It Can’t Be Thirty Years!
by Tim O'Connell
So we’re doing the 70s this week. I thought I’d go with the difference between me now and me 30 years ago.
1977: I hated waking up earlier that 9:00 A.M..
2007: I wake up at 0500 no matter where I am or what I’m doing that day. Waking up later I feel like I’m wasting a lot of time. I sometimes sleep in on the weekends.
1977: I only drank coffee for breakfast, except on weekends or to go to the diner.
2007: No change.
1977: I was perfectly comfortable in Levis, hiking boots, black t-shirt and a flannel shirt
2007: Ummm, I’ve switched to Wranglers and running shoes and rarely wear flannel but otherwise, yeah, kind of comfortable there.
1977: Two years out of Catholic School believe that the Church is one of the most fundamentally evil organizations on the planet mostly made up of frustrated lesbians and pedophiles.
1977: Honestly believed that one evening when “Sky” Daniels was broadcasting on the LOOP FM, that we’d receive our instructions for taking over the world.
2007: Wonders who's brownies I’d stolen.
1977: Thought Springsteen was the be all and end all of rock’n’roll stars.
2007: Can rarely stomach anything of Springsteen’s done after 1977 and none of his folksy, “I gotta be Bob Dylan” stuff.
1977: Was rabidly anti-military. No, seriously, the military was nothing but evil men doing evil things for an evil government. I thought that all war was useless.
2007: About to retire from the Air Force with 23 years of service. Realized that we’re not perfect, but we’re better than most.
1977: Refused to watch television except for Saturday Night Live. Wonder if this “Bill Murray” guy is going to be as funny as Chevy Chase.
2007: Cheddar who?
1977: Computers are evil and they’re going to destroy us all.
2007: Computers are our friends, computers are our friends, computers are our friends.
1977: Never went to bed before midnight, usually didn’t crash until one or two A.M..
2007: If I’m awake past 11, I’m kind of screwed for the next three days.
1977: Honestly believed that Jimmy Carter was going to bring hope and dignity back to The White House.
2007: Hawwwwk! Tooooie!
2007: Waiting to see if the Space Shuttle is going to work and no longer care if the International Space Station will ever be completed.
1977: Started hearing some band called The Clash on college radio.
2007: I listen to part of The Clash Anthology just about every day.
1977: Stood in line to see Star Wars. Over and over and over and over again.
2007: Smile when Boyo tells me he’s taking the collection to watch it yet again.
1977: Very excited for the future because The President has created The Department of Energy promising a comprehensive energy policy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and research renewable fuel sources.
2007: Yeah, 30 years ago, still freaking waiting.
1977: The Commodore PET computer is first sold. I figure it’s a geek thing, who’s going to need a computer at home?
2007: There are currently five computers in various states of disrepair in our home. Three work well.
1977: Psycho Killer by Talking Heads is released. We all wonder WTF is this shit?
2007: Never did figure that out.
1977: Never Mind The Bullocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols is released in the United States. Most of us already have the import.
2007: I have no idea why I ever listened to The Sex Pistols except I know that Vodka was involved.
1977: Saturday Night Fever is released. I’m pissed off that almost everyone misses the message of the movie about how hollow and pointless “the boogie life” is. Can’t believe I spent an hour in line in the fucking snow to see this shit. Seriously, she wasn’t that cute.
2007: Thirty years later, most folks still haven’t figured it out. She’s married to one of my best friends. She still makes him “Hustle” and “Electric Slide” with her at weddings.