TO THE EIGHTIES:
continued to shrink during the Eighties in America. The divorce
rate continued to sky-rocket. In states like California the
divorce rate was almost 60 percent and the number of single-parent
homes continued to multiply in America as a whole. Step-marriages
increased in number and so did cohabitation without marriage.
Marriages that survived however were often more interesting.
Couples stayed together because they liked each other. A child-care
crisis soon erupted in America because too many parents were
now working full-time and pressures on the American government
to solve this new problem intensified.
Americans began to live longer a nursing home boom took off,
but as the cost of health-care shot-up at double the inflation-rate,
senior Americans began to organize politically in order to put
pressure on the American government for more subsidized health-care.
Home-ownership declined as real-estate prices in America's major
metropolitan areas soared to unprecedented levels. Eventually,
two income families and multiple careers for all income earners
was becoming the norm in a society that psychologically was
swinging between mental depression and ADD.
was ADD? It was a new mental illness called Attention Deficit
Syndrome. Most who suffered from this illness could not keep
their attention span on any matter for any extended period of
time. Increasingly many American began taking more and more
amounts of prescription drugs to battle both depression and
ADD. Prozac became the drug of choice for depression. Ritlin
new epidemic called AIDS began spreading through America. Initially
in the Gay community and then ultimately into the hetro-sexual
community. By 1990, AIDS had killed over 150,000 Americans and
even more Americans were carrying the AIDS virus. Gay activists
blamed the Reagan administration for not immediately pouring
millions of research dollars into combating the deadly illness.
AIDS began to have a tremendous influence on sexual behavior
in America during the Eighties. Condoms quickly became a requirement
for casual sex and they were sold openly in supermarkets and
drug use became so bad in all sectors of American society that
many places of employments began to openly test employees before
hiring and while being employed. Anti-smoking campaigns continued
to gain support in many states and smokers were soon banned
from many public places by law. Drinking was also now recognized
as an illness and recovery programs began proliferating in every
state. Indeed, substance abuse was at an all time high in America
as the stress of daily life continued to accelerate.
Ritchies were feeling the heat like everyone else:
" I'm not sure I can take more of this stress. Everyday
one decision has to follow another decision more quickly. "
Mara: " Well, why don't you just slow down? "
Chad: " I can't. The competition is so fierce in the PC
industry. Any delay can be curtains for us. "
Mara: " Man, all these nerds and geeks trying to make something
of themselves. "
Chad: " Stop making fun of these people. They are creating
new business opportunities for America. "
Mara: " Also new opportunities for couch and web potatoes.
Bring them on. "
Chad: " when are you going to appreciate this country?
Mara: " Probably, never
Chad: " How's your Mother doing? "
Mara: " She's seeing this new guy. I think it's serious.
Chad: " I'm glad for her. "
Mara: " Yeah, me too. "
Chad: " How's your job going? "
Mara: " It's going fine. I like my new boss now, but in
a few weeks I will probably hate him. "
Chad: " At least you're not vegging out. "
Mara: " Me, veg out? Never
Chad: " Have you talked to Harvey? "
Mara: " Yeah, he's moving to a new broker. That's his fifth
one in eight years. He even wants to go to New York now. "
Chad: " Maybe, he'll make more money there. God, I hope
Mara: " Yeah, that's all he really needs, more money
Chad: Maybe he can finally by a house and settle down. "
Mara: " Who can afford to buy a house? "
Chad: " Are you still living with your mother? "
Mara: " Yeah, in and out like usual. "