Eight Ways To Know You Are a Baby Boomer

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1. You find yourself singing “500 Miles” and crying.

2. You still have all of your old 8-track tapes. You can’t make yourself get rid of them, even though you now have all of those same albums on CD. You get mad when a neighbor suggests that you sell the tapes and your old 8-track player on Ebay.

3. Your favorite car radio songs are “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay” and “San Francisco.”

4. You are 60 years old and you are still wearing long hair, sandals and beads — or you have become such a corporate stuffed shirt that people are shocked when you tell them you were at Woodstock and show them some of your old pictures.

5. When you read about all of the “Occupy” movements that are happening now, you get a misty look in your eyes, sigh and say to yourself, “I feel like we’re back in the 60s.”

6. When your grandson wants a fancy pair of roller blades for his birthday, you try to make him feel guilty by saying, “In my day we had good old fashioned clamp roller skates and liked it!”

7. You are shocked when that same grandson doesn’t remember rotary dial telephones.(1)

8. You are either the same wild-eyed liberal you were when you were in college or you have become the conservative of conservatives — nothing in between.

(1)This makes you feel so old that you lock yourself in a spare bedroom with a box of Ritz Crackers and a gallon of mint chocolate chip ice cream and don’t come out for a week.

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6 thoughts on “Eight Ways To Know You Are a Baby Boomer”

  1. I have several hundred LPs, a few 45s, some cassettes, but, alas, no 8 tracks! I think they were being phased out as I was getting enough of my own money to buy music, so I got cassettes instead. I DID have a reel-to-reel tape machine, though. (For the discerning audiophile!) BTW, if you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…

    1. Yes, and plan to meet some gentle people there, while wasting time sitting at the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away.

  2. The owner of our house before us put in a built in 8-track player. My daughter is one of the few people her age who has ever heard about this device. Better yet, he left us all his 8-tracks,and they still play. HA HA

    1. I was too poor to afford an 8-track tape player, so I never got to build up a collection of tapes. I don’t have any of my old LPs or 45s, either, because, as an opera singer, I moved around a lot. I gave away a lot of records and books in those days.

      What I have now, however, is a humungous collection of cassette tapes and VHS videotapes. I still have an old boom box and my old VCR, and as long as both of those things are operable, the collection will stay put.

      I can play DVDs on my computer, so I have resisted buying a DVD player.

  3. I will NEVER get rid of my 8-tracks. Sometimes, the amount of silence between each song, would be enough to start a family and you just don’t get that these days.

    1. Hehe! Well, I’m old enough to remember LPs and 45s, played on a portable record player. I got to be an expert on placing the needle arm in just the right spot.

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