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2013-05-22 09:14:06 AM
Well, now I know where to cruise while wearing my "I have 'Daddy Issues'" t-shirt.

Mostly women? Figures.
 
2013-05-22 09:19:12 AM

Cythraul: Mostly women? Figures.



And cats. Lots of cats.
 
2013-05-22 09:19:34 AM
This is basically what I imagine Hell must be like.

"What wine shall we 'taste' ['clever' knowing wink as they know they're to drink a couple bottles] tonight?"
 
2013-05-22 09:20:37 AM
images.buddytv.com
Monday Night:  Blanche.
Tuesday Night:  Rose.
Wednesday Night:  Anyone but Dorothy.
 
2013-05-22 09:21:27 AM
I wonder if the mature ladies hot flashes sinc up and happen at the same time after a bit of time?
 
2013-05-22 09:21:34 AM
People sharing living arrangements is news?
 
2013-05-22 09:23:23 AM

WhippingBoy: This is basically what I imagine Hell must be like.

"What wine shall we 'taste' ['clever' knowing wink as they know they're to drink a couple bottles] tonight?"


Hell is drinking every day?  Sign me up.
 
2013-05-22 09:25:01 AM

Rapmaster2000: [images.buddytv.com image 425x315]
Monday Night:  Blanche.
Tuesday Night:  Rose.
Wednesday Night:  Anyone but Dorothy.


Win.
 
2013-05-22 09:25:55 AM

Rapmaster2000: [images.buddytv.com image 425x315]
Monday Night:  Blanche.
Tuesday Night:  Rose.
Wednesday Night:  Anyone but Dorothy.


Trivia Question: Who is the oldest person in that photo?
 
2013-05-22 09:26:23 AM
"Today more than 1 in 3 baby boomers is unmarried. And those unmarried boomers are disproportionately women."

So a huge percentage of baby boomer men are either dead, gay married, or have wives much younger than themselves.
 
2013-05-22 09:27:55 AM

brilett: People sharing living arrangements is news?


Only to naive 20-somethings.

darth_badger: I wonder if the mature ladies hot flashes sinc up and happen at the same time after a bit of time?


Hot flashes stop after menopause.
 
2013-05-22 09:33:16 AM
We should set up all-boomer nursing homes.  Then slip something into their pot so they all shuffle off this mortal coil at the age of 72 or so.  That would do wonders for our culture and the Social Security funding situation.
 
2013-05-22 09:33:41 AM

Cythraul: Well, now I know where to cruise while wearing my "I have 'Daddy Issues'" t-shirt.

Mostly women? Figures.


tvseriesfinale.com

/wants to subscribe to your newsletter, live in your dorm.
 
2013-05-22 09:33:58 AM
Haven't the farking baby boomers all died off yet?  We will all be better off when they finally do...
 
2013-05-22 09:36:54 AM
30 Rock did it in one of the last episodes with Jack Donaghy Mother having a late in life affair with another woman due to the fact most men are long dead at that stage of life.

That and her roommate made a ton of wood carvings of her Vagaga.

\think this is why corn dog eaters go that was after Politics
\\that and a "Happy" husband)
\\\ Bachmann and Palin 2016 would be fun to watch (not vote for)
\\\\Corn Dog on either end, On to the Middle
 
2013-05-22 09:37:20 AM
I believe movies have given us many workable solutions:

gnarcore.com
blogs.amctv.com
 
2013-05-22 09:37:54 AM

Cythraul: Rapmaster2000: [images.buddytv.com image 425x315]
Monday Night:  Blanche.
Tuesday Night:  Rose.
Wednesday Night:  Anyone but Dorothy.

Trivia Question: Who is the oldest person in that photo?


Blanche was the youngest (now the scariest looking) born in the 34 but the rest were born in the 1922/23, their ages are all pretty close.
 
2013-05-22 09:39:13 AM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: "Today more than 1 in 3 baby boomers is unmarried. And those unmarried boomers are disproportionately women."

So a huge percentage of baby boomer men are either dead, gay married, or have wives much younger than themselves.


Men live shorter lives and tend to be older than the woman they marry. They're mostly dead.
 
2013-05-22 09:42:47 AM
Why is this scary? A bunch of 50-65 year old women living together? Who knows what kinds of pies or fresh breads they might try to concoct!
 
2013-05-22 09:43:17 AM
images.tvrage.com
 
2013-05-22 09:43:18 AM
This was actually a thing in the late Roman Empire. A wealthy widower, or more often, widow, would get a group of their friends in the same situation together and set up their house as a monastery where they could all live together. They'd write their own rules (really lax ones), take in some orphans to do the heavy lifting around the house, and live a nice, comfortable retirement with their friends.

It was considering cheating at monasticism.
 
2013-05-22 09:44:26 AM
Housing Co-ops, like food co-ops, electric co-op, farm co-ops, aren't new, and many have students, boomers, and disabled people. Group home sounds so sterile.

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2013-05-22 09:44:34 AM

Cythraul: Well, now I know where to cruise while wearing my "I have 'Daddy Issues'" t-shirt.

Mostly women? Figures.


1) Where'd you get that shirt?

2) Does it work?

I'm only asking for research purposes, you understand.
 
2013-05-22 09:47:23 AM

ModernLuddite: Cythraul: Well, now I know where to cruise while wearing my "I have 'Daddy Issues'" t-shirt.

Mostly women? Figures.

1) Where'd you get that shirt?

2) Does it work?

I'm only asking for research purposes, you understand.


I have had some success with it at my local gay bar. Well, that was when I was in my 20's. These days, not so much.
 
2013-05-22 09:49:53 AM
In order to stay in her house after her divorce, Moore needed financial help. But she wanted to do more than just add boarders who would help pay the bills, she says. The home she's organized instead is "a little bit like family, a little bit like roommates, a little bit like a sorority house," she says from the sofa of her softly lit living room. "It just evolves."
Moore, an attorney, isn't actually childless. She has a grown son who....has been urging Moore to move there to be closer to him and his family.


Substitute "Blanche" for "Moore" and this is the whole premise for Golden Girls
Oddly, I do not have a problem with this.
 
2013-05-22 09:55:13 AM

Tarl3k: Haven't the farking baby boomers all died off yet?  We will all be better off when they finally do...


Brace yourself for the housing glut, which is coming well before they die.

Then when they die, brace yourself for the glut of "assisted living communities".

And you thought the post-apocalyptic wastelands depicted in the dystopian sci-fi films of the 80s were the result of nuclear war.
 
2013-05-22 09:56:00 AM
For an alternative, they could just move to India and live in a run down hotel.
 
2013-05-22 09:56:13 AM

Lorelle: Hot flashes stop after menopause.


Please tell my ex wife that info.
 
2013-05-22 10:05:08 AM

ruta: Tarl3k: Haven't the farking baby boomers all died off yet?  We will all be better off when they finally do...

Brace yourself for the housing glut, which is coming well before they die.

Then when they die, brace yourself for the glut of "assisted living communities".

And you thought the post-apocalyptic wastelands depicted in the dystopian sci-fi films of the 80s were the result of nuclear war.


Maybe prices will adjust to something more reasonable so the younger generations have a chance to live somewhere besides an apartment
 
2013-05-22 10:05:38 AM
Sounds like a good idea to me. If you're wealthy it would be cheaper than a retirement community, at least while you're still reasonably healthy. If you aren't it would be far less humiliating than moving into your son's or daughter's spare room (assuming your daughter-in-law or son-in-law will even acquiesce to having you).

Safer than living alone in an empty house, too, especially as you start to slow down (and the boomers will).

Though to be sure the thought of wine-tasting nights are what sold me on the concept. WhippingBoy, you're a genius!

/37
//Old enough to "remember my creator while I'm still young," though
 
2013-05-22 10:09:59 AM
They should be sponsored by Brazzers.
 
2013-05-22 10:10:34 AM
Gotta kill the american dream of owning your own home to kill the middle class.
 
2013-05-22 10:35:13 AM

The_Time_Master: Gotta kill the american dream of owning your own home to kill the middle class.


Home ownership sucks unless you have enough money to pay someone else for the upkeep.

/then it's great
 
2013-05-22 10:54:37 AM
I am co-housing with another single parent.  We're of opposite sex but it has been working so far.  It's nice because I'm a poor graduate student who needed a place to live and he's a wealthy professor type with a house too big. My son gets along really well with his youngest daughter.  And our dogs seem to really enjoy each others company.  Honestly, a year ago I couldn't imagine being happy sharing a house with someone but it's affordable and nice to have people around.
 
2013-05-22 10:57:55 AM

mdeesnuts: The_Time_Master: Gotta kill the american dream of owning your own home to kill the middle class.

Home ownership sucks unless you have enough money to pay someone else for the upkeep.


Yea, I just don't understand some people's obsession with owning a house. It's a lot of work and money to keep it up and mortgages aren't something that you can walk away from if your plans change (well you can but it's going to ruin your finances). I could see it as a place to park your money rather than paying rent but that's about it. Especially for people in my generation who are going to move every couple of years anyway.
 
2013-05-22 11:01:42 AM
Leave it to the Boomers to think they invented the wheel and let everyone know how smart they are.

What next, develop apartment complexes so they can associate with people with similar life-experiences, have a groundskeeper to mow the lawn, hire a medically-trained person hang to around all day, and put up flyers of really cool social events on a communal bulletin board?
 
2013-05-22 11:04:06 AM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: mdeesnuts: The_Time_Master: Gotta kill the american dream of owning your own home to kill the middle class.

Home ownership sucks unless you have enough money to pay someone else for the upkeep.

Yea, I just don't understand some people's obsession with owning a house. It's a lot of work and money to keep it up and mortgages aren't something that you can walk away from if your plans change (well you can but it's going to ruin your finances). I could see it as a place to park your money rather than paying rent but that's about it. Especially for people in my generation who are going to move every couple of years anyway.


I think it's just been another one of the traditional milestones of adulthood for previous generations. Get married and get a house- tada! You're an adult. People craving stability and those following set "life plans" seem like the ideal candidates. I imagine if we were all still working 50 year career jobs with pensions it'd seem like a good idea to 20-somethings too.
 
2013-05-22 11:11:42 AM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: mdeesnuts: The_Time_Master: Gotta kill the american dream of owning your own home to kill the middle class.

Home ownership sucks unless you have enough money to pay someone else for the upkeep.

Yea, I just don't understand some people's obsession with owning a house. It's a lot of work and money to keep it up and mortgages aren't something that you can walk away from if your plans change (well you can but it's going to ruin your finances). I could see it as a place to park your money rather than paying rent but that's about it. Especially for people in my generation who are going to move every couple of years anyway.


That's because you didn't grow up in a tenement apartment in the 30s with no air conditioning.  With the foul garbage smell from the neighborhood butcher wafting up to your windows every day.

If we'd developed practical, affordable air conditioning before we had practical, affordable cars, I doubt we'd have suburban sprawl.
 
2013-05-22 11:16:08 AM

Rapmaster2000: [images.buddytv.com image 425x315]
Monday Night:  Blanche.
Tuesday Night:  Rose.
Wednesday Night:  Anyone but Dorothy.


Wednesday night Dorothy does you!

/not a strap-on
 
2013-05-22 11:25:17 AM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: have wives much younger than themselves.


Works for me.
 
2013-05-22 11:29:13 AM
Wait...SCARY tag?  Dafuq?  Only stupid people age, eh subby?
 
2013-05-22 11:31:50 AM
Lots of families are sharing homes in the suburbs around here (Temecula, CA).  It's the best way for working-class folks to get their children into more affluent, better-performing schools.  Almost every 4-5 bedroom house has 3-4 cars parked in front at night.  Our family of 4 shared a home with a family of 3 for about 2 years when we first moved to the area, since we were on a single income while I went back to school.  It was fun, all the kids could play together, we took turns watching the kids for each other, etc.  I kinda miss it.
 
2013-05-22 11:37:11 AM
They're called nursing homes, Subby, nursing homes.
 
2013-05-22 11:41:03 AM
This isn't that bad.

At least they have someone home to call a friend to help Ethel up when she falls, since Ethel can't afford an ambulance after she fell earlier in the month and none of the girls have the strength to lift her.

The above is a sad but true story about a senior citizen that lives in a 55+ community next to my son's elementary school.  Old lady fell down in the bathroom, none of the neighbors could lift her, she refused to let anyone call an ambulance, and one of the other residents instead called his son to help.

And that's not even scratching the surface about what we allow to happen to our elderly.  My sister used to be a nurse at a nursing home.  Boy, did she have stories.

//So much wrong with our health care system.
 
2013-05-22 11:41:45 AM

Lorelle: brilett: People sharing living arrangements is news?

Only to naive 20-somethings.

darth_badger: I wonder if the mature ladies hot flashes sinc up and happen at the same time after a bit of time?

Hot flashes stop after menopause.


So what's the period after called?

Menopaused?
Menostop?!

/inquiring minds need to know!!
 
2013-05-22 12:00:41 PM
Moonfisher:
Lots of families are sharing homes in the suburbs around here (Temecula, CA).  It's the best way for working-class folks to get their children into more affluent, better-performing schools.  Almost every 4-5 bedroom house has 3-4 cars parked in front at night.  Our family of 4 shared a home with a family of 3 for about 2 years when we first moved to the area, since we were on a single income while I went back to school.  It was fun, all the kids could play together, we took turns watching the kids for each other, etc.  I kinda miss it.

WHERE THE F__K DO YOU LIVE
[Picard-his-hand-outstretched.jpg]
THAT PEOPLE ARE BUILDING "4-5 BEDROOM HOMES"?

With that much space, I don't blame people for doubling up.
 
2013-05-22 12:18:14 PM

thurstonxhowell: To The Escape Zeppelin!: "Today more than 1 in 3 baby boomers is unmarried. And those unmarried boomers are disproportionately women."

So a huge percentage of baby boomer men are either dead, gay married, or have wives much younger than themselves.

Men live shorter lives and tend to be older than the woman they marry. They're mostly dead.


There's boomers in their 40s ya know. They're not that dead yet.
 
2013-05-22 12:22:12 PM
No Such Agency:WHERE THE F__K DO YOU LIVE
[Picard-his-hand-outstretched.jpg]
THAT PEOPLE ARE BUILDING "4-5 BEDROOM HOMES"?

With that much space, I don't blame people for doubling up.


A four bedroom home is not that big. I grew up in a good sized four bedroom that was less than 1800 square ft. The average home size in the US is 2700 square ft and according to the US census 20% of all houses have 4 or more bedrooms. If you haven't noticed people are building big houses then you haven't been paying attention.
 
2013-05-22 12:45:38 PM

No Such Agency: Moonfisher:
Lots of families are sharing homes in the suburbs around here (Temecula, CA).  It's the best way for working-class folks to get their children into more affluent, better-performing schools.  Almost every 4-5 bedroom house has 3-4 cars parked in front at night.  Our family of 4 shared a home with a family of 3 for about 2 years when we first moved to the area, since we were on a single income while I went back to school.  It was fun, all the kids could play together, we took turns watching the kids for each other, etc.  I kinda miss it.

WHERE THE F__K DO YOU LIVE
[Picard-his-hand-outstretched.jpg]
THAT PEOPLE ARE BUILDING "4-5 BEDROOM HOMES"?

With that much space, I don't blame people for doubling up.


Temecula is kind of like the desert, well at least to me it is.  Think Mexico weather/land (it's pretty close to the border) mixed with wineries in a suburban sprawl.  There's lots of open space and endless land.  Granted I haven't been there in several years, but that was my impression of it.  Not a fan personally, but I hate really hot weather.
 
2013-05-22 12:54:48 PM

PillsHere: No Such Agency: Moonfisher:
Lots of families are sharing homes in the suburbs around here (Temecula, CA).  It's the best way for working-class folks to get their children into more affluent, better-performing schools.  Almost every 4-5 bedroom house has 3-4 cars parked in front at night.  Our family of 4 shared a home with a family of 3 for about 2 years when we first moved to the area, since we were on a single income while I went back to school.  It was fun, all the kids could play together, we took turns watching the kids for each other, etc.  I kinda miss it.

WHERE THE F__K DO YOU LIVE
[Picard-his-hand-outstretched.jpg]
THAT PEOPLE ARE BUILDING "4-5 BEDROOM HOMES"?

With that much space, I don't blame people for doubling up.

Temecula is kind of like the desert, well at least to me it is.  Think Mexico weather/land (it's pretty close to the border) mixed with wineries in a suburban sprawl.  There's lots of open space and endless land.  Granted I haven't been there in several years, but that was my impression of it.  Not a fan personally, but I hate really hot weather.


It came off as a douchey wine country to me.  I guess cause it's so close to san diego and los angeles, it's easy for people to get their friends together and rent a douche limo and go from winery to winery acting like douches.
 
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