We're Gonna Party Like It's 1993 | National Apartment Association

We're Gonna Party Like It's 1993

Twenty years ago, I was six. Naturally, a lot has changed since then.

1. I no longer secretly cut my bangs in the bathroom and then lie when my Mom asks why there is hair in the sink. Today, I do it out in the open with poultry shears. And because I am my own boss, I don’t have to lie to anyone.

2. Jell-O Pudding Pops have lost their allure. When I was six, pudding pops were pretty much the most delicious thing to have ever come in contact with my palate. A few years ago, after searching and searching, I managed to get my hands on a box. And then I ripped open the packaging, took a giant bite, and experienced the crushing disappointment that occurs whenever something you’ve built up so much from your childhood doesn’t live up to your expectations. 

Strike me dead for saying this, but they’re not…that…good.  

3. I no longer go by the self-appointed nickname “Pookie Lardy.” Today, I answer to Lauren or “Face and Voice of NAA.”

4. “Anne of Green Gables” isn’t my favorite movie. Sike! It’s still totally my favorite movie.

5. I’ve put on some weight. 

But my personal life isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Twenty years has also made a huge difference in the apartment industry.

In April’s End Points column, Jeanie Teyechea, CAM, Regional Manager for Wasatch Property Management, shares 10 things that have changed in 20 years. Following are three:

1. Fees. “Charging for parking spots and pets are relatively recent developments in the apartment industry—not to mention water, sewer and trash fees. This is a real shock to some Gen X, first-time renters.”

I can vouch for that, as I refuse to waiver in my anger over parking fees.

2. Training. “Learning how to deal with serious issues, such as mold and fair housing, is now required at apartment management companies. Industry education has improved immensely, helping companies steer clear of such liabilities and challenges. Apartment professionals have recognized the value of such classes and are earning certifications through their local associations.”

3. Your Phone Is Your Friend. “People don’t leave the house without their cell phone and freak out if they aren’t connected. I’m totally guilty of this. I remember the first massive, black phones we had onsite with the really long antennas. We thought we were awesome because we could walk the property with it and talk to the office staff.”

I’m pretty sure at least one member of the Boston family still owns said phone.

For more, check out “10 Things That Have Changed in 20 Years” in the April issue of units Magazine, which mailed April 11. If you would like to be considered for a future End Points column, email Lauren Boston.