Things That Have Happened Since My Last Trip To Disneyland


I have not been to Disneyland since 1996. If I sound bitter…I am. In considering that time span, I began to recollect some of the significant things that happened in 1996, and since I last visited The Happiest Place On Earth. I submit to you my incomplete list. Feel free to add to it.

This is cheap therapy.

  1. Bill Clinton defeated Bob Dole for the Presidency in 1996
  2. Not one, or even two…but now THREE Presidents have occupied the Oval Office.
  3. The Sands Hotel in Vegas is wiped out to make room for The Venetian
  4. JonBenet Ramsey is kidnapped and murdered in 1996
  5. California Adventure didn’t yet exist
  6. The Hacienda Hotel in Vegas is wiped out to make way for Mandalay Bay
  7. Morgan Stanley and Dean Witter merge in 1997 (that didn’t work out very well)
  8. The Unabomber was arrested in 1996
  9. Ella Fitzgerald, George Burns, Gene Kelly and Tupac Shakur each died in 1996
  10. Big movies in 1996: The English Patient, Fargo, Jerry Maguire, Independence Day, Twister, and The Rock
  11. The Summer Olympics were in Atlanta, GA
  12. Children born the day I last went to Disneyland are now in 7th or 8th grade
  13. Average cost of a home in 1996: $118, 200
  14. Gallon of gas: $1.22
  15. Postage stamp: $0.32
  16. Prince Charles and his wife, Diana, divorced in 1996
  17. DVDs launched in 1996…in Japan. It would be awhile before they reached the U.S.
  18. Windows NT 4.0 was the latest OS by Microsoft in 1996
  19. Internet Explorer 3.0 was the latest browser in 1996
  20. eBay started in 1996
  21. MSNBC cable news is launched in 1996
  22. The high Dow Jones mark was 6,500
  23. The low Dow Jones mark was 5,200
  24. I’m now living in my third different city since 1996
  25. I’ve had 8 different jobs since 1996
  26. I’ve lived in 4 different homes since 1996
  27. My parents lived in Costa Rica

Well, that’s my list for now. Feel free to add your 2 cents. What’s happened to YOU since 1996?

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