Saturday, 10 April 2010

Better or Worse Generation Crap

They took a poll and asked folks about the next generation being better or worse.

Fifty-seven percent said the next generation will be worse.

I sat there....pondering over this poll. Polls aren't worth much. Over a third of America believes in Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Sea Monster. Probably half of America believes in aliens and UFOs. You've got ten percent of the country that still believe Jimmy Carter was one of the great presidents of the last fifty years.

So over half of the population believes that the gravy train has finally come to an end.

I sat for a while and considered all the implications....and frankly, I don't stand around measuring if the next generation is better or worse....than do I care.

Thirty years ago....I didn't really have huge expectations when I traveled. The airline didn't really matter. The arrival time could be an hour late. The food on the airline could be one-star but I'd likely eat some of it. And most of the time....my bag got to the other end.

Today....same expectations. The airline doesn't really matter. The arrival time could be an hour late. The food on the airline could be one-star but I'd likely eat some of it. And most of the time....my bag get to the other end.

Thirty years ago.....I made a simple wage and ate out once a week. I wore regular clothing. I stayed at family lodge hotels most of the time because I was cheap. And you could grill a good steak for $4.

Today.....I make a simple wage.....I might eat out twice a week now. I wear the same regular clothing. I stay at mostly family lodge operations because I'm cheap. And I can buy a decent steak for $7.

So I'm not buying into this better or worse generation business. Life is what it is.

We probably have the same ratio of trailer trash demon-women today as twenty years ago. We probably have the same number of guys carrying a chain saw in the back of their pick-up as twenty years ago. We probably have the same number of women wearing tube tops as twenty years ago. And we probably have the same number of guys who drink Pabst Blue-Ribbon as twenty years ago.

So don't bring up the worse generation business with me....it won't sell.