Today is Birk's and my 10-year anniversary of dating. TEN YEARS, you guys. A DECADE. We started dating on March 8, 2003.
That's a little over a month after the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated on re-entry, and a little under a month after the war in Darfur began. It was a month before Square Enix became a corporation.
It was the year of Hurricane Isabel. It was a month after the 300th episode of "The Simpsons." (They have aired 522 episodes today.) This was two months before the first person to win one million dollars on the American "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire" did so. This was only the second season of "American Idol." It was five months before SpikeTV was born.
This year saw the debut of "That's So Raven," "Chappelle's Show," "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!," "The Venture Bros.," "Reno 911!," "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," "Teen Titans," "Nip/Tuck," "Two and a Half Men," "NCIS," "One Tree Hill," "Viva La Bam," and "Arrested Development." It also saw the end of "Dragonball Z," "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch," "Touched By an Angel," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Dawson's Creek," "Even Stevens," "Futurama," "Just Shoot Me!," "Pokemon," and "The Angry Beavers."
Fun fact: It was the day that Malta passed a referendum to join the European Union.
It was ten days before the War in Iraq began, with the US invasion of Iraq, and "South Park" began its seventh season. It was nine days before Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire were released. It was the same month The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker was released. It was a month after Dolly the first cloned sheep died.
It was a little over a month before the Human Genome Project was completed. It was four months before Barry White died. It was six months before the Hubble Telescope began Hubble Ultra Deep Field, and also six months before John Ritter died. It was also six months before Valve released the first stable version of Steam. It was the year of the Game Boy Advance SP, the year of the first PSP prototype, and the year that NES and SNES officially died. It was also the year the old-style VW Bug died.
It was the year of 28 Days Later (in the US, anyway); Big Fish; Finding Nemo; Lord of the Rings: Return of the King; Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl; The Matrix Reloaded; Bruce Almighty; Love Actually; X2; Kill Bill, Vol. 1; Mystic River; Scary Movie 3; and The Lizzie McGuire Movie.
The number one song of the year was "In Da Club" by 50 Cent. Other top 100 Billboard hits from that year were: "Crazy In Love" by Beyonce; "When I'm Gone" by 3 Doors Down; "Unwell" by Matchbox Twenty; "Right Thurr" by Chingy; "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence; "Get Low" by Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz; "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera; "I'm With You" by Avril Lavigne (you know, the one they put news clips of 9/11 over); "Where is the Love?" by the Black-Eyed Peas; "Drift Away" by Uncle Kracker; "Lose Yourself" by Eminem; "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body" by Justin Timberlake; "Miss Independent" by Kelly Clarkson; "Your Body is a Wonderland" by John Mayer; "Headstrong" by Trapt; "The Remedy" by Jason Mraz; and "Why Don't You & I" by Santana.
The top books of the year included: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (#5) by J. K. Rowling; The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon; The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; Eragon by Christopher Paolini; Eats, Shoots & Leaves: A Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss; Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach; Blankets by Craig Thompson; and We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.
The top 3 Google searches that year were "britney spears," "harry potter," and "matrix." The top 3 Google news searches were "iraq," "lacey peterson," and "kobe bryant." The top 3 Googled men were Eminem, David Beckham, and Orlando Bloom; the top 3 Googled women were Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Pamela Anderson. The top 3 Googled fictional characters were The Simpsons, Harry Potter, and Pokemon.
George W. Bush had only been president for two years.
It would be two more years before Lady Gaga and Ke$ha began their musical careers. It would also be two years before the first Twilight book was published. Justin Bieber had just turned nine (his career would begin five years later).
It was a year and a half before World of Warcraft was launched. It was four years before the first iPhones.
Children born that year are now almost out of elementary school.
So I guess what I'm saying is, it's been a long time.