Ten Years Gone . . .

On January 1, 2000 . . .

  • The iPod had not been invented.
  • The World Trade Center towers still stood.
  • Charlotte’s basketball team was called the Hornets.
  • South Tryon Street had two lanes from Tyvola Rd. to the Buster Boyd Bridge.
  • Roger Federer was young, inconsistent, and seemed like one of those players with more potential than accomplisment.
  • Most Americans had never heard of Afghanistan, couldn’t find it on a map, and had no idea its capital city is called Kabul.
  • Facebook was what we called the freshman year directory at my college in 1980.
  • I still preached in a suit and tie.
  • U2 was teetering on the verge of irrelevance.
  • The New England Patriots were more laughingstock than dynasty.
  • Barack Obama was in the Illinois State Senate.
  • A Blackberry was what you ate if no Blueberries were available.
  • I listened to music on cassette tapes.
  • Good Shepherd still sent its bulletin/newsletter out every week via snail mail. Then you came to church and were handed the exact same material.
  • The Dow was at 11497.
  • Rivergate Shopping Center did not exist, meaning the nearest Chick-Fil-A was seven miles away.
  • My sermons had four points. Fill-in-the-blank.
  • Tiger Woods was best known for his golf.