I am going to kick-off this nostalgic time capsule with the year 2000 (which always reminds of Conan O'Briens old skit "In the year 2000").
How could one forget Y2K! The year the world was supposed to come crashing down as we fall victim to technology. I vividly remember waking up the morning of December 31st, 1999 watching the news to see if people across the globe had become tragic victims of the Y2K disaster. To my "surprise" I watched the broadcasts of people celebrating the New Year in China and all over the world. Phew, I thought, I guess we will survive...(I don't want to fast forward to present times, but if history does repeat itself, I think the hype of the end of the world in 2012 will leave many disappointed)
Speaking of Surviving, I remember a little hit show called (you guessed it) Survivor which aired its record-breaking season finale in the summer of 2000 where over 51 million people witnessed the infamously gay nudo Richard Hatch take home the grand prize of $1,000,000!
Hatch's victory wasn't the only awe-inspiring gay headline in 2000, a little state famed for their amazing ski resorts bucked the cultural trend by passing HB847 aka the law that legalized civil unions for gay couples!
For "some" reason gay unions remind me of the pop sensation NSYNC that ruled pop culture (for girls and gays at least). It seemed as though you couldn't turn on the radio or tv for more than 5 minutes without seeing those sensational sissy's. And if it wasn't NSYNC that was on it was their female counterpart, Britney Spears that was delighting us with her..umm..."vocals". Don't get me wrong, unless this is the first post you've read, you very well know I was and still am a huge Britney fan. That little pop tart always gets me movin and shakin, and to be honest, she inspires me to believe that anyone can become a hit singer...and I mean ANYONE... Some other favorite musicians of 2000 include Lenny Kravitz, Blink 182, U2, All Saints (who the hell are they?!), pre-Lady Gaga icon aka Madonna, Pink, the Clean Christina Aguillara (before she got all dirty) R.E.M and Faith Hill to name a few.
I think what I remember most and cherish the most about 2000, wasn't the fact that I not only had my license and kick ass car to drive...but that gas was only $1.26 per gallon! But I don't want to get ahead of ourselves here, we will discuss the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq WAR which has helped make the $1.26 price per gallon a faint memory of the past.