I explained to Maribou that, for a while there, many of us in the 90’s would randomly yell out “NEW YORK CITY?!” That led to discussions of in-jokes that me and my friends had, and that led to discussions and rememberings of what it was like to be young and in college or young and just out of college and the various dynamics that existed at the time… the biggest fer instance was the whole “how often do we see our friends?” thing. In college, friends would knock on the door and you’d listen to an album with them. You’d go to a friend’s room and read a book on their couch instead your couch because, hey, their couch catches the sunlight better.
I remembered the time that my contract at Global Conglomerate ended and said “let’s drive to the Grand Canyon!” and we did. I remembered the other time that my other contract at International Amalgamation ended and we said “let’s drive to Las Vegas!” and we did.
The whole dynamic of when I made less than 16 bucks an hour and she made just over minimum wage and how it felt like we always had money in our pockets and free time to do stuff like “drive to another time zone” (just because we felt like it) and had a life where we were spending time with friends… to now where we have to pretty much schedule everything (EVERYTHING) two weeks in advance, to where everything is budgeted, and to where it feels like we never see our friends… the ones we used to have come over and sit on our couch while we listened to albums and discussed the books we read… how we see them so rarely anymore.
Then, of course, the big question:
Would you go back to that?