I was in the 8th grade. Struggling in class, the English teacher assigned us to write a short story for a lesson I've likely long forgotten. Vaguely remembering the project, it had a story-line which one day wouldn't be unlike that of Tom Hanks's Cast Away. In this story, when the main character eventually returned to the mainland, he only knew how much time had past since the "DJ on the oldies station played Sweet Child 'o Mine, the #1 song 25 years ago." I remember reading the story in class, and thinking how far 25 years was. Plus, laughing at the absurdity of an oldies station playing a Guns n' Roses song. The class laughed, and now I'm writing about them again. This time, to celebrate the album's 30th anniversary.