Saturday, July 29, 2006

fifteen minutes.

i was awake for fifteen minutes this morning before the baby boomers managed to infuriate me.

on the front page of the trib's New Homes section was this story called "Squeeze Play: Some Baby Boomers resist the idea of severe downsizing." i'll show you the portion of the article i was able to get through before flying into a pre-caffeinated rage:

Henry and Kathy Nothnagel can't say their friends didn't warn them. With their kids out on their own, after 20 years in Kenilworth, the Nothnagels decided to downsize, moving into a townhouse in Northbrook. But they soon realized they had gone too far--and we're not talking geographically.

"We did what people warned us against doing: we downsized too much for our taste," said Henry Nothnagel.

So instead of trying to scratch out elbow room, the couple, in their early 60s, built an approximately 4,000-square-foot home in Glenview.

"It's probably a little bit larger than what we would have liked, but that's fine," he said.


"$%!!@#$&#", i said. "what?" BoyCat inquired.

"fucking baby boomers."

now see, i expounded as i angrily shook sweet & low into my coffee moments later, what makes me crazy is how boomers have this way of making everything about their lives seem to be of paramount importance. so it's a double insult - i think it's ridiculous that you, henry and kathy of the north suburbs, have decided that you need 4,000 feet of living space to be comfortable, and doubly ridiculous that the trib sees fit to write about it. the hubris! the entitlement! the un-mit-i-gated gall! (sorry, channeling the grinch there for a moment.) but really, what gets me is the implication that boomers are obviously the most important and relevant generation ever, and thus we should not only tolerate their raving self-involvement and blatant disregard (and often open disdain) of younger generations, but we should document it! because it's, you know, important.

to that i say, what the fuck ever.

i need more coffee.

3 comments:

Toast said...

You are my Hero.

Fuckin' Boomers.

The Most Annoying Generation.

dorothy rothschild said...

Amen, sister!

somewaterytart said...

I am so with you. And I was about to say that Toast is too, but I see he's already commented.

I swear, if one more professor tells me about how life-changing 1968 was...