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Old 10-22-2010, 03:16 PM   #21
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Favorite quote of the week. An older dad was talking with me when his HS son started chiming in. We were talking about the sports we participated in HS "back in the day", and his son kept reminding his dad that he was now faster, stronger, etc, than his old man. The kid is a pretty good athlete but has not achieved any level of success yet, although you would never guess it from his bravado. His dad's matter-of-fact reply?

"Better to be a HAS-BEEN than a NEVER-WAS"!!!
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The More things Change the More They Stay the Same

remember this oft quoted quip -

"Don't trust anyone over 30" - Jerry Rubin
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Funny how life changes. When I was a kid, I remember to old folks chasing us away for acting like kids. Now we do the chasing..."those kids, what's this world coming to?"
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I've reminded our twenty something DS that he shouldn't get hung up on the generational blame game. He'll be set up pretty nicely once we croak.

I don't think any individual should try to take credit or feel guilty for some group others perceive them to be part of. I avoid a lot of guilt trips that way myself.
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I actually very strongly respect 20 somethings. I know quite a few through my kids, and they are excellent, hard working and interesting people. I am close to one couple who are still in their 20s who lived across the hall from me, they make more sense than I made at 30 even, and often enough they make more sense than I make now.

I get to dance with lovely 20 something women. They are wonderful in every way- the respect goes both ways if you can dance, and if the guy is not trying to cop feels. Which I have never done and if I ever start I will figure that I've got Alzheimers and go get some suicide pills.

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I actually very strongly respect 20 somethings. I know quite a few through my kids, and they are excellent, hard working and interesting people.

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Thanks for saying that, I thought I was alone. Most of the 'kids' I come in contact with are fine people. Goal oriented, focused, smart, and take some time out to have fun too. What's not to like?

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Some more or less random thoughts and obervaions on this general subject:

Younger DD reminded DW and me to be nice to her. She will most likely choose our nursing home.

Older DD's mouth dropped open some years back (maybe when she was 19) when I initiated an intelligent conversation about Lenny Kravitz.

Friends of our generation often complimented us on our kids outstanding manners and behavior. We didn't dare ask if they might be mistakenly talking about someone else.

I recall my eyes glazing over when my dad pointed out that he'd been around the block a couple of more times than I had. Son's eyes looked similarly glazed when I pointed out my experience level 40 years later.

It's true that youth is wasted on the young and experience is wasted on the old. The real problem is that the young become old a lot faster than anyone ever imagined.

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.............. What's not to like?

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Ah, how about..........green hair, tattoos, body piercings, loud car radios.........
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Many wise words spoken here. Never heard "experience is wasted on the old". Thought that experience was my ace-in-the-hole, oh well ...
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Ah, how about..........green hair, tattoos, body piercings, loud car radios.........
Ahh, ya just gotta go with the flow

Yep, there are some things that 'bug' me. But I know my generation did things to bug the elders, it's just a part of growing up.

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Last summer (2009), I hosted a group of 19-year old midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy for the July 4th weekend. They had sailed up here from Annapolis on their summer cruise. I enjoyed their company quite a bit. At times, I found myself just listening to them talk to each other and thinking that they sounded exactly like I did when I was in their shoes. They talked about exactly the same things in exactly the same way.

When I think about it, I would say that my own youth was so much easier than today. These young people have many more challenges, but they seem to be rising to the occasion. After having spent time with them, I feel much more confident about the future of our country.
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When I was in my 20s, I offended plenty of people in their 50s and 60s. Sometimes I just blurted out insensitive things without even thinking that how they would make people feel. Afterwards I would regret it but didn't know what to say to make it up, so I never said anything.

Since I believe in karma, I am fully prepared for some young'un to make fun of my "oldness" once I hit 50.
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But this goes both ways. I have not been 20 something for a good while, but it has been plainly obvious to me for a long time that my career would have been significantly advanced if only I had some gray hair and wrinkles. You can be better than 99% of the 50-somethings when you are 30 and in most places nobody will give you the time of day.
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But this goes both ways. I have not been 20 something for a good while, but it has been plainly obvious to me for a long time that my career would have been significantly advanced if only I had some gray hair and wrinkles. You can be better than 99% of the 50-somethings when you are 30 and in most places nobody will give you the time of day.
In my case, at least, the gray hair and wrinkles didn't help...
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Ah, how about..........green hair, tattoos, body piercings, loud car radios.........
One wise mother I read about applied what she called the "ten year rule" to weird behavior like green hair. As in "Will this matter in ten years?"

If not, then she didn't worry about it.
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One wise mother I read about applied what she called the "ten year rule" to weird behavior like green hair. As in "Will this matter in ten years?"

If not, then she didn't worry about it.
My question is-"Does this even matter now?"

How could it? It is a hair style, like short, or long, or buzzed or styled, or straight or curled.

If that is a hang up for older people, then they need to get a life.

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One wise mother I read about applied what she called the "ten year rule" to weird behavior like green hair. As in "Will this matter in ten years?"

If not, then she didn't worry about it.
My daughter was never a rebel, and never did anything like that as a teenager. But in 2009 (at age 31) she put some pink color in her hair - - underneath, so it only showed when her (brown) hair moved. Normally I don't like weird hair colors but surprisingly, I thought this really looked great.

She removed it for her wedding a year ago, and I kind of miss it. Who would have guessed?
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One wise mother I read about applied what she called the "ten year rule" to weird behavior like green hair. As in "Will this matter in ten years?"

If not, then she didn't worry about it.
I think those tramp stamps are going to look pretty foolish in a few years as they migrate south.
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I think those tramp stamps are going to look pretty foolish in a few years as they migrate south.

Most of the tramp stamps that I have seen have been on a person who can best be described as a 'blimp'.... (in size, not floating).... they kind of look foolish right now....
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