Therapy Day 3 – Being a teenager – Part 1 – Junior High School years

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It took a while for me to stop being sentimental when going back to my early childhood but I have to admit I arrived smoothly to my early teenage years!

I had been a child that experienced love and was a member of a family with strong bonds through and through. This of course created strong emotional foundations even for a sensitive person like me. Yes, sensitive, it’s not a crime to admit it, isn’t it? This sensitivity led me to make poor decisions when I had to put logic above all but I am sure I am not alone in this field.

My years in junior high school were amazing, I was what you could say a better than average student with a lot of potential if “he studies harder”. But for me it was more important to follow my favorite sports club, to play basketball and football with my friends, to go to taekwondo classes, to train with the basketball team I joined and to learn a “foreign language” which it was obviously English.

As I look back to those years, anything that had to do with socialising and friends was priority number one. It was about this time that I met my till now best friends that we have shared 21+ years together.

I am describing an era between 1996 and 1998, the era of baby internet having ISDN connections at home, the era of Google and Amazon being just toddlers, Nintendo GameBoy was still thriving, Nintendo Super NES, Sega Master System and Mega Drive ware the most advanced playing machines that anyone could put his hands upon!

It almost sounds like the era of innocence! Does any of you feel the same way about this era? Do you remember anything else about these years? Let me know until I go through the less peaceful and joyfull years of my late teens and senior high school!

Here are some fun facts from the years 1996-1998 concerning Technology and Culture:


  • 1996
    • DVD’s Launched in Japan
    • In 12 months number of Internet host computers goes from 1 million to 10 million
    • Windows NT 4.0 released by Microsoft
    • Internet Explorer 3 web browser released
    • The first version of the Java programming language is released.
    • Duke Nukem 3D Shareware released to public
    • On July 5th Dolly the sheep becomes the first mammal to be successfully cloned
    • Ask Jeeves formed.
    • Global Warming shows a record high
    • IBM’s Deep Blue defeats Chess Champion Gary Kasparov for the first time
    • MSNBC ( 24hr News Channel ) a joint venture between Microsoft and NBC is launched
    • Ozone layer over the Arctic continues to be depleted
    • American Pathfinder launched on its 310 million mile mission to Mars
    • The Worlds Largest Container Vessel The Regina Maersk begins operation
  • 1997
    • Scientists in Scotland reveal the first successful cloning of an adult mammal a sheep named Dolly
    • Microsoft becomes the worlds most valuable company valued at $261 billion dollars
    • Internet Explorer version 4 released
    • Microsoft buys minority stake in Apple Computers for $150 million
    • ThrustSSC sets the first supersonic land speed record at Black Rock Desert, Nevada at an average speed of 1,227.985 km/h (763.035 mph).
    • Mars Pathfinder lands on the surface of Mars
    • the weight loss drug Fen-phen is withdrawn from the market due to problems identified with valvular heart disease and pulmonary hypertension
    • Alaska sees more ground ice breaking off due to the greenhouse effect
  • 1998
    • Worlds first Digital Terrestrial Television Service launched in the UK
    • Windows 98 released by Microsoft on June 26th
    • United States Department of Justice (DOJ) brings Anti-Trust Case against Microsoft Corp.
    • During 1998 with the technology maturing e-commerce started to take off as more and more companies decided to create a presence on the Internet with their own web sites.
    • The Search Engine Google is founded.
    • The Worlds largest suspension Bridge 1.234 miles in Japan opens
    • 19 European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
    • Data sent from the Galileo probe indicates that Jupiter’s moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice
    • The FDA approves Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence, becoming the first pill to be approved to treat this condition in the United States.
    • Apple Computer unveils the iMac.
    • Danish Catamaran Cat Link V sets new record for fastest crossing of the north Atlantic Blue Ribband in 2 days 17.59 hours
    • India and Pakistan test nuclear weapons


  • 1996
    • Music
      • Spice Girls First Number 1 “Wannabe”
      • Mariah Carey
      • Eric Clapton
      • Blur
      • Dalida
      • Jamiroquai
      • Snoop Doggy Dogg
      • Oasis
      • Madonna
      • Metallica
      • Gravity Kills
      • Rage Against the Machine
      • 2Pac
      • The Wallflowers
      • Sheryl Crow
      • Red Hot Chili Peppers
      • The Smashing Pumpkins
      • Marilyn Manson
      • Alanis Morissette
      • Lenny Kravitz
      • Foo Fighters
    • Movies
      • Independence Day
      • Twister
      • Mission: Impossible
      • Jerry Maguire
      • 101 Dalmatians
      • The Rock
      • The Nutty Professor
      • The Birdcage
      • A Time to Kill
      • The English Patient
      • Star Trek: First Contact
  • 1997
    • Facts
      • The Simpsons becomes the longest-running prime-time animated series.
      • Notorious B.I.G. Shot killed in drive by shooting
      • The first book in the award winning Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling is published “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” released in US in 1998 as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
    • Music
      • Mariah Carey
      • Smashing Pumpkins
      • Foo Fighters
      • Nine Inch Nails
      • The Verve
      • Counting Crows
      • Lenny Kravitz
      • Céline Dion
      • Daft Punk
      • Sneaker Pimps
      • Fleetwood Mac
      • Spice Girls
      • Radiohead
      • Garth Brooks
      • Hanson
      • The Offspring
      • Bryan Adams
      • Aerosmith
    • Movies
      • Titanic
      • The Lost World: Jurassic Park
      • Men in Black
      • Tomorrow Never Dies
      • Air Force One
      • As Good as It Gets
      • Liar Liar
      • My Best Friend’s Wedding
      • The Fifth Element
      • The Full Monty
      • Batman & Robin
      • The Rainmaker
  • 1998
    • Music
      • All Saints
      • Céline Dion
      • Madonna
      • Chumbawamba
      • Jennifer Paige
      • Marilyn Manson
      • Green Day
      • Metallica
      • The Offspring
      • Spice Girls
      • Aerosmith
      • Alanis Morissette
      • Shania Twain
      • Natalie Imbruglia
      • Sublime
      • Janet Jackson
    • Movies
      • Armageddon
      • Titanic
      • Saving Private Ryan
      • Godzilla
      • There’s Something About Mary
      • A Bug’s Life
      • Deep Impact
      • Mulan
      • Dr. Dolittle
      • Shakespeare in Love
      • Lethal Weapon 4
      • The Avengers
      • The Mask of Zorro
      • The Wedding Singer
    • TV
      • Law & Order
      • America’s Funniest Home Videos
      • One Foot in the Grave (UK)
      • The Jerry Springer Show
      • Dateline NBC
      • Frasier
      • Late Night with Conan O’Brien
      • NYPD Blue
      • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
      • The Late Show with David Letterman
      • The Nanny
      • The X-Files
      • ER
      • Friends
      • JAG
      • Star Trek: Voyager
      • The Drew Carey Show
      • 7th Heaven
      • Everybody Loves Raymond
      • Judge Judy
      • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
      • Dharma & Greg
      • King of the Hill
      • South Park
      • Stargate SG-1
      • The Practice
      • Teletubbies (UK)
      • Simpsons

This list reminded me of how amazing these years were! See you soon with more…


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