In 1993 the big event of the year was going on a road trip to Florida to visit my grandparents. I remember my sister being "hungry as a hedgehog" on the first night of the road trip and getting really scared on Space Mountain at Disney World.


Rank Album Artist Title Label Impression
1 Charlie Major The Other Side Arista

Likely not a country album many people remember, but I remember having this one on cassette and it being one of my favorites thanks to Cancon requirements on country radio. I also remember being super excited when he came to play our small town and singing along to all the words.

3 Garth Brooks In Pieces Capitol Nashville

Another year, another Garth Brooks album. This one has Ain't Going Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up) on it which is the fastest Garth Brooks song and therefore my favorite.

3 North Country The Rankin Family EMI

I remember loving to sing along to Rise Again everytime it came on the radio, especially trying and failing to hit all the high notes.

4 Hepcat Out of Nowhere Moon Ska Records

One of my favorite traditional ska albums with Hooligans and Dance Wid' Me.

5 Propagandhi How to Clean Everything Fat Wreck Chords

One of Canada's greatest political punk band's debut album. I didn't understand much of it the first time I heard it, but have slowly understood more of the lyrics over the years.



Rank Book Title Author Impression
1 The Giver Lois Lowry

One of the first dystopian books I read as a kid that can still be appreciated as an older reader.

2 The Lights Go On Again Kit Pearson

The final book in the Guests of War trilogy which ends the series on a high note and a strong anti-war message.



Rank Movie Title Impression
1 Groundhog Day

I love time travel stories and this movie is a lot of fun. I got you babe.

2 Jurassic Park

Well, there it is clever girl.

3 Cool Runnings

Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time!

4 Hocus Pocus

I don't think I appreciated it when it first came out, but it has since become a Halloween holiday classic.

5 Alive

I'm always down for a good survival story, especially one that takes place in the Andes.


Video Games

1993 was such a great year for video games I couldn't list just five.

Rank Game Title Developer Impression
1 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Sierra

I was always more of a LucasArts fan rather than a Sierra fan, with the exception of the Gabriel Knight series. Jane Jensen is a great writer with complex characters. This game sparked an interest in the city of New Orleans and I hope to visit some day.

2 Day of the Tentacle LucasArts

This game still has some of the most fun puzzles based around time travel in a video game with three playable characters in the past, present and future. I didn't get many of the American history references in my first playthrough, but have enjoyed it more as I've replayed it over the years.

3 Doom id Software

The game that helped define the first person shooter genre that is still fun to play today with an awesome soundtrack and level design.

4 Eric the Unready Legend Entertainment

Eric the Unready is a lesser known adventure game, played with a text parser rather than a mouse. I didn't get around to playing this game until much later, but the writing in this game has held up really well considering how hard comedy is to get right.

5 Sam and Max: Hit the Road LucasArts

Two LucasArts point and click adventure games in one year, what a treat. Sam and Max single-handedly doubled my vocabulary through this game and the TV show. the dialogue and characters are great, but be warned that this game is pretty challenging since it's so open ended.

6 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Nintendo

I only played the color version on Gameboy Color that released later in the decade, but I loved the world and uncovering the map.

7 Epic Pinball Epic MegaGames

Back before Epic became synonymous with Fortnite, they used to publish shareware games. One of which was Epic Pinball, which I still play regularly due to the addictive gameplay, vairety of pinball tables and amazing soundtrack.