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Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:30 PM

 

What kind of freakin world did our parents live in???? I'm GenX...

Seriously - I can see why the boomers threw off the shackles and ran for the door!

Please someone tell me, what did our - or rather - MY parents (parents in their late 70s) go through????

They were the 'Mad Men' generation...

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Reply What kind of freakin world did our parents live in???? I'm GenX... (Original post)
Taverner Oct 2012 OP
NYC_SKP Oct 2012 #1
Brigid Oct 2012 #3
NYC_SKP Oct 2012 #4
valerief Oct 2012 #2
Taverner Oct 2012 #5
valerief Oct 2012 #7
Kennah Oct 2012 #6
IDemo Oct 2012 #10
Kennah Oct 2012 #18
DearHeart Oct 2012 #8
LiberalAndProud Oct 2012 #9
LiveNudePolitics Oct 2012 #11
Tom_x Oct 2012 #12
zanana1 Oct 2012 #14
Taverner Oct 2012 #15
Curmudgeoness Oct 2012 #13
Taverner Oct 2012 #16
Arugula Latte Oct 2012 #17
Taverner Oct 2012 #19

Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:33 PM

1. They drank like fish and spouse swapping was popular.

Cars were made of heavy steel and women didn't shave anything.

Good times!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:44 PM

3. They didn't?

I'll have you know my mother taught me to shave my legs.

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Response to Brigid (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:18 PM

4. Oh now...

...don't go spoilin' the magic for Taverner, he wasn't there!

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:43 PM

2. Spouse swapping is always popular.

But if your parents are in their late 70s, they're not boomers. They're the generation before boomers. The Silent Generation. The children of the Great Depression. Hoarders.

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Response to valerief (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:29 PM

5. They were low birth year kids like me and my brother

 

They were born during the depression, 1936 and 1937 - - my dad was drafted but managed to get in between Korea and Vietnam.

At least officially...

During the timeline of the show, 1961-1967 (so far) these people are in their 20s-30s

Like my parents were...

Although who knows what that generation was called...

ON EDIT: No hoarding tho - yet....

They both have the emergency food kits from Costco - but so do I

This be EARTHQUAKE country!

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Response to Taverner (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 09:48 AM

7. Yes, that's the Silent Generation. nt

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 02:50 AM

6. I'm also GenX and my parents are in their mid to late 70s, Silent Generation

Younger brother also GenX. 3 older sisters are Boomers. My Dad was 12 with WWII ended.

They started life during the Crisis of the Great Depression and WWII.

If you subscribe to any of Strauss and Howe's generational theory, in "The Fourth Turning", kids born starting in 2005 are part of the New Silent Generation, which has also been dubbed the Homeland Generation, Generation 9/11, iGeneration, and Net Generation.

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Response to Kennah (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 10:05 AM

10. "Homeland Generation"?

Now that right there is just creepy.

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Response to IDemo (Reply #10)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 10:56 PM

18. I hope like hell it doesn't take hold. iGeneration seems to roll off the tongue easily.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 02:32 AM

8. They saw a whole lot of history!

They were born while the Great Depression was still going on, they saw WWII, Korea, Cuban Missile Crisis, JFK assassinated, Vietnam, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated, the first moon landing, Watergate, Iran Contra, Gulf War, Clinton impeached, The Bush Fiasco, the Financial Collapse in 2007, our First African-American President, and too many other things to mention.

I think they had more of a right to throw off the shackles than any of the rest of us; it's amazing that more of them didn't!

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 03:39 AM

9. My parents were reminiscing with my aunt about their early childhood.

They talked about the dust bowl years in the heartland. They were born into it or still too young to remember anything else. They didn't know the world could be any different until it changed. The conversation began when my aunt mentioned that the drought lasted ten years. "That was a long time," she said. My mother related how her father would look at the sky every night and say, "No rain tonight." They remembered that the corn was only waist-high ("No, knee-high," the other interjected.) In their childhood, they thought that was the normal height for corn. It was a fascinating conversation to listen in.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 11:07 AM

11. Funny how they view political processes,

I have had a handful of fellows in their 70's express confusion about the current presidential campaign. I had one very nice man ask me to explain what a caucus was during the Republican primaries. And some are as sharp as any political pundit, often informing me of things said on the campaign trail before I have a chance to absorb the news for myself. This is at my work, front desk at a gym, in Queens, New York. I chat with these fellows daily, they seem to enjoy hashing out issues with a 40ish female liberal. These conversations are wonderfully informative on what the other side is thinking. Although we have fun, I suspect they would be just as delighted with a talking animal!! The majority of my older male acquaintances are Republican. And boy, do my older White, male friends love Fox News! They like the ladies on that channel quite a lot!

Interestingly, the liberals in the Silent Generation age group I run across tend to be about 80% female, by the way. These gals are wonderfully kind to me, and have turned me on to ideas & information sources I would not have found otherwise on my own.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 12:01 PM

12. It was hysterically anti-communist

I remember the early 60's pretty well and the conformity was rampant.

All one has to do is listen to Chomsky. He talks about amerikan society being much more civilized in the early 70's than it was in the early 60's.

One thing i will say for the pre 1980 era was that it was far easier to get a job that paid a living wage. The post 1980 period has been a nightmare for workers but thats what happens when you believe in conservative fairy tales about market fundamentalism.

It's quite amazing to think about a time in america when nobody really worried about getting a job. When you wanted a job you picked up a newspaper and answered the want ads and usually ended up with a job that paid the bills. Thats all over now.

In the 1960s and 1970's we knew markets were too unstable to be deregulated.

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Response to Tom_x (Reply #12)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 03:34 PM

14. Read Doctorow's "Book of Daniel"....

You'll realize why your parents were screwed up.

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Response to zanana1 (Reply #14)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 06:17 PM

15. Oh yeah - Peekskill Riots

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peekskill_Riots

However, many of the musicians the boomers listened to, e.g. John, Paul, George, Ringo, Mick and Keef.... were 'Silent Generation' as well....

The boomers didn't start bands until the 70s

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 03:17 PM

13. Why don't you ask your parents what they went through?

Instead you ask a bunch of possible idiots on the intertubes? I would bet that your parents would like it that you were interested in hearing about it, and you might get some really great stories out of the conversation.

But since you asked, their parents would have been Depression era, so they would have been frugal and very careful. Part of that would have been instilled in them too, but there was also the boom days when there were few worries about making a living and being able to raise a family. This really was the start of the "keeping up with the Joneses" attitudes, when most people were finally able to have a few bucks to spend frivolously. Before that time, the majority of working people just survived.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #13)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 06:18 PM

16. Come on - Did it ever occur to you that I might have?

 

And perhaps, wanted some other perspectives?

Blind Man's Elephant and all...

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 08:35 PM

17. I'm an older Gen Xer

I find I have a very hard time relating to most men in my parents' generation (I'm a woman). The white men born in the 30s came of age in the 50s and they seem to have a sense of entitlement and a lot of them are male chauvinists, with the women of that generation catering to the "please the male" norm (my mom and her boyfriend fit these stereotypes). It's a gross generalization, yeah, but still.... I find men born in the 40s tend to be a lot cooler and easier to relate to. Just my broad impressions -- exceptions abound I'm sure.

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #17)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 11:33 PM

19. True - I can speak their language

 

And like any group, they have their own language

But at the root of all of their anger is an inner core of fear. Change progresses as fast as it always has, but they can't adapt anymore. They are also finding out how much of a house of cards their worldview was built on.

Castles in the sand, really...

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