugenia

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  17 comments for “Tuesday Chatter 99

  1. 10/02/2017 at 9:37 pm

    I SO enjoy these days-gone-by posts, Eugenia. Please keep posting them to the Senior Salon for those of us who need the prompt.

    The focus on what might happen at the dawn of a new milennium so captured my memory that I had forgotten much of what you included here — even Floyd. Hard to believe that you could still buy a house for less than $150K and that rent was well under a thousand. Time drags inflation in its wake. Great poem as well.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  2. 10/03/2017 at 11:45 am

    Great these recollections of 1999! Thanks for bringing back the memories, it was the year that my daughter was born!

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    • 10/03/2017 at 1:55 pm

      Oh, then were good memories for you. 😉

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  3. 10/03/2017 at 12:07 pm

    The century certainly went out with a bang. Thanks for the round up of 1999 Eugenia and the great poetry to go with it.

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  4. 10/03/2017 at 3:21 pm

    So much fun to look back!
    Thanks for another fun chatter

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  5. 10/03/2017 at 11:07 pm

    Funny (or maybe not) how quickly we forget events that were important and momentous at the time. It amazes me how much I have forgotten.

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    • 10/04/2017 at 8:48 am

      I feel the same way. I look at it as life chapters. I tend to forget past events until they come back to light and then the memories come back to life.

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  6. 10/04/2017 at 9:31 am

    Thank you Eugenia, I in fact did have a cuppa in my hand.. Tea.. as I clicked over onto your post and bobbed my head up and down to that wonderful nostalgic music… I remember that one very well..
    Loved your poem too

    “Be it friction or fiction

    Or felicitous addiction

    While sharing tales of muted glory

    Graffiti hid the gist of the story”…

    Nodded to that too.. 🙂
    Wishing you a Blessed rest of the week my friend.. Much Love xxx Sue ❤

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  7. 10/06/2017 at 12:30 pm

    Hurricanes..sigh. Glad you guys were safe and made it out.

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    • 10/06/2017 at 8:40 pm

      Yes, hurricanes can be devasting, and in fact, there is another one on its way to Louisiana. It seems there has been a lot of bad storms this year.

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