“You’re a Gen Xer, right?” I was asked. “And I’m a Millennial?”
“Actually, I think you’re at the tail end of Gen Y,” I said to the kiddo born in 1988.
“So who are the Millennials?”
“Born after the 90’s started. Which was not, technically, until Smells Like Teen Spirit was released.”
And so that’s how we began to hammer out the various decades rather than the various generations.
The 50’s started with Eisenhower’s election, for example. The 50’s didn’t end until Kennedy got shot. Then it was the 60’s until either Vietnam ended, Watergate, or Nixon resigned (opinions differ). The 70’s didn’t end until Reagan was either elected or, a few months later, took office. Some argue that the 80’s ended when the Berlin Wall fell or when Desert Storm happened but, honestly, I think it was Smells Like Teen Spirit that kicked off the 90’s. Which, of course, did not end until (let’s say it together) 9/11 (no politics).
Which brings us to the Oughts.
Some argue that the Oughts ended with Obama’s election (the 70’s were that short). I really can’t think of any other major milestone around there that might provide a decent punctuation, whether they be political (no politics), cultural, or some big event that happened that made everybody say “well, that’s over… let’s start the next one.”
That’s what is probably going to be bugging me all weekend.
So… what’s on your docket?