Ten years ago, I sat down and wrote an essay about the legalization of marijuana. It became my very first Friday Firesmith post on Bits & Pieces.
2011 was a much simpler time and space for me, as there were no plagues, no one ever talked about politics, and Bert, Sam, and Lucas, The Three, were all still alive and well. Of course, very few people knew me, or my dogs, or much about me, ten years ago.
I remember my tenth birthday, in 1970. My friend Mark and I were walking in a field discussing what it meant to be ten. Mark was only nine, and we talked about reaching a double digit number, about what it meant to remember things that had happened five years, or six years ago, and it was the first time I had a serious discussion about the past.
The way social media operates has changed a lot in the last ten years. People are more divided, more aggressive with what they believe, and less tolerant of listening to what other people have to say. Jon and I agreed never to post anything political again just to keep the screaming down.
Topics that people loved were dogs, guns, how people got their nicknames, and things like that.
Back in 2011, Taylor Swift released her third album, “Speak Now” and she had not yet taken over the world. The Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl. It was also the year the St Louis Cardinals won the World Series. Navy Seals killed Osama Bin Laden, and Amy Winehouse, one of the greatest voices of our time, killed herself. 2011 was also the year a tsunami hit Japan, and we watched on video as a wall of water killed a lot of people.
We saw out last Space Shuttle flight in 2011.
Since 2011, Bert, Sam, Lucas, and Tyger Linn have died. Lilith, who arrived in 2012, Wrex, 2017, Budlore and Jessica, both 2018, are still with me.
Mom moved in with me nearly three years ago and I’ve been retired for two years.
All in all, I can proudly say I haven’t missed a deadline or taken a day off from Friday Firesmith in ten years. That’s over five hundred Fridays.
I’ve met Jon, and a few other people in person, that was years ago, and I had a guy from this site try to pick up a girlfriend I had just broken up with. He and I went back a piece of time, and I was gravely disappointed in that sort of behavior.
How many of you have had kids since 2011? Gotten new pets? Married or divorced? Life events? How many people from B&P have you met? Anyone here meet someone and got hitched?
What was your favorite Friday Firesmith story?
It’s been one hell of a ride, these last ten years. Thank you, all of you, for putting up with me, and thanks Jon, for not firing me… yet.