To the world, the following must qualify as the most unorthodox, unnecessary, and totally insane blog post I’ve written so far. But, in the past 24 hours, I couldn’t hold back mentally listing everything that popped into my head about 1999. Trust me, it doesn’t even sound logical to me, my ability to keep tracking […]
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To the world, the following must qualify as the most unorthodox, unnecessary, and totally insane blog post I’ve written so far. But, in the past 24 hours, I couldn’t hold back mentally listing everything that popped into my head about 1999. Trust me, it doesn’t even sound logical to me, my ability to keep tracking memories of that year.

Why would I be reviewing 1999 you ask? It all started with a very weird and quite funny incident that happened with me last night: I was out with my friends, when someone mentioned it in the story they were telling, I couldn’t help feeling shocked and in total awe of how long ago it must have been. So I started mentally listing all the things that happened during that year, that I now look back to and think to myself: “Hell, that’s a very long time ago!”.

So 1999, a year in review; some Lebanese, worldwide, fun facts:

(The list goes in the same chronological order as mentally noted)

  1. In 1999, Mr. Salim El Hoss was still prime minister and Emile Lahoud president of the republic.
  2. It was still the 20th century!
  3. The taxi fare in Beirut was 1000 L.L.
  4. I was 9 years old, and in primary school.
  5. Pokémon was hit that year, Earth became a Pokémon world and we just lived in it.
  6. The year of the Latin invasion and everyone was living La Vida Loca.
  7. Every child was waiting for his acceptance letter at Hogwarts, and went on an imaginative trip to fight evil side to side with Harry Potter, and learn about witchcraft and wizardry.
  8. People used msn to chat, and mobile phones were the black and white screen Nokia with a flashlight in their back.
  9.   The VCR and floppy discs were still a hit.
  10. “Genie in a bottle” and “Hit me baby one more time” were on top of the charts.
  11. Everyone was “seeing dead people” in the sixth sense.
  12. … and went runaway with Julia Roberts.
  13. Finally, people thought (and wrong they were proven) that computers were to stop when the year hit 2000.

In shock I still live to this moment, I can’t wrap my head around how faraway on the timeline 1999 goes, I’m sure to pick up more facts and memories of that year, my brain going on overdrive on the matter as it seems, but I just felt like sharing these snippets of the last century, the golden times, where everything was simpler, emotions included, where no social media interfered with human relations.

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