At the car mechanic shop last month, I flipped through an old gossip magazine from 2006. The articles were bittersweet, since I already knew the outcome.
Sienna Miller steps out her front door on Christmas Day 2005, to an army of paparazzi. She's just accepted a marriage proposal from Jude Law. Radiating with joy, she announces, "I'm the happiest girl alive."
It would be only a few short months before she's walking through the airport, hiding behind a scarf to evade the same photographers. They're trying to capture her reaction about Jude Law's affair with the nanny.
The cover, speculating on why Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston separated. Inside the magazine, there is a special section about how, despite rumors, Angelina Jolie had nothing to do with it.
I'm also amused by the byline: "Will they reunite?"
I showed the cover to Dan.
Dan: "So, did they in fact reunite?"
Me: "What? No! Brad Pitt is with Angelina Jolie now! I can't believe you don't know this."
Me: "You do know who Angelina Jolie is, right?"
Me: [thinking] "At least you're not a total engineer-in-a-cave."
Dan: "She's Lara Croft."
I told Dan how fun it would be to make a tabloid cover for each of your friends, with the current hot topics in their life. Their work projects, and romantic interests, and struggles.
In two years, it would be entertaining to take it out again, and see how much has changed.