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Anatomy of a Decade

We met for drinks and rosemary french fries. Conversation was nice, he is adorable, yet every time I looked at him, I thought of this:

1975– Weather Underground bombs State Dept in DC, Wheel of Fortune debuts, Watergate, Rocky Horror Picture Show opens on Broadway, Vietnam War, Bill Gates founds Microsoft, Saturday Night Live debuts, several countries declare independence from Portugal, Drew Barrymore and I are born. World population is 4,068,109,000

1976-US vetoes UN resolution calling for an independent Palestinian state, Apple Computer Company is formed, Tiananman riots, The Ramones release first album, Jimmy Carter wins presidency, Legionnaires disease first surfaces, U2 forms in Dublin highschool, Bob Marley is asassinated, Saul Bellow wins Nobel prize in literature and Audrey Tautou is born.

1977– Commodore computer is released, snow falls for the only time in history in Miami, Star Wars opens in cinemas, The Clash are formed, Apple ll computers released, The NYC blackout and Summer of Sam serial killings, Elvis Presley and Groucho Marx die, Orlando Bloom and Chris Martin of ColdPlay born.

1978-Garfield makes it’s debut, Ted Bundy captured, Larry Flynt shot and paralyzed, first Unabomber attack, first test tube baby is born, Jimmy Carter signs bill into law allowing home brewing of beer and he authorizes the minting of Susan B Anthony dollar, Jim Jones instigates Jonestown cult murder-suicides, Harvey Milk and George Moscone are assasinated, girl “hates Mondays” and open fires on San Diego school, Ashton Kutcher and Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes are born.

1979-Star Trek: The Motion Picture premieres, Iran Hostage Crisis, 2 families flee East Germany by balloon, ESPN debuts, Michael Jackson releases Off The Wall, Ixtoc 1 oil spill releases upwards of 400+ million gallons of oil into S.Gulf of Mexico, Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister, Three Mile Island nuclear plant disaster, compact discs are created, and Evangeline Lilly of television series Lost is born.

1980– Congress enacts CERCLA a.k.a. Superfunds, John Lennon is assasinated,Ethernet DIX standard is created, Jimmy Carter defeats Ed Kennedy for DNC nomination, RNC drops support of Equal Rights Amendment, CNN is launched, Ian Curtis of Joy Division dies, Pac Man is released, and Elin Nordegren (Woods) is born.

1981– Ronald Reagan becomes president, Walter Cronkite gives last CBS Evening News broadcast, CDC reports first cases of AIDS, Major League Baseball strikes, Sandra Day O’Connor becomes first female Supreme Court Judge, Adam Walsh is kidnapped and murdered, Lady Diana and Prince Charles marry, IBM computer  is released for $1,565 and has a with a 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 processor, Iran Contra Scandal, MTV is launched, and Brandon Flowers of the Killers is born.

1982-Canada gains full political independence from Great Britain, The Weather Channel debuts, Cal Ripken Jr. begins his streak, Equal Rights Amendment falls short on votes and Christian Right take credit, Pan Am flight 759 crashes, Lawn Chair Larry takes flight, First emoticons are released, International Day of Peace is formed, Michael Jackson releases Thriller, the United States goes into a recession, Commodore 64 computer is released, and now famous American Idol contestant Adam Lambert is born.

1983-Vanessa Williams becomes first black woman to be crowned Miss America, Tom Brokaw becomes NBC Nightly News Anchor, Red Hot Chili Peppers release first album, Michael Jackson’s Thriller video debuts, Microsoft Word is released, the DeLorean ceases production, the Chicken McNugget is introduced, MLK,Jr Day is signed into federal law, and Mila Kunis is born.

1984-Apple Macintosh is introduced, Michael Jackson wins 8 Grammys, Pierre Trudeau retires, The longest game in MLB history occurs between Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox, Virgin Atlantic takes first flight, Vanessa Williams resigns as Miss America over nude photo scandal, Crack Cocaine makes appearance in L.A., Ronald Reagan makes off the cuff joke about bombing Russia…ooops, they were ON THE AIR, and Scarlett Johansson is born.

1985-Minolta releases world’s first autofocus SLR, Mike Tyson has his first pro fight, DNA is first used in a criminal case, Dian Fossey is murdered in Rwanda, Windows 1.0 is released, Calvin & Hobbes debuts,teacher  Christa McAuliffe learns she will ride aboard Space Shuttle Challenger the next year,Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha is found with treasures worth $400 million, South Africa ends ban on interracial marriages, and my date from Wednesday night… was born near Ithaca, New York. World population is 4,830,979,000

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Let’s wrap up and just cross off the list those that we are not carrying over into 2010:

Peruvian Hottie (collective BOOOOO), Jewish Dad with dogs (eh, his laugh ANNOYED me so I never even went out with him), the Luthier (just wasn’t feeling terribly attracted to him, seemed nice but eh), The Hickie Giving Musician (just can’t do it, not feeling it), Rosemary (we all know why), the Aussie (young), and the Farmer (a girl can only be so patient).

Here is the new cluster of boys/men:

Academic (super cute and younger and had some hmm, hot chat sex, ooops), Former Reporter (turns out we have some history in another life that overlaps), Tattooed Rock Musician (seems nice, feeling eh about it), Tattooed Insomniac Artist (makes cakes at 2:30 in the morning, cause he’s in the mood for cake and milk. It’s either cute or weird or maybe both),Art Teacher (interesting, quirky), Middle School Teacher (a little odd, not sure about him yet) and there is the Flannel Turkish guy from New Year’s Eve, which is a night I will explain in a moment.

There you have a list of the guys I am currently speaking with and trying to figure out what they are about. Follow along in the future.

Now, New Year’s Eve. I heard nothing back from Peruvian, a huge disappointment but life must go on. I called the foreigner and we opted to go to this chill lounge on the other side of town. We met close by and drove over together. I worried that the night was going to be a bust when we walked in and there were only 15 people there! It was only 9:30, I remained hopeful. So, we sat, we drank, we covered ourselves from the cold blast of arctic air each time the door opened. Eventually people filtered in and a) blocked the cold air (yay!) and b) suddenly filled the joint! After I picked up my 3rd drink, I was ready to move a bit. The DJ’s were doing an amazing job mixing up funk, disco, 80’s, and various electronic tracks and everyone had a groove working. I made notice of an attractive gentleman at one point, looked at him a few times and smiled once or twice. Young, but very cute and TALL.

So, I danced. I had begun work on another cocktail and midnight came around. The foreigner grabbed me and started making out with me (?!) and then I went back to dancing. After midnight the crowd loosened up as people had gotten their midnight kissage out-of-the-way and were now just having fun. A turkish guy started dancing with me and eventually making out with me. It was fun but I was still thinking of the young cute Tall thing over in the corner from earlier. Eventually, I was able to make my way over there and at some point ended up kissing one of the DJ’s (really?! He was good, but that good?) and provided a charity kiss to an older woman who had never kissed a woman in her life, until at some point I got a hold of the Tall Cutie. Best lips of the night.

Eventually the bar closed and the foreigner and I left without my getting the young man’s name. His kiss is stuck on my lips though. I put out a Craigslist Missed Connection. What else do you do? How do you find someone after the fact? I’m not looking for love with him, but maybe a cocktail and some more kissage. Mmmm, kissage.

The night wrapped uneventfully and we now find ourselves in 2010. It feels odd. Surreal. 2009 was a bad year for me. It began with the death of an older friend and ended with perhaps a death to my former self. At least, a shedding of that former self. Let’s see what 2010 has to offer. A new decade, a new self, a whole new adventure.

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