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My Backpacking Adventure in Aus for 7 months in 1998 Australia
I started planning in June 97 when I was 18 and feeling stuck in a rut with crap job and it took me 12 months to get it all together to make the trip to Australia in September 98 , the planning was much harder than I thought Visa, Plane Ticket, Money transfer and cutting all the ties JOB , GF, Flat, etc. and the day I left the most worrying thing on my mind was WTF would I do when I got back.

The flight was via singapore and I took a stopover to check it out wish I had allowed longer, was worried about doing this thing on my own ( couple of mates had said they would come with me but when it came down to it they bottled out.

Aus was bloody fantastic and the worry about travelling alone was unfounded as everywhere I went I found somebody going the same way and willing to give tips for where to find accomm or work fruit picking, bar work, I even bought an old Camper van for most of trip and could always find travvellors wanting to share costs to the next place , I did the trip from Sydney to Melbourne in that old camper .

I saw so much and did so much I reckon I could write a bloody book on my experiences , but maybe I will sit down and type it up on my Word Processor and send it you guys.

When I got back to UK it was so bloody hard to adjust back and even 8 yrs later I sit at my desk in office and wish I was back there but with a kid, house and responsibillities it's not going to happen .

But dont count me out yet maybe when kids have grown up you might find me and wife hitting the backpacking trail at the grand old age of 50 ( I did see quite a few oldies backpacking and having time of thier life ). Enjoy

Memory Posted By: Rob

Gas In 1993 and Skiing in Colorado U.S.A.
I remember leaving Iowa in November of 1993 to go skiing in Colorado. We left our small town, paying 94 cents a gallon for gas. It was me and ome buddies' Senior Trip. When we got to Denver, we actually took a picture at the Amoco station because we didn't think that people would belive us back in Iowa that gas cost more than $1.20 a gallon...anywhere. Those were the days. Didn't we try to impeach the last guy for being a chubby chaser? Help us.

Memory Posted By: Lenny

When The Spice Girls Ruled The World United States
My memory is when Spice Girls ruled the world. Me and my friends were only like 8, but we had so much fun singing and dancing to the songs. Actually even though I'm 15, I still listen to the Spice Girls because their music is still amazing.

Memory Posted By: Friends

Music From The 90's United States
The 1990s music wow. some of the best was here. we got our tupac....dead eminem....retiring insane clown lol and more. man we need more of these people. i remember going to concerts in the 90's not all of them cuz id get drunk. man i wish id remmeber those good times.

Memory Posted By: 90s Music Man
Anonymous said...

I hated the 90s music it would always make me feel angry when driving , but I did think eminem was a clever writer

as for the rest if I wanted to listen to some idiot saying what he was going to do to a girl in graphic detail , I could hear that in any truck stop

Winter Flood 1992-1993 United States
I can remember the basement was flooded with water while my mom quickly carried me upstairs

Memory Posted By: Young Flood Victim

Mother in Law and Wedding United States
My wedding memory and the mother in law, We were married in Vegas with about 25 friends and family flying in from all over in November 1999.

All was fine except my mother in law who not only turned up late and held up the wedding for 30 minutes , but when we had the photographs done ( Which we were paying for ) informed the photographer that he should concentrate on her and her family without me or my family in the photographs and they and the photographer dissapeared to take all the photos.

I did not even realise what had happened untill the photographer turned up to tell me he was finished and I realised he had taken hardly any photographs of me and my husband.

When I talked to my then husband about his mother he informed me it was all ok and to stop being childish.

We booked a reception in the local hotel and all went out dancing and drinking after the wedding, but I was still mad as hell so just got plastered.

It may not come as a suprise to find we were divorced within 3 years as on that day I realised what a Pri?? he was.

Memory Posted By: Name Withheld

Nelson Mandela visiting detroit in 1993 U.S.A.
For those of us living in the United States of America, we take freedom for granted. Freedoms people around the world have never thought possible. However, for a select few in the year of 1993, a taste of a freedom of a struggle that we would never light to bear came to our soil. A man of strength and virtue came to enlighten us to how wonderful our lives were and how long suffering our neighbors plight had become. I speak of Nelson Mandela, a renowned South African leader whose’ endeavors sparked hatred and triumph among millions.

For a city that claimed to overcome its struggles as Detroit had done, Mandela’s presence was enough to silence those who thought themselves equal to the struggles of this man. To come to terms with the fact that what happened during the riots of Detroit is what can happen within just one hours time in this man’s homeland is enough to humble the mightiest of men. It was, even if you were miles away, a serene place to be. The air was stiff and yet at the same time, vibrant and joyful. Mandela came to this nation with one thing in mind, to spread his voice of intolerance for all oppression and deprivation. He had been quoted many a time saying “I detest racism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.” Understanding that statement is a far different animal than applying that statement, for Mandela just does not offer to us an opinion; it is a directive.

Detroit was a stop on the map for this powerful and energetic man because of the music that inspired him throughout his 27 year imprisonment in South Africa. He grew great strength he said from the late Marvin Gaye. He stated in his speech that he recalled the words from the song “What’s Goin’ On”. “It says “. He said… ”Brother, Brother, there’s far too many of you dying. Mother, Mother, mother, there’s far too many of you crying.” He stated that they represented the condition of South Africa. Detroit became a place of movement and mission for one glorious and shining moment that afternoon. People put down their differences and came together to celebrate a man that celebrated his struggles rather than dwell in them.

Memory Posted By: Joeymichelle

10 years ago A very small cog in a very big wheel
Today I have now been sat at this desk in this office for exactly 10 years, I remember the day I started full of hope and ambition , 22 years old fresh out of College and keen . When I started we were still running Windows 3.11 and at least two times a day the screeen would go blue.

The other thing I remember as I look back was using a key to lock my old car it had central locking but no key fob and I didn't have a mobile phone or internet at work.

Looking back so many things seemed to have happenned that year the first cloning of a sheep, Diana was killed in a car accident and The Titanic movie came out and I started on my "career"?.

During the 10 years when I first think about it nothing else seems to have happened but then I remember I am now married and have a young son and almost forgot a house and a mortgage so maybe I have not just been sitting here for 10 years it just seems like it when I watch the clock all day

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Melody Remembers the 90's Canada
The 1990’s began the year after the Montreal massacre at Ecoile Polytechnique in Montreal, so that event had a profound effect on me and my life, because I had a two year old child and became pregnant with my next child. I was quite concerned about what kind of world they were being born into if a man could walk into a university classroom and shoot that many women. It was the largest massacre that had ever taken place in Canada. During that decade I was quite involved in all kinds of activism around gun control, working around groups of women and (trying to)end violence against women. My husband became a member of a group called, “Men for Change” and there were more and more feminist groups emerging that involved men. It was also a difficult decade because it was the time of a recession in Canada. There were a lot of political things going on like the Gulf War, the wall came down in the Soviet Union, there was some economic instability.

My husband and I were both working in Toronto. I worked for a consulting firm and the writing was on the wall – I was told that those kind of ‘crack filler jobs’-- middle management--were going to be coming to and end. Robert and I were both working in those kinds of jobs. We had to look for a way around what was going on. So between the economic situation and our growing political consciousness we opted to spend the 90’s going back to school. He got his Phd. . I completed some work in social work and then adult education and we shifted our gears. He started teaching in universities and I started working with people with disabilities and other underprivileged groups. So it was quite a raucous decade for us and our lives. So many things were going on. New legislations were coming into place in Canada around sexual harassment—the need for places to have sexual harassment policies. I was involved in those for a lot of nonprofit organizations. Politcally, Clintons’ “sexploits” were going on.

I didn’t have a lot of time to listen to music, but I certainly remember that it was a period of time when there seemed to be quite a good emergence of some female musicians like Celine Dion. Having young daughters we were very much immersed in the phenomenon of the Spice Girls. Alana Morisette was big. Boy band were emerging. I was sort of moving out of that pop culture phase of my life and more focused on having children. I remember going to Bruce Coburn concerts around issues like raising awareness about apartheid and problems in South Africa. … very political times. In addition, that decade ushered in the Disabilities Act. (Also) in 1993 the United States military introduced their ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ era where people in the military were advised don’t say anything if you want to stay in your careers. The shows I remember watching were one like “Ellen” where Ellen came out of the closet. I remember everyone getting together to watch that.

Memory Posted By: Melody

Growing Up and Olympics United States
The first Olympic Games I ever remember watching were in 1992, in Barcelona. I don’t recall this specifically because it was a time that was special to me or depressing, or interesting at all, but because it brings back one of those few rare memories that’s so finite and insignificant that it may be a key to an entire part of my childhood. You have them too I’m sure. The memory of sitting on a particular park bench on a particular day with your grandfather feeding birds or watching men play chess, or reading a book. It means something, because that’s all you remember from that year. And the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona are all I remember from that summer. My parents would never allow us to stay up and watch TV. I was just barely eight years old and my brother on the bottom bunk only five. And so, when my father came home from a particularly long day of work with a surprise in his truck, a tiny 14 inch black and white television for our bedroom, we were ecstatic. We could stay up and watch TV!

It wasn’t so simple of course. The antennas were removed and we were left with a fuzzy mess to watch unless my mother came in and took the trouble of pulling out the small monstrosity of a television, itself probably 20 years old, and plugging in the coax antenna and then carefully positioning it against a cracked window for us to get any kind of reception.

The results were often paltry in comparison to the vivid cable TV of the living room, but we were excited none the less. And when it turned out that channel 5, on which the Olympic Games aired every night came in perfectly if you tied the antenna to the cord on the shades and opened the window a little further, we were given a privilege beyond measure.

For those four weeks of August in 1992, my brother and I were allowed to stay up as late as we could (often only until 11 o’clock) watching the Olympic games on our small black and white television. I knew absolutely nothing about sports other than teeball and pee wee football at that time and the wild gesticulations of the gymnasts and flailing speed of Tom Jager in the swim relay were intoxicating to me. I never went on to try my hand at any of these sports. In fact, I would find in the coming years that I was physically incapable of most sports, my hand-eye coordination miscalculated by nature a good five degrees.

But those warm summer nights watching team USA in Spain and getting my first taste of a global society that I would grow up into, something an 8 year old in the rural backdrop of Winlock, Washington has no concept of, are one of the happiest memories I have from my childhood, a singular snapshot of an entire year, compressed into a single evening, a series of evenings. Ever since then, I’ve been enthralled with any iteration of the Olympic Games, however invested I may or may not be at the time. I couldn’t tell you who won anything that year, except for Team USA’s dream team in Basketball. Honestly, I looked up Tom Jager’s name, because all I remember is watching the swimmers. Not a single name sticks out. For me, it’s not necessarily a matter of remembering the essence of sportsmanship or eternity of sport, but remembering a part of my childhood.

Memory Posted By: Anthony

Remember Commuting UK
I remember many years commuting to work each and every day, this ranged from a 1hr car journey each way to a 2 1/2hr journey each way involving car -- train - tube, I found the commute to be soul destroying and after many months quite depressing.

Together with this normal daily routine other factors had a big impact and made it even worse including, car breakdowns, trains running late and tube strikes, on top of that were the other worries of being packed in like sardines including worries about having your pocket picked and other crimes.

And I forgot to mention how costly it had got with bigger and bigger increases each year in Petrol and Rail Passes.

The costs of commuting both in financial and emotional terms effect health and overall quality of life and although commuting enabled me to live further out in the suburbs and hopefully provide a better life for my family. I often wonder if the cost to my health and sanity were worth the better lifestyle from living further out in the country.

For any others who do or have commuted I think the worst part is during the winter leaving home when it's dark and arriving home when it's dark, it very quickly makes you wonder what its all for.

Yippeee I no longer have to commute and feel sorry for those of you who still do due to supporting a young family

Memory Posted By: JT

College Days U.S.A.
I started college right after high school. In my day – the mid-1990s – that’s what everybody did. I got a full scholarship to go to the local community college for two years. That was great because most of my friends planned on staying around Flint, too. Besides, that meant I would get my basic classes out of the way for free. Mott Community College was the one I chose because it was accredited and their credits transferred anywhere. This was ideal because I planned on moving to South Carolina to get my four-year degree.

After two years at Mott, I did move to USC – the home of Hootie and the Blowfish and the place where the band was formed. My major was psychology and my roommates were pretty cool. But two weeks into the semester, my dad got sick. He started falling down and my mom was already in bad health. I counted on my dad to take care of her, but with his new illness, I was forced to move back home.

It worked out for the best, though. I began attending the University of Michigan – Flint. I was never a party guy or a drinker, but I was glad to be home around my friends. I also met the girl that would be my wife in a chat room while using one of the school’s computers. I continued my psychology major, but I didn’t do very well. I had my impending wedding and my terminally ill parents on my mind. It was hard to concentrate and I eventually dropped out.

In the next couple years, my parents lost their battle with their respective illnesses. At the age of 28, I returned to the University of Michigan – Flint to continue my degree. I changed my major to English – my first love. After doing that, I got A’s in all of my classes except one. I enjoyed school much more and made some awesome friends, even if they were almost a decade younger than me. I graduated in May 2006 and my wife, the one who has stood by me through everything the past few years, encouraged me to do the traditional graduation walk across the stage. It ended up being one of the best experiences of my life.

Memory Posted By: Chad

Old 90's TV Shows U.S.A.
my favorite show that used to go on in the 90's everyday before the guy in the show died. he used to be this guy and there used to be a train and he used to go some other place in his house and there used to be puppets what wat the show called? oh yeah mr. rodgers neighborhood on channel 13 and i remember another show its a cartoon though i used to have the type i forgot what you call it but the charaters name was bobby he had a mother father and a older teenage sister when i had the tape my god i cant believe i remember this but one eposode he and his family went to his grandmothers house and his sister yelled at his or something and by accident he broke his grandmothers vase and he was worried she would find out. he always used to be on a bike like when the theme song went on there was a guy introducing the family the kid was on the bike and i also remember in the theme song the whole family was in a tent oh my god i cant beleive i remeber i was born in 94. i used to watch those two shows in around 96 when i was about 3 or 4 years old and other shows like rugrats and the big comfy couch flinstons and the jetsons ! im 14 right now and i still watch all those shows i still love them and cant get old habbits out. and something that i really think is funny im 14 going to highschool and i am still afraid of one eposode in the show rugrats the one when angelica wants to play hide and go seek and she says you cant wear those glasses during the game what scares me is the back round beat that goes something like this "uahhhahahah" it scares me {lolsz}which means laugh out loud (1-29-08)

Memory Posted By: show

Buying First Computer U.S.A.
I remember buying my first computer in 1995 at age 15 for $2000. To date, it's still the single most expensive things i have ever bought (still young). It was an IBM Aptive sporting the new Pentium 100MHz CPU, 1.2 G HD, 8MB RAM , 4X CD ROM and 15" monitor. It didn't get much better than this back then. I still own this computer and it runs fine. Every few years I bootup it up to play a game of Decent. Today my computer sports a 3 GHz, 3GB RAM, 512MB video, 500G HD, 52X CD/DVD-R, 24" and 17 LCD monitor. I'm always amazed at how far we have come in such a short time

Memory Posted By: Computer Man

Highschool Mid 90's U.S.A.
I was in highschool in the mid 90's. I remember grunge, My so called life, Jared Leto was! I remember meeting my now husband as a freshman in high school. Music was very different, but very cool. I remember listening to The Sundaes singing Wild horses while I was driving My Honda Accord(first car) all over town, cause I was a legal driver. Tats and piercings were just normal, even in 16 year old kids. I think the eyebrow, belly button and noses were the thing then, to pierce. I remember people were smoking everything and taking X and I had no clue about any drugs as well as any desire to do them. It was definitely a weird but great decade.

Memory Posted By: cg

Best thing I've ever done 1993 U.S.A.

1993 was the year my son was born. He is by far the best thing that I've ever done!

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The 1990's also saw a boom and bust in the .com arena with massive investment in .Com businesses many without an actual product or even a formal business plan. Many .coms that were started are at the top of the Internet market today including house hold names , EBAY, Amazon, Google just to name a few .
It was also the time for some of the greatest changes in the way we work as PC's and software not only became much cheaper but also easier to use . Like all things some of the biggest losers were the traditional Computer HW and Services companies which had traditionally worked on very high margins . The other main change that caused this was the way computers connected together as Ethernet became the de facto standard not only was it cheap it was also relatively easy to configure and companies like Novell provided cheap and easy to use Network Services.

What do you remember ? Tell us your experiences from years ago post your memories