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2013-11-02 08:50:36 AM  
And there are those of us who feel younger because we give blood (mountain biking). Well, and to the local blood bank.
 
2013-11-02 08:54:14 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-02 08:56:45 AM  
The boomers were never going to go off and die quietly.

But they are going to die.

Can't wait.
 
2013-11-02 08:57:28 AM  
I'd feel young too if I had a medical plan to back me up that I didn't pay as much into as I get out of it.
 
2013-11-02 09:00:00 AM  
old people lying to themselves... what else do you expect from the generation who spouts off a new version of "50 is the new 30" or other such garbage every year or so.
 
2013-11-02 09:01:15 AM  
"If your children ever find out how lame you are they'll murder you in your sleep"

F. Zappa-1965
 
2013-11-02 09:07:20 AM  

The_Original_Roxtar: old people lying to themselves... what else do you expect from the generation who spouts off a new version of "50 is the new 30" or other such garbage every year or so.


Young people, fat, dumb, and lazy who will die off before they turn forty. I'm retired at 52 and having the time of my life. Jealous?
 
2013-11-02 09:08:16 AM  
People used to be used up at an earlier age. Thanks to easier working conditions, better medical care, and a healthier lifestyle, I'm way better off at my age than somebody of a previous generation. And now I get the side benefit of pissing you all off just by lingering here on and on and on. Mwahahaha indeed.
 
2013-11-02 09:09:55 AM  

TwowheelinTim: The_Original_Roxtar: old people lying to themselves... what else do you expect from the generation who spouts off a new version of "50 is the new 30" or other such garbage every year or so.

Young people, fat, dumb, and lazy who will die off before they turn forty. I'm retired at 52 and having the time of my life. Jealous?


I am glad for you. The young people need to look at you for inspiration instead of whining like little girls.

/51 and working and love it.
 
2013-11-02 09:10:44 AM  
As someone born in 1960 and therefore technically a boomer by some definitions, "feel younger" = denial.

And a large helping of conflating personal style, wardrobe, hair, hobbies etc., things that sort of correlate with the year you're born, with age. But it's mostly denial.
 
2013-11-02 09:15:30 AM  
Subby, when you take your laundry home to Mother to do, just stay there. I bet she has room in her basement. (I know you're joking, by the by. So am I.)

I always remind the children and grandchildren of Baby Boomers that they sound just like their parents (or grandparents) did. "T-t-t-t-t-talking about my generation".

These feeble attempts at generational war are so old-hat.

Who the Hell supported you for the last twenty, thirty years?

My parents belong to a half-generation between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boomers. Like their parents, they payed the taxes for all the new schools and playgrounds and stuff that were needed for the Boomers, while paying the trillion dollar bill for World War II.

They don't begrudge their tax dollars when they are well and fairly spent. They looked after my grandparents well and looked after their children. They are still helping their children and their grandchildren and I am about to become a Great Uncle at an age when previous generations might well have been dead but which is now young middle age, middle age and old having moved on by about twenty or thirty years thanks to the medical discoveries and economic and political policies of those last few generations.

If you must blame a generation for the Great Recession, how about the generation that was in power? Bush was a Boomer, Cheney was his elder. Cheney who famously said "Reagan proved that deficits don't matter". And what about the guy who was in charge of the tap? Greenspan is too old be a Boomer. In short, many of the policies were put in place by guys who were part of the Nixon administration when the Boomers were out on the streets creating the world you live in.

If you want to trace the roots of your predicament to other people, remember that most of those other people will turn out to be people who survived the Great Depression and the World War, who built the Brave New World of the Fifties and Sixties after the war, in short to the Greatest Generation.

They survived worse than you can imagine. FDR was no Obama and while there are analogies between the New Deal and what Obama has tried to do with a thousand conservatives and Republicans sticking IEDs in the wheels of progress, the Great Depression was not mitigated by years of unemployment insurance, and the men protesting were starving then, not obese retirees and business people with government money coming out of their ears and other orifices.

In short, the people you are blaming are people just like you. They lived in harder times for which they were not to blame, but for which they were resposible.

Now get out on those street corners and sell some fake Apples, er, I mean real apples. And pencils. Don't forget the pencils. Everybody needs a pencil!

No. Nobody needs a pencil. They'll just use a disposable plastic pen or maybe a recycled paper pen. I have a box of recycled paper pencils and I haven't touched it in years.

But Apples might be a good start. How about making a better world in the ruins of the last? Like those people you hate so much because they won't die and hand you their jobs, houses and money on a platter at the very time so many of them have houses underwater or are living in cardboard Apple boxes.

Buck up, don't fark up, you stupid generation.

Honestly, there are people of your age becoming web millionaires all around you. Not a lot, I know. It's hard for you, and even harder for an umemployed man of my age because nobody is going to hire an experienced man for fear he'll leave for an experienced wage.

Ugh! Humans. They never change. I was born in a place where the XVIIth century meets the XXIst century, and they're all alike, even the ones that deny they are descended from monkeys yet show it with every gesture.

I have dealt with several generations and quite a few of them are decent kids, savey in the way of media. But there is a constant naiveté and a constant sense of entitlement in each generation. I deal with it the same way as I deal with everything: with satire, humour, logic and fact, with maybe a bit of swearing thrown in for my health.
 
2013-11-02 09:18:12 AM  
You're only as old as the woman you feel.
 
2013-11-02 09:18:29 AM  

Generation_D: The boomers were never going to go off and die quietly.

But they are going to die.

Can't wait.


I would think you were funny... but you are not.
 
2013-11-02 09:18:34 AM  

WTFDYW: TwowheelinTim: The_Original_Roxtar: old people lying to themselves... what else do you expect from the generation who spouts off a new version of "50 is the new 30" or other such garbage every year or so.

Young people, fat, dumb, and lazy who will die off before they turn forty. I'm retired at 52 and having the time of my life. Jealous?

I am glad for you. The young people need to look at you for inspiration instead of whining like little girls.

/51 and working and love it.


Oh, don't get me wrong. I still work part time. But I love my job, and I don't feel obliged to stay if I ever start to dislike it.

And, I've never gotten more attention from women at any other time in my life. I really can't explain that one.
 
2013-11-02 09:19:19 AM  
Summon TechnoBevets!
 
2013-11-02 09:20:25 AM  
Can't tell if subby was making a reference, or a brilliant political joke about the debt...
 
2013-11-02 09:20:49 AM  

jjorsett: People used to be used up at an earlier age. Thanks to easier working conditions, better medical care, and a healthier lifestyle, I'm way better off at my age than somebody of a previous generation. And now I get the side benefit of pissing you all off just by lingering here on and on and on. Mwahahaha indeed.



Yes, that's a valid point, plus it might be somewhat more common these days to fight like hell against inevitable sickness and decline than it might have been 40 years ago, like these women over 50

i.dailymail.co.uk


But looking around at my fellow geezers tells me that 63% of us sure as hell ain't staving off any decline...
 
2013-11-02 09:21:00 AM  
I just got through cleaning out my family's home of fifty years, and moving. a month of hard physical llabor.
And at 63, while I am still fit enough to manage, I sure as shiat do NOT feel as young as I did at 43 or 33 or 23.
I can really feel my age - and it doesn't feel wrong or unnatural. You're supposed to get old, and then you are supposed to die.
Denial is just stupid in the face of the implacable.
 
2013-11-02 09:22:31 AM  
Gen D seems upset. Must have been raised wrong. Sad.
 
2013-11-02 09:22:32 AM  

brantgoose: Subby, when you take your laundry home to Mother to do, just stay there. I bet she has room in her basement. (I know you're joking, by the by. So am I.)

I always remind the children and grandchildren of Baby Boomers that they sound just like their parents (or grandparents) did. "T-t-t-t-t-talking about my generation".

These feeble attempts at generational war are so old-hat.

Who the Hell supported you for the last twenty, thirty years?

My parents belong to a half-generation between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boomers. Like their parents, they payed the taxes for all the new schools and playgrounds and stuff that were needed for the Boomers, while paying the trillion dollar bill for World War II.

They don't begrudge their tax dollars when they are well and fairly spent. They looked after my grandparents well and looked after their children. They are still helping their children and their grandchildren and I am about to become a Great Uncle at an age when previous generations might well have been dead but which is now young middle age, middle age and old having moved on by about twenty or thirty years thanks to the medical discoveries and economic and political policies of those last few generations.

If you must blame a generation for the Great Recession, how about the generation that was in power? Bush was a Boomer, Cheney was his elder. Cheney who famously said "Reagan proved that deficits don't matter". And what about the guy who was in charge of the tap? Greenspan is too old be a Boomer. In short, many of the policies were put in place by guys who were part of the Nixon administration when the Boomers were out on the streets creating the world you live in.

If you want to trace the roots of your predicament to other people, remember that most of those other people will turn out to be people who survived the Great Depression and the World War, who built the Brave New World of the Fifties and Sixties after the war, in short to the Greatest Generation. ...


i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-02 09:25:23 AM  

brantgoose: Subby, when you take your laundry home to Mother to do, just stay there. I bet she has room in her basement. (I know you're joking, by the by. So am I.)

I always remind the children and grandchildren of Baby Boomers that they sound just like their parents (or grandparents) did. "T-t-t-t-t-talking about my generation".

These feeble attempts at generational war are so old-hat.

Who the Hell supported you for the last twenty, thirty years?

My parents belong to a half-generation between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boomers. Like their parents, they payed the taxes for all the new schools and playgrounds and stuff that were needed for the Boomers, while paying the trillion dollar bill for World War II.

They don't begrudge their tax dollars when they are well and fairly spent. They looked after my grandparents well and looked after their children. They are still helping their children and their grandchildren and I am about to become a Great Uncle at an age when previous generations might well have been dead but which is now young middle age, middle age and old having moved on by about twenty or thirty years thanks to the medical discoveries and economic and political policies of those last few generations.

If you must blame a generation for the Great Recession, how about the generation that was in power? Bush was a Boomer, Cheney was his elder. Cheney who famously said "Reagan proved that deficits don't matter". And what about the guy who was in charge of the tap? Greenspan is too old be a Boomer. In short, many of the policies were put in place by guys who were part of the Nixon administration when the Boomers were out on the streets creating the world you live in.

If you want to trace the roots of your predicament to other people, remember that most of those other people will turn out to be people who survived the Great Depression and the World War, who built the Brave New World of the Fifties and Sixties after the war, in short to the Greatest Generation.

They survived worse than you can imagine. FDR was no Obama and while there are analogies between the New Deal and what Obama has tried to do with a thousand conservatives and Republicans sticking IEDs in the wheels of progress, the Great Depression was not mitigated by years of unemployment insurance, and the men protesting were starving then, not obese retirees and business people with government money coming out of their ears and other orifices.

In short, the people you are blaming are people just like you. They lived in harder times for which they were not to blame, but for which they were resposible.

Now get out on those street corners and sell some fake Apples, er, I mean real apples. And pencils. Don't forget the pencils. Everybody needs a pencil!

No. Nobody needs a pencil. They'll just use a disposable plastic pen or maybe a recycled paper pen. I have a box of recycled paper pencils and I haven't touched it in years.

But Apples might be a good start. How about making a better world in the ruins of the last? Like those people you hate so much because they won't die and hand you their jobs, houses and money on a platter at the very time so many of them have houses underwater or are living in cardboard Apple boxes.

Buck up, don't fark up, you stupid generation.

Honestly, there are people of your age becoming web millionaires all around you. Not a lot, I know. It's hard for you, and even harder for an umemployed man of my age because nobody is going to hire an experienced man for fear he'll leave for an experienced wage.

Ugh! Humans. They never change. I was born in a place where the XVIIth century meets the XXIst century, and they're all alike, even the ones that deny they are descended from monkeys yet show it with every gesture.

I have dealt with several generations and quite a few of them are decent kids, savey in the way of media. But there is a constant naiveté and a constant sense of entitlement in each generation. I deal with it the same way as I deal with everything: with satire, humour, logic and fact, with maybe a bit of swearing thrown in for my health.


Holy crap bg, you pull an all-nighter?
 
2013-11-02 09:31:26 AM  
I had tons of great uncles and aunts when I was a child, but only one great-great uncle who wore white suits in the Summer, and hats, and had a cane. Children didn't pester their great-great uncles in those days so I never knew him well. He was just somebody who was there. I remember playing Ring-around-the-Rosie with my great-grandmother, who was into senility, Alzeihemer's not being invented yet.

My g-g-uncle was born in the late 1800s. The younger generation of my grandparents were born in the early 1900s or during the Great War.

My grandmother worked nine weeks (not as a baby sitter, but as housekeeper-baby sitter) to earn enough money for a winter coat (cloth).

There were men in the 1930s working 12 hour days cutting trees in the woods to earn 50 cents at a time when coffee and tea were sold in the Eaton's mail order catalogue for 65 cents a pound. I have seen the reprint catalogue. There was a vogue for that sort of thing in the 1970s.

Think times are hard? Every single generation before yours had it tougher.

I don't want to excuse Our Masters for their heinous crimes against humanity, but their Masters were even worse. As a consequence, our ancestors were either fit or starving and diseased. I'm talking Dickensian piled on top of Thatcherian and Reaganite.

One of my 3-great or 4-great grandfathers cut a path through the woods from the river to his land grant eleven or twelve miles inland with an ax. It is now a road, paved and smooth.

Try to be a path-cutter, not a path-finder. Try to be a winner not a whiner. And always remember how much you have depended on the kindness of people who could have put you up for adoption, not to mention the strangers who have saved you many times since you ceased to be adoptable.

As I always say about my job, it's not my fault but it is my responsability, dammit.
 
2013-11-02 09:33:41 AM  

Generation_D: The boomers were never going to go off and die quietly.

But they are going to die.

Can't wait.


Their parents perfected the art of aging gracefully, and now live largely in old folks homes, Arizona, and Florida. This lot will have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the realization that they look just like all the other old people.
 
2013-11-02 09:33:51 AM  
Do I feel younger than my age? I've felt about 42 since I was 13, so yes, maybe I do.

Middle age. I've spent decades growing into it. If my body cooperates (which I am sure it is not doing) then I hope I never grow out of it.

Some day I may be able to wear a sweater vest without looking like a nerd.
 
2013-11-02 09:35:08 AM  
I realize that childhood lasts thirty years nowadays, but alas, do men ever cease to be children?

Ask your Mother. She'll laugh and nod towards your Father.
 
2013-11-02 09:38:02 AM  

Generation_D: The boomers were never going to go off and die quietly.


Goddamn right. If I do it right it will be after telling my Grandkids to "hold my beer and watch this!"
 
2013-11-02 09:38:05 AM  

TwowheelinTim: The_Original_Roxtar: old people lying to themselves... what else do you expect from the generation who spouts off a new version of "50 is the new 30" or other such garbage every year or so.

Young people, fat, dumb, and lazy who will die off before they turn forty. I'm retired at 52 and having the time of my life. Jealous?


Got you flagged as "cyclenista humboldt county." I'd bet you'll get run over in traffic asserting your natural rights to ride down the middle of the road before dying of old age. Everyone has blind spots, you might be riding in one.
 
2013-11-02 09:41:43 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Generation_D: The boomers were never going to go off and die quietly.

Goddamn right. If I do it right it will be after telling my Grandkids to "hold my beer and watch this!"



img.chinasmack.com

(sorry)
 
2013-11-02 09:42:02 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Generation_D: The boomers were never going to go off and die quietly.

Goddamn right. If I do it right it will be after telling my Grandkids to "hold my beer and watch this!"


If you did it right they'll fire your remains out of a cannon right afterwards.
 
2013-11-02 09:44:28 AM  

Generation_D: TwowheelinTim: The_Original_Roxtar: old people lying to themselves... what else do you expect from the generation who spouts off a new version of "50 is the new 30" or other such garbage every year or so.

Young people, fat, dumb, and lazy who will die off before they turn forty. I'm retired at 52 and having the time of my life. Jealous?

Got you flagged as "cyclenista humboldt county." I'd bet you'll get run over in traffic asserting your natural rights to ride down the middle of the road before dying of old age. Everyone has blind spots, you might be riding in one.


Ouch, never feed the troll. No one is that dumb to mock the people paying for his hypothetical retirement.

That or he does think himself a special snowflake, but I remember my Greatest-Generation English teacher telling the class how she felt 27 for the past thirty some odd years. It's not new.
 
2013-11-02 09:47:13 AM  

phaseolus: (sorry)


Been there, done that...but not that close that's for damn sure.

Wanting to skydive for my 50th next month.
 
2013-11-02 09:49:27 AM  

Generation_D: Dancin_In_Anson: Generation_D: The boomers were never going to go off and die quietly.

Goddamn right. If I do it right it will be after telling my Grandkids to "hold my beer and watch this!"

If you did it right they'll fire your remains out of a cannon right afterwards.


A line I always loved from the old Drew Carey Show"

Lewis: Look, Drew - there's nothing shameful about nudity - you're born naked and you die naked'

Drew: You don't necessarily die naked!

Lewis: You do if you plan it right.
 
2013-11-02 09:50:11 AM  

brantgoose: I had tons of great uncles and aunts when I was a child, but only one great-great uncle who wore white suits in the Summer, and hats, and had a cane. Children didn't pester their great-great uncles in those days so I never knew him well. He was just somebody who was there. I remember playing Ring-around-the-Rosie with my great-grandmother, who was into senility, Alzeihemer's not being invented yet.

My g-g-uncle was born in the late 1800s. The younger generation of my grandparents were born in the early 1900s or during the Great War.

My grandmother worked nine weeks (not as a baby sitter, but as housekeeper-baby sitter) to earn enough money for a winter coat (cloth).

There were men in the 1930s working 12 hour days cutting trees in the woods to earn 50 cents at a time when coffee and tea were sold in the Eaton's mail order catalogue for 65 cents a pound. I have seen the reprint catalogue. There was a vogue for that sort of thing in the 1970s.

Think times are hard? Every single generation before yours had it tougher.

I don't want to excuse Our Masters for their heinous crimes against humanity, but their Masters were even worse. As a consequence, our ancestors were either fit or starving and diseased. I'm talking Dickensian piled on top of Thatcherian and Reaganite.

One of my 3-great or 4-great grandfathers cut a path through the woods from the river to his land grant eleven or twelve miles inland with an ax. It is now a road, paved and smooth.

Try to be a path-cutter, not a path-finder. Try to be a winner not a whiner. And always remember how much you have depended on the kindness of people who could have put you up for adoption, not to mention the strangers who have saved you many times since you ceased to be adoptable.

As I always say about my job, it's not my fault but it is my responsability, dammit.


These lucid thoughts you share so willingly are why you're a favorite.
 
2013-11-02 09:54:01 AM  

Generation_D: If you did it right they'll fire your remains out of a cannon right afterwards.


Farkin' A, Bubba.

Mamarita and I went to ACL a couple of weeks ago. It started raining with about 30 minutes left in The Cure's  set Saturday night. We were out in the rain for about 2 hours before we finally got back to the hotel. We were a bit loaded, tired, wet and generally give out.  Woke up Sunday morning and said, "This is the last festival we're going to".

Screw that! We bought tickets to next year's ACL on Tuesday.
 
2013-11-02 09:55:29 AM  

jso2897: Drew: You don't necessarily die naked!

Lewis: You do if you plan it right.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfOgYkb1JCA
 
2013-11-02 09:58:22 AM  
Young people should be worried about other people their own age; they're the ones that will continue the short-term greedy mindset that is rendering our terrarium uninhabitable.  We will have been rewarded with the sweet release of death, while you slowly starve and gasp for a little clean air.

biatches.
 
2013-11-02 09:59:56 AM  
brantgoose = Epic posts here. Good stuff.
 
2013-11-02 10:00:05 AM  

Generation_D: TwowheelinTim: The_Original_Roxtar: old people lying to themselves... what else do you expect from the generation who spouts off a new version of "50 is the new 30" or other such garbage every year or so.

Young people, fat, dumb, and lazy who will die off before they turn forty. I'm retired at 52 and having the time of my life. Jealous?

Got you flagged as "cyclenista humboldt county." I'd bet you'll get run over in traffic asserting your natural rights to ride down the middle of the road before dying of old age. Everyone has blind spots, you might be riding in one.


What makes you think I ride in the middle of the road? I have a video camera going while I ride that proves otherwise.

Are you one of the self entitled douchebags who lives on Warren Creek Road? You don't own the road. Learn to share nicely and you won't find yourself on a YouTube video entitled "assholes on west end road" Fortunately, most drivers are thoughtful and courteous. Maybe you ought to consider taking the bus.
 
2013-11-02 10:03:16 AM  
Oblig: www.vogogo.com
 
2013-11-02 10:04:26 AM  

jso2897: I just got through cleaning out my family's home of fifty years, and moving. a month of hard physical llabor.
And at 63, while I am still fit enough to manage, I sure as shiat do NOT feel as young as I did at 43 or 33 or 23.
I can really feel my age - and it doesn't feel wrong or unnatural. You're supposed to get old, and then you are supposed to die.
Denial is just stupid in the face of the implacable.


Or the inevitable.  When I was young, I started accumulating a lot of "stuff."  But lately, I've been tried to get rid of it.

/fellow Boomer
 
2013-11-02 10:06:19 AM  

TwowheelinTim: Generation_D: TwowheelinTim: The_Original_Roxtar: old people lying to themselves... what else do you expect from the generation who spouts off a new version of "50 is the new 30" or other such garbage every year or so.

Young people, fat, dumb, and lazy who will die off before they turn forty. I'm retired at 52 and having the time of my life. Jealous?

Got you flagged as "cyclenista humboldt county." I'd bet you'll get run over in traffic asserting your natural rights to ride down the middle of the road before dying of old age. Everyone has blind spots, you might be riding in one.

What makes you think I ride in the middle of the road? I have a video camera going while I ride that proves otherwise.

Are you one of the self entitled douchebags who lives on Warren Creek Road? You don't own the road. Learn to share nicely and you won't find yourself on a YouTube video entitled "assholes on west end road" Fortunately, most drivers are thoughtful and courteous. Maybe you ought to consider taking the bus.


never been to humboldt county. too many hippies, skeevy homeless and entitled dot-comers that bought property thinking it'd just be like moving to Marin.

I do read the Arcata Eye though, so ..
 
2013-11-02 10:13:54 AM  

The_Original_Roxtar: old people lying to themselves... what else do you expect from the generation who spouts off a new version of "50 is the new 30" or other such garbage every year or so.


I'm in the generation, and I agree with you.  Just look at the online dating pics, and compare that to what body type they select to represent themselves.   A few extra pounds = obese, average = fat, fit = a few extra pounds, athletic = semi active.  Maybe 1 in 20 is actually aware/truthful.

It drives me nuts when my peers call themselves middle aged.  Really?  You're planning on living to 110?  Maybe they're just bad at math.

That being said, I feel generally healthy and fit, but comparatively I was a freaking god when I was 20.  It's nice to try to age gracefully, but let's not kid ourselves.
 
2013-11-02 10:15:31 AM  
http://www.jameslove.com/Baby_Boomer_Death_Counter.html

I check it every now and again to brighten my day.

/gonna be a lot of plugs pulled in the next decade or so
 
2013-11-02 10:16:17 AM  

Fano: Summon TechnoBevets!


Why do I have this vision of a Hasidic Jew wandering the streets of Pottsdam performing the same antics of Technoviking
 
2013-11-02 10:17:46 AM  

Generation_D: The boomers were never going to go off and die quietly.

But they are going to die.

Can't wait.


You want me to die?.  I'm 62 now.  I race my motorcycle at the drag strip and Bonneville.  I just remodeled the bathroom top to bottom by myself. I can climb a 30 foot tower to change a sensor.  I can work an 18 hour day.  I pay taxes. I surf the net, read a book a week, and create 3D animations.  I've won contests in photography and painting.  I'm too busy to die.  In fact my goal is to be the first person to live to 150 years old.  So, I might outlive you.  Can't wait.
 
2013-11-02 10:21:18 AM  
From TFA: The CocoaVia National Healthy Aging Outlook Survey, conducted online by Toluna on half of Cocoavia, owned by Mars Inc. of McLean, Va., found 63 percent of the 2,200 adults ages 40-to-65 felt an average of 13 years younger than their age.

Subby/TFA headline is inaccurate, though nice job on stirring up the bi-weekly "you're old and think you're entitled vs. you're young and think you're entitled" thread on Fark.   People who are 40 are not considered boomers...and there are vast legions over 65 who are considered boomers.
 
2013-11-02 10:24:53 AM  

TwowheelinTim: brantgoose: I had tons of great uncles and aunts when I was a child, but only one great-great uncle who wore white suits in the Summer, and hats, and had a cane. Children didn't pester their great-great uncles in those days so I never knew him well. He was just somebody who was there. I remember playing Ring-around-the-Rosie with my great-grandmother, who was into senility, Alzeihemer's not being invented yet.

My g-g-uncle was born in the late 1800s. The younger generation of my grandparents were born in the early 1900s or during the Great War.

My grandmother worked nine weeks (not as a baby sitter, but as housekeeper-baby sitter) to earn enough money for a winter coat (cloth).

There were men in the 1930s working 12 hour days cutting trees in the woods to earn 50 cents at a time when coffee and tea were sold in the Eaton's mail order catalogue for 65 cents a pound. I have seen the reprint catalogue. There was a vogue for that sort of thing in the 1970s.

Think times are hard? Every single generation before yours had it tougher.

I don't want to excuse Our Masters for their heinous crimes against humanity, but their Masters were even worse. As a consequence, our ancestors were either fit or starving and diseased. I'm talking Dickensian piled on top of Thatcherian and Reaganite.

One of my 3-great or 4-great grandfathers cut a path through the woods from the river to his land grant eleven or twelve miles inland with an ax. It is now a road, paved and smooth.

Try to be a path-cutter, not a path-finder. Try to be a winner not a whiner. And always remember how much you have depended on the kindness of people who could have put you up for adoption, not to mention the strangers who have saved you many times since you ceased to be adoptable.

As I always say about my job, it's not my fault but it is my responsability, dammit.

These lucid thoughts you share so willingly are why you're a favorite.


^^^^^THIS^^^^^
 
2013-11-02 10:25:28 AM  

oohpah: Generation_D: The boomers were never going to go off and die quietly.

But they are going to die.

Can't wait.

You want me to die?.  I'm 62 now.  I race my motorcycle at the drag strip and Bonneville.  I just remodeled the bathroom top to bottom by myself. I can climb a 30 foot tower to change a sensor.  I can work an 18 hour day.  I pay taxes. I surf the net, read a book a week, and create 3D animations.  I've won contests in photography and painting.  I'm too busy to die.  In fact my goal is to be the first person to live to 150 years old.  So, I might outlive you.  Can't wait.


Me thinks thou doth protesteth.
 
2013-11-02 10:26:49 AM  

Ker_Thwap: average = fat



Statistically, this isn't untruthful...
 
2013-11-02 10:30:06 AM  

phaseolus: Ker_Thwap: average = fat


Statistically, this isn't untruthful...


Sad, but true.
 
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