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Go Baby BoomersPosted Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at 2:37 PM
I guess I am part of the Baby Boomers generation we hear so much about. I really wasn't sure of the cutoff dates for Baby Boomers, so I Googled it to get my facts straight. Sure enough, I am a Baby Boomer.
Evidently being born post World War II and growing up in the 1960s and 1970s make us part of the 76 million American children born between the years of 1945 and 1964 -- Baby Boomers every one.
Now I know. A Baby Boomer is a person who grew up using the encyclopedia to find out the latest about any subject. Today the same person turns to the internet for up-to-date information.
Baby Boomers now communicating by e-mail and text messages also wrote letters (with pen and paper) at one time. Some of us still write checks and mail our bills, but not as many as before. Paying bills by mail is becoming obsolete.
Recently I had the opportunity to visit with a long-time retired business teacher. We were talking about technology and how far it has come. He said he remembers well having to have the repair people out weekly when the electric typewriters first came into his classroom. We also talked about how far computers have come over the last 40 years.
I have always enjoyed photography. When the instant Polaroid cameras first came out, I had to have one. The film/paper was expensive, so you had to be very careful and try to take good shots.
I loved my 35 millimeter cameras and thought the digital would never be able to take as good a shot.
Again, I was proven wrong, and I love the digital cameras today.
My vision for modern technology was surpassed a long time ago. I can't even imagine what will be coming in the future.
It will be interesting to watch, and I hope I am around to be amazed (and proven wrong) a few more times.
Actually, we Baby Boomers have adapted to change pretty well if you stop and think about where we came from to where we are today.
People my age and older are using computers, e-mails, digital cameras, paying bills online and texting. Sometimes our grandchildren have to set it up for us, but with a little instruction we do okay.
I still think my generation (the 1960s) has the best music ever. I also liked the bell-bottom pants of the 1970's.
As we mature, we learn to appreciate each day and not take things for granted. Just like in our past, there will be changes in our future -- some good and some not good. We just have to learn to be content and ready to take on new challenges.
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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.