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October 16, 2007

Headline for the Day

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --


Punchline: This is the headline of an Editor's Note in AARP Magazine -- that's right, the publication that used to be known as Modern Maturity. Sensible response, or so it seems to me: Well, if cotton-tops and retirees don't know what it is to be a grownup, then who does?

Hey, if grown-up-titude has genuinely become such a perplexing puzzle, maybe that's a sign that the time has come to abandon the idea. Why agonize over maturity and responsibility? Let's all be kids forever.

BTW, if you haven't yet had the pleasure: Modern Maturity hasn't undergone an overhaul merely where its name is concerned. It's now full of catchy themes, sassy boxes, and punchy graphics. It features celebrity confessionals; seniors who are cheery, active, and dynamic; and one of the zaniest of the bizarro new Tables of Contents that I've taken note of several times. (Here, here.) It has been transformed, in other words, into a magazine for the crowd that used to subscribe to Rolling Stone.

Joking about Boomers, their Peter Pan ways, and how they've ruined our culture generally, can now commence.



posted by Michael at October 16, 2007


Personally, I won't consider myself a true adult until i'm capable (both emotionally and financially) and actually supporting a woman and our brood.

Until then i'm just an immature and self-indulgent brat;)

Posted by: Zetji on October 16, 2007 11:17 AM

The Onion had the final word on boomer jokes:

"Long-Awaited Baby Boomer Die-Off To Begin Soon, Experts Say"

Posted by: Todd Fletcher on October 16, 2007 11:40 AM

It begins.,2933,301997,00.html

The first official boomer files for Social Security. via The Professor

For the past four or five years whenever AARP promotional materials arrives in the mail I call out "Honey, there's mail for you." Or leave it in her in-box. One of those things that just keeps getting funnier.

But if it's got catchy, sassy, punchy and zany, well, I'm going to have to take a look.

Posted by: Sluggo on October 16, 2007 12:01 PM

I'll outlive 'em. I swear I will. What an incentive: to live long enough to spit on boomer graves!! I'll do it! Damned roadhog vulgarians. Heh heh heh heh heh.....

Posted by: ricpic on October 16, 2007 12:04 PM

i'm kinda burnt out on george carlin's material and point of view these days (over exposure but that's my fault not his) but he had a pretty great rant against the baby boomers in one of his late 80s early 90s hbo specials. i'll have to look for it...

Posted by: t. j. on October 16, 2007 12:48 PM

Well, they certainly have changed---did you see the text of the actual article? "Fifty used to mean old---now it means middle-aged, even young." Just exactly to whom does fifty mean "young"? To the 78-year-olds? Well, that would have always been true.

However, if there is one thing that is absolutely true---being "grown up", being "middle-aged" or worse...doesn't sit any better with Boomers than it ever did. We hate it, we just hate it, can't stand it...don't want it. Sell us something that tells us we are really still "young" (and remember, I'm at the very tail end of what is considered "Boomer")and we're buyin'!!!!

Posted by: annette on October 16, 2007 4:49 PM

Jeez, as a boomer I'm trying to stuff my face with whole milk and ice cream and honest-to-God butter but I'll probably still live into my nineties, as did my parents. Sorry!

That link to the onion article was a hoot! Thanks, Todd.

Posted by: susan on October 16, 2007 8:54 PM

Well good riddance to the Boomers. Now, perhaps the country can pull it’s collective head out of its ass and get on with the serious business of moving our society forward without being distracted by whatever whim the drug addled minds of that generation came up with. Whew, that felt good…

Posted by: Matt on October 16, 2007 11:27 PM

We can HEAR YOU, Matt . . . those of us who aren't yet deaf, that is.

I think the boundary line of grown-up-ness is a very fluid one, and some reach it early, some never. For me, it was when (in my late 30's) my parents began to falter -- when that relationship flips over, you realize you're nobody's baby any more.

Posted by: missgrundy on October 17, 2007 3:55 PM

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