Monday, May 26, 2008

Rise and Shine


It was only nine years ago, but it feels like a lifetime.
Let's look at some of the ways the world has changed before George W. Bush gave us a 'better' world.
In 1999, gas cost around $1.50 a gallon. Today, you're lucky if you can find a place that hasn't broken the $4 mark.
In 1999, the real estate market was starting to take off. Today, the rate of foreclosures are taking off.
In 1999, the price of a new Ford Taurus was, depending on options, around $17,000. Today, the price of a new Ford Taurus is, depending on options, around $25,000.
In 1999, the top song of the year was 'If you had my love' by Jennifer Lopez. The No. 1 song today is 'Lollipop' by Lil Wayne.
In 1999, many were hoarding water bottles and canned goods in fear of a computer meltdown for Y2K. Today, some are hoarding water bottles and canned goods in fear of a stock market meltdown.
In 1999, the most watched television show is 'Who wants to be a Millionaire.' Today, the top television show is 'American Idol.' Well, maybe there's no difference there.
In 1999, the nation was shocked as John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law were killed in a plane crash. Today, the nation shrugs as Sen. Edward Kennedy is diagnosed with a brain tumor.
In 1999, the top movie of the year was 'Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace.' So far this year, the top grossing movie is 'Ironman.'
On May 26, 1999, the Phillies were being led by Curt Schilling and Ron Gant to a 23-20 record. Today, led by Cole Hamels and Chase Utley, the Phillies are 28-24. By the way, the Phillies ended the 1999 season 77-85 and third place in the N.L. East.
In 1999, 9-year olds were just 9-year olds, playing baseball, running around and enjoying things. Today, 9-year olds are faced with school pressures thanks to our President's 'Every Child Left Behind' (or something like that), but they still have fun and play baseball.
In 1999, after many long hours of labor, a special boy joined us and made the world a better place.
Happy Birthday Liam!

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