Y2K Was A Real Monster

Emily Rose
8 min readApr 14, 2021

While we were freaking out over the technology, we stopped minding the time.

Wow, 9 predicted the past…?

I finally started watching Stranger Things! I dunno, I was kind of waiting for the hype to die down so I could enjoy it in peace. I’m loving the whole aesthetic of it — in that it’s just the 80’s, exactly as it was. It’s not an over-the-top caricature, or a melting pot of stereotypes. It uses logos and products as props to establish the time and mood, not to sell things.

Half the furniture in the Byers house is left over from the mid-century mod look of the 60’s, but now it just looks dated. As far as Jonathan and Will are concerned, it’s granny furniture. No one ever points this out, or makes a thing of it. That’s just how it be, in 1984.

It’s like eating Chinese food in China, or Brazilian food in Brazil — it’s just food, and that makes it all the better.

But, y’all, it feels like we’ve been stuck in the late 80’s, or trying to get back to it, for the last 15 years. Go and ask people who was president 20 years ago. Watch half of them immediately blurt out “Bill Clinton” without skipping a beat, full of confidence. If you’re my age, that was likely the first president you remember people talking about clearly, so yeah. That was a long enough time ago, right?

But it was George W Bush. George W. Bush was president 20 years ago. Lol, feel old yet?

Here’s another one: brother of mine, name me a video game that came out 20 years ago?

Final Fantasy II release date: November, 1988 (33 yrs) … Final Fantasy X release date: July, 2001 (20 yrs)
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” release date: June, 1997 (24 yrs) … “Twilight” release date: October, 2005 (16 yrs)
Backstreet Boys debut: 1993 (28 yrs) … Marron 5 debut: 2001 (20 yrs)
Emily Rose

Just sitting here, making waves… #ramblingrose