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June 30, 2003

Quit Calling Me a "Senior"!!

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Quit Calling Me a "Senior"!!
Monday, June 30, 2003

My 52 year old Baby Boomer friend refuses to join AARP, and with it, the denial of all those discounts and perks we could be getting... like dinner at 4 PM for a dollar off. Denying her age is one thing, but perception is reality, deary.

First, this article from the Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

"Baby Boomers of Harrison County, watch the mail. There is more than likely a survey on its way to you.

The Harrison County Senior Citizens Center and the Harrison County Commission have teamed up with West Virginia University to conduct a county-wide survey of those 44 through 61 years of age. "

In the mind of the writer, we Baby Boomers are either already ancient, or on the cusp of seriously advanced age. At least I'm at the center of that age span. I'd hate to be that 44 year old who gets the "senior citizen survey."

Finally, Pat Craig at the Contra Costa Times has put his finger on the problem by embracing his age.

"As a baby boomer, one of the porkers in the python, I am expected to be in a constant state of denial about growing older. Boomers invented the youth culture, and have insisted since somewhere in the mid-'60s on being at the head of it.

We were to be forever young, and, no matter how much Keith Richards' face told us we had changed, we refused to accept it.

It's always been a losing battle, of course; we can play our eight-tracks as loud as they'll go and continue to drive our VW buses to the old familiar spots, but the fact is we're on the narrow, winding road toward Social Security and high fiber."
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Posted on June 30, 2003 12:35 PM


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