Power outages like we experienced in Abilene Monday evening (6/17) reminded me of when the air conditioner broke at our house in the summer of 2000.

That was the year Donna and I spent a lot of time on the back porch trying to keep cool. We sipped iced tea and listened to music like "Cowboy Take Me Away" by the Dixie Chicks and "How Do You Like Me Now" by Toby Keith. The summer of 2000 also had other awesome songs like them.

Check out the top 5 songs from the summer of 2000

Toby Keith - How Do You Like Me Now

Dixie Chicks - Cowboy Take Me Away

Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance

George Strait - The Best Day

Lonestar - What About Now


Here are some interesting cost of living facts from 1985

Average cost of new house $134,150.00
Average income per year $40,343.00
Average monthly rent $675.00
Cost of a gallon of gas $1.26
Average cost of new car $24,750.00
US Postage Stamp .33 cents
1 pound of bacon cost $2.97
Coffee cost $3.44 a pound
A loaf of bread $1.72
A dozen eggs was .89 cents
Barrel of oil was $30.00 per barrel

What do you remember from 1985?