Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Blog Stuff: T-t-t-talkin' 'bout my generation...

Kim Du Toit takes a poke at the petulant narcissists of the Baby Boom generation here. One of the quotes from the referenced article disturbed me:

For example, Marian Marbury climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last year with a group of women 37 to 65 years old.

Okay, I'm 37, and I'm pretty sure I'm not a member of the Baby Boom generation, but rather one of their Gen X successors. We need an Official Line of Demarcation here, so I'll propose this:

When I say "Black Trans Am", which washed-up celebrity do you think of first?

A: Burt Reynolds
B: David Hasselhoff


If you answered "Burt", you can go hiking up Kilimanjaro with Ms. Marbury.

16 comments:

Justin said...

Nope... not gonna work. I'm only 25 and Burt popped into my head. Took a few seconds to even figure out the Hasselhoff reference.

Dr. StrangeGun said...

I got Burt too. Don't really consider K.I.T.T. a trans-am anymore :)

Chris Byrne said...

Same here, I'm 29, and I'm a Burt guy.

I wrote a post about it a few months back here: "What Exactly Is Generation X"

sm said...

Burt ,
then again I recall when TA stood for something before the vehicle came out.

Yeah I know, get my 50 y/o butt up the mountain.

I "think" the cut off date is supposed to be 1959, maybe I dreamed that.

Then again for some folks Baby Boomer seems to be a state of mind.

Tamara - No offense - I place you more in the Baby Boomer catagory.

Maybe 'cause of the way you think.

sm

BryanP said...

Sorry Tamara. I'm not much older than you (38) and I immediately think of Burt Reynolds when you say Black Trans Am.

But I'm not going to go climbing that mountain. Fuji was enough for me.

Xavier said...

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Somebody thought of Burt? I thought of Sally!

Jim said...

I thought of Burt AND Sally. I am Kim's age. I have no desire to scale the mountain. I think it would be WAY more fun to hang with you, go to the range. You can shoot all of my boomsticks if you'll let me shoot some of yours. Like the ones I don't own. Not your typical Boomer. I don't believe you are typical of your generation either.

Elmo's aphasiatic twin said...

The Atomic Bitchwax is what I first thought of. I was born in 1961.

http://www.last.fm/music/The+Atomic+Bitchwax/_/Black+Trans-Am

Chris Rhines said...

27. Burt.

I'm curious as to who exactly pissed in Kim's cornflakes. A bunch of retirees managing to summit Kilimanjaro elicits vague admiration in me, not thoughts of petulant narcissism.

But hey, that's me. If I ever start acting my age, I hope someone puts me out of my misery...

jesse said...

I don't remember where I saw it, but someone pointed out a similar generational demarcation line.

When you think of "Uncle Jesse" do you think of--

a) Dukes of Hazzard
b) Full House

Pawpaw said...

I'm not climbing any damned mountains as long as Bell is making helicopters.

Gewehr98 said...

It's not the first time the revamped and politically correct Kim stuck his foot in his mouth, nor will it be the last.

My dad's 75th birthday is next February. We were going to have a surprise party for him, but both him and Mom are already booked then for another adventure, this time I think they're spending several weeks in Russia.

I just retired for the first time, at age 40. I've already climbed Fuji, Rainier, and Shasta. I will indeed climb Kilimanjaro in the future, if for no other reason than to piss off Kim duToit. I'd wager it would really send him into fits were he to discover a bunch of us folks 37 and older go to the Continent to drop big things like Cape Buffalo...

pax said...

37 is old?

Dayum, when did that happen?

*looking under the couch for my lost youth*

pax

AdrianK said...

jeez, 31 here. It's Burt for me, but that's probably I grew up so far for the big cities that we didn't get Knight Rider until it was a few years into re-runs, and that was simply because cable finally made it to our little town.

Jeffro said...

I'm with PawPaw.

And Kitt wasn't much of a TA, IMHO.

I'll be acting my age if I live that long.

Shawn said...

Actually the first thing that came into my head was Bruce Springsteen, which I guess is a backhanded vote for "even Burt Reynolds in his black Trans-Am".
As for Kilamanjaro, I'm game only if you can guarntee me that I will come across the carcuss of a snow leopard. And that is your bonus points question, boys and girls.