In honor of my new sci-fi novel that was just released last week, Detours in Time, I’d like to talk about the 1990s. My main characters live in 1997, and they travel fifity years to the future. I loved thinking about all the technology I lived without in the 90s, and used that as I imagined what my characters would run into in 2047. It was easy to set them in the 90s, as it was so pivotal for me. I sort of grew up and stepped into my own shoes in that decade (see #7). So, this post is in honor of the 1990s, and everything that was great about it:
- This song by Chumbawamba! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H5uWRjFsGc&list=RD2H5uWRjFsGc
- Seinfeld was on the air for most of the decade! Photo: Bing Creative Commons
- Jeans were very forgiving on the days we happened to be bloated; they hid our muffin top…On the other hand, they did use a LOT of material, not so great for those of us living in Florida.
- Everything was relaxed, or short, short hair was back in, or long, but if it was long, it was casual. It was almost a re-birth of 60’s fashion, and that was great. Of course, Grunge took it and ran, but that’s their perogative.
- On the subject of music, we had Karma Police, Creep, …. Again, it felt a lot like a revivial of the sixties, except for Nirvana. They were unlike most of the others. Then, we also had the “gourd” bands. Smashing Pumpkins, Blind Melon, did I miss any? It didn’t matter. They were fresh, and unique. Headbangers still had their fun, too. See the aforementioned Nirvana, and there were a few others that were still kicking in the 90s, though the headbanger bands are not my expertise. Then, there was Beck. That man was, is, a dynamo. Come to think of it, 90s music rocked!
- Most of us did NOT have cell phones. We called each other or went over to a friend’s house, sometimes unannounced. When we got together, we looked at each other while conversing. I kind of miss that…
- There was Titanic, there was Val Kilmer looking great in several movies, there was Nicholas Cage in a movie every time you turned around, and the Lion King warmed our hearts. Movies were a big hobby for me, as I wasn’t going to concerts or getting out much as the 90s moved on, so thank goodness we had cable. In that decade, I: graduated from college, met a man who I married, bought a house with him, had a son, potty-trained that son of mine, worked full-time, got divorced, continued raising my son. The 1990s were such an important time, and I was seriously busy. I’d unwind at night watching the NASA channel with a slushy margarita. Really!
- If you were in college, you went to the book store to buy your books. Well, even if you weren’t in college, you went to buy books at the store. In the library, you used a physical “card” catalog. By the way, did Amazon even exist back then?
- Most of us did NOT have a home computer, and no one had ever heard of tablets. This was great, because you know, Y2K was just around the corner. I’ll address that in the sequel to Detours in Time. 🙂
- We had Bill Clinton for a president. I don’t know if that was economically bad for us, though some would say it was good, and his brother could play a mean saxophone! Through it all, SNL was there to poke fun at him. Well, they do that every decade, for every president in office, and I still appreciate it!
**Photos courtesy of Pixabay.com unless otherwise stated.
Please look for my sci-fi book, Detours in Time, on Amazon for purchase or preview. It is available in Kindle format, Kindle Unlimited, and paperback. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF
On a whim, feisty Tabatha takes a trip to the future with Milt, an awkward science professor. The fun trip turns intense when they make discoveries about their future selves and learn that while their actions may save one life, they could destroy another. Amid the turmoil, the two must decide if their actions have drastically altered the lives of the people they have met. Can Milt and Tabatha agree on a course of action?