For those of you who are not stunned thinking "Where has all the time gone?", what would you say about the decade we've now in? Do you think world conditions are worse than in the '90s? (I do). Do you like the music, fashions, pop culture, in this decade as opposed to the '90s? Did you think we'd reach the midpoint of this decade without another major terrorist attack in the US? (I didn't, back in the heady days of October 2001). Will the second half be better than the first half...or worse? What do you think of a decade of your life being defined by George W. Bush, as the '90s were defined by Clinton and the '80s were defined by Reagan?
And what are we going to call this decade? Ideas? We seem to have gotten fine so far without an agreed-upon name for the decade. But when it is over and all said and done, we are going to look back on it and will need some sort of common name for it -- our pop-culture seems to demand it. When VH1 puts together an "I Love the 00s" show in circa 2012, how will the decade be pronounced? The Ohs? The Zeros? The Aughts -- or Aughties? Everything pretty much sucks. We are so used to two-syllable names (fourties, thirties, fifties, sixties, eighties, nineties) or three-syllable names (seventies), that saying "Ohs" sounds empty and unsatisfying. "Aughties" sucks too because we don't say "Aught-One" or "Aught-Two" as they did a century ago. My personal favorite is calling it the "Oh-Ohs". That kind of captures the perilous zeitgeist of this decade. Any other ideas?