In 2003, I made layouts for each of the decades we've lived in beginning with the 1950s. (Yes, I'm that old!) I used excerpts from the book "Generations at Work" for the Seminal Events and Cultural Memorabilia to place on the layouts along with our recollections of the time
At the start of the decade, Dad & Mom still fix Sunday breakfast for Terry & I. We have several visits with Dad's cousin
Bernice and her niece Gerry. We had 90th birthday celebrations for both Dad and Mom. Dad passes away at age 92
Greg moves to Minnesota to reunite with Michelle and complete his PhD. They marry in 2012. When he gets a professorship at USC, they move to Columbia. In 2019 they both land ideal jobs in Sweden.
Chris graduates high school and college. He graduates early and lands a job at Mylan to start 2015. He buys a townhouse, then a house with a yard where he lives with his labrador Hank.
I retire in 2015 and Bob leaves the Dominion Post. He drives pilot cars for OSI where the wide load drivers request him as an escort because he's good at it. Bob leaves OSI in 2019. We take lots of overnight trips and camera adventures along with Sunday picnics. We work together to conduct monthly samplings at the Farmers Market for 4 seasons. There we make lots of friends. When Bob retires from OSI, he goes with me on my weekly trips to Moms and our lunch at the Senior Center. I love my water aerobics classes at the local rehab hospital.
In our country: Big Data and Big Tech expand. Consumers prefer credit and debit cards over cash. Online shopping brings box store and mall closings. Self-checkout machines become widespread. US becomes world's largest crude oil producer. Drones, hybrid vehicles, car sharing services emerge. Soap operas loose popularity in favor of reality shows. Smart phones and social media gain popularity. Gluten free diets are popular. There is an increase in vegetarians and vegans. Food presentation becomes more important. Soda sales dip in favor of healthier options. Michael Phelps becomes the most decorated Olympian. Baby boomers retire, putting pressure on pension and other safety programs. An interest in local and organic foods carried over from the last decade are part of green and sustainable living. In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico explodes, spilling millions of gallons of oil into the sea. In 2011, Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda and mastermind of the September 11 attacks, is killed by U.S. Navy SEALs. In 2013 , terrorists attack the Boston Marathon. In 2015, same-sex marriage is legalized in all 50 US states. In 2016, U.S. presidential election, Donald Trump is elected president In 2018 , the entire West Virginia Supreme court of Appeals is impeached.