This week sees the annual celebration known as Shark Week, but in the halls of our family, this week is also the time that my beautiful wife and I toast the day we were married.
Seventeen years ago, she and I tied the knot. In that time, we have moved across the country and across the ocean. In that time, we have raised a trio of fabulous children.
It seems like such a long time ago that we exchanged our vows. In one sense, seventeen years is a blink, but in another sense the world is a vastly different place from when she and I were single.
…Apple Computers was a company on its death bed. Don’t take my word for it, here’s the assessment by Steve Jobs (then working at NeXT Computer) during an April 1995 interview with the Daniel Morrow :
What ruined Apple was values. John Sculley ruined Apple and he ruined it by bringing a set of values to the top of Apple which were corrupt and corrupted some of the top people who were there, drove out some of the ones who were not corruptible, and brought in more corrupt ones and paid themselves collectively tens of millions of dollars and cared more about their own glory and wealth than they did about what built Apple in the first place–which was making great computers for people to use…
Unless somebody pulls a rabbit out of a hat, companies tend to have long glide slopes because of the installed bases. But Apple is just gliding down this slope and they’re loosing market share every year. Things start to spiral down once you get under a certain threshold. And when developers no longer write applications for your computer, that’s when it really starts to fall apart.
(Perhaps Jobs meant to say an “iRabbit out of a hat”);
…the national debt stood at $4,942,932,713,160.94 (the current total is nearly 4 times that amount);
…Mark Zuckerberg was 11 and a facebook was that thing that new students to a college or university received that had pictures of all the freshmen;
…the word “twitter” was always preceded by “a-“;
…Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny could only be seen in The Spirit of Christmas;
…Madonna, U2, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Aeromsith were popular in the world of music;
(Okay, not much has changed with that last item, so try this…)
…The Rembrandts, Hootie and the Blowfish, the Presidents of the United States of America, Des’ree, and the Backstreet Boys were also popular in the world of music; and
…Micheal Phelps was 10, had won zero Olympic medals, but did already hold a swimming record for his age group.
Yep, it’s a different world.
In fact, we’ve been married so long that we now fall off the list of traditional wedding gifts. We have to wait until there is a “0” or “5” after our anniversary number to know what to gifts to give each other.
Regardless of the amount of time that has passed, it is a wonderful ride and I can’t wait to see what the next 99 years have in store.