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Old 04-15-2014, 11:49 AM
 
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Being a Boomer means that when you first looked for a job, the newspaper classifieds were separated into “Help Wanted – Female” and “Help Wanted – Male”.

Being a Boomer means that we helped put a stop to the above nonsense.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:03 PM
 
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Now these I relate to! unlike the OP list.

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Being a baby boomer means you wore a skirt to school for at least half of your K-12 education.

Being a baby boomer means you were aloud to play outside unsupervised and your road a bike in the street without a helmet.

Being a Boomer means you know what "The Battle of the Bands" was.

Being a Baby Boomer means you watched TV on Saturday morning.They had cartoons then.

Being a Boomer means that you know what "Duck and Cover" means and you never thought that that formica desk was going to protect you against The Bomb.
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Being a Boomer means that when you first looked for a job, the newspaper classifieds were separated into “Help Wanted – Female” and “Help Wanted – Male”.

Being a Boomer means that we helped put a stop to the above nonsense.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:47 PM
 
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This, again, is the most ridiculous of assumptions, but don't get me started.
What I want to say to this particular Gen X-er is "For goodness sakes, put some optimisism, humor and fun in your life...otherwise you will be that grumpy old man WAY before you hit 70." Hmmmm, in fact, I think you are already there...
Very sad...

I am a Boomer and very proud to be one! I prefer to keep thinking there is more life yet to come!
This is a key difference differentiating Boomers from Xers. Yes, we Xers are grumpy and old before our time. Looking at history, we are, in that respect, not unlike the Lost Generation who started to be born during the late 1800s. Decisions, politics and resulting policy and macro environments do have consequences. Some (but not all) of the current consequences are due to what happened between the end of WW2 and ~Y2K.
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:22 PM
 
Location: At the Lake (in Texas)
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This is a key difference differentiating Boomers from Xers. Yes, we Xers are grumpy and old before our time. Looking at history, we are, in that respect, not unlike the Lost Generation who started to be born during the late 1800s. Decisions, politics and resulting policy and macro environments do have consequences. Some (but not all) of the current consequences are due to what happened between the end of WW2 and ~Y2K.

Oh Please! Let me just say that, despite all our differing opinions and partisan politics, this country is still the land of opportunity for all who seek it. We have had difficult times, absolutely, but we are among the luckiest, most blessed people in the world. Change your stance to gratitude, look at what you do have as the blessing it is, look at opportunity, and change your attitude and your life!
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:59 AM
 
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I'm 39, so a Gen Xer, and half those things apply to me.

My mother, who maybe squeaks into Baby Boomer-dom is 71, and my father is, I suppose, in the "Silent Generation" since he just turned 80.

I think my family just skipped the entire baby boomer generation. When I go to visit my father at his ALF, they assume I'm his grandchild. Everyone else visiting their parents is 60ish.
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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ALL so true! :-D And I would add to the Saturday morning tv one, that the cartoons were in black and white for a fair proportion of years, as well. ;-)

And when did the schools finally do away with those "air raid drills" anyhow? Funny how I can remember when we had them but can't remember at what point in time/grade they stopped.

Ah, here's another:

Being a Baby Boomer means that if your house had a basement, a portion of it was stocked with canned goods, bottled water, blankets and flashlights; not against the viscissitudes of Mother Nature but as a "fallout shelter".

Try to explain that kind of stuff to anyone in a later generation and they will look at you as if you have two heads; but it was a part of life for us, as kids.
I was ten when we and Russia stood eyeball to eyeball over Cuba. We really didn't know if the world would be involved in nuclear war the next day. Mom and Dad had me stay home. Dad didn't go to work. Just incase we'd be together.

This left an indellibla mark on the rest of my life because the fear was real.

If you'd have asked someone pre 9-11 if someone would destroy the twin towers with planes and kill thousands they'd have looked at you like you read too much doomsday science fiction. Now we fear someone will try it again. You can't possibly imagine such days or moments unless you were there. Now we see pictures of kids hiding under tiny desks and laugh, but back then it was no laughing matter. Nobody really believed it would save you from the bomb. But that generation grew up wondering if it was to happen if they'd really want to live or get over dying quickly.
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