2001: Old-fangled Nonsense For the Books TOC Chap. 1 Preface This book is not for historians. It doesn't contain exact data, but rather the mindset of how a typical person saw events of the world when they were happening. You don't pay attention to exact facts. You don't pay attention to the exact year when something happens. Facts, events, and (stuff) happens and you don't chronoligize all of it. You pay attention to what happens in your life and you might try to make sense out of it from what has happened to you. However, most everything took place in 2001. Some stuff happened before and has to be explained to how we got to 2001. The point of this book is to explain that this was not a space odyssey year. A semi-popular movie called "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" was around for the first couple months of the year. It was a movie set in the 1930's loosely based on The Odyssey, taking place in the south. So maybe there were some odyssey-type things going on, but definitely no space odyssey. This book doesn't cover the most important events of 2001. Sure, some important events are covered. But some non-mainstream things were going on too and that will be covered. You don't want to hear about everything you'll be able to read in the history books. You'll see some of the stuff that will go unmentioned in the big picture. Stuff that will be easily forgotten. Stuff that people won't consider part of the American life, but it will have been. This book isn't for people without a sense of humor. If you don't like the book and you are a critic, you have my permission to print the preface of the book without the exception of this paragraph. This preface is not copyrighted with the exception of this paragraph.----revise other prghs future perfect tense Chap 1 I own books that I haven't read, but I have read books that I don't own. I'd like to own some of the books that I have read, but I can't; I think it's because the government takes too much out of my pay. I can't afford to buy every book I like. Luckily, there's libraries. These libraries usually contain the books I don't own, but have read. I have thought I may want to read them again, but then I think of all the books I own that I haven't read. On top of that I feel guilty for not reading the whole newspaper each day. I don't feel guilty for not reading the sports section, except when someone like Dale Earnhardt dies. I was going to read the overview on his life in the sports section when he died, but I never got to the paper that day. I usually end up reading the celebrity gossip column. I read it so I know what type of stuff I should do when I become famous. You hear about singers dropping money left and right on stuff you wouldn't even dream of owning. You hear about them getting out on bail even though they were arrested for joy riding an ambulance (Andy Griggs). And most interestingly you hear about Eminem, the gay-bashing rapper who does a duet with Elton John at the Grammys. Nelly Furtado is a singer that's Portugese and right now she has a song out called "I Am Like a Bird." I'm a quarter Portugese and did not care about Nelly until I found out she was like me in that way. I saw a picture of her in Rolling Stone and she had pigtails and a big, goofy smile. Today I was working at my job at the theater and I was singing different lyrics to her song. "I am like Hannibal Lector; I eat your brains out; and put ketchup on it." That was one of my variations of her song. I was singing different words to her song all day, because it was a real catchy tune. Right now though, the most popular movie in America is called Hannibal and it's about a cannibal. I was going to see it with my friend, Jennifer, who also worked at the theater, but she forgot about it when her friend died. Her friend was sixteen or seventeen and died in a car crash. Right now in Tennessee they're talking about limiting teens' use of cell phones while they are driving, because of their inexperience. I don't think Jennifer's friend was using a cell phone, but I can't think of any instance where a teen hurt someone or themselves using a cell phone. I think they should limit use of cell phones while driving altogether. I can handle it, but there are some adults who can't. You see them cutting you off and crashing into telephone poles and it's because they are using a cell phone and putting on make-up or eating breakfast, because they think they are experienced drivers and that is why they take more risks. Why are they only placing limits against teenagers? There are lots of stupid people who visit the theater. They ask me "Where do we go in?" I say, "Go right inside." You would think it would be pretty simple and you would think Americans aren't so stupid since they are required to get an education. I voted for our current president, George Bush, Jr. They call him stupid, so I guess he's a good representation of what Americans are like. I voted for him, so I must be stupid, too, even though I like to think I'm intelligent. (I thought I'd Be honest though.) In fact, this was my first time voting for a president ever, because I had just turned nineteen. I voted for George Bush because I'm a Republican and so is he. There just weren't any good choices for presidents, so I voted for him. I thought this was unfortunate, because it would be nice to vote for some one you really liked the first time around so you could feel you were making a great contribution to your country. On the other hand, I didn't vote for Al Gore, which I think would be a terrible mistake for the country if he ended up being president. Almost everyone who voted for him said they wanted some one intelligent to run their country. That was their excuse. Some people said they voted for him, because they wanted the economy to remain stable. I thought that voting for him for that reason was a pretty poor excuse. They didn't care if he screwed the country up by changing all the laws or making everything more liberal as long as they kept their jobs. I think it's great when the economy is in flux, because jobs shift a little bit more and we don't have the same old CEOs and the same tired old job to go to each morning. George Bush is doing a pretty fine job though right now. He's cutting taxes. I'll admit prices seem to be rising though my pay is the same. I'm proud to have voted for him, though, even though I didn't absolutely love him. Because it turns out that the country was divided and that the race was close, because just about as many people voted for Bush as they did for Gore. So the next morning after everyone votes, the paper reads "Bush is winner." But they find out the race was too close so they reprint the front page to read "Too close to call." We were supposed to find out by the end of the week who the president was supposed to be, but it ended up taking a month. They recounted the votes and they waited for the military votes to come in. Everyone felt real good that election, that their vote actually counted for something. It was real close in some places like Florida. There was a difference of about 600-2,000 for about 6 million people. There was a different number each time they recounted the votes. The people who thought it was no use voting because they were one in millions decided to register for the next election so this wouldn't happen again. There was something wrong with some of the ballots which made it hard to recount, so they were going to implement a new system, so something like this would never happen again. But history always repeats itself. I'm sure there will be another exciting election sometime in America's history. I don't know why they think they'll be able to avoid any hassle. Chap. 2 The newspaper said that the patent for Prozac runs out this year. They will have to sell the drug at a reduced rate because of competition. However, they have the complete rights to Sarafem, a replica of Prozac. Sarafem is marketed to women who have severe problems with their menstrual cycle each month. The only difference is the pills are pink and purple instead of Prozac's white and green. They'll be able to sell Sarafem at a premium until 2007. So I was thinking about newspapers. How much paper is wasted each day? Our newspaper has a website where all the important news as well as classifieds and most everything else is included. Why don't they set up accounts with customers over the Internet? It would waste so much less paper. I just imagine a paper thrown to every other household in America every day. And some of those papers are recycled, some are thrown out. Some of those people used to be involved in recycling, but when they did not see the pollution/waste problem clear before their eyes, they got frustrated and tired and threw their papers in the dump. Now it's time to talk about popular culture again. "I Am Like A Bird" by Nelly Furtado was cute. Now every time I hear that song, I skip the station, because I am sick and tired of it. The most popular movie in America right now is "The Mummy Returns." I have not even seen its prequel, "The Mummy" but I am thinking of seeing this one. There are three prints of the film at a theater nearby and they have a fourth one that plays at night. It opened big for its first week. It made the biggest opener of all time. Movies this year have all been taunting. They scream, "remember that big movie you never saw." I probably would not have seen Silence of the Lambs had it not been for Hannibal. I would have not seen the Usual Suspects today had it not been for the uncanny anticipation of Kevin Spacey's K-Pax. I have never anticipated a Kevin Spacey movie before. However, due to technology, I have anticipated a movie more than K-Pax: Memento. Memento is an unnatural thriller about a guy who loses his ability to make new memories, but remembers everything about himself. He has a purpose in life and that is to find out who killed his wife and kill him. I found out about this movie on the Internet in late 2000. It said that it was released in 2000, so I went to Blockbuster asking for it. I had figured that it came out earlier in the year and I had missed it, because it was an independent film. The guy at the counter had never heard of it and said, "What is it? Momentum? Is it foreign?" So I anticipated it very much. By 2001, it hadn't hit the theaters. I wondered why the movie site said 2001 when I hadn't even seen a preview, until one day I was getting an oil change. An entertainment show was talking all about Memento and showed some clips for the movie. I could hardly wait, because I knew it was about to hit theaters. About two months later, it hit. It was a big success at the one theater in town that showed it. I've seen it twice. Another theater is going to get it this week. It's May. It's the South. Not many good movies have come out. Some movies are still out from last year: Chocolat, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and O Brother Where Art Thou. I read on a website that O Brother can now officially be called a flop. The comment must have been written by a city person who was expecting more from the Coen Brothers. It was actually a big movie, nominated for Academy Awards and still playing at the theater in town. People have seen that movie at a more consistent rate than most of the movies that have come out this year. People in the South have loved it, even though it is a weaker movie that the Coen Brothers have put out. It's OK, but it's a must see. I saw Bob Dylan last weekend. He's doing fine. He performed the song that won him an Academy Award, "Things Have Changed," along with "Stuck in Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" and "Like a Rolling Stone." I didn't recognize most of his other songs, because he was singing like an old, raving lunatic he is. The crowd was wild. Some people were nostalgic. The woman next to me said to her friend, "I must have been married when this song came out." It was "Tangled Up in Blue." 1974. People held their hands up and started knocking like they were knocking on a door when "Knocking on Heaven's Door" came on for the encore. 2000 chapter: These things happened in the year 2000. They have cross-over into the new year also.