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Is there a Generation Jones?

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I would define this generation as people too young to have fought in the Vietnam War, but too old to be Generation X. So people born between 1956 and 1964. It is named after the consumerism of “keeping up with the Joneses.” I’m not so sure about the name, but the Vietnam War was definitely an important marker.

Barack Obama, born in 1961, would be from Generation Jones.

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1970 is a turning point when it was clear that the country’s economy was no longer growing in leaps and bounds. As a Gen Xer, I have no childhood memories of a time of economic optimism. Optimism returned in 1980 with the election of Ronald Reagan. A President who is not fully appreciated by those not old enough to remember him.

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October 17, 2019 at EDT am

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Generation X, the screwed-over generation

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I mentioned this in a tweet a few days ago. I remember when “Millenials” were called Generation Y. Then they got a cool name, but no one has a name for Generation X. A long time ago, we were called the Baby Bust Generation, but that name fell out of favor.

A reminder of the generations:

Greatest Generation: Old enough to have fought in WW II (so 18 years old in 1945).

Silent Generation: The generation between the Greatest Generation and Boomers, that no one talks about. No Silent has ever served as a U.S. President. Although Biden is a Silent, so that streak might finally end.

Baby Boomers: Born after end of World War II. So 1946 to 1964. We’re all sick and tired of hearing about them, so no more needs to be said.

Generation X: 1965 to 1980. As with Silents, this generation has not yet produced a U.S. President. And I fear that this generation will be skipped like the Silents. We won’t have a Generation X president in 2020 unless by some amazing stroke of luck, Ted Cruz can win in 2020 (which would require him to run after Trump for some reason drops out).

Millennials: 1981 to 1996. The dates for this generation seem kind of arbitrary to me. They say that this generation remembers 9/11, but I think that someone born in 1996 would have no personal memory of 9/11. I don’t remember any political events from when I was 5. I do have the vaguest memory of my parents watching the last Apollo Mission when I was 5. And I have no personal memory of the Vietnam War which ended just as I turned 8.

Generation Z: 1997 to ? They certainly have no personal memory of 9/11, but the oldest of them remember a world before smartphones.

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Sic writes in a comment:

I was born in 1996 and I remember 9/11. The most vivid memory I have of it is how scared all the adults seemed to be. I think when you are that young, it’s hard to understand political events, but you do remember if people around you have an extreme reaction to something.

I stand corrected.

The first big news event that I remember, with respect to actually understanding what was going on, was the Iran Hostage Crisis.

But when John Lennon was shot, I remember thinking “Who’s this guy and why’s everyone making such a big deal?” I didn’t know much about popular music when I was a kid.

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October 16, 2019 at EDT pm

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Too old to write about college

Commenters said I am too old to write about college admissions, I should write about old-people stuff, which I guess would be things like over-55 communities, the best dentures, where to get a good early-bird special, etc.

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Is it true that the early bird special is dying?

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September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

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Update

I haven’t written a post in a while because I don’t feel like I have anything to write about. Another post about Trump? No thanks. Does anyone want to read another post about Dungeons and Dragons? I don’t think so. What can I say about HBD that hasn’t already been said?

More stuff that Instagram is ruining? Architecture. Laura Studarus’s workouts.

There was an article in the NY Post, as well as many other newspapers, claiming that women can’t find “marriageable men.” No, the real problem is that women loudly shout that they want equality, but in marriage they want the man to be superior to them. A woman doesn’t want to be married to a man with lower income. And even if a man has a decent income, if they are too “beta,” then they still aren’t interested.

A Muslim cleric was killed by a cow. Serves him right.

I bought a new Overwatch account to see if my skill rank is stuck in Bronze (the lowest level of the game) because as a middle-aged man my reflexes and situational awareness suck too much to play videogames against younger people, or because there’s some artifice of the ranking system that keeps you stuck in Bronze forever even if you don’t belong there. I’ll let you know what happens.

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September 9, 2019 at EDT pm

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New info about Christine Blasey Ford

Interview with the authors of a new book about the Kavanaugh hearings. They claim that Ford was described by a Facebook friend as a “crazy liberal,” and that in high school she was a “heavy drinker” and “very aggressive with boys.”

So a “crazy liberal” would be motivated to make up a story in order to stop Trump. A girl who was a “heavy drinker” and “very aggressive with boys” sounds like someone who would voluntarily participate in the kind of activity she alleges was non-consensual, if it even happened.

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For strange unknown reasons, Google is sending a lot of traffic to the post, resulting in a lot of comments from non-readers of the blog.

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July 18, 2019 at EDT pm

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Stuck in a dark apartment

There’s no power. It’s way too high up to think about walking down the stairs. The downside of Manhattan living.

11:25 update: according to an FM radio station, power is supposed to be restored by midnight. I can see the lights on to the north and south, but I’m still in the dark. Watching the Han Solo movie. So far, it’s way better than the crappy previous movie.

11:40 Power back on! Writing this from my desktop computer. Yahoo.

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July 13, 2019 at EDT pm

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You never hear about the Silent Generation

You hear all the time about the Baby Boomer generation (those born after the end of World War II), and you sometimes about the Greatest Generation (those old enough to have served in the army in World War II if male) even though the vast majority of that generation is now dead, but you rarely hear about the Silent Generation sandwiched in between those two generations.

I mentioned the Silent Generation in a comment. I think it was the last generation when women weren’t expected to graduate from college unless they were from an upper-class family.

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We have never even had a member of the Silent Generation serve as President. We skipped from Kennedy-Johnson-Nixon-Ford-Carter-Reagan-Bush (Greatest Generation) to Clinton-Bush-Obama-Trump (Baby Boomers).

That will change if Joe Biden (Silent Generation) becomes the next President. Which seems less likely than it did a few weeks ago.

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And for those curious about the generations of previous presidents:

Eisenhower, Truman: Lost Generation
Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt: Missionary Generation
Wilson: Progressive Generation

For more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strauss%E2%80%93Howe_generational_theory

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July 8, 2019 at EDT pm

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I smell BO in NJ

Bad odor while walking in the tunnel under the tracks at Metropark. I look around, and sure enough, I see two Indian guys.

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June 21, 2019 at EDT pm

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Hispanics to become non-minority?

Peter from Long Island, who normally posts off-topic comments about girls shooting guns, writes the following:

This may be a very controversial thing to say, but based on my dealings with people, especially while working at the Major Home Improvement Retailer, it’s my very tentative impression that Hispanics are *not* permanently destined to be minorities and barred from assimilating into the white population. Ones who speak unaccented English and appear to accept mainstream culture just don’t give off a “minority” aura even if they look a bit different from ordinary white people. You more or less stop thinking of them as minorities at all. This is different than with blacks, who regardless of culture and physical appearance do not cease being obvious minorities.

I totally agree with this. My experience working at a corporation is the same. Most of the white collar Hispanics at my company speak perfect unaccented American English (such that you couldn’t detect their race if you only knew them from the telephone) and don’t have any chip on their shoulder about being a minority. I would say the opposite about most blacks. Plus blacks are disproportionately likely to be annoying to work with or incompetent. (Not ALL blacks, but a disproportionate share compared to Hispanics or whites.)

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May 23, 2019 at EDT am

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Game of Thrones, S08E03

Of course there are spoilers, but I don’t think that knowing the ending makes the episode that much worse, but if you haven’t watched it yet, then read ahead at your own risk.

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April 29, 2019 at EDT am

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