I apologize for another missionary post. My brother recently returned from his mission a few months ago, and it has brought back a flood of memories.
One of the phenoma of coming back from a mission, along with getting over the awkwardness, is all the catching up one has to do, especially if one served overseas.
A couple days after returning from his mission, we took the customary trip to Blockbuster to get him caught up on all the movies he had missed. Our discussion then turned to all of the events he’d missed out on, which was perfectly capped-off by him asking, “Who’s Paris Hilton?” Lucky man, he is.
I shared with him how weird it was to get back to the States and find out about all the crazy stuff I missed. Here’s a list of things that I missed out on from December of 1997 to December of 1999:
Titanic–I still don’t understand how this is the most successful movie of all time. Though I did have the Celine Dion theme song memorized–in Guatemala.
Star Wars Episode 1–I had to see it in a dollar-theatre when I got home.
The deaths of Chris Farley and Phil Hartman. I almost had to have a talk with my Mission President after the Farley death.
McGwire/Sosa chasing Maris–Maybe the most-lamented. Much to the dismay of my Nicaraguan companion, every morning we had to go get the Prensa Libre newspaper so I could be updated.
Clinton/Lewinsky–Reading the Starr report in Spanish did wonders for my vocabulary.
Y2K–I did get home before 2000 came, but it took forever to have this explained to me.
JFK Jr. dies in plane crash.
Hurrican Mitch–Oh wait. I was actually right in the middle of this one.