Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
Morton Fox

10 years ago...

I know someone's going to say that the decade doesn't end until December 31, 2010, because there wasn't a Year 0 but given everything that has happened recently, the time feels right for a look back at the past 10 years. The 2000s were an incredible decade. I made a lot of new friends, got a few new hobbies, and got a little wiser (hopefully), but also lost a number of things along the way.

10 years ago, I hadn't started geocaching and didn't begin until April of 2001. Even when I started, I didn't the slightest inkling that in the next 8+ years after, this activity would take me to over 11,000 geocaches and over 100 geocaching events, bring me closer to a lot of people, and help me find many new places to vacation, shop, dine, and even relocate to.

I had only been on Where's George for a few months with only a few hundred bills entered at the end of 1999. 10 years later, I'm at over 148,000 bills with over 36,000 hits and I'm at the top of my state. (Well, okay, that's because I moved. I was #3 in New Jersey.) I also attended some Where's George events but wasn't a regular.

I was already going to Anthrocon every year but didn't fursuit until 2001. (I think) I had art in the Art Show, hosted or co-hosted panels, drew in sketchbooks and all those ceased a few years later. Added Furfright to my annual list when it started up in Connecticut. Also went to a few local sci-fi cons (Philcon, Jersey Devil Con, Lunacon) in the late 90s and early 00s but eventually got tired of those.

Other things:
- I was 50lbs heavier 10 years ago. A decade of gradual weight loss later, I can wear all those clothes I'd been saving from college. (clothes that haven't disintegrated anyway. :) )
- I was somewhat naive about the financial markets in the 90s but somehow still mostly escaped the ensuing tech bloodbath. I liked REITs, drug stocks, industrials, and European large caps back then.
- I didn't have much of an online presence back then. Just two websites and a handful of art archives. I also didn't have Livejournal until 2002. Now I crowd out everything else in the first half dozen pages of Google search results for my online ID.
- I was on dialup 10 years ago. Didn't get cable broadband until October 2000. Also, somehow my laptop (Compaq LTE-5100 P90) and computer (a slow Dell Optiplex) didn't seem that slow until after I had broadband. :)
- I still very much enjoyed my job 10 years ago.

Anyway, it's been quite a decade. I can't even begin to guess at what the coming decade will bring. All I can say is it'll be interesting.
Tags: decade, retrospective

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