Theme: When I Was 13-Years-Old

Theme: When I Was 13-Years-Old

Awkward story time. Entering adolescence, the age of 13 is a great source of awkward stories for us all; the start of the “teen” years. And just looking back at the stuff I did when I was 13 years old brings back a vast selection of embarrassing stories.  However, I am not about to tell a single one of them. When I was 13 years old the year was 2001. So, when I was 13 years old:

  • Wikipedia went online for the first time.
  • Walker: Texas Ranger ended.
  • Napster was closed down as a result of a long legal kerfuffle with the RIAA.
  • Windows XP was released.
  • Gorillaz released their debut album.
  • The Enron scandal.
  • Apple released the first iPod.
  • George W. Bush Jr. was sworn into office succeeding Bill Clinton.
  • Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings hit movie theatres.
  • The Netherlands legalised same-sex marriage as the first country in the world.
  • Mars Odyssey was launched.
  • The Summer of the Shark.
  • Anne Hathaway debuted in The Princess Diaries.
  • The GameBoy Advanced was released.
  • Monica and Chandler got married.
  • Bejeweled was released for the first time for browsers.
  • Microsoft introduced the Xbox.
  • Andrea Yates drowned her five children to save them from damnation.
  • The Russian space station MIR was deorbited.
  • On September 11th, 2001, I saw the twin towers crumble on live TV.

When I was 13-years-old I saw the world change within an hour. Fire, smoke and dust. People leaping from the windows to certain death. Absolutely terrible. And of all the stupid crap I could possibly tell from my own backlog of stories – from when I was 13 years old, none of those stories matters. None of them will ever be anywhere near as important, heart-breaking, horrendous and despicable as what happened that day in 2001.