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Old 05-03-2012, 05:51 AM   #1
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Faith in Generation Y Upheld

I went to pick up my son from his High School and take him to his guitar lesson yesterday. Along the way, this well-maintained Accura with large "fart noise" muffler (sorry, that's all I can say to describe it) was safely - yet decidedly - lane changing all over. The slouching driver with askew baseball cap suggested to me to steer clear.

Came to a double laned left turn. He arrived first and was right at the line, so I stopped a bit futher behind my line, lest the wee lad think I'm wanting to race him or some other antic.

He backs up a bit, rolls down his window (mine were already down), and I instinctively think, "Oh Lord, here we go...I really don't want to do this...."

Accura: "Hey, whaccha runnin'?"
Me: "426, but it's in the break-in period, so I can't really show you."
Accura: "That's okay."

(At this point, after immediately assessing his demeanor, I'm ashamed a bit for having preconceived notions that this young buck might've been itching for action. I immediately deduce that he's doing his parents proud.)

Me: "You?"
Accura: "2XX" (I forget what he said, it was hard to hear)
Me: "How much does yours weigh?"
Accura: "About 2400 lbs, you?"
Me: "About twice that."
Accura: "That's why you have the big block!"
Me: "Probably! Have a good 'un, be safe!"

So...shame on ME for having an ill thought for what this young fellow might've had in mind, and good on me for putting it out of my mind and just doing as I've always done: BE NICE.

My faith in teenagers grew a little bit.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:32 AM   #2
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Just to be PC I believe they perfer to be called the Millennium Generation. From what I hear they don't like to be called the Generation Y becuase all that says is that they are behind Generation X, And nobody likes to be known for comming in second.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:52 AM   #3
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Just to be PC I believe they perfer to be called the Millennium Generation. From what I hear they don't like to be called the Generation Y becuase all that says is that they are behind Generation X, And nobody likes to be known for comming in second.
More like Generation Me and Generation Entitlement.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:01 AM   #4
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More like Generation Me and Generation Entitlement.

This!
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:13 AM   #5
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More like Generation Me and Generation Entitlement.
Not all of them just the 99% :emoticon7:
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:18 AM   #6
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:53 AM   #7
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Just to be PC I believe they perfer to be called the Millennium Generation. From what I hear they don't like to be called the Generation Y becuase all that says is that they are behind Generation X, And nobody likes to be known for comming in second.
Never heard of this, and I'm sure I fall into that generation. People will complain about anything I guess.

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Old 05-03-2012, 10:58 AM   #8
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so i just read Generation Y is between 1982 and 2002 and Generation X is 1965-1980. i use to hear that was 65-76.
i have no idea who decide's this stuff.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:59 AM   #9
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More like Generation Me and Generation Entitlement.
No, that's the baby boomers!!! They spent all their lives saying "Peace, love, dope, down with the government" and destroying business and the environment.

Now they're crying, "We want more!!! We're entitled to it!!! It's our right!!!"

It's now OUR job to clean up their mess and change their diapers.

What a waste of a generation.
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:29 AM   #10
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No, that's the baby boomers!!! They spent all their lives saying "Peace, love, dope, down with the government" and destroying business and the environment.

Now they're crying, "We want more!!! We're entitled to it!!! It's our right!!!"

It's now OUR job to clean up their mess and change their diapers.

What a waste of a generation.



I see an age war coming on
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:30 AM   #11
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oh wow this thread is going downhill fast. But as an older Gen y'er. teenagers always feel entitled. Their whole lives up to that point their parents were paying for the majority of their clothes, vacations, toys etc... Once you move out, you change your attitude... You learn with time that it takes work to get what you want.
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:41 AM   #12
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oh wow this thread is going downhill fast. But as an older Gen y'er. teenagers always feel entitled. Their whole lives up to that point their parents were paying for the majority of their clothes, vacations, toys etc... Once you move out, you change your attitude... You learn with time that it takes work to get what you want.
As far as this "generation" thing goes, it also seemed sort of fuzzy to me as far as when one stops and the other starts...lol

But in discussing all this with others, I found interesting, and I'm sure there are exceptions, that currently "28 is the new 18". Meaning generally kids now stay at home, don't become fully employed or even want to work or move out, and/or are not financially capable due to the economy or emotionally ready to do so until around age 28, when "my" generation did all that at 18! ....Just a thought.
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:50 AM   #13
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Remember when they said Gen X (and boy do i hate that term!) were a bunch of slackers and wouldn't amount to anything? Well if it weren't for Gen X the 90's economic and dot com boom would never have happened. Labeling entire generations is useless not to mention lazy. Just saying'......
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:57 PM   #14
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What fun! I think many young people are not into cars for various reasons including expense. When you factor in inflation over the decades the cost of a new car today is not much more then in the past but upkeep is more, insurance is more. Plus cost of education keeps increasing. Factor in all the stuff which are no longer toys like cell phones, computers that my generation was not concerned about (but my generation, however needy we are in our old age, started all this personal equipment). Plus factor in from mid 70s to 2000, most affordable autos had generic unexciting styling.
I am a design professor, researched generational issues, published on some of these issues, etc. Both young and old should understand generational differences before putting down any generation group. Each generation has had their own unique challenges and each unique generation has been influenced by historical events. Historically each generation has been different from the previous generation (their parents). One issue remains constant, each generation wants to right the preceived wrongs of their parents generation. This learning curve is how society should improve.
As a professor, I understand the current generation has many new challenges and with any past generation, only time will tell if things improve by the time their children become young adults. Historically, the next generation will continue to try to make their own mark, and blame the previous generation for a long list of stuff. Ony time will tell if the current generation improves the current world as we know it now.
Back to the original post. Once a month I get my hair cut at an upscale place (because I am an old fart, not yet dependent on social services, and enjoy the facial massage with my shampoo). Last Sat. my monthy cut and fluff by the salon owner. Joking, I told him the selection of auto mags were two months old, and if I am reduced to reading ladies mags, I would have to go elsewhere. He said his daughter is responsible for the mags. I have met his daughter many times before and she always remembers my name. He called her to my chair and said the auto mags need to be monthly current. Picture this, an old fart in the chair getting a $60 cut. Salon owners daughter, stylish, attractive, early 20s, blond, asks if I read the article about this or that exotic high preformance car. Said yes, then with much enthusiam she starts naming off performance specs, etc. This young lady knows more about current high performance autos then I will every get my head around. She is a serious car nut. So perhaps this old fart still has hope the younger generation will demand more in the future than transportation generic appliances.
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