Reading Knappster today, ran across a reference to all the new buzzwords that the corporate geeks have come up with in the last few years. When ‘the wife’ was working for Dell, I remember a good many of those being spoken with a straight face.
Yeah, them Gen-Xers are funny; and I tend to think of myself as a Gen-X rather than as a boomer (when I think about the meaningless labels that get affixed to indefinable groups of people that happen to have been born in particular years, that is) Having been born in the early sixties, I get the pick of which group I want to be in, since the ‘generations’ that they claim to represent overlap in those years.
My wife, on the other hand, thinks of herself as a Boomer. Her parents grew up in the depression and didn’t have children until late in life; so she tends to see herself as being part of the post-war (that would be WWII for the knee biters out there) boom generation. It makes no difference when I explain that we were in grade school during the ‘summer of love’, she wants to be a Boomer.
Just so long as she doesn’t ask me to give up my unearned ‘X-er’ angst, I won’t point out to her that women’s lib and tie-dye both had their time already (and it’s over. The women won, OK?) and I guess we’ll continue to agree to disagree on the subject.
These days I feel about as old as a Boomer should feel (at least in my estimation) Especially when visiting a site like “I Was Your Age Twice” (which I have been, for quite a few people out there; and the number grows, daily) and laughing my head off at a good bit of the content there.
Gen-X I may be, but I can still rant with the best of them ‘older’ farts.
Editor’s note: 2017. I have now lived long enough that infants born in the last years of Gen-X can be happy about being on the cusp of the next generation, which I understand they are calling “Millennials”. They are happy to be able to claim either generation as theirs, or neither if it suits them. Well isn’t that precious?
I will soon be seeing the third generation since the spawn emerged, and they are getting old enough to complain about the state of the world getting worse since they were children. I am beginning to understand how this can get tiring to witness.