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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-19-07 06:47 PM
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Born in 1960 - do you consider yourself a Baby Boomer or a Gen. Xer?
I was born in 1960, which I have seen referred to as the "trailing edge" of the Baby Boom. In some ways I can identify with the Baby Boomers - (rock 'n roll, classic TV sitcoms, fizzies, anti-war, tolerance, etc.) But I've never identified with their materialism and drive to "have it all" (a vacation house, SUVs, swimming pool, kids in college, fully-stocked liquor cabinet, a little home-based business on the side, and on and on). On some issues I am far more aligned with the Gen Xers and later generations. If you were born in 1960, which "generation" do you identify with more?
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mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-19-07 06:56 PM
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1. I STILL wear a RAMONES t-shirt
Edited on Sun Aug-19-07 07:01 PM by mtnester
My mother and father are also considered boomers. Do I relate? No. I think we are GenX, and AKA tweeners....websites on us out there by the scads.

We are a whole different generation and mindset than boomers.
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-19-07 06:59 PM
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2. My Mom and Dad were both born in 1955 and they consider themselves tweeners
In fact they quite matter of factly loathe boomers.
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-19-07 07:01 PM
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3. Do I have to identify with some generation?
I've never understood out need to catalogue and categorize. I was born in 1961. I don't really consider myself a Baby Boomer. I also don't consider myself a GenXer. I think of the people I grew up with as a separate group with unique attributes. For the most part, I think of myself as part of a lost generation - too young to be a real part of the Vietnam era/hippie generation and too old to be part of the yuppies.
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-19-07 07:49 PM
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4. Same here.
Not really a baby boomer or a Genxer. Just stuck with that Disco tag.

:grr:
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Fredda Weinberg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-19-07 09:04 PM
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5. My older brothers didn't pay tuition at CUNY ... I did
It's been a lifting ladder ever since - and the excuse was always the pig through the python.

I've adjusted my expectations and I'm happy. But no way do I identify with those who promised us peace and love and left us with Reagan and *.
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NC_Nurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-19-07 09:05 PM
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6. We are "Generation Jones", according to some things I've seen.
I forget the span of years...google it. :hi:
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-19-07 09:17 PM
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10. Also known as "baby busters"
I can't remember the name of the book I read many years ago about GenX, but since that group starts a little later, that book labeled the folks in between the boomers and Xers as "baby busters". I'm included in that--was born in 1966.

The busters are characterized by always trailing in the wake of the leviathan boomers--lots of talent in the busters, but it tends to go unnoticed because of the sheer numbers of our predecessors. We exist in much smaller numbers (remember all the schools that closed or consolidated because there weren't enough students to fill them all for the first time in decades?) and don't really have an identity. Great, right?
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NC_Nurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-19-07 09:06 PM
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7. From Wikipedia:
Generation Jones is a term that describes people born between the mid-1950s and mid-1960s. U.S. social commentator Jonathan Pontell identified the existence of this generation and coined the term Generation Jones for it.<2><3><4><5> Generation Jones has been referred to as a heretofore lost generation between the Baby boomers and Generation X, since prior to the popularization of Pontells theory, its members were included with either the Boomers or Xers. The connotations of the name Generation Jones include:
a large, anonymous generation
the slang term jonesin, which refers here to the unrequited craving felt by this generation of unfulfilled expectations
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-19-07 09:08 PM
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8. My generation (n/t)
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-19-07 09:13 PM
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9. Sometimes, I see people born in the late '50s, early '60s call themselves part of the "Boom Echo."
Which I think is a cool name, actually.
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-19-07 09:26 PM
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11. i like it
boom echo unite :headbang:
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-19-07 09:30 PM
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12. I don't think I am any generation. Gen-Xer is closest, but
really, I am not like most of them. My ideals are more with those from the 60s. I was born in '68 so that put my formative adolescent and early adulthood in the 80s. My thoughts, music and aspiration did not fit the mainstream then nor does it now.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-19-07 09:43 PM
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13. like it or not, you're a boomer
Edited on Sun Aug-19-07 09:44 PM by Skittles
I hear you though - I'm 3 years older and never really identified with the trail-blazing boomers - I guess we feel more like cuspers.....I think it's just that there are such huge differences between those born in the first 10 boomer years and those born in the later years
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