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Old 12-04-2009, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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What are the top ten things you love about being a baby boomer??

These, in no particular order, are mine:

--I inhaled
--I danced to disco
--I danced to folk music
--I danced to the Grateful Dead
--I owned a VW Camper
--I wore my hair down to my waist--and put flowers in it
--I moved to San Francisco--but always held a job
--I know how to make a nutloaf and eat a macrobiotic diet
--I remember JFK, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, Jimmi Hendrix, John Lennon and Jim Morrison..and let's not forget Janis Joplin and John Belushi and Glida Radner
--I remember when everyone shared and we had so much hope for the future
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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Y'all gave birth to crusty X-ers like me.
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:15 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
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:23 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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I fought a nasty war.
I didn't do drugs.
I raised and supported a family.
I retired solvent.
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:31 PM
 
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i remember tv's with only 12 channels
and getting whacked was a good thing.......
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:06 PM
 
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Free love
Great music
Good drugs
You could hitchhike all over the country and not end up in a ditch, dead.
If you needed a place to crash someone would find one. No need to live under a bridge.
Life really was simpler, and that was good.
No video games! As much as I enjoy them I consider their lack to have been a good thing.

The not so good:

Losing friends because they never returned from Vietnam.
Some who did were scarred physically and/or mentally
We lost an innocent at Kent State for no reason
We lost a president for no reason
Everyone waited for the Bomb to drop - thank God it hasn't - yet.
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:11 PM
 
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You reminded me of when we used to hide under our desks in school so the giant nuclear fire ball didnt get us..

how funny is that, hiding under a wooden desk ha ha ha

guess we were the tinder....
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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You reminded me of when we used to hide under our desks in school so the giant nuclear fire ball didnt get us..

how funny is that, hiding under a wooden desk ha ha ha

guess we were the tinder....
In our drill (that's right, we only had one drill), we went into the halls and were supposed to lie down in front of the lockers. I guess that way we would've all been uniformly crushed as the walls caved in.
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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I was at that cusp of technology boom. I learned how to do math and statistics by hand and by slide rule but quickly got to use calculators in the applied science courses which took some of the dog work out of problem solving. It provided a depth of understanding that later kids didn't get because the machines would do all the thinking for them. I remember a chem teacher with his circular slide rule who challenged anyone to beat his calculation speed with a calculator. No one could.

I remember the claims of free love but quickly learned nothing in life is free. There is always a price to pay in one way or another.

I didn't inhale - didn't like drugs and thought real life with all my wits was the ultimate high.

I remember when we could go hiking in the mountains and streams were clean enough to drink from.

I remember the start of Earth Day and how toxic many rivers were. Then living long enough to find that many of them have been cleaned up. We don't have to make such a mess of the earth and it is more resilient than we thought.

I took advantage of inexpensive college education.

I remember when being smart and able to do well in school including math and science was cool and being stupid or ignorant was not cool.

I remember when superstition was not something to be respected.

The best thing about being a baby boomer is that I have 55 years of experience under my belt and I know so much more than I did then. I know that most of those things I thought were important are not. I would not go back to my youth for anything. There is so much to look forward to and I've earned my freedom. I would not want to have to re-learn all those lessons again.
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I was at that cusp of technology boom. I learned how to do math and statistics by hand and by slide rule but quickly got to use calculators in the applied science courses which took some of the dog work out of problem solving. It provided a depth of understanding that later kids didn't get because the machines would do all the thinking for them. I remember a chem teacher with his circular slide rule who challenged anyone to beat his calculation speed with a calculator. No one could.
Boy, that brings back memories. I remember using a slide rule and I remember buying the first TI calculator for $129. Now you can get a calculator with the same functionality for free or under $5. I had a teacher do the same challenge. At least no one in our class was stupid enough to take him up on it.
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