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I PASSED THE THIRD GRADE ON THE FIRST TRY!
Back to monotone grayness. The air is so full of moisture that everything looks blurry. Driving up the big hill to Lund, you'd swear the sky and earth are seeping, all the grey tones running together like a watercolor wash. Now, however, the sun is making a valiant attempt to cut through the bullshit and shine, baby, shine!

I have to stop going to bed after 11 on school nights because I'm not asleep until after midnight. The alarm at 6:30 is SUCH a shock. I need more than 6.5 hours of sleep a night. More like 9. Okay, 10.

Raced through the next bookgroup book yesterday, The Nanny Diaries. I wasn't expecting much, to be honest, so was pleasantly surprised at how readable and interesting it was, and upset and depressed that there are people in this world at all like the ones depicted in this book. I reiterate my stand on how it ought to be re becoming a parent: certification or sterilization. Okay, that sounded harsh, but HONESTLY. I really need to sit down and write a couple of notes for both this book and Flesh and Blood since we aren't discussing Diaries until April 22nd, and who knows when we'll get around to discussing the other one.

pastaqueen had an interesting post about how she is right on the line when it comes to labeling her generation or decade since she was born in 1980. I was born in 1964 but I don't consider myself a child of the 60's. My childhood cultural references are all from the 70's, as that's the decade that had the most influence on me (for good or bad), so that's the generation I think of myself as belonging to, even though I'm a baby boomer. I guess it's just because before the age of six my memories are much more limited than afterwards. I don't know if it's true for everyone, but I'd guess that around 5-6 is when you really start mentally taping and remembering cultural experiences.

Good Writing Out There Right Now: Knowing Home from Chuck. Along with a really annoying geography quiz if you're up for it. :D

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Edited to Add: OH MY GOD!! I just got TWO huge boxes delivered to me at work! One from cap_killer filled with books and music for me and Bionicle goodies for the kids, and one from my sister stuffed full of candy and GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!! I done died and went to heaven! You guys are GREAT! I love you!! *blows kisses*
 tired
mood: tired
music: none. but it's not quiet here, oh no.


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Baby Boomers

The baby boom generation is the group of people born right after WWII, when the soldiers came back from Over There and couldn't wait to get married, settle down, and have Real Lives. There was a huge bulge in the population, and it lasted from the mid-40s through the early 50s. People born in the 60s aren't baby boomers, but often the CHILDREN of boomers, if you take someone born in 1945 who starts having kids at 20.

I was born in 1946, but I'm definitely not a child of the 40s. I spent my childhood in the 50s, but I came of AGE in the 60s, so that MY cultural references are from then. I left the states in 1970 to go to Alaska, started traveling and living in Alaska, so that I came back to a different country in 1974. I stayed four years, being a newspaper reporter, and then left again for 18 months, came back for a year and then went to live in France. In the 15 years between 1970 and 1985, when I returned to live here, I lost track entirely of television, pop musicians, movie stars, all that stuff. And you know what? I really don't miss it; it feels like a thin and not particularly important veneer, a superficiality easily let go of. Oh, I'd have DIED during my teens not to know the latest songs and singers, etc.

I sat, on Thursday, at lunch with a tableful of my fellow teachers and listened to them talk about television shows and stuff they found in stores, and the whole room swam for me in inconsequentiality. I know they feel they need it, so they'll have something to say to one another, but I really wonder whether, if they DIDN'T have that dross floating in the air, they might actually SAY something to one another.

The German Servas girls who came to visit me had more to say, in much less time. Don't you think Europeans actually have a sense of what a conversation consists of? And it doesn't have to be focused exclusively on current pop and sport trends, with a smattering of the 11 o'clock evening television news.

Oh, dear. I seem to be ranting. I'll shut up now.

Re: Baby Boomers

Actually, because of wondering how Dana Carvey could possibly claim to be a baby boomer, I went and looked it up and apparently the "official" span of the baby boom generation is from 1946 to 1964 so I slid in just under the wire.

I agree with you to a certain extent that Americans seems to be MUCH more obsessed with the superficial, especially when it comes to TV...however, after listening to the n-teenth conversation about the Swedish versions of the same crap shows, I begin to wonder. I don't know if it depends on the Europeans in question, or their ages, or what. I find I have LESS to say sometimes because so many times the conversation is about what happened on the latest episode of Expedition Robinson (the show Survivor is based on) or the last Melodifestivalen than anything I care about.

That said, I DO have friends, some European and some not, with whom the guarantee of a stimulating, at least semi-intellectual conversation is always present. :)

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