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Gingersnap
07-10-2008, 11:57 AM
Baby Boomers Got the Blues
Viewing Life Through Morose-Colored Glasses


By Monica Hesse

Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 10, 2008; Page C01

The baby boomers -- that prominent group of middle-agers whose massive numbers invite never-ending dissection and speculation -- have once again spoken. What they have said is, " Waaaaaahhh."

This is according to a social and demographic trends survey released recently by the Pew Research Center. The survey measured the pessimism, dissatisfaction and general curmudgeonliness of 2,413 adults in various generations.

The results validate any member of the Greatest Generation who ever looked at his or her offspring and sadly thought, "soft." Simply put, boomers are a bunch of . . . whiners.

More than older or younger generations, boomers -- born from 1946 to 1964 -- worry that their income won't keep up with rising costs of living. They say it's harder to get ahead today than it was 10 years ago. They are more likely to say that their standard of living is lower than their folks' but that things don't look too good for their kids either (67 percent of younger generations, meanwhile, feel they have it better than their parents).

(snip)

Sigh. Those poor, tortured boomers, slouching around like our angsty brother who insists on being called "Holden."

Perpetually restless, utterly mysterious and so very multitudinous -- 76 million -- that the rest of us are doomed to study them, analyze them, wave shiny objects around for them. We write scores of books about them, with titles like "Age Power" and "Boomer Consumer: Ten New Rules for Marketing to America's Largest, Wealthiest and Most Influential Group."

It's all part of the frantic tap dance of figuring out how to raise boomers' tender and flagging happiness, when what we want to say is, BUCK UP ALREADY.

Read the whole thing. :D

Babies (http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/09/AR2008070902281.html?hpid=moreheadlines)

Shannon
07-10-2008, 12:02 PM
That's all they ever do.

FeebMaster
07-10-2008, 12:08 PM
I blame their parents.

noonwitch
07-10-2008, 12:11 PM
I'm technically a boomer by about 2 months, but the people who are generally though of as boomers, 10-20 years older than me, are one of the most annoying generations ever. They think they are the center of the universe, and so much more special than everyone else.


Wait until I open up my chain of psychedelic nursing homes in about 15 years, when I retire from my current job. I'll get my social security money, even if I have to steal it from aging hippies!

LogansPapa
07-10-2008, 12:15 PM
Post WWII and what their mothers and fathers witnessed overseas - this is a surprise?:rolleyes:

linda22003
07-10-2008, 12:21 PM
I chortled over that article this morning. It's a spot-on indictment of my generation, and I was born smack in the middle of it, in one of the most populous birth years of the boom.

Logan's Papa's remark is right on the money. My parents were both in WWII (Mom in the ETO, Dad in the Pacific), and several years ago I was talking with my Dad about how indulged my generation was. He said that after the war, all people wanted was to settle down and make life as "normal" and comfortable as possible. I said to him, "My generation never had to struggle with anything." His answer was succinct:

"We didn't want you to."

Cold Warrior
07-10-2008, 12:28 PM
That's all they ever do.

Hey! :mad: :D

bijou
07-10-2008, 12:32 PM
I'm technically a boomer by about 2 months, but the people who are generally though of as boomers, 10-20 years older than me, are one of the most annoying generations ever. They think they are the center of the universe, and so much more special than everyone else.


Wait until I open up my chain of psychedelic nursing homes in about 15 years, when I retire from my current job. I'll get my social security money, even if I have to steal it from aging hippies!

What a great idea. Maybe I shall start my own version for the younger boomers, a chain of Punk rest homes. :D

Cold Warrior
07-10-2008, 12:36 PM
I chortled over that article this morning. It's a spot-on indictment of my generation, and I was born smack in the middle of it, in one of the most populous birth years of the boom.

Logan's Papa's remark is right on the money. My parents were both in WWII (Mom in the ETO, Dad in the Pacific), and several years ago I was talking with my Dad about how indulged my generation was. He said that after the war, all people wanted was to settle down and make life as "normal" and comfortable as possible. I said to him, "My generation never had to struggle with anything." His answer was succinct:

"We didn't want you to."

I was watching something on VH1 (I think) last night that was essentially parodying the "ideal" suburban nuclear family of the 50s and 60s with a lot of old footage. I began to think about the mores, assumptions, social structures of that era and the more I thought, the more they seemed abnormal in the course of history.

While we, the Boomers, and the following generations seem to take these as the "gold standard" with which to measure how far we have deviated, I'm becoming more convinced that they were an aberration, based, as you say, upon the desire of the WWII generation to create a structure of "normalcy." Perhaps they were striving to ensure there would be no more "Lost Generations?"

linda22003
07-10-2008, 12:38 PM
The Fifties were definitely an aberration. But when the Largest Generation (as opposed to the Greatest Generation) grew up in it, it automatically became the norm.

Gingersnap
07-10-2008, 12:44 PM
The article really is good and I think it highlights the biggest problem which is the size factor. Any trivial little issue gets blown way out of proportion when 70 million people yak about it.

Another irritating boomer trait is the complete refusal to grow-up. You should not be dressing like a 13 year old when you are 50. It's okay to pass on a touch football game or a 30 mile bike ride when you are 50. You did not invent far-sightedness, arthritis, or gum disease so get over it. It's okay to be gray - you aren't fooling anybody. Nobody cares about your "special" sexual needs.

LogansPapa
07-10-2008, 12:50 PM
Just look at what happened with cars (via aircraft) in the 50’s. Flipped out, don’t give a shit about death - nut cases running out in the deserts going faster than ever before in war plane belly tanks. Talk about culture shock to who thought the Model "A" was ‘a fine mode of transportation’ in their day. Like the industrial revolution being sparked by the gathering of this continent’s natural resources, we’re still influenced by what these folks did after destroying the evil in the world for their time.

Cold Warrior
07-10-2008, 12:56 PM
The article really is good and I think it highlights the biggest problem which is the size factor. Any trivial little issue gets blown way out of proportion when 70 million people yak about it.

Another irritating boomer trait is the complete refusal to grow-up. You should not be dressing like a 13 year old when you are 50. It's okay to pass on a touch football game or a 30 mile bike ride when you are 50. You did not invent far-sightedness, arthritis, or gum disease so get over it. It's okay to be gray - you aren't fooling anybody. Nobody cares about your "special" sexual needs.

Who dresses like a 13 year old? :confused: :D

Shannon
07-10-2008, 01:00 PM
One thing I really appreciated about my mother was that she wanted to be called "grandma". You have no idea how many of my friends parents invented "cooler" sounding names to be called by their grandchildren. There is a definite refusal to grow up going on with these people.

ralph wiggum
07-10-2008, 01:18 PM
Wait until I open up my chain of psychedelic nursing homes in about 15 years, when I retire from my current job. I'll get my social security money, even if I have to steal it from aging hippies!

Excellent idea, noonwitch. :D :D

ConJinx
07-10-2008, 02:04 PM
As a Gen-Xer, I love to remind my dad-n-law that the boomers tried to create Utopia and we wound up with Fruitopia, ass flavored.

LibraryLady
07-11-2008, 11:41 AM
Simply put, boomers are a bunch of . . . whiners.

But Phil Gramm was dumped.................

Goldwater
07-11-2008, 11:46 AM
Pleasure for the sake of pleasure, that is the boomers legacy.

Cold Warrior
07-11-2008, 11:48 AM
Pleasure for the sake of pleasure, that is the boomers legacy.

Nothing wrong with that! :D

Goldwater
07-11-2008, 11:51 AM
Notthing wrong with that! :D

I wasn't saying it was bad or good. ;)

linda22003
07-11-2008, 01:10 PM
Pleasure for the sake of pleasure, that is the boomers legacy.

I would love to think so. :p

Gingersnap
07-11-2008, 03:38 PM
I think of most Boomers more as arrested teenagers. Not that you can't find that in any age cohort but there are just so many Boomers who fit that profile. The obvious reluctance to move forward in terms of maturity is distressing.

I could not wait to become a card-carrying adult when I was a kid. I wanted to order cocktails, wear my little black dress, stay up all night playing cards, and go to moody jazz clubs. I wanted to buy guns and real estate! I wanted to be an investor. I wanted to make sneering yet knowledgeable comments in modern art galleries.

The last thing I wanted to do was slop around in jeans and a teeshirt watching cartoons and eating Poptarts because I'd never learned to cook, amuse myself, or dress like an adult. :rolleyes:

linda22003
07-11-2008, 03:59 PM
The last thing I wanted to do was slop around in jeans and a teeshirt watching cartoons and eating Poptarts because I'd never learned to cook, amuse myself, or dress like an adult. :rolleyes:

What you are describing are DU'ers. I'm definitely a black cocktail dress Boomer. :p

Gingersnap
07-11-2008, 04:10 PM
What you are describing are DU'ers. I'm definitely a black cocktail dress Boomer. :p

Then you get a pass and gin and tonic. :D

linda22003
07-11-2008, 04:17 PM
Manhattan, straight up.

Cold Warrior
07-11-2008, 09:27 PM
Manhattan, straight up.

Oban, two rocks. And I do like sneering young ladies in art galleries with short black dresses and stilleto heels. :D

nightflight
07-11-2008, 10:11 PM
Gen-X is pretty messed up too. I was a Georgia boy in Seattle during the Grunge Era.

I didn't get it.

linda22003
07-12-2008, 03:02 PM
Oban, two rocks. And I do like sneering young ladies in art galleries with short black dresses and stilleto heels. :D

Well, if they're YOUNG ladies, they're not boomers.