7 years ago I was about to quit the US after 6 years of residence there. We were just putting the house on the market (probably the best investment I ever made - though the house we bought here in France may have equalled it), hence seven years ago we were making sure all the inspections were good, the house clean etc. etc. Meanwhile I was discovering the joys of VW's lease program which wanted me to pay off the remaing 18+ months on my year and a bit old new Beetle and we were also seeking to dispose of a lot of other furniture, cookware and electricals that weren't going to travel to France.
Meanwhile my stock portfolio was looking like a dream being invested in companies such as Cisco, Nortel, JDS Uniphase and other constructors of the Internet superhighway. I was putting together the draft outline for a book (er Tom are we ever going to finish writing it?) and things were all in all looking wonderful. I knew very little about the Taliban or other sorts of militant Islam and I cared less, the EU seemed like a mostly benign thing and Tony Blair's new labour really did seem to have junked the tax and spend into ruin parts of traditional labour policy and "cool Britannia" seemed pretty neat, although the millenium dome was clearly dumb. Baen was just about surfacing in my consciousness as an excellent SF publisher but I wasn't paying attention to its electronic publishing efforts and the blogosphere was nowhere.