Hoboken411.com: 10 years ago
Hoboken411.com “turned” 10 years old today
Not a big fan of anniversaries, but I remember after my first year online, I kind of adopted April 11th as a good enough day to say the site began. Even though it was in development months before hand, it sort of “got going” on (or around) 4/11/2006. Better than the 10th or the 12th, because “411 started on Four / Eleven.” Whatever. Stupid shit.
What was going on back in 2006?
But here’s some interesting tidbits about what life was like back 10 years ago in 2006….
- George W. Bush was “President” of the United States. (And David Roberts was Mayor of Hoboken).
- Twitter launched in July of 2006. (Fakebook later in September…)
- A first class postage stamp was $0.39 (today it’s $0.47 – which was actually reduced from $0.49 yesterday!)
- The “bird flu” was the current global scare-tactic of the month…
- New York Yankees Pitcher Cory Lidle died when he crashed his plane into a building in NYC.
- A gallon of gasoline was around $2.80 (about a dollar less today.)
- Cost for a movie ticket was $7.00 (compared to $12.00 today.)
- An average plain cheese pizza was $9 or $10 (today $14-$15.) Funny though, Domino’s can still offer those $5.99 deals. How is that?
- Taxi cabs were $3 a ride ($5 today.) But you can take an Uber to the mall in J.C. for just $6 (Hoboken cab rates skyrocket once you leave city borders.)
And according to some so-called “economic calculators” – to buy what $100 bought in 2006 – you’d need $118 worth of cash money today. Has your net-pay gone up that much? Would your money sitting in a bank account have gone up that much?
We won’t talk about other “statistics” like unemployment or national debt – because who in God’s name can even verify those (most likely fudged) figures?
The same goes for what was “in” (celebrity, music, movies, fashion). Because it’s been cruddy for a long time, no point in comparing historical piles of shit.
Other than that – “Just another day in the neighborhood!”