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Market Watch had an article called "10 things Baby Boomers won't tell you"

 

Any one of the ten could make for an interesting discussion. Boomers were born from 1946-64. That's us (many of us, anyway).

 

These are the things:

 

1. Paws off, Junior. This cash is ours.

2. Make room, kids. When we're old we'll be living with you.

3. We blame you for that (#2)

4. We can't face the reality that's coming.

5. "Til death do us part" marriage doesn't apply to us.

6. We're not happy.

7. We eat because of it (#6)

8. We're addicted to drugs.

9. We'll leave you buried in debt.

10.We're obsessed with not aging.

 

The full article is here:

http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/10-things-baby-boomers-won-114946461.html

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Well dark, here's my answer to all this and how THIS Boomer born in 1952 feels about these points:

 

1. Paws off, Junior. The cash is ours.

2. Make room, kids. When we're old we'll be living with you.

3. We blame you for that (#2)

4. We can't face the reality that's coming.

5. "Til death do us part" marriage doesn't apply to us.

6. We're not happy.

7. We eat because of it (#6)

8. We're addicted to drugs.

9. We'll leave you buried in debt.

10.We're obsessed with not aging.

 

Points 1-3: Not Applicable in my case...no kids....I'm smart.

 

Point 4: Maybe, but then again who of whatever age really can, but I think I know my way around the block.

 

Point 5: One wife ONLY and ever, and still married to her after 22 years...yeah, I married late in life...I was a "player" in my younger days...and so, I just can't understand all those hypocri...err..people out there who've been married multiple times and yet want to deny marriage to others my claiming they're "protecting it".

 

Point 6: Never been happier in my life! Retired for 6 years now, and so I don't have to put up with all the BS office politics anymore...tennis, two to three times week with a bunch of great guys.

 

Point 7: I eat just enough to keep this 6'2" body of mine at around 185-190lbs...just CAN'T understand all this Obesity crap, 'cause all ya have to do is EAT LESS and EXERCISE MORE...it's REALLY pretty darn simple.

 

Point 8: Okay, there IS this pack a day habit I have for those little cigars that look like cigarettes.

 

Point 9: Don't blame ME on this one...I can't help it if this country continues to side toward the guns end of that old "Guns or Butter" debate.

 

Point 10: Eeh! I'm STILL pretty darn good lookin' and sportin' a big thick head o' hair, so what do I care about THIS, huh?!

 

(...okay...so there's MY thoughts about all this...anyone ELSE wanna give this thing a shot here?)

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Understand that the "obesity crap" is manifold in occurance.

 

 

I'm WAY overweight. Eating less helps some, but much of excersize is out of the question due to a venal problem with my legs. But you're right about one thing( and something that not only escapes "boomers", but subsequent generations as well). The ONLY weight loss plan one needs is simple...eat less. Move around more.

 

 

But, you won't make the "bestsellers" list with a book about THAT!

 

 

Also as a "boomer"( 1951), I don't understand many of us either. Yeah, I'm thinning in the hair department. What once was down to my waist is now down the drain, never to return. So?

 

 

What IS left is still dark brown with very little grey "salt and peppering" though it. But the BEARD is another story. If I shaved off only the white, I'd have a goatee. A VERY SMALL goatee.

 

 

But I also play poker, and know that in that game, and in life, you gotta play the hand you're dealt.

 

 

I think part of the problem with boomers is, we've been told for so many years about how we were so relevent to marketing and trending that when we no longer WERE, we couldn't hang. Boomers can't even realize how ridiculous they look at times. I have a DVD of a Paul McCartney tour in America that has scenes of 50+ boomers, dressed in Docker shorts with their Izod shirts TUCKED INTO THEM pointing their cell phone cameras at the stage. :0 Was a time those were LIGHTERS!

 

 

If any of you are familiar with the old Bob Dylan song, "It's All Over Now (Baby Blue)" I jokingly rewrote some lyrics to it and titled it, "It's All Over Now(Baby Boom)":

 

 

"Your empty headed Father now sounds like a sage;

At times you'd swear the two of you are the same age;

The music that the elevator plays;

Are all the songs from your old rebel days;

Your flower child bride has long since lost her bloom:

Oh, it's all over now, BABY BOOM!"

 

 

If you're really curious, someday I'll post all the lyrics.

 

 

Sepiatone

 

 

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>I'm WAY overweight. Eating less helps some, but much of excersize is out of the question due to a venal problem with my legs.

 

Hmmmm...well, what you do think might have been the original cause of that, my friend? (not that I'm a doctor here, you understand)

 

>But you're right about one thing( and something that not only escapes "boomers", but subsequent generations as well). The ONLY weight loss plan one needs is simple...eat less. Move around more.

 

Exactly. Most of those "special diets to loose weight" books out there are nothin' but a quick-fix, and as far as I can tell are only published to make money for the "author" and the publisher. PORTION sizes are and have always been the bottom line in this regard.

 

> I have a DVD of a Paul McCartney tour in America that has scenes of 50+ boomers, dressed in Docker shorts with their Izod shirts TUCKED INTO THEM pointing their cell phone cameras at the stage.

 

Well, as I think we ALL know, Sir Paul should have retired at least 5-7 years ago, because his voice is now TERRIBLE because he just can't hit the notes anymore. And it really wasn't ever his guitar or keyboard playing that we went to see anyway...and dressed in any manner we Boomers wished.

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MY money's on Oscar Levant.

 

 

Dargo, I really don't know the cause of the "chronic venal insufficiency" in my predominately left leg. At the time it occured, my job kept me on my feet for much of the day, and involved an immense ammount of walking. I weighed 190 at the time. One day, my left leg from the knee down swelled up to twice it's size, and was inflamed to a bright fire engine red. My doctor suggested sitting with my leg propped up, and putting on ice packs. The leg was so hot from the inflamation that the ice melted in a couple of minutes. He at first thought it might be phlebitis, but tests were negative, and another specialist diagnosed the venal problem. But the time off of work, and the sendentary treatment caused my weight to shoot up. Rathger quickly.

 

 

Sepiatone

 

 

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Yeah, sounds like Levant, or maybe fiance's hometown boy, Mr.Dukenfield.

 

Sorry to hear of this painful episode or yours, Sepia. So, it wasn't initially the issue of added weight which caused your problem then, eh? Have to say however, I have a feelin' that packin' on the pounds during that sedentary treatment phase probably didn't help your situation much.

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> {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote}

> Who said, "Every time I get the urge to exercise, I lay down until the urge disappears"?

 

The oldest version known in print is: "When I feel like exercising, I just lie down until the feeling goes away." and is attributed to Paul Terry.

 

Edna Mae Oliver is credited with saying: "Being away from home gives me a great urge to exercise, but whenever I feel that way, I just lie down until the foolish notion goes away."

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> {quote:title=twinkeee wrote:}{quote}

> I don't understand "Obesity crap" either, eat less ( and, more importantly, WATCH what you Eat) and exercise.!

 

I know that is "common knowledge" but I am sorry to say that it only works at extreme ends of the scale.

 

A person who fasts loses weight and a person who gorges continually gains weight but within normal daily intake rates then producing a variance of fifteen to twenty percent of a person's body weight is primarily determined by the type of food.

 

The reason there are so many popular diets and so many people claiming one or the other works while others claim the opposite is that human bodies vary widely in assimilation of various foods. The amount and type of food which makes one person fat will cause a different person to lose weight.

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> {quote:title=twinkeee wrote:}{quote}

> Healthy Food, eaten in small portions will never make you fat. That has been proven.

 

I believe the word you wish is not "proven" but "assumed".

 

There is wide variance also on what is "healthy" because what is assimilated easily by one person can cause great problems for a different person.

 

I believe this sums it up well:

"Here?s the final word on nutrition and health. It?s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

3. The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans

4. The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you."

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>The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans

 

Yeah, MAYBE Sans, but haven't you heard? Mexico just passed us fatazzed Americans as the world's most obese country!

 

(...though of course, and as all the late night talk show hosts made mention of, we Americans NOW have our Twinkies back, and so THAT should be short-lived now anyway!!!)

 

LOL

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> {quote:title=twinkeee wrote:}{quote}

> No, not assumed but proven.

 

I respectfully suggest you investigate your sources of information. I believe they must either be recycling studies done in the 1950s which have been repudiated by new evidence or they are trying to sell beliefs as facts.

 

The most definitive studies to date show that nearly half of all cases of obesity are idiopathic.

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Twinkeee, in case you're wondering what the term 'idiopathic" means that Sans just used....well, THAT'S just the formal medical term for "Dunkin' Donuts"!

 

OR, in your Canadian medical books up your way..."Tim Hortons"!!!!

 

(...sorry Sans, I JUST couldn't resist that one...and of course you're correct)

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