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Remember the aughts

January 6, 2010

With each new year comes more reflection — and continued amazement at how each seems to fly by faster.

Of course, when a new decade kicks in, that reflection reaches back 10 years.

As 2000 approached, I remember the uncertainty of what would happen when computer calendars turned to 2000 and the anticipated shutdown of civilization as we knew it. Everything worked out that time around.

That same year, I watched from the newsroom of Kansas University’s student newspaper as Al Gore was projected as the winner of the presidential election. Gore had the popular vote but George W. Bush won the election. Eight years later, Barack Obama made history as well.

In 2001, I started working at The Mirror and weeks into my new job I blew out my knee playing recreational softball. It doesn’t seem possible it’s been more than eight years ago.

Before I know it, I’ll be looking at Billie Aye’s Remember When column in the 10 years ago section and think to myself “why, yes, I do remember that.”

I know you’ve likely had enough of the re-hashing of 2009 and the aughts to boot. So no more talk about the decade that was. Before long, VH1 will have “I Love the Aughts” and we can remember the highs and lows of the decade again.

In the meantime, may we follow through on those New Year’s resolutions like Mario Chalmers followed through on his three-point shot that sent the Kansas University basketball game into overtime of the 2008 NCAA National Championship, a game the Jayhawks eventually won.

Oops, sorry, I said I was done reminiscing.


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