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Date on a Dime: Time Capsule

Recently, with a scratching record sound effect, the idea struck my wife and I that there’s one day going to be a little one and her doey eyed look questioning what life was like just 11 years from the turn of the millennium. In a whirl of activity to try and push the other consequences of this idea aside, we decided to make a time capsule together, with a mix of things which we treasure and some information about things at this current time in history. (Now, should those beseeching eyes start looking our way, we can simply hand them a shovel & a treasure map, and teach them the valuable lesson of digging out their own answers.)

A Gathering of Things = FREE

We gathered some stamps, old movie stubs, coins, an mp3 with some favorite songs, pics and a movie we made so our kids could see us talking to them when we weren’t so wizened, some memorabilia special to us and some printed pics – just in case USB ports aren’t available anymore when the jar gets dug up.

Here’s some of the information we included for your own personal perusal, to satisfy your curiosity and keep you from coming and digging up our yard.

  • Texas is still one of the 50 United States.
  • High fructose corn syrup is legal & in most foods & drinks.
  • Gas prices – $3.79 in Cali.
  • Flying cars still haven’t been released.  (Sigh)
  • Dr Bills cost $85 – $115 per visit
  • Minimum wage – $8.00 per hour CA. Federal, $7.25 per hour.
  • Currency Exchange: $1US = .63 British Pound, $1US = $.98c Aus, $1US = 6.38 Chinese RMB, $1US = .72 Euro.
  • Flight to NZ – $998 if you get a special. Or around $1500 otherwise.
  • Oil Change cost $24 at Walmart
  • Gallon of milk – $3.50
  • Apple – $.59c
  • School terms go from Sept – June.
  • Home schooling is legal, though regulated in California.
  • Iphones/smart phones are the latest thing. Touch screen & internet browsing, with applications covering everything from tuning your guitar to. They can be used as an internet router, or GPS…providing there’s a network signal.
  • Everybody is on Facebook. (There are growing concerns about privacy laws & photo ownership with it.)
  • ‘Facebooked’ & ‘friended’ have recently become verbs.
  • Skype is free. So is Facebook.
  • 50% of marriages succeed.
  • Life expectancy is 89 years of age in Manaco, the highest in the world. Australia is 81, New Zealand 80.6, UK, 80, USA 78.3. Angola has the lowest life expectancy at 38.8, beaten next by Afghanistan, at 45 years old.
  • American doctors are opening cancer treatment clinics across the Mexican boarder to treat people with hyperthermia, sono-photo therapy and some other forms of treatment not legal in the US. Chemotherapy and radiation are the main treatments still.
  • Coffee is a very popular drink. Many people starting the day with a cup. It is common to have several cups per day, and/or have meetings in coffee shops.
  • Smoking cigarettes is not legal in public places in California.
  • Marijuana is not legal anywhere in the US. (Though medical marijuana may be used in California) All marijuana is treated like every other controlled substance (such as cocaine) in the eyes of the law. Possession of more than one ounce is punishable by up to 6 months in prison & or up to $500 fine & probation.
  • Environmental & health awareness is slowly increasing. Recycling is starting to gain momentum in some parts of the state. Organic food is becoming popular & less expensive and can be found in most food stores that are not in poor demographic areas.
  • DVDs can be rented from vending machines for $1.
  • Pennies are still in circulation.

Interesting Californian Laws:

  • Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
  • It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
  • Women may not drive in a house coat.
  • Bathhouses are against the law.
  • No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.

Treasure Map = FREE

During the process we recognized just how lucky we are to be living right now. It made us wonder what the world will be like in 20 years or so for our kids and then for our grandchildren. And it helped us re-evaluate what’s really important to us. All in one date!

If word of this gets out too far, therapist maybe looking for new work!

Total Date Night = FREE

When printed, we popped this along with the other precious treasures, in a ziplock bag, into a jar and put it in the ground. I just hope those doey eyes don’t come at me on a rainy day.

From somewhere in California,
Tim & Anna
P.S. Here are some time capsule hints & ideas from people who actually know what they’re doing.
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