Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Maybe 40 Isn't That Old After All

Yesterday I pointed out all the things that have changed since I was a kid. Well, today I'm taking a different tack.

The Sutro Tower: 40 and still fabulous.

Sure, 40 years *sounds* like a long time. But if you're reaching that age, here's a list that puts things in perspective.

In many ways, the world hasn't changed all that much since you were born.

If you are 40 years old today...
—The world has always had cellphones (even if they weren't commonplace)
—There's never been a draft
—Abortion has always been legal
—The Sears Tower has always been the tallest building in the U.S. (though now it's called the Willis Tower)
—The Transamerica Pyramid and the Sutro Tower have always defined San Francisco's skyline
—No one has ever visited the moon (that one is a little sad)
—Genetically modified organisms, MRI scans, e-mail and the Internet have always existed (though the Internet was still called the DarpaNet when you were born)
—Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison have always been dead
—The Beatles have never performed or released a studio album
—"The Simpsons" has been on the air for most of your life
—And, finally...if you're 40 years old today, you're the same age as Monica Lewinsky.