central point of a 1999 house was the TV room, where families gathered
to watch such classic fare as "Seinfeld" and "God,
the Devil, and Bob." Dad's office, located just off the TV
room, was where the families of 1999 kept their computers, primitive
affairs with sub-700 MHz processors. They used these computers for
entertainment, Internet access, and work. Often, the three came
together, such as when Dad dreamed of setting up a dot-com and benefitting
from the seemingly endless amounts of venture capital.
school was out, it wasn't uncommon to hear children bickering over
who got to use the computer next. "I want to check out the
new programming at DEN," one child would say. "I saw this
great blouse at Boo.com, and I want to order it before they sell
out," another would answer.
in the bathroom, Mom is taking her Rezulin and brushing her teeth with
a toothbrush whose head does not swivel to scrub even the hard-to-reach
places. And downstairs in the kitchen, the family's oldest daughter
is making a pizza. A pizza whose crust does not rise while it bakes!
It looks primitive to our jaded, modern eyes, but to her it's the
state of the art.