Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Remember When?

Thirty years ago on May 2nd, I was born. A milestone I suppose. And how time flies!

My mom was 25 and my dad was 27 when they had me. And look, I'm not a mom yet. (And not planning to be...but, it's God's will.)

My mom remembers "Star Wars" coming out in theaters later in May, and my dad named me after a famous actress in the western Gunsmoke...Amanda Blake, I believe. (He he, my dad and his western re-runs.)

A few facts from the year 1977 from the book, "1977: Remember When...A Nostalgic Look Back in Time." Of course, I don't remember but some of you may. (Hee hee!)

--America's Television Favorites: 1. Three's Company, 2. 60 Minutes, 3. Alice.

--President: Jimmy Carter, Vice President: Walter Mondale.

--Average Life Expectancy: 73.3 years.

--Cost of Living:

New House: $49,319.00
Average Income: $15,070.00
New Car: $4,785.00
Average Rent: $240.00/month
Tuition at Harvard: $4,100.00/year
Movie Ticket: $2.00/each
Gasoline: $0.65/gallon
U.S. Postage Stamp: $0.13/each

--Music: Best of my Love by The Emotions, Car Wash by Rose Royce, Da Doo Ron Ron by Shaun Cassidy, Hotel California by The Eagles, How Deep Is Your Love by The Bee Gees, I Wish by Stevie Wonder, Looks Like We Made It by Barry Manilow, New Kid in Town by The Eagles, Rich Girl by Daryl Hall & John Oates, and Undercover Angel by Alan O'Day.

--Movies: Annie Hall (Academy Award Winner), Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saturday Night Fever, Smokey & the Bandit, The Spy Who Loved Me.

(Photographs: Me @ 1 year old 1978, 6yrs old 1983, family portrait 1985?, Alex & I in 1994 ages 15 & 17...I was 17.)


Steve said...

Happy Birthday!

Sonia:) said...

Happy Birthday, Amanda.

30 is a good age. :)

trazomfreak said...

Whoo hoo! Thank you, I am having a good day, thank you!

Yepiz said...

God truly blessed my life when He predestined you to become my wife. I have now known you for 17 years, dated you for 13, and married to you for almost 4.

A blessing indeed!

Yepiz said...

BTW, funny how things change drastically:

New House: $49,319.00 (today you just get the living room for this price!)

Average Income: $15,070.00 (yeah, if you work at McDonald's)

New Car: $4,785.00 (the cost of the engine)

Average Rent: $240.00/month (for the toilet only)

Tuition at Harvard: $4,100.00/year (I guess paying for a bad education was just as much a problem then as it is now.)

Movie Ticket: $2.00/each (that's too cheap for even a bottled water at the concession stand!)

Gasoline: $0.65/gallon (I go ahead and blame "W" for that price too! LOL!)

U.S. Postage Stamp: $0.13/each ( now its almost 40 cents and people in the office shoot each other.

My, oh my, how things do really change.

Sonia:) said...

Postage goes up to .41 cents on May 17th...

Arien said...

Happy Belated Birthday Amanda!

You're now entering your prime (whatever that means).

As for everything else in 1977 - Dang I really feel old now.

And dang we're paying way tooo much for everything now.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed your day!

trazomfreak said...

Yeah, things have changed.

And things cost more.

Thank you for the wishes.

I truly had a nice day to remember.

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