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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Old Fools Journal: First Day of Another Space Trip Around the Sun or Baby Boomers say 72 is the begining of old age

I use Google everyday and when I went to it yesterday this is what I got. When moused over it said "Happy Birthday Richard". I wonder if Google watches me when I sleep.

It has been brought to my attention that I am not a "baby boomer". Officially they seem to be those that are just turning 65. I was made before all those people went off to war. My child bride just turned 65 this last year and so have my delectable Exes. My child bride is a true baby boomer being a cross between a Tennessee girl and a Russian submarine sailor. I came out of the shoot before world war 2 so I don't count. Being married to a "boomer" however has given me honorary status.

Baby boomers have pushed old age up to 72 now (I saw it on TV so it must be true) so now I have entered old age. I look and feel a hell of lot better than the "boomers" I have seen. I can not say that I identify with people my age since I only know two so it is hard to get a grasp on what to identify with. I find I am more likely to identify with 6 year olds. They have more imagination, are more open minded and in most case they are better conversationalist too. If they have graduated from kindergarten they know all they need to know to have a successful and happy life.

All those people that went through the age of enlightenment in the 60's, those open minded experimenters that were out to change the world have mostly faded away and have become their parents or worse. All that most do is talk about their ailments and problems with their medication. Most put their underwear back on, exchanged recreational drugs for prescription drugs, found an external god instead of the one within and disappoved their children and grandchildren practicing free love. Many who marched against war now embrace it. The men exchanged their colorful clothes and flowers in their hair for waving their cane in the air and shouting "in my day we..........(fill in the blank)........" at the TV. Most accept the curtailment of personal freedom without a whimper and trudge on pulling a sledge with tons of useless baggage on it.

As far as I can determine most have not learned from history and I am constantly reminded of that when I see things coming around for the second and third time. It is not my problem just my observation. I became an observer and protector some time ago. What do I protect? Nothing really but I try to protect what you need to know to not make the same mistakes over and over. I find that few really care.

SWMBO ask me once who would read all those BLOGS? Then volunteered "I wouldn't". I did not try to change her mind as that is like trying to go through granite with nail clippers. She is mostly rational and eventually works it out herself I am happy to say. I volunteered that I would and I do. I read every blog that every one of my fellow seekers writes and post. I read every comment, answer every email and look for more. I read the post of people from 14 (the youngest I have found) to whatever age the old farts are willing to admit to, ranging from the arctic circle to the tip of South Africa. I have become connected and entangled in the lives of so many of all ages that sometimes I have to back off to breath. I am involved. Sometimes it brings real heartache and sometimes extreme joy. I am so glad that I get to live in this time of acceleration of world connection. This is not the world of the future I envisioned. I envisioned flying cars, space travel and robots. What we get with our steady diet of war and greed is connection. That is so much better than the flying cars and robots.

We also get those that would like to go back to the stone age, those that say "to much to soon" and many who say "lets do the right thing but not yet". The "not yets" would like to wait until they have made a profit.

Thank you to all those who read my drivel. Thank you for the comments. Some make me happy and when there is disapproval they make me sad but I wrote what I wrote and I cannot unwrite it. Some of you I have researched, some I correspond with outside the blog and all of you I identify with in some way or other.

As for me, what you see here is what there is. I am to lazy to play act.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read you every day. Sometimes you say some wildly wise things. Mostly I think you are cool and I am glad you write shit down so I can read it.
Happy Birthday!

Diane-Sage Whiteowl said...

Count me in as another one of your readers. Yes I saw the the 72 also and YEP I swallowed that "truth" and instantly I felt much younger than I did yesterday! :)
Now I can sing HAPPY B'DAY to you in a much younger voice!

stephanie said...

Happy birthday indeed.
And thank YOU for your writings, always from the heart.

stephanie

Emmy said...

Your words of wisdom are always welcomed and greatly appreciated! Thank you, and have a wonderful birthday!

Steve A said...

Hmm, complaining about the younger generation's lack of insight seems out of character...

Oldfool said...

It's not a complaint Steve merely an observation and mostly about men closer to my age. The younger generations have time on their side. Life is good.

L. F. Hawkins said...

Hurrah! So comforting to know I am not alone! Happy birthday, wise 'old fool', and I just may celebrate your un-birthdays too, (perhaps we share a few in common). Truth often enters ones house by the side door, or is that the cyber door, but so many regard it as just an unwelcome, upsetting intruder. Wine. What else can I say? Veritas.

Von said...

Happy Birthday to you however old you are.
I have the great privilege of having young people in my life and the joy of play and fun but I'd do it anyway.My inner kid is alive and well as is my 'peace and love'young adult.I never give up the things I believe in including the joy of getting older, having a different perspective and being able legitimately to drop responsibilities and boring stuff like vacuum cleaning!

Rat Trap Press said...

Happy birthday Oldfool! You're an interesting guy.

Dizzy-Dick said...

I always read your blog and it is usually words of wistom. Now, how about a picture of you in your kilts?

Myrtle said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday! Have found your blog through www.wartimehousewife.wordpress.com/ , and find your wise words reassuring and satisfying to read. Hope you are in good health.

frann said...

You made me laugh..I used to yell at the television about the things going on in the world. I no longer have, need or want a television!

papaellis@yahoo.com said...

Happy Birthday Oldfool.I found your blog by googling for mariners that had moored at the Houma Marina.The picture of your bike took me to your blog.I live in Houma.

Irish Berliner said...

Your writing has kept me up waaaaay past my bedtime. I'm knackered, but I go to bed with a smile on my face. Thank you. I shall return. I'm curious to know if your mice ate those kittens...

Dani said...

Love your blog :-)

I, too, find the repetiton of mistakes unbelievable. My other half, RMan, loves the History Channel - why - especially today - the same mistakes are happening all over again....

No one seems to learn from their mistakes - except children :-)

Perhaps we should all be more child-like in order to improve this planet we live on, and our interaction with others on it?

firstSTREET said...

I like your writing style and sense of humor! I think what you said about graduating kindergarten and knowing everything you need for a happy life should be quoted! Your positive attitude is great, thank you for sharing!