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Old 05-27-2010, 12:13 PM
 
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The most distinctive feature of "baby boomers" seems to be their extreme consciousness of themselves as a generation. No other generation of Americans has ever been as...well, self-important as the baby boomers are. To everyone else, whatever generation a person's part of is just whenever they happened to be born. It doesn't make them any better or worse than anyone else, and it isn't anything special.
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:48 PM
 
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The most distinctive feature of "baby boomers" seems to be their extreme consciousness of themselves as a generation. No other generation of Americans has ever been as...well, self-important as the baby boomers are. To everyone else, whatever generation a person's part of is just whenever they happened to be born. It doesn't make them any better or worse than anyone else, and it isn't anything special.
The people born in a generation are the ones that distinguish it from other generations. Baby boomers aren't just a very large number of people born during the same 20 year period. I can't count the number of people I've read/heard say they wished they could have experienced the 60's.

Besides, man, baby boomers invented rock 'n roll and it's gone downhill with subsequent generations.

We're the coolest generation, hands down.
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:31 PM
 
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The most distinctive feature of "baby boomers" seems to be their extreme consciousness of themselves as a generation. No other generation of Americans has ever been as...well, self-important as the baby boomers are. To everyone else, whatever generation a person's part of is just whenever they happened to be born. It doesn't make them any better or worse than anyone else, and it isn't anything special.
Baby Boomers were the first generation to come of age during the period of mass media. Thus discussion and identification of us was done on a scale not possible before. So of course there was more consciousness of. Now with the Internet it is even more so as we have become a group that dwarfs in size those who preceded and followed us. It is not self consumption but a result of the changes in the world. The generation that preceded us liked to call themselves the greatest generation they just didn't have the technology to make it as viral.
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:38 PM
 
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I'm a baby boomer but on the whole I'm frankly not a fan to say the least. Nothing personal against anyone specifically here just IMO.
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:57 PM
 
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Getting back on topic, the best thing about being a Baby Boomer was being able to wear my hair long, straight and parted in the middle. For an entire decade, I could be trendy without any effort at all, and I never had a bad hair day.

I wish I could grow my hair out again, but on a 61-year-old with gray hair, that style would look not only dated but ridiculous!
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Old 05-27-2010, 03:13 PM
 
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Getting back on topic, the best thing about being a Baby Boomer was being able to wear my hair long, straight and parted in the middle. For an entire decade, I could be trendy without any effort at all, and I never had a bad hair day.

I wish I could grow my hair out again, but on a 61-year-old with gray hair, that style would look not only dated but ridiculous!
You could go for the long gray braid down the back.
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Old 05-27-2010, 03:29 PM
 
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Yah, I think women with a long braid and peasant skirt and nifty Indian jewelry look very cool...

You know what doesn't look to cool? to me? Guys of a certain age cultivating a skinny, scrawny little sad pony tail--especially when their hair is thinning on top. Let it go fellows, please?


And whatever you do, no come-overs...that's absolutely the worst. Just shave your head and be done with it...personally I think shaved domes are sexy--if the head is nicely shaped.

Ladies? Do you like shaved domes, too? Especially when compared to a comb-over??

What's a great look for older women? I'm trying to develop one of my own..I've just about stopped wearing lipstick--it somehow looks too harsh on my older face and lips...just using some lip gloss or pomade...looks softer. I want to be a natural women in my dotage...

Any suggestions on older women icons to emulate??
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Old 05-27-2010, 03:59 PM
 
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WE are special because we are a phenomenon.

I see a very distinct differences in older vs younger boomers, however. I'm a younger boomer who went to diverse schools whereas many of the older ones went to more homogeneous schools.

"Totally different head" as they used to say on "Square Pegs".
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Old 05-27-2010, 04:10 PM
 
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WE are special because we are a phenomenon.

I see a very distinct differences in older vs younger boomers, however. I'm a younger boomer who went to diverse schools whereas many of the older ones went to more homogeneous schools.

"Totally different head" as they used to say on "Square Pegs".
Very true and may be evident in polling data.
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:44 PM
 
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We grew up right in that little window before aids and right after the invention of the birth control pill lol
sweet ................. more so if you were a male

might explain why people in their sixties have the fastest increasing percentage of std's............................................. ..................
free love was so much SAFER then!

scary!


and just when you guys got viagra, cialis, levitra, etc and so on, the game got more dangerous....oh shucks

LOL
(ok, don't all the guys rake me over the coals - i'm teasing - kinda/sorta)
lol lol lol
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