Years before Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even MySpace, the preferred choice for social networking was Xanga. Yes, that blogging website that you either used to detail every single day of your middle or high school experience or used to keep in touch with your friends via comments and eProps. The new crop of social media websites have left Xanga to rot in recent years and now the website is on the verge of shutting down. (You can, however, donate to keep the site afloat if you’re feeling particularly generous and/or nostalgic.) Upon hearing this news, I realized that I had to save and archive my old blog entries! I haven’t been really consistent with updating this blog, or my previous blogspot blog (Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog?), but I was pretty good with updating my Xanga all throughout my four years of high school. I started blogging right as my freshmen year of high school began and kept up with it until the summer before college. I never really look at it anymore, except for the rare night when I’m feeling really nostalgic. So, if you’re like me and want to preserve all of those high school (or middle school) memories of failed tests, first concerts, Quizilla results (YES), movie nights, make sure you create an archive of your entire website!
Due to my embarrassment (and the sheer volume) of the cringe worthy and mundane material found on my Xanga, I’m not going to share the link here (if you do know it, let’s all recognize the brilliance of my username), but I will share some of my best (AKA stupid) entries.
Because learning never stops OKAY
- The Aladdin show at Disney’s California Adventure is still the best place to take a nap in the parks. It’s heated/air conditioned, dark, and has comfy chairs. Obviously this only applies when you have seen the show before because it actually is a really great adaptation of the movie and the guy who plays Genie improvises (I think) and it’s great.
- It’s a really bad idea to go to Disneyland without checking their Twitter to see if it’s a busy day. Imagine a normal day at Disneyland…then multiple that crowd by 10.
- Davey Havok from the band AFI, or some guy who looks suspiciously like him, eats at Urth Cafe.
- The new Ke$ha album is actually really, REALLY catchy.
- Breaking Bad is really great and actually deserving of the hype.
- Leonardo DiCaprio never getting awards/recognition is one of my favorite running jokes.
- They still play Drake and Josh reruns on Nickelodeon.
- Catfish is absolutely hilarious only because you sit there going “WHY DID YOU NOT USE SKYPE? DID YOU REALLY THINK IT WAS NORMAL TO NOT TALK TO THIS PERSON ON THE PHONE? GIRL YOU LIVE 15 MINUTES AWAY FROM THIS PERSON AND DIDN’T THINK IT WAS WEIRD YOU NEVER MET IN PERSON? HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF GOOGLE?!” and so on. Also it somehow doesn’t phase the Catfish people that some girl pretended to be a guy on Facebook for two years so she could distract her boyfriend’s other chick (hay Mhissy hay). Continue reading
Although I was technically born in the 80s (1989!), I grew up in the 1990s and the core majority of my childhood was spent watching Nickelodeon, collecting stickers in my Sanrio sticker book, reading Baby-Sitters Club/Harry Potter, and obsessing over Titanic and a fabulous girl group known as the Spice Girls.
My love for Titanic has waned (partly because of Leo not aging as nicely as we’d all hoped), but my love for the Spice Girls has always remained. I think most kids who spent their elementary school years in the late 90s can attest to the power Victoria, Emma, Geri, Mel B, and Mel C had over us. Who didn’t play Spice Girls on the playground? Spice Girls lollipops were treasures to us bearing a special sticker, hopefully with the letter you needed to complete the world “SPICE.” Sometimes the teacher was kind enough to play some kid’s “Spice World” CD in class. Platform shoes were so trendy. Everyone had a favorite Spice Girl (mine was Baby), even if you weren’t a fan. And the movie to watch back in the 3rd grade was Spice World. Most importantly, the Spice Girls embodied friendship and “GIRL POWER!” I cannot stress how important those two ideals are to have, especially as young girls growing up. Sure, there were probably skeptics who scoffed at the idea of these fabulous ladies preaching “Girl Power!” but I can tell you that it definitely influenced many of my classmates as we paraded around the playground, held up the V sign, and shouted the phrase at anyone who stood in our way.
Like most major pop acts, the hype had to die down eventually and I still remember how shocked I was when I found out that Geri left the group. Things really weren’t the same afterwards, but at least the Spice Girls knew when it was time to end things. They did reunite in 2008 for a tour (I’m still sad that I didn’t get tickets to see them…thank you, finals), but got together for the first time since then to launch their musical, Viva Forever! As someone who watched Jersey Boys three times (yeah, not sure what I was thinking) and enjoyed Mamma Mia (the film version), I am so excited about this news. This musical will probably be the closest thing I get to seeing the Spice Girls in concert. I’m almost positive the tears will flow freely if/when I watch it, no matter what the story’s like. Judging from this video though, it definitely seems like a tearjerker.
A story about friendship and a mother and a daughter? Definitely bringing tissues with me.
Isn’t it scary how fast time flies? I can still remember large chunks of 2001 – that was the year I entered 7th grade and had to do numerous posters for the most random things, like “Inventions” and still had to memorize vocabulary for spelling tests. And now, here we are in 2011 where I’m almost a month away from turning 22 (!!!) and flying to Washington DC where I’ll beging working as an intern at the Smithsonian. The past ten years have been a blur, filled with moments that I’ll always remember, ranging from the time I traveled around Europe with one of my best friends to days and nights I spent at my high school working on the school plays.
I’m a sucker for nostalgia so I had to put together a short playlist of some of my favorite songs from the past decade, with each song from each year. I’ll probably put together another playlist of my favorite childhood songs (BRITNEY! BSB! TLC! MARIAH CAREY!). In the meantime, enjoy this playlist!
the past 10 years
Direct link HERE
1. Nelly – Hot in Herre (2001)
2. Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body (2002)
3. R. Kelly – Ignition (2003)
4. Shakin’ – Rooney (2004)
5. L.G Fuad – Motion City Soundtrack (2005)
6. Promiscuous – Nelly Furtado ft Timbaland (2006)
7. Silver Lining – Rilo Kiley (2007)
8. Paper Planes – M.I.A (2008)
9. Glass – Bat for Lashes (2009)
10. Basic Space – The xx
11. What You Know – Two Door Cinema Club