Living in the Year 2003

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"Come ride with me through the veins of history. I'll show you a god who falls asleep on the job."
Muse / Knights of Cydonia

Posted on February 28, 2003 1:42 PM in Computers
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Have you ever received an email forward that you actually liked? You can't honestly tell me you buy into the fact that if you resend that email out to everyone you know Bill Gates might actually send you some of his money. Or better'll avoid getting that promised 10-year bad luck streak and the person you have a crush on will fall in love with you.

To be perfectly honest, I can only remember two forwards that I ever found myself appreciating. One was a forward about my hometown, Puyallup, Washington, that no one else would appreciate (unless they were raised there too). The other is an email I received today from my girlfriend's sister. It gives you a bit of a perspective on what kind of world we live in these days, and even manages to bring a smile to your face (it brought one to mine, at least). Here it is...

You know you are living in the year 2003 when:

  • Your reason for not staying in touch with family is because they do not have e-mail.
  • You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
  • Your grandmother asks you to send her a JPEG file of your newborn so she can create a screen saver.
  • You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home.
  • Every commercial on television has a web site address at the bottom of the screen.
  • You buy a computer and 3 months later it's out of date and sells for half the price you paid.
  • Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go get it.
  • Using real money, instead of credit or debit, to make a purchase would be a hassle and take planning.
  • You just tried to enter your password on the microwave.
  • You consider second-day air delivery painfully slow.
  • Your dining room table is now your flat filing cabinet.
  • Your idea of being organized is multiple-colored Post-it notes.
  • You hear most of your jokes via e-mail instead of in person.
  • You get an extra phone line so you can get phone calls.
  • You disconnect from the Internet and get this awful feeling, as if you just pulled the plug on a loved one.
  • You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee.
  • You wake up at 2 AM to go to the bathroom and check your E- mail on your way back to bed.
  • You start tilting your head sideways to smile. :)
  • You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
  • Even worse; you know exactly who you are going to forward this to...


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