A month ago I went down to Rockin Monkey House (south of Dreadful Valley and Large Hole) to shoot a few rounds with the boys.
C was an electrician up at Ft. Mac until the bust, and his contract ended and he was cut loose. He started his own company down south doing commercial/residential work and he’s doing alright. I asked him how many apprentices he had… and he had none. He had two journeymen and paid through the nose for them. He had tried with apprentices before… but he said they flat out refused to work and he was done piddling around with young people. They weren’t worth the hassle.
I got uncomfortable at that. He’s right, of course. The kids these days were raised by women in safe places and it shows. I remembered my last exchanges with my own daughter. It was all email at that point… and I had to step back and wonder who was on the other end of the computer sometimes. My daughter was in her mid 20s at the time; the person on my computer was a hormonal and emotional 13 year old. I wonder if she ever grew up? All I knew is that, like C - I didn’t need that shit in my life either. I was supposed to go barking after her as she ran away to join the circus - and I was sorely tempted to - but… no way. She was at the leading edge of the millennial demographic, and many are even worse. What could I have done, though? What could C have done, faced with young people with absolutely no interest in growing up?
A lot of the kids hate us. They see the boomer generation as inheriting a windfall, and pissing it away and leaving them ruins. (For those of you that don’t know him, Vox positions himself conservative performance artist and pundit. He’s incredibly immature himself - and yeah, that’s me saying that, HAR HAR HAR!) I am seeing boomer hate like this everywhere.
I understand them. My parents have minimal educations. Mom had a high school diploma, Dad had grade 10. Over the years they did well for themselves. They stumbled and fell but always upward. They got the big house and hobby farm, the winter property in Arizona, the big RV, the late model cars and trucks in the driveway. But they would lecture me that they worked hard for it. They deserved it. Us kids were all stupid and lazy. Mom is the worst. I never say that she was only ever a clerk/admin. I never asked her how much work she got done with a 7.35 hour workday, the 6 weeks vacation a year, the Golden Fridays, or the other perks and bennies. I never asked her why she deserves a gold plated pension that I fund as a tax payer. They spent most of their years in govt, and my wife and I were dirt people in the private sector. Mom made sure I knew it. It still rankles with me today. Suffocating her with a pillow? I’d like to fire that old bitch out of a cannon some days!
I made the boomer demographic by a couple months. I sit almost smack dab between the boomers and Gen X. I see where they are both coming from. Our leaders are an excellent illustration of the contrasting generations, now that I think of it. Joe Biden is a staggering geriatric incompetent that should have been put out to pasture decades ago. His presence in the Whitehouse is based on selfishness. On some level he must know he can’t do the job, but he’s there anyways because he wants the prestige and title and is too dumb to think about what it cost him and his family, never mind the country. Justin Turdo is a ridiculous younger french twink that never had a real job and couldn’t hold it if he was offered one, and he thinks the world runs on rainbows and unicorns. Legalizing pot is his great life achievement. He went into the office promising to “grow the economy from the heart outwards”. He has now spent more money than ALL the previous prime ministers put together. He DID inherit a windfall, and he pished it away and has nothing to show for his leadership either.
Yeah. I know exactly where both groups come from. And I think I know where all this is heading… and it won’t end well. The worst is yet to come. We are going to have to rely on those kids in our final years… and they can’t take care of themselves.
How can they take care of us?