When I was a kid, I pictured the future in two ways: 1) The fun utopia of the Jetsons, or 2) The frightening dystopia ruled by Skynet.
But here we are in 2020. Things have definitely changed since the 80s and I guess we live in a kind of the middle ground between flying cards and robot overlords. Things change, life goes on.
I think the technological breakthrough I appreciate the most is streaming and on-demand services. Even when I was a child, I hated having to tune into Saturday morning cartoons on Saturday. I complained about the TGIF lineup as constricting to my adolescent schedule. I wished that we could choose what to watch and when to watch it.
This belief was further reinforced later in life by the TV show, Lost. At first, my friend and I would be excited to get together and watch it every week. But as the years went on and the storylines because more convoluted, watching Lost became a chore. Yet we didn’t want to stop as we’d been doing it for so long. And there was no way we’d wait for the DVD to come out a year later. So, we became Lost addicts, wanting to quit but not having the fortitude to follow through.
I think of Netflix had been around back then, I would’ve skipped the show all together until it ended and binge watched the entire thing in a month. That’s my favorite way to consume TV shows.
In fact, I used to do something similar when I lived in Japan in the early 2000s. I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer so much but I they didn’t show it in Japan. So when the DVD of the season became available in the US, my friend would it to me. And then I’d watch it in one glorious weekend while eating andagi and soki soba.
Anyway, it’s exciting to see all that’s changed in the past 30 years and I wonder what the next 30 years has in store! What a time to be alive!
I was born at the tail-end of what’s known as Generation-X, or Gen-X, for short. Gen-Xers were born between 1965 and 1980. It’s no surprise that I relate more to a Millennial born in 1982 than a member of my own generation born in 1967.
I didn't really care about the categories of birth generations until I was older and trying to launch a career as a writer in the 2000s. Being a writer is all about branding, right? Well, at that time, people weren’t interested in reading what a Gen-Xer had to say. They were (and still are) obsessed with Millennials. The young, new voices deemed as fresh and must-read were the Millennial writers. Where does that leave a tail-end Gen-Xer? Unpublished. Sad. Bitter. Oh! Like a typical Gen-Xer! What have I become?
But now with the awkward war raging between Boomers and Millennials/Gen Z, I guess Gen-X is not so bad. So where’s my book deal?
Guest post by Scout the Cat’s Meow
My name is Scout but you may know me as Scout the Cat’s Meow on Instagram. My dream is to be a cat influencer because I have great taste! I like yummy food and cute things. And I want you to enjoy cute things, too!
What’s my favorite thing right now? Oh that’s easy: cat hats! You can find cat hats in Japan, mostly in gatchopon machines. Here’s a pic of me in my favorite hat:
Sometimes I dream of opening an online store that specializes in cat hats. How fun would that be? Would you visit my store? Try on a few hats? Or maybe it could be a place where you wear some cute hats and Instagram-worthy pics. Then you don’t have to buy a gazillion hats. The cute pic is really the goal. After all, #picsoritdidnthappen, right?
Meow for now,
One of the nicknames I was given as a chubby child was "Food Court" since my name is Courtney. Oh kids can be so cruel.
Even after we grow up, the negative effects of being teased or bullied can remain.
One of the best parts of my full-time job is being able write blog posts. We're encouraged to write about what's interesting to us.
Anyway, I'll be sharing the link to my articles as soon as they're published. Hope you enjoy!
Here's the very first blog post I wrote on islandscene.com. It's about celebrating Healthy Lunch Day. Who doesn't love lunch?
Since I'm one of those people who takes pics of their food, here's today's healthy lunch:
This is a kalbi salad from Aloha Bakeshop, sooo good. The kalbi is tasty and tender and the sesame dressing is so creamy and delicious. YUM!