Monday, January 12, 2004

It's an interesting thing to be reminded how your insight can be limited by your life experiences. I spent the weekend assisting with a local performance of Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. I didn't recognize the photo of Gordon Liddy onstage. Not a big deal in itself, but I'd always downplayed the idea of a "baby boomer" generation as opposed to gen x, gen y, or whatever letter we're on these days. Particularly because baby boomers as a generation label encompasses such a broad span of time that it includes both Scott (only four years older than I) and my parents. What on earth could they share in common that I didn't?

But Scott recognized Gordon Liddy and spent the intermission talking from contemporaneous knowledge about the watergate scandal, whereas I've only read about the whole thing second-hand. So at 36 I'm too old to relate to the college-age types, but too young to share a frame of reference with the 40-plus group? Interesting.

Friday, January 09, 2004