The Lost Generation

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    I went to a neighborhood Memorial Day barbeque yesterday and it gave me a chance to catch up with the goings on in my neighborhood. I have lived on the same street for 25 years and most of the neighbors have been there that long. I have seen kids who were in diapers when I moved there now become adults in the 25-30 yr range

    These are basicaly good kids from good families. None of them have been in trouble and most have a good work ethic. It is shocking that very few of them are succeeding in life. Most of the ones who finished college are not employed in jobs that require a degree. Only a couple have married, bought homes and started their lives. Most still live at home and are working jobs that don't pay well enough to enable them to go out on their own.

    A couple were in the service, fought in Iraq and now can't find jobs. It is sad that at a time in your life when you should be going out on your own, getting your life in gear and starting your life that so many kids are stuck in neutral
     
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    Yes I see the same thing. Did many of them stop looking at, talking on or texting their cell devices while you were there?
     
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    It's a symptom of the times. This is why I fight with the right wing everyday.

    To them, it's either their way.... or Communism.. Socialism... Liberalism.

    But look around... this is the result of 30 years of failed policy of kissing up to Henry Potter's of the country.

    If you don't know who Henry Potter is... Watch "It's a Wonderful Life" this Christmas.
     
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    They were all drinking beer. It is hard to text and drink at the same time
     
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    Just a minute... just a minute. Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. You're right when you say my father was no businessman. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I'll never know. But neither you nor anyone else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was... why, in the 25 years since he and his brother, Uncle Billy, started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn't that right, Uncle Billy? He didn't save enough money to send Harry away to college, let alone me. But he did help a few people get out of your slums, Mr. Potter, and what's wrong with that? Why... here, you're all businessmen here. Doesn't it make them better citizens? Doesn't it make them better customers? You... you said... what'd you say a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home. Wait? Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they're so old and broken down that they... Do you know how long it takes a working man to save $5,000? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you're talking about... they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn't think so. People were human beings to him. But to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they're cattle. Well in my book, my father died a much richer man than you'll ever be!

     
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    Absolutely!

    I worked with an Engineering-group (about 3-years-ago), where the majority of their mechanical-design staff was 25-29 years old. These "kids" were gettin'-together a couple-nights-a-week for "Guitar Hero" and/or "Texas Hold 'Em"....or, whatever was hip/trendy at any-given-time. The best I could tell.....there wasn't a one-o'-them that'd progressed (maturity-wise), much beyond Jr. High. I always thought a good ol' Draft would have helped them.

    Back in '68, when I'd graduated H.S., people (my age) couldn't WAIT to get-out; on-their-own!!!

    (Hmmmmm....is it possible parents, nowdays, don't say "As long as you live in this house...!", anymore????)

    Another thing that helped....if you were a guy (in the mid-to-late '60s)....you were never all-that-certain how much Time you had. That'll make you grow-up, pretty quickly.....​
     
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    I know people like that also, going to college and getting a degree doesnt guarantee you a job plus alot of companies are looking for people with work experience. Alot of times when kids finish college they end up moving back in with their parents because they cannot find work, depending on your career field finding a job once you get out of the Service can be tough. I was lucky enough to be able to do it but I know a bunch of people that either rejoined the service because they could not find anything on the outside or they are stuck in limbo.
     
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    Well if they'd just get off their lazy asses and work then there wouldn't be a problem. Just because you have a degree doesn't mean you shouldn't start out cleaning toilets for God's sake. Why should anyone expect to get a job other than at McDonalds with a college degree. It's all about laziness, don't you think?
     
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    I remember (several-years-ago)...when the whole college-back-to-Mom-and-Dads syndrome first-started....seeing such grads interviewed.

    It was pretty shocking, hearing (too) many of them readily-admitting they couldn't afford their lifestyle.....if they didn't move back home. At first, you tended to get pissed-off at their total-lack-of-awareness. But....once you think about it....you realize....their parents (quite obviously) have it coming. ​
     
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    Funny you say this, I took a client to Bonefish Grill in Lafayette last week. There was a table of twenty something girls... every damn one of them was texting. Maybe I'm getting old, but WTF????? Don't you go out to eat to socialize over a nice meal?

    Hmmm.
     

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