Monday, August 11, 2008
Where have all the Boomers gone?
I made an interesting observation last week while camping - there didn't seem to be any Boomers around.
I saw lots of Xers. We were swimming with our kids during the day and drinking some brews by the campfire at night once the little ones were in bed.
I saw lots of members of the "Silent Generation" - both with and without grandkids. Man, those folks like to have fun.
But Boomers, I couldn't identify one person that was absolutely, definitely, a member of that cohort.
Then, of course, I came up with my own theory on this one. The Silents and the Xers have a lot in common. The Silents are a smaller generation that dramatically changed American society (it was this crowd that we can thank for Civil Rights, for instance - MLK was NOT a Boomer). And Xers are a smaller generation that has dramatically changed American society (the founders of Google and Amazon are not Millennials - they are Xers). And both of these generations are doers - not show boaters.
So camping makes sense, doesn't it? Low key. Lots of activities. Time to spend with your kids (or grandkids).
It does make me wonder what the Boomers are doing with their vacation time? If I know the Boomers, they're using it to get some work done.