Monday, December 23, 2019

OK Boomer

Right, let's get this sorted out first with the help of Wikipedia, which is crying out for donations and I have in the past and probably will in the future.

Baby Boomer, 1946 to 1964. That is me and most of you. I've not heard of this but Boomers were preceded by the Silent Generation,

Generation X, 1964 to about 1984. Sometimes called the MTV Generation and the Latch Key Kids.

Generation Y, a bit of an overlap with Gen X, also called The Millennials, say 1984 to the early 2000s.

On my own now, but I think then follows The Digital Natives, children who grew up with technology and the internet and have developed a mini horn on the back of their necks (true) from staring down at screens and have extremely flexible thumbs, and although I was texting well before they were born, they can text at four times the speed I can with their flexible thumbs, but then the words in my texts are correctly spelt, with ok grammar and punctuated (old person).

I am not sure what comes after Digital Natives. I am not sure if I mentioned this but niece Little Jo at the age of 12 has never had a mobile phone and did not touch one until the arrival of Pokemon hunting, when she used her Mothers' phones (Blogger, do not underline Mothers'. She can have two). Last time I saw Sister, she was having a problem with her phone and photos. She handed it over to Little Jo to sort out, a child who has never had a phone.

Now to the most marvellous insult, Ok Boomer. A paste from Wikipedia explains. "OK Boomer" was popularized as a reaction to a video on TikTok of an unidentified older man, in which he declared that "millennials and Generation Z have the Peter Pan syndrome, they don't ever want to grow up; they think that the utopian ideals that they have in their youth are somehow going to translate into adulthood". The video inspired the phrase "OK Boomer" as a retaliation and dismissal of the ideals of past generations that have shaped politics, economics and the environment so strongly.

I will wear the insult. Boomers received free university education, decent social security payments, much cheaper property prices, had the advantage of companies creating terrible pollution to fund the wealth of our countries, destroyed lands where creatures great and small live........I could go on, although not all of us had the advantages. Still, we need to take the punch Ok Boomer on our chins and not cry, although recognising that none of us could have personally changed anything.

R cooks us Boomer food at times, that is old style Aussie/English food, but also Asian, Indian, Mediterranean and the most recent experiment, German. Even I can make fried rice to die for and pretty damn good meat samosas. 

For years we had forgotten about this old Boomer favourite but rediscovered it, ham steak and pineapple. The packaged ham steaks from the supermarket are probably full of things we don't want to know about and it would be best made with ham steaks sliced off the bone, but that costs, however not really compared to a $18 smashed avocado on toast plus a ristretto coffee at a fashionable cafe that young people indulge in while they talk about the impossibility of saving to buy a home. Ok Boomer.



29 comments:

  1. Of course I am a Boomer. And rapidly progressing to be a Snow White Boomer (though not perhaps the one that Rolf Harris sang about).
    And yes, I agree with you. I don't eat much boomer food though.

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    1. EC, in my head I am confused with six white boomers and you becoming a snow white boomer. Now't wrong with steak and salad, lamb chops and veggies or sausages, eggs and chips.

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  2. Boomer here. Love ham but have never had pineapple with it. I do make a Asian beef that has pineapples, go figure.
    I eat everything and enjoy cooking different ethnic food. But I do like my old favourites, too, like stew and liver and onions. Still feel I "should" do a roast on a Sunday as my mother did.

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    1. Jackie, I was so with you until you mentioned liver. your really can't beat a Sunday roast but you can have it anytime.

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  3. First off..I can't stand pineapple and ham...grilled, and served together. I like ham..and I like pineapple...but not together like that; nor do I like pineapple on pizzas.

    I eat what I like...and I don't give a damn about all the "experts" who tell me week by week what I should eat and not eat. They change their dietary minds week by week, to keep their jobs, I think.

    I'm a Boomer and bloomin' proud to be; which is probably fortunate because there is nothing I can do to change it. If that's what my age group...my generation is called...so be it. It could be worse!

    I shan't start changing my food likes and dislikes just because those who think they know me more than I know myself believe...this week...I should. By the time next week arrives they will have changed their tune! :)

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    1. Lee, and you were around in the 70s! I do agree with you about pineapple on pizza. I expect your diet is as ours, a bit naughty at times but basically not too bad.

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  4. I'll take the Boomer tag and Im happy to know that the working conditions we fought for so hard still apply in the education sector. I enjoy cooking and eating a wide variety of food, it's one of the joys in life.

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    1. Cheryl, sadly working conditions are falling where I worked and I don't know why as it is a powerful union. Some things I won't eat but I am open to trying new things.

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  5. They're right about the privileged life that most Boomers have lead. That is the male white boomers. Female boomers not so much - first generation expected to work but never promoted, but responsible for child and elderly care, and often discarded in divorce.

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    1. Pretty good point Jaaney. It is complicated and I am still thinking about your comment.

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  6. Free university education? I wish we had, and just as much, I wish my kids had! (They are Millenials, btw.)

    We are definitely Boomers and feel lucky to have grown up in such a relatively easy and prosperous couple of decades. By the time our kids made it through school and higher education, the economy here had gone downhill, jobs were scarce, and they are still feeling the effects. They will never have what we managed to have. And I feel for them.

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    1. Jenny, just as well you have your home to leave to your children, divided up. That will help. But if your life is like mine, they will be so old when they inherent that it will only be a bonus to them, not help like they might need now.

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  7. I am toward the tail end of boomers, born in 1960. Both of my son are Millennials.
    My dad was from the Partisans generation 1904 to 1913 or known as hard timer.
    My mon was from the greatest generation, or I call the dust bowler. She from our midwest.
    My parents were about 20 years age different...Anyhow my dad would call the baby boomers "PUNKS"
    I find it interesting that my grand daughter are now part of Alpha generation

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    1. Really interesting Dora. I understand the term dust bowler, not so much the Partisans. Alpha generation. I forgot that. You are on the money.

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  8. Lots of dishes seemed to contain pineapple rings; I wonder why? They never really went with whatever they accompanied, it must have been pure 'fashion'.

    I am definitely a Boomer. I don't suppose our easy and prosperous passage through life will ever be repeated. Thanks for explaining the meanings; whenever these terms are used I usually just pretend I know what they meant.

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    1. There is something in the pineapple, an enzyme of some sort I think, that helps to properly digest the meats, that's the reason.

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    2. Cro, it was not that easy and not always prosperous. Some of us worked very hard to get to where we are. Ok Boomer.

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    3. Interesting River, and if your pet is inclined to eat its own droppings, feed it pineapple.

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  9. A baby boomer was anybody whose father had been in the war, returned home in Dec 1945 and got married. The first baby was usually born in late 1946 or 1947; the second baby was born in 1948-50 and the third baby (if mum was still energetic enough) came in the early 1950s.

    No wonder I had 45-60 children in each class in primary school. Nowadays, the teachers want no more than 24 children in a class.

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    1. I remember being in classes of 40 and all were well behaved and attentive, no trouble for the teachers like they've got today.

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    2. Hels, all this fertile 40s and 50s procreating is making me rather excited. I don't think I was ever in a class over 30.

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    3. River, why has respect for teachers and others in authority gone out the window?

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    4. The respect is not taught at home as it should be. Too many tell their running-wild kids, wait until you get to school, they'll sort you out and of course by then it is too late. often the parents themselves were raised to have what they want, do what they want, right now, in the years when it was seen as bad form to discipline your child (mistaken for punishment) lest he or she be inhibited and not "free".

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  10. I'm a boomer, all my kids are X and the grands are Y, with no overlapping anywhere. I do like neatness.
    Your ham and pineapple dinner looks yummy. you can buy ham steaks from the deli department, what you do is ask the assistants to slice some ham off the bone about a cm thick and she gets the ham from the fridge and slices it the way you want. Then you don't have to eat the not-so-nice packaged ham steaks.

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    1. River, so good that you have your descendants neatly boxed and thanks heaps for the ham tip off. It seems obvious now.

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  11. I ate "Gammon" steak with pineapple for the first time in the UK and loved it !! Each time I went there I bought some because we don't have it here, except maybe in the English store.

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    1. Gattina, yes, that would be very similar.

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