Lea Lane

Lea Lane
Florida, USA
August 26
author, Travel Tales I Couldn't Put in the Guidebooks, available at Amazon.com and on Kindle
“I’ve discovered the secret of life,” Kay Thompson, the eccentric entertainer and “Eloise” author, once said. “A lot of hard work, a lot of sense of humor, a lot of joy and a lot of tra-la-la!” And that's been my life: As a travel writer for over 30 years, I've been around the block (more like around the world), and I write true stories about interesting people and places. (Check out my travel site, Travels With Lea.) I've lived an unconventional life in conventional trappings. Been a corporate VP, worked with foster kids, acted in an Indie ("Nurse 1"), was on Jeopardy!. I've been managing editor of a travel publication, written for the Times, and authored books. OS is my home, but I also blog on The Huffington Post, and I've contributed (mostly anonymously) to everything from encyclopedias to guidebooks. Married young, divorced late; married late, widowed early, I dated lots in-between -- and survived a scary illness. After being happily, peacefully solo for many years, I'm now happily married again. I founded and still edit www.sololady.com, a lifestyle Website for single women. I'm truly grateful for each precious day, each well-earned wrinkle, my family, my cat. Truth, laughter, friendship, late love. And this blog -- on this wonderful site!

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MARCH 18, 2012 4:16PM

Two Dozen Things I Remember from a Dozen Years Ago

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As we get older things seem to change faster, and with modern technology they really do.

 I was thinking about the last dozen years and came up with this list in a few minutes. It may seem flip, but each change represents a deeper truth (okay, some deeper than others).

A dozen years ago:

A fax was still high tech, I had a landline and I carried maps in my car (which I could never fold).

We talked face to face, not on Facebook.

We weren't in even one war.

There was just us, not Wii.

911 was just an emergency number.

When I worried about China it was about breaking plates.

Tweet was a bird noise.

I had my pads, not iPads.

My cellphone was big enough not to lose, and not smarter than I am.

Texts were books. And books were made of paper.

I had one password.

Gaga was a description of when a lady got excited. 

Real Housewives were ... real housewives. 

Mani–pedis were not for mannies.

Harry Potter was a boy.

3D was three large bras (not mine).

We didn’t undress and get felt up when we went to the airport.

The only voice giving directions in my car came from a backseat driver. 

Twilight was a time of day.

Sarah Palin was a small-town bully. (Well that hasn’t changed, has it?)

Dancing with the Stars was when I cha-chaed on my patio at night.

We had optimism.

A Republican was not extreme right, a Democrat was not a moderate Republican, and Santorum was not a definition.

I was the age I say I am now. 

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I'm sure you can think of loads more.
I can't think of any off hand but I did love and agree with all of yours. If I think of any I'll come back by :)
That's ok, LL. Just glad to see you drop by.
So true! I nodded my head with all of these...
...although I will admit I worried about that China a dozen years ago as well -- but didn't worry about breaking my china.
Now I do both.
Now, I avoid airports entirely, while in the late 70s and early 80s (way past a dozen years) I flew frequently and dressed up as if I were going to a fabulous party. : )
2012-12=2000... just out on the other side of Clinton, Al Gore and George Bush were doing their thing and we got our first president via a Supreme Court decision... hmmm.
Yeah, these past dozen years have seemed longer in some ways. So much change, so little movement in some ways, so much in other ways. Too much in the wrong way, going backwards.
Friend was a noun, not a verb.

The phone book was to look up a phone number, not to use as a footrest for the vertically challenged.

Great list, Lea! I actually used a folding map in my car recently (no GPS, no smartphone, directionally challenged passenger).
I like the old joke about the world's greatest salesman -- the guy who sold the first fax machine.
Great last line. I might add that you look the age you say you are, too. ;-D
I remember when I wanted to be 16 and then 21 and then I did not think about it anymore until I hit 40. I was okay at 40 but flipped out at 41. I remember when I thought 60 was the Granny era. I turn 61 this year and wish I could turn the 61 into 16.
A dozen years ago.........hmmm??? Was that yesterday? Time has collapsed in on itself. Like one of those cups kids take to camp. I remember ...911..most poignant! I could carry most of my grand kids then....now they can carry me. Time...collapsing...cherish the moment.!
i was nodding along, nodding along, nodding ... and then i shrieked at your last one! you crack me up, lea. if i had to pick a favorite, i'd say i really hate that my phone is now smart(er). so funny and so damn true.
Twelve years ago I made fun of friends with cell phones, "Why would you want to be available 24 hours a day?" I swore I never would buy one and now I won't leave the house without it.
Lea, clever, but wise, and as you said, there is truth present in each of them. I can't help but wonder how long it took you to come up with these!
Loved this!!!! Laughing!!!
This is great,Lea! R.
Glad you are enjoying mine and I'm enjoying yours. Especially rwnutjob's.
Love these, all of them. Regarding aging (or when I'm feeling obsolete), I try to think of Bob Dylan's words: "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now."
That was the last century when life was better. ;)
The days of one password seem soooo long ago.
The Spring Uprising meant it was time to buy a new sofa.
Climate Change meant taking a holiday.
Afghanistan was a place where you could buy carpets.
Columbine was a flower.
By 2012 everything would be fixed.
...when Columbine was a flower...
That one still is so heartwrenching.
I remember every moment of that day... I plant Columbines every year just to keep the flower foremost.
Great list. So much has changed. For me, technology aside, the biggest difference is that then, as you say, we had optimism.
Lea,your article describes our nowlives..Excellent work.Thank you for sharing.Best regards..You are so right!!
Thanks for these wonderful memories.
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Thanks, all. And thanks, Kim for the great additions!
(and yes I did this in a few minutes).
Great list. A dozen years ago, everyone had a television.
How about Y2K that never happened? Or the fact that I wasn't even considering retirement?
More great additions. Thanks!
Highly enjoyable throughout, but the last line made me laugh out loud.
Loved this Lea. Especially the last line :)
The age thing will end soon. I will come out this year.
Great list, my husband and I laughed, especially about the only voice giving directions coming from the backseat of the car! R
And a dozen years ago we lamented the pace of life and technology taking over our life. But everything has squared and cubed when it comes to whacko since then.
If your destination was the Jersey Shore, you swam in the ocean.
I remember, Lea! Just the other day, I was trying to explain to my kids (11 and 14) how I went to college with an electric typewriter. By the time I left college, people were beginning to use desktop PCs and my typewriter was obsolete.

(Remember those PCs with two 5-inch floppy drives and no hard drives?)

Twelve years ago, I also used a camera with film in it. I didn't own a cell phone. I had a cassette player in my car.
Great list and perfect ending. Good additions too.
More great adds. And Froggy, I go back to the quill pen (almost)! The thing is, changes are faster and faster.
My 401(k) was worth something.
My job was in New York state, not India.
I still believed baseball players didn't use steroids.
Contraception wasn't a political issue.
I didn't know what a Snooki was.
I didn't know you, or any of the people on OS.
Cranky, we can count on you! I'm loving the adds.
This is a terrific piece. Thanks for so many smiles, laughs and "uh-huh" moments.

Rated and appreciated.
Read and very much appreciated!
Thanks for this, one of the best posts I have seen here in a long time!
There was no Castle, Revenge, American Idol, Bachelor, Housewives of Orange County or New Jersey, etc...my brain was far less distracted, my gray hairs were few and my joints were in complete denial of what was to come.
I'm with you, Cathy.
Good ones, Lea.

Hmm, let me see:

Planned Parenthood was not a dirty word.
Dogs road in cars, not crates on top of them.
Erica, we have to keep Romney's Seamus tale alive (along with Gail Collins).
I still don't know how to use a cell phone.
My youngest son left me one to get calls.
I accidently hung up on the caller 6 X's.

I still call the refrigerator a Ice Box.
If people said 'Take Care Now." huh.
I say "Take care of what?" Buy 'Lysol'
Why does the annoying 'Lysol' ad blare?
Does that 'Lysol' ad blare everywhere else?
Maybe buy the editor a jug of 'gargle 'Lysol'
annoy . . .
editor get tattoo
he get heart shape
he tattoo forehead
he is a trend setter
I sometimes slip and call it an icebox too, Art. But that goes back *many* dozens of years.
Oh the password. I encountered the angst of the forgotten password today with an account -- was it this one? That one? No....this one? Well, I'll just request a password reset to my email. But WHICH email?
Ah, yes, I remember it well.
Very clever, M'am. And we called our parents Mom and Dad, and their friends Mr. and Mrs. Friend. And we called ladies, 'm'am.'