In another thread, someone mentioned the date 8.1997, and then further qualified it as the same month Princess Diana died. This type of episodic memory has always interested me... and I was wondering what were some of the defining moments in other Rancher's lives. I think my big three would be:
1) Challenger Explosion in 1986 2) Beginning of Desert Storm in 1991 3) 9/11
“Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.” - Rich Cook
May 16th, 1990. The day the man died who taught just about everyone my age and under in the U.S. how to count, the alphabet, the meaning of "cooperation", and the fact that while it's not easy bein' green, it is really not that bad, either.
There are only two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors
July 20th, 1969. Neil Armstrong steps onto the moon. Five-year-old me watches, sitting on the kitchen floor. The TV is black and white, with rabbit ears, on a spindly wire cart that allowed us to move the set so we could see it from the kitchen. In less than two months, I will start school. Because of what I see on TV, I understand why.
Sometime in the early 70's... one day my mom told me Sesame Street would be different, and sure enough, it was. Suddenly, Oscar and Big Bird were more vibrant than they ever had been in the past... very mysterious. I always wondered how my mom would have known in advance how drastically my little life would change. I only found out a few years ago it was because my parents bought a color TV.
30th June 1998: England lose on penalties to Argentina - ending the world cup dream for another 4 years.
The resulting mood change of the nation and lack of comprehension by my girlfriend at the time were key factors in my decision to leave England for shores where football would no longer be at the forefront of my mind.
5th August 1998: I arrived in Australia, jobless, single, and full of hope!
.....in my decision to leave England for shores where football would no longer be at the forefront of my mind.
Can't believe a game of football made you take life chnaging decisions.
Joined: Jun 30, 2004
Originally posted by Chris Jak: Can't believe a game of football made you take life chnaging decisions.
The game was only one factor in the decision of course. The decision was pretty much made before the game - but the flow of events following this particular game were enough to clarify my position and help spur me on to some decisive action!! (Would I have been able to leave England had the nation remained in a jubilant mood and had England gone on to win? Probably - but it would have taken me longer to get motivated!) - As it happened it was *that* evening when I finally made the decision!.. events now inextricably linked in my mind!!