What's next? Celebrating next week?
Leada Gore, Editor
At a passing glance, the night club might look something like a museum. There are exhibits, albeit they are not things you'd see in a typical museum.
Upon closer inspection, you see there is a white Ford Bronco, ala O.J. Simpson; rock posters from such classic groups as "The Spice Girls;" and a blue dress from the GAP, similar to the one worn by Monica Lewinsky when she was, ahem, friends with Bill Clinton.
Welcome to the Nerveana nightclub – home of all things from the 90s.
Wait a minute. The 1990s? Didn't that decade end just five years ago? I was just now getting used to the concept of anything from the 1980s being considered "old" and now I hear the decade of my youth is now an oldie once removed.
Nerveana, located in New York as if there was any doubt, features all sorts of things from those who may have forgotten what it was like a half decade ago. There are displays on rap music and on television classics such as "Beverly Hills 90210." There are displays on the Simpsons, both OJ and the cartoon family; Lewinsky and Clinton; and rock bands from the 1990s.
The owner of the club said he felt the need to open it because history seems to become history a bit quicker these days.
I guess so. When I was growing up, the "oldies" radio station played songs from the early 1950s. We laughed at the doo-wop songs about white sports coats and pink carnations. Over time, they added songs from the 1960s and later the 1970s and I was OK with that. Then, a few years ago, radio stations started playing music from the 1980s and that's when the realization that I am getting older hit me. The music I listened to in high school was now considered quaint and cute. I was "retro." Parachute pants and "Purple Rain" replaced those white sports coats adorned with pink carnations.
And now, someone has decided it's time to move on to the 1990s.
I, for one, am putting my foot down. It's too soon to feel nostalgic about the 1990s. Things are too recent to be cute, to close-to-now to be quaint.
If we start celebrating the 1990s now, what will we do next? Start celebrating the first half of our current decade? Open a restaurant with a 2003 theme? Throw a party in honor of last month?
I can see it now – a news story will come out next week about a new theme restaurant in New York. It will be called "June 13-19, 2005."
I don't even want to know what will be on exhibit.