Sometimes, I think ahead about 50 years and realize, “I’m going to be one of those grandmas that kids are going to want to interview for their history projects.”

Consider: I will remember a time without cell phones and the internet. I’ll remember 9/11 and the mess we made of the Iraq War. (God, I hope I can finally use the past tense on that in another 50 years.) I’ll remember the Dark Times (the Bush years–now with more spying and torture!) and the historic Hilary and Obama campaigns.

And it looks like I’m going to remember the Great Financial Crash of Wall Street in ’08. Nothing like some reports of global market panic with your coffee! This is bad, people. Maybe not the time to ask for a raise at work.