Thursday, January 20, 2005

NOSTALGIA: 1992?

Hey, remember 1992?

I was living in New Brunswick, New Jersey, just off the campus of Rutgers College, in a house with three guys and three other women. We were all friends, and our two apartments had open door policies--it was like the Real World, without the randomness. A Clinton/Gore sticker was suspended in one of the upper windows of our house. It was the beginning of senior year, we were minutes away from all the coolest bars, and we were the masters of all we surveyed. We hosted a great Halloween party (my first) that impressed friends visiting from Brandeis, carved a pumpkin that looked more confused than scary, and we dissected each other's love lives. Plus there was a Krauszer's convenience store just down the block.

What there weren't? Cell phones. DVRs. DVDs. "The Internet." Email. Nostalgia shows on VH1. Reality TV. MP3 players. And lots of other things that we didn't know we needed till they arrived.

Which is why I got a kick out of this piece in the New Yorker. You know I have my issues with the New Yorker, but I do enjoy Shouts and Murmurs. Wouldn't mind doing a piece for that column someday.



(Hat tip: Norma)

5 Comments:

At 3:08 PM, January 20, 2005, Blogger Yaron said...

Yeah, looking back on it, I don't know how we managed! Not having the web was probably the worst of it. Though having to listen to Boyz II Men and Billy Ray Cyrus was pretty bad too.

 
At 3:39 PM, January 20, 2005, Blogger Shoshana said...

It's amazing how we survived back in the old days.

 
At 7:33 AM, January 22, 2005, Blogger Keith said...

Of course it impressed your Brandeis friends. Didn't they tell you that Brandeis is the most un-party school you'll ever hear about?

 
At 5:41 PM, January 22, 2005, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

Yaron, no one has to listen to Billy Ray Cyrus. I carefully avoided everything with a mullet.

And Keith, believe me...about Brandeis? I know.

 
At 10:51 AM, February 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK...so I'm two years late.....

Actually email *did* exist in 1992; for us mensches in Education or Government work.....

 

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Thursday, January 20, 2005

NOSTALGIA: 1992?

Hey, remember 1992?

I was living in New Brunswick, New Jersey, just off the campus of Rutgers College, in a house with three guys and three other women. We were all friends, and our two apartments had open door policies--it was like the Real World, without the randomness. A Clinton/Gore sticker was suspended in one of the upper windows of our house. It was the beginning of senior year, we were minutes away from all the coolest bars, and we were the masters of all we surveyed. We hosted a great Halloween party (my first) that impressed friends visiting from Brandeis, carved a pumpkin that looked more confused than scary, and we dissected each other's love lives. Plus there was a Krauszer's convenience store just down the block.

What there weren't? Cell phones. DVRs. DVDs. "The Internet." Email. Nostalgia shows on VH1. Reality TV. MP3 players. And lots of other things that we didn't know we needed till they arrived.

Which is why I got a kick out of this piece in the New Yorker. You know I have my issues with the New Yorker, but I do enjoy Shouts and Murmurs. Wouldn't mind doing a piece for that column someday.



(Hat tip: Norma)

5 Comments:

At 3:08 PM, January 20, 2005, Blogger Yaron said...

Yeah, looking back on it, I don't know how we managed! Not having the web was probably the worst of it. Though having to listen to Boyz II Men and Billy Ray Cyrus was pretty bad too.

 
At 3:39 PM, January 20, 2005, Blogger Shoshana said...

It's amazing how we survived back in the old days.

 
At 7:33 AM, January 22, 2005, Blogger Keith said...

Of course it impressed your Brandeis friends. Didn't they tell you that Brandeis is the most un-party school you'll ever hear about?

 
At 5:41 PM, January 22, 2005, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

Yaron, no one has to listen to Billy Ray Cyrus. I carefully avoided everything with a mullet.

And Keith, believe me...about Brandeis? I know.

 
At 10:51 AM, February 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK...so I'm two years late.....

Actually email *did* exist in 1992; for us mensches in Education or Government work.....

 

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