I think I represent the last generation of people who were born in communism. I must say that it was a very interesting time and so far more different than the present. It was a time when life had its own rhythm as well as its many paradox’s.
Life is so different now. You leave your office and go do some groceries on the way back home. It’s so easy these days, but It was not that easy during the 1980′s. I think I came from the last generation where nothing was obvious or easy and our national port’s were standing in queues. I remember being picky about my coffee and how I can’t decide which flavor or how strong the coffee I purchased should be. I recall the moment when I was 9 and I was queuing with my mom for 2-3 hours for 100 grams of black beans. I loved that aroma of fresh melted coffee but in order for you to purchase anything you had to stand in long queues that stretched forever. For example, purchasing pencils, pens or even books could cost you a whole day of standing in front of the shop. I remember when I was 7 and I was queuing in for my mom. Every time when she wanted to buy some meat and I was going to the shop after school, there would be people already waiting outside. When she was leaving the office at 3pm she was coming to the shop where I was standing next to cash desk. In the time when everything in my country was limited people just had to survive.
I think the problem was even bigger when someone wanted to buy new furniture or wedding rings.
My mom was queuing for a week to get set or furniture to my room and I admire the piece she had in herself when she was telling me about it. It was something normal. People were just accepting the reality. People where always thinking out of the box. I remember my aunt spending weeks to travel to Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary and Czech Republic. She was not going for vacation. She was taking trip to buy clothes, jewellery and basically anything that could be attractive in Poland. It was always easy to make a fast profit. She would sell gold to the goldsmith or to friends who wanted to get married. I remember my first earing in the shape of gold butterflies that were hanging on my ears since I was 3.
Well I could write far more abut the 1980′s in Poland. This is a just small reflection I had while doing my groceries. I really appreciate what I have now and the fact that life is much easier.
Born in 1981
As a child of the 80s — I was born in 1981 — divorce is something that I am all too familiar with. Divorce rates really seemed to pick up steam in the 80s, and my parents, unfortunately, took that path when their marriage was too tough to handle.
One of my memories from childhood was being at grade school with my step-mother (my dad remarried about two years after my parents divorced), trying to pick up my report card for the year, only to have my step-mother denied access because she wasn’t my biological mother. It was an awkward situation, and I remember crying in the car on the way home because it all seemed so foreign.
My parents and step-mother ended up having to fill out a power of attorney to allow my step-mother access to my report card. She never had a problem after that, but the whole situation was very jarring as a young child.
Now that I’m older, I appreciate what I went through and feel like it shaped who I am today. Still though, it was a hard situation to go through as a child.
What a privilege it is to be born in the year 1967. Not that this year is unique or special in itself, but that one is given the opportunity to mature or reach your 20’s in the 1990’s, right in the center of where all the action is. This means, all the digital action. It is, after all, the beginning of the information age where the computer will reign supreme over all other mundane machinery and equipment. And for a business-minded person, this is the right opportunity to think of the most creative and out-of-this-world business strategy for his or her organization. The biggest businesses are born by strategically leveraging new technological advances.
In 1991, the internet became truly global in its scope and use. It became a highway of information that cut a wide swath around the world and never left it the same as it was before. Word-of-mouth marketing and other forms of marketing strategy have never been so common. But though it was a virtual highway, the effects it brought about were very real. Manufacturing jobs were decimated as new markets catering to services rather than manufacturing began to emerge. Big numbers of workers in the automobile manufacturing and other similar industries were either laid off or given drastically reduced working hours. On the other hand, service-oriented workers such as teachers and nurses greatly increased in number. Workers who worked with their minds rather than with their muscles began to have a distinct advantage in the labor market. Businesses that did not adopt their strategy to this new reality were wiped out altogether.
But amidst all the destruction and mayhem being wreaked upon the corporate world, there was light at the end of the tunnel. It only took people who knew how to think out of the box to take advantage of the new and great business opportunities that were unfolding right before their very eyes. In the multi-billion dollar field of advertising, the visionary and precocious ones were already having a headstart in their shift from print and television media to the exploding digital media that would turn social media network creators from virtual unknowns to billionaire celebrities. For the classic idea of requiring a big amount of capital to impact big industry has finally been laid to rest. For how can you explain a group of newly-graduated yuppies with very little capital turning out to be moguls in their own field in the short span of less than a decade?
It is easy to see from what has transpired in the 1990’s that business strategy development is essential to the survival and growth of a business. A time characterized by deep, fundamental and earth-shaking changes must be responded to with corresponding creative and forward-looking business strategies.
In the past style was never a big deal for me. I seemed to always fit in and go with the flow. I always thought of myself as having my own signature style. As I grew up I began noticing the changes in style. It went from baggy jeans to skinny jeans. From crew necks to v necks and to take it even further to DEEP V NECKS! Style is an ever changing scene. What does one do to keep up with style and to stay trendy? Is there an age when you should stop trying to be in the current style and move on? I am 28 years old and my style is a little different. I only wear underground style clothing. I have tried the skinny jeans look and it works for me but many other new styles i simply cannot pull off. I took the skinny jeans and incorporated them into the rest of my personal style. i pick and choose what works in a effort to not be that super trendy older guy walking through the mall. I have already had run ins with kids making fun on me for wearing white nikes. Who do these little chump kids think they are? I dont blame them though because I did the same thing when I saw an older guy wearing kids clothes. The point of this story is…. Don’t be too trendy! Create your own style by picking what works for you. Styles change every day there is no rule saying you need to change with it. Just pick the elements that work for you and ride with it.
I am now 43. People tell me that I am now middle-aged. I wince when I hear this. I guess most people my age do. I don’t feel like I belong on the scrap heap, or that my best days are behind me. It is impossible to tell when middle age really is because no one knows how long they are going to live. If you die at 30 then middle age is logically 15 years old.
One thing I have noticed about being in your 40s is that your powers of recovery slow down. It takes longer to recover from a bad back, a cold or a hang over. I still like to go out and party, I still say ‘yes’ when I should say ‘no’ but I do now know when to stop. My younger friends will carry on partying until well into the following day. I like to hit the sack before the sun comes up.
One useful recovery drink that I have discovered is coconut water. I buy packs of Vita Coco coconut water from Amazon. I keep them in the fridge and drink one or two a day. I have one after doing exercise as coconut water contains lots of essential electrolytes that help with rehydration. I also drink a carton of coconut water before I go to bed if I have been drinking heavily. It lessens the pain the following day. I nearly always have one first thing in the morning.
Coconut water contains lauric acid. It is the antimicrobial agent that is found in mother’s milk. It helps to protect the body from viral infections. Since I started my coconut water regime 2 years ago I haven’t had a single cold. I’ve not missed a day off work. This is great because I can use all my paid holiday doing fun things with my family and friends.
My advice to people my age: if you don’t want to feel middle aged than drink coconut water. It doesn’t perform miracles but it gives you that extra boost, in a natural way.
Being born in 1979 I was raised in a time of plenty. There were new inventions all the time and there was no problem convincing my parents to purchase a boom box, or a disc man as soon as they came out. We wanted it and it was ours.
Unfortunately this did not last forever. Flash 30 years later and cost of education, homes, and gasoline sky rocket and many people have found themselves in bad credit debt. I was one of these. Until I heard a few coworkers over talking about getting help via an IVA, I had no idea what I could do to get out of debt.
I ran home and Google what is an IVA and found out it was just what I needed. Within minutes I was on my way to filing for assistance. Now I have just a few years before I will be completely debt free.
Cordyceps can be used in the treatment of high cholesterol levels. This is because high levels of cholesterol do not exist on their own. It is in most cases an indication of metabolism dysfunction. Cholesterol is mainly produced and eliminated in the liver. As such, in case the liver experiences any form of dysfunction or a disorder, the levels of cholesterol in the blood will be affected. Clinical studies reveal that consumption of dietary fats may influence lipid levels in the blood. However, this is not a major factor that is considered as far as cholesterol levels are concerned.
These studies have also revealed that Cordyceps Sinensis can help persons with high levels of cholesterol lower its level in the blood. This is usually at a level of 9-10 percent of triglycerides in the body. As such, Cordyceps is very beneficial to anybody who is on conventional medication for cholesterol. This includes people taking drugs such as statin drugs and lipex, which might have side effects like kidney and liver damage, muscle pain, digestive problems among others. Thus, people who are on medication to lower cholesterol levels in their bodies should not rely on medication from pharmaceutical alone but, Cordyceps as well. This natural medication has been recommended by thousands of health care centers. Professionals also recommend it as a holistic and natural approach of treating high cholesterol levels.
How Cordyceps works
Basically, Cordyceps is an identified source of important nutrients used in lowering the levels of cholesterol in the body. It helps in the circulation and regulation of the level of bad cholesterol in the blood stream. It has also been proven to stimulate the macrophages, cells that are very important for the body’s immune system. It plays a very important role in the process of breaking the deposition of bad cholesterol in the blood stream, which forms plaques on the blood vessel walls.
Studies show that when one consumes Cordyceps for about two months consistently, bad cholesterol levels in the blood drops by 17 percent. In addition, good cholesterol rises up to 27 percent. This is basically considered as the time frame within which Cordyceps starts manifesting its benefits in lowering high cholesterol levels.
Born in 1979
Time keeps relentlessly pushing forward, there’s no doubt about that. It sometimes seems like just yesterday that it was 1997 and I was starting college, out on my own for the first time. Or just yesterday it was 2001 and I was off to Europe to travel around for a few months before starting my first real job at a big international accounting firm. But now it’s nearly 2012, I’m 32 years old, and time just keeps pushing ahead.
My daughter was born in June 2008 and it’s almost impossible to believe she’s three and a half years old already. It seems like just yesterday she was a tiny infant who couldn’t even hold her head up, and now she’s running around kicking a soccer ball, memorizing 100 piece puzzles and using words like ‘indentation’ and ‘otherwise’ in a grammatically correct manner.
We have a new baby due any day now (could be today actually), and that is certain to change the dynamic of our family life. We’ve all grown accustomed to it being “just the three of us” and now we all have to adapt. Everyone is thrilled for the new addition, and my daughter is constantly talking about how she’s going to teach the baby this and that and how she’s going to be such a big helper. That said, I’m sure there will be some jealousy, but we’re trying to make it as positive for her as possible.
Life at 32 as a father and a husband is really wonderful; I love spending time with my girls — I just wish I had more of it to spend with them. Work takes up an immense amount of time, and I’m trying to build businesses of my own on the side, but it’s difficult to have the energy or inclination to devote the time when I just want to read to my daughter or watch a movie with my wife.
Born In 1969
Aging is not fun; you can pretty much ask anyone. Besides all the medical conditions that start to crop up when you get older, you just feel well older lol; especially when you see all the younger generations and how they integrate so well with all the cool new technology and what not.
I can’t tell you how hard it was for me when I first tried to use an iPhone, I felt so stupid asking my sixteen your old niece for help getting my email set up on it. It makes you wonder what the coming generations are going to be like. I used to play in the yard as a kid, now the kids seem to only stay inside and play these crazy games like WOW (world of warcraft) on the computer.
Another problem with getting old is the out of control medical bills that start piling up. I thought I had good insurance until I got stuck with a whopping bill for over ten grand that I simply cannot pay for. Thank God there are quality debt relief plans on the market, or I would be totally screwed. Like I said growing old is not for the faint of heart!
Born In 1970
Ugh getting old is no fun. It really isn’t…I now have more medical conditions piling up than I ever would of fathomed when I was a strapping young buck of twenty years. I take all kinds of pills each day which is no fun I may add, and I have to wear a damn facemask to bed to keep my sleep apnea in check so I don’t snore. These sleep apnea treatment doctors need to give me something better to fix this. I would like to at least sleep in the same bed as my wife again, but she literally can’t sleep next to me if I don’t wear the darn mask.
It’s so funny how when were young we feel invincible and that all the stuff old people deal with seems so far off and then BAM one day you are that older person who has aches in his knees and eats pills for lunch just to maintain some semblance of health.
Born in 1967
My wife said it wouldn’t work, running off to spend a year in a different country to find that novel hidden in me. Like so many things over the years she was dead right, not that I’d ever admit it of course.
Semi retirement sounds great, best of both Dashboardworlds – bit of extra cash and keeping your skills up to date plus the flexibility to do a few other things when I wanted. In reality at least for me it never turned out like that – my hours were part time but I used up my free time in a non-paid capacity. Work still ruled my life and I never did much else despite having a half a pay packet !
So the chance to house sit an apartment in Turkey seemed like a great way to find a new start. Free accommodation, great climate and cheap living – at least that was the plan. In reality I never quite took to it, although the other half did quite easily.
The climate was sunny but hot – too hot, that strength sapping heat that makes your one goal in life to become cool. My focus was not on producing the next great novel but merely where the shade was and which bar chilled it’s beer properly. The cheap living wasn’t that cheap either, Turkey has the highest petrol prices in the world and it’s reflected in the costs of virtually everything. The cheap Turkey I remembered from my holidays in the 90s doesn’t exist anymore.
What was worse was that I started recreating the UK in Turkey. I’ve never been the homesick type but I started visiting a German cafe for a British breakfast – the Germans always seem to be able to locate sausages and bacon wherever you are. In the evening I discovered my computer could actually stream Iplayer abroad, and also on my Ipad. So in with the Turkish sun setting behind the backdrop of a Greek Island off the coast I watched the BBC news. The stories of strikes and UK Press scandals beamed through into my apartment.
I never did write that novel there, the problem was I never really moved. My body did of course, but my mind was still back in the UK moaning about the weather and watching UK TV!
OK, the next one up is the big four oh! Am I bothered about being 40? No, they do say life is supposed to start then. Not sure why, but maybe I will find out! It could be because not long after the kids will leave the nest, off to university (hopefully) and I can devote more time to my husband. His health hasn’t been too good, so I will welcome the chance to give him more of my time.
Some years ago my hubby started having attacks of pancreatitis. Apparently the usual cause is either too much alcohol or gall stones, but he doesn’t drink and tests have shown his gall bladder is fine. The doctors labelled the cause as ‘idiopathic’ which I’m told means ‘pecular to him’ but which I suspect means ‘we don’t know’! The first two attacks resulted in spells in two different hospitals and the message received on leaving hospital was the same in both cases: there is no treatment. It seemed strange in this day and age so I started searching the internet and found a hospital where doctors had successfully treated the illness for more than 20 years with a concoction of antioxidants and vitamins. Why didn’t doctors in the other hospitals know about this treatment? Surely it would be sensible to have a shared database that doctors could refer to if they don’t have expertise in a particular illness? Anyway, my husband started on a course of tablets. However, one of the side effects of pancreatitis is food passes through the body very quickly and he wasn’t getting much benefit. Back to the Internet (what would we do without it?) and I found aloe vera gel, a juice drink that is abundant in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Being a liquid the aloe vera gel didn’t pass straight through him and it worked miracles. No more attacks and his general health has improved. The anti-inflammatory action of the aloe vera keeps his pancreas in order, and the boost to his immune system is a big bonus.
So, forty here we come. Do you worst! I’m going to enjoy it.
Born in 1971
My 40th birthday has arrived, and it is a somber affair. I find myself somewhat in denial, as it is not something that bears thinking upon too much. Frankly, I am getting old, and I’m only getting older!
From where I am now I can see how a mid-life crisis starts – it could be very easy to get depressed about this state of affairs. At a certain point in life dreams start becoming impractical; for example at 40 you can no longer say in 10 years I’ll go back to school and get a new degree and get my dream. You start adding those years together and the numbers look pretty grim.
I find myself spending a lot of my time dreaming about when I will no longer have to work. Is dreaming of retirement when you are forty normal? I don’t know, but I’d be interested to know what the statistics are on that.
I am drawn to the idea of RV living. It seems one of the cheaper retirement lifestyles available. Many people do it on a thousand a month, which is something I could probably come up without spending too many more years on the job; and anything to get me out of needing the 9-5 job looks really good!
I read about people my age who retire to South East Asia and live on very little. This sounds tempting at first, but I really cannot imagine myself enjoying such a lifestyle. For many men that type of life seems to involve alcohol, drugs and beautiful young women seeking a rich foreigner. While that sounds fun, I think I would tire of it pretty fast.
As I continue to get older, I’m sure I will continue to explore more retirement options, but for now buying an RV and exploring the countryside sounds like the best prospect. There are many great places I’d like to spend some time at, and it would give me many opportunities to visit great museums and historical sites.
I’ve always enjoyed travelling on the cheap, so I do not anticipate RV living will be much of a sacrifice. I’ll continue to dream about it whether or not I eventually make that transition.
Born in 1971 I have begun thinking about the last few years I have constantly wondered what I would do when I finally retire. It has been hard for me to think about because my entire life has been on the go. However, I think I have finally come up with a few things I could do that would fill my life.
Start a business with my kids – There is nothing I want more then to know my kids are provided for. However, I have always thought about the phrase “if you give a man a fish he eats for a day, but if you teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime. If I help my kids start a family business they will be hopefully eating for a lifetime.
Retire and Golf – This is one of my favorite options from all my retirement plans. I would love to buy a st George Utah real estate home and live there in the winters. I could golf year round and it is close enough to Las Vegas to go to shows and buffets.
Travel the World – I would love to see the World. Snorkeling with the dolphins has always been my wife’s dream. Therefore I think the best thing I could do is go on a whirl wind tour of the World. We would need to hit all the major tourist areas and do everything we always wanted.
Anyways if you have any retirement ideas please let me know, I would love to consider them!
Born in 1976
Reaching the half way point of my thirties was a bit of a strange one, it fell in the middle of an 18 month trip around the world for me. When i had first told friends and family i was quitting my job and selling my house to go travelling at the age of 34 are got some mixed reactions!
Thing is they all new it was something i had wanted to do since i was about 18, i suppose when i reached my late twenties and had a good job, a house, a nice car and a great girlfriend they thought i was happy and that was what my life was now going to be. Well i had really itchy feet, in fact they had been extremely itchy since i was 18 but life just happened and before i knew it here i was in a good job i didn’t enjoy! Luckily for me my girlfriend (although 8 years younger) had the same feelings. So one night after talking about it i just went online and booked two one way flights to Kuala Lumpur!
18 months on and i was back home after having the time of my life, it went so quick and coming back to see friends and family still doing the same day to day things was admittedly a struggle. As much as i missed them i found myself wanting to travel even more! Reaching the age of 35 people expect me to be settling down and getting back into the life i once had, not for me, not anymore! I have now been on a mission to get my fitness in check so i can have a little more ‘adventure’ in my travel. I have started at the gym, cut back on the drinking (this is mainly because i can’t take the hangovers anymore) and after reading this E-Lites review i am well on my way to kicking the smoking into touch!
I guess the physical things are getting a little more difficult the older i get so this is just a way of preparing myself. In my head i still feel 21, i always wonder if anyone truly ‘grows up’. The way i see it i’m just getting going! The saying “Its never too late” really is true!
Born in 1981
I guess it happens to most of us eventually; turning the big 3-0. It still hasn’t sunk in fully, but I turned 30 years old this year, and it has served to be a bit of a wake-up call. I don’t drink or smoke to excess, but I engage in both. I don’t eat terribly, but I don’t really exercise either. I saw my doctor this year to get a thorough check up on the occasion of entering into my third decade of life and I got a real eye-opener. Although my cholesterol isn’t too bad, my blood pressure was 144/91. According to this blood pressure chart, that’s not absolutely terrible, but it’s definitely elevated. He says I need to cut out the smoking entirely and start exercising regularly. Wow! I went from being a happy-go-lucky kid to hypertension! What happened to me? Either way it’s a reminder that though we may feel young, some of us aren’t. Keep an eye on your blood pressure becuase it can kill you!
Born in 1980
Well, awareness doesn’t always mean healthier. Despite current generations knowing so much more about staying healthy, it is unclear whether it is actually happening or not. 21st Century has a stress level never seen to mankind before & environmental problems that contribute to many health problems. Heart disease is one of the most common causes of death for current generations, a very prevalent problem that needs to be addressed. Despite of clear evidence that stress, smoking & environment are the main risk factors & contributors to heart disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & news agencies proclaim cholesterol over & over as a primary factor of heart disease. Some say it’s due to the fact that taking cholesterol issue under control is more under the power of an individual than issues like dirty environment, stresses & poverty, others believe the big business of cholesterol lowering medication is behind the propaganda. The reality is both factors probably play a role in it, though the whole concept of taking cholesterol levels under control seems to be hypocritical & almost unpractical for those who don’t have enough income or are under a lot of stress. More importantly, even if they are able to get their cholesterol levels under control, it’s still unlikely to save them from heart attack due to high stress levels & similar issues.
Environment & air pollution is a complicated issue, and an expensive one. This and global warming are some of the issues pushed by liberals for so called solutions, however, there haven’t been any reasonable solutions offered or projected yet. There are some unrealistic goals & visions that fall apart one after the other. An example is recentCanada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol, which had goals which were unrealistic for the country to reach. Trying to comply with climate change demands with currently available options is simply not going to happen, since such changes would bankrupt any country that tried to do so, for this reason new options are needed to be sought after & new ideas are necessary. In addition to this some countries have no interest or intention to unite with the joint effort to fight climate change, with is a very serious obstacle.
Stress, stress & more stress. Stress is becoming one of the very serious causes of many diseases & it is likely to increase. Competition & competitiveness around the word increases with more population & technological advancements and these changes aren’t likely to affect our health well. More competition is going to cause even more stress, more health issues & more heart disease & heart attacks. More research is likely to be involved for advancements in the filed of heart diseases & prevention. Obviously, with almost every country in the world going bankrupt it’s not clear how theses medical researches are going to be financed, but let’s live & keep hoping for the next best thing.
Born in 1980
I am the youngest of four – 3 lads and a girl. Growing up we never had any pets – mum and dad were busy at work as teachers which meant long holidays abroad in the summer and nowhere for the pet to go. As we got older my sister would often ask mum and dad for a cat and they always said no. When my eldest brother moved out he decided to cause a little mischief and arrived back at the family home with two beautiful little kittens – one for him and one for our sister! Mum and dad were not happy but there was no way they could tell my sister she couldn’t keep it! Luckily we were old enough by then to not be going on holidays with mum and dad every year so they had no more excuses to say no!
Barney was our first pet and a really nice placid cat who loved a good hunt and getting up to no good. To stop him ruining the furniture my mum and dad bought him a scratching post and a lovely cat tree and he took to them like a duck to water! He just to love darting in through the cat flap and straight up the cat tree to look down at us as we would be eating our diner. A truly great cat!
Unfortunately, Barney didn’t pass on through natural causes but had a mishap with a car on our road. By then, my sister had moved out but the cat had stayed with us as she lived in a small first storey flat. As he had been used to an outside life we all felt it wouldn’t be fair to him to become an indoor cat but unfortunately that would become his down fall. I still remember having a tear in my eye as I was digging his grave in our back garden. There really is a lot to be said for owning a pet and I know when I start my own family I will definitely be getting a cat!
Born in 1970
I’m not sure what generation I am. Is it X or Y or Z? I know I’m not a baby boomer as I’m still in my 40s. But one thing I do know for sure is that retirement is going to be far harder for my generation than the generations that have gone before.
You’re probably tired of seeing all the talk in the press. How large percentages of us have not saved enough for our retirement. How we’re going to have to work into our 70s or older. How our pension numbers just don’t work. The bad press rumbles on.
Quite frankly I’m bored with it. Sure my retirement nest egg was ravaged in the financial crisis. Yes the cost of living is going up and good jobs are harder to find, but one thing is certain: I’m not going to scale down my retirement dreams.
I’m just going to have to get a bit creative.
For as long as I can remember I’ve dreamed of an ocean side retirement home that’s close to a golf course. Even thought real estate prices have fallen across many states, I’ll still not sure that I can afford the kind of property that I am after in the US. I also cringe at how expensive it is to live here.
So I’m broadening my perspective overseas. I’ve got Central America in my sights. I’ve been reading sites like International Living and Reveal Real Estate and run some numbers. Not only is real estate far more affordable but so is the cost of living. In Nicaragua for example a number of expats kept a close eye on their monthly living costs and reported back that they can live a life of luxury for less than $1,000 a month.
And I do mean a life of luxury. Most of them have a full time maid or gardener (yes full time). They don’t scrimp on eating out (after all a fish dinner for two with a view of the ocean is often less than $10) or going to the movies (a first run movie release for $2 anyone?). Entertainment, utility costs and transport are all far cheaper than in the US. So are real estate taxes for that matter.
My next step: Heading to Central America to check things out for myself.
I was born in 1979.
I love wine.
I know I really aren’t suppose to love wine just yet, I’m not old and snobby enough as of yet…..but I really do enjoy having a wine of the month club membership.
Unlike so many of my friends who only seem to be drinking beer still (what are they, still stuck in college?) I’ve officially transitioned to the finer alcohol.
Wine not only creates a nice environment in my home for dinner, but it also gives my wife something in common and allows us to work wine tasting into our vacations, which is especially fun when we spend a few weeks in Italy or France.
Lots of kids are familiar with Nerf products. Nerf are the cool toy company who make all kinds of fun kids toys and they are especially famous for their awesome water and dart guns as well as their great sports toys designed just for younger athletes. if you go to Kids Foot Locker these days though you will find a new Nerf product that might surprise you.
The new Nike KD (the KD standing for the NBA’s Kevin Durant) 4 Nerf sneakers are bright and colorful and as much fun as any Nerf toy. They come in sizes as small as toddler sizes and also come with a limited edition Nerf basketball hoop and a t shirt that matches the shoes.
As well as lots of bright colors the sneakers also have a number of inspirational quotes – all from Mr Durant himself – embossed on various parts of the shoes.
Born in 1990.
I consider myself lucky in that at my relatively young age, I have just bought my first home. It was a big accomplishment for me, and I am very proud. It wasn’t just luck that got me to realize this accomplishment though. It required research and planning, including using this amortization calculator to ensure I got there.
An amortization calculator is a very important instrument for anyone that is planning to purchase a home. This tool can help one find the right loan to suit their needs. The calculator works in a very interesting way that makes loan calculations appear simple. Just within a few seconds of using it you will be able to know how much a loan would cost you together with interest. Calculating a mortgage loan can sometimes prove to be tough however, with the help of this vital tool, your work is made much easier.
A good place to find the calculators is through websites of many lenders companies as well as those offering financial advice. It is free of charge to use any and you will be under no obligation to opt for that company for a loan. As a matter of fact, you will not have to give your personal details when visiting these sites. All you would be expected to do is to type in specific data such as the amount you want to borrow, interest as well as the expected time frame of payment.
As soon as you are done entering the necessary details the calculator will produce you very useful information. It will show you the amount details that you will be expected to pay on a monthly basis based on the terms at hand. An amortization schedule will also be produced which will let you in on further information. It will also inform you on the total amount of interest to pay as well as the principle amount which you will spend to buy your new home. Apart from that, it will give you a break down of your monthly installments for both the interest amount as well as loan payment.
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Although I was born in 1976 I always wondered how it would feel to be born in 1984 while born in 1948. Have you ever pondered on how it was back in the time of the Cold War when the West was scared of the communists? Recently I have read the book ‘1984’ again after I originally read it when I was 16 years old. Well actually I didn’t read it this time, but bought the audiobook and listened to it when driving in my car from Antwerp, Belgium to Nice in France where I nowadays live. To cut a long story short, in 1948 they were afraid that the doomsday would come in 1984, at least that is the story that George Orwell made of it based on the thoughts of people in that period.
Funny thing, but I was born in communist Russia, to be exactly I was born in Leningrad, now and before the communist rule better known as Saint Petersburg. And while growing up in Russia it all seemed quite normal, you knew that the police were strict and there were many rules to abide by, but I didn’t see my country as evil. Actually, I was quite proud of the USSR as for example we beat the Americans in the Space Race as Yuri Gagarin, was the first human to travel to space, we the Soviet Union excelled in sports, mathematics (my father still holds his PhD from Karl Marx University on his living room wall), and everything.
The only thing I really missed was the access to pop music, the free love period – all the love that I later found in music have compensated when my family moved to Paris as there are many Russians in France already. But one of the things that I have done in France (the only country when you can truly say love as l’amour), for which I am now proud to be a French citizen (but quietly I also am still a Russian in my blood) is the discovery of internet dating or rencontre gratuit as we call it here in French, which means ‘free dating’. Since I started with dating on the internet, then I realized this is something back in ‘1984’ they did not know and could not experience. I personally think that this possibility in life makes our lives richer and more beautiful, wouldn’t you say? To conclude, for me the possibility to meet people online via the internet with online dating is something I really treasure in my heart and makes for me now in this digital era the most important difference between ‘1984’ and the new era.
Life has changed a lot since I was young versus when I see the life of my girlfriend who is 10 years younger than me. When I grew up the music was different as I listened to Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones and yes also ABBA and Europe, the other Swedish band that had a one day fly called ‘the final countdown’, which I can’t really turn on too much.
But when the love of my life, my wife turns on her old favourite bands I hear the New Kids On The Block, East 17 and Take That. Although we are very passionate for each other, we cannot and probably will never share our love for music. On the other hand we do love the way new technology has brought us together. A few years ago I went to Google.be and did a search for ‘ relatieplanet ’ which is a Dutch Belgium online dating site, as I live in the Flemish/Dutch speaking part of Belgium. Btw, I normally speak Flemish, which is a Dutch dialect spoken in Belgium. We both did a search in Google and ended up signing up, of course totally free, on a free online datingsite called ‘Gratis Dating Plaza’ which was very informative towards online dating. I think this development of internet, which we now use for probably everything was originally setup by the US government in 1970 evolved towards what we know accept as normal (with Facebook, linkedin, twitter, etc). Another benefit is we can use Spotify to listen to our favourite music life streaming via the internet. As we both love each other our playlists in Spotify are mixed with both our music and of course in specific categories as we don’t want to change from Paint it Black to The Spice girls, yes we have experienced and learned from it. I hope you enjoyed my writing about the discussions my wife and I have on a regular basis.
Born in 1972
Unfortunately, people who are in their forties and have weight problems are very prone to various health conditions and I didn’t want to be one of them. It’s often times something as ‘simple’ as injuries or as serious as diabetes and/or a cardiovascular problems such as hypertension. We have to face reality that our internals are just not as vigorous and healthy like before. But, you can’t face it lying down and that’s what I’m here to help you with. In this article I will give you a few natural and easy weight loss tips that helped me while turning 40.
The first and most important of my weight loss tips is to eat healthy. I have proven the effectiveness of consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables in my diet. For one, I felt happier and more energetic from the assortment of vitamins and minerals that fruits and vegetables provide. As a result, I have the will to perform both activities of daily living like cleaning my house and doing physical exercises such as brisk walking or even light weight training.
This certainly helps me avoid living a sedentary lifestyle that would contribute to gaining more weight. As they are rich in fiber, vegetables also aid me have regular bowel movements as well. Moving bowel on a regular basis works to flush out bodily wastes that could accumulate and develop into body fats.
Another important weight loss tip is to keep active. It’s essential for people to move around. Not only does being active promote fat burning, it also enhances blood circulation to properly nourish each and every cell in the body.
Lastly, and one of the most often ignored of my weight loss tips is proper stress management. The stress process brings about detrimental reactions in the body. Sadly, one negative effect is weight gain. So, if I were you, try to learn some relaxation techniques. I do daily meditation and attend Yoga classes twice a week, for instance.
I hope that you will apply these weight loss tips to help you lose those unnecessary pounds and live a better and healthier life at 40. Believe me. These weight loss tips have worked for me and they will surely work for you too.
While I was working out in a gym, two men near me who were taking a water break talked about their successes as online entrepreneurs. The dark-haired one was talking about how he dreamed of writing a best-selling novel but never got to and instead wrote self-help e-books that made him earn huge profits. The blonde was talking about the antiques he sells online. I could not help but eavesdrop as I myself have an online business. From what I heard, both of them started their business by hiring a seo agency to do the marketing.
The dark-haired one said he did not regret getting the company he hired because his e-books were promoted well using up-to-date advertising tools. He said he kept gaining online customers who paid for what he wrote. He explained that the company promoted his e-books through social networking sites, eBay, and through search engine optimization. He explained that the proper keywords that target customers actually used were sprinkled on his website.
The blonde one said the company he hired submitted his website to search engines so that it can be easily searched by his customers. The company also linked his website to other related sites so that more customers would be able to see his own site. He gained numerous buyers in just a couple of weeks.
After their coffee break, the two men went back to their exercise routines and talked about the profits they earned. As I was walking on my treadmill, it made me think that an internet marketing company must try different ways to drive traffic to a business website for it to become profitable, popular and successful.
Born in 1983
What kid didn’t rush to the kitchen when he or she heard something whirring there? When I was a child, I would eagerly run there, hoping for a frozen treat prepared by my parents. Over the years, I’ve forgotten about just how much fun and delicious it is to drink juices and smoothies made in my own kitchen, but ever since I got my hands on the Breville BJE510XL juicer, I quickly began to rediscover these drinks.
It isn’t just for the sake of sentimentality that I invested on a Breville BJE510XL juicer. As cliche as it may sound, aging will mean having to change my diet not unless I want my health to suffer. Gone are the days when I could just munch on burgers, fries, and bacon without a care in the world. Now, I have to be more conscious about the kinds of food that I put in my mouth, as these can actually affect how I would feel when I wake up the next morning. What’s more, research has shown just how much food choices can affect people’s vulnerability to diseases, especially as they grow older. I didn’t want to wake up one day to find out that I’ve practically collected all of the illnesses known to man, which is why I invested in a juicer.
The reason why I chose Breville BJE510XL juicer above all the other brands is not just because of its price, but also because of its functionality. I didn’t really need to spend a lot of time in chopping up the fruits and vegetables I will be juicing, since the juicer has a large feed tube that can take large chunks of food. It also comes with dishwasher-safe parts, so I dont have to worry about cleaning up after myself after Im done drinking my cup of juice.
I may not be able to control just how many diseases Ill end up collecting in the next years, but at least I can control just how healthy I can still be in spite of these, thanks to my Breville BJE510XL juicer. At the very least, reminiscing about my childhood as I prepare my juices and smoothies can probably make me age slower.
I was born in 1969
1980 i built my first bonfire.
When choosing a place to have a bonfire in your garden be careful not to choose a place too close to garden sheds or fences or greenhouses. It is probably best to dig a small hole in the earth and put your burning material in the hole. This will help the bonfire to light better.
All sorts of things can be burnt including wood, paper, cardboard and many other materials. Do not pick a time when the weather is too windy or you may risk catching trees etc. alight. The ash left behind is very good for the garden and can be dug in if you want to improve the condition of your soil.
Born in 1967 and for some time now I’ve noticed that my hair is thinning.
Although I didn’t have high hopes, I decided to give Rogaine for men a try. To be honest, I actually thought that this was real snake oil but it wasn’t too expensive so I thought “What the heck! Let’s give it a go!”
The results were spectacular! From what I’ve read I know that Rogaine doesn’t work for everybody, but I’m one of the lucky ones. After 3 months I noticed significant hair regrowth but it was only after 8 months that my head felt full of hair again.
I’m also lucky in that I haven’t had any side effects. No itchy scalp, no dandruff and no allergic reaction. To keep my head full of hair, I can never stop using it. Small price to pay…or what do you think?
Born in 1973
Needless to say it is true that as we grow old, our metabolism isn’t quite like the way it was during our teens. Although, I myself don’t see any reason for fear of growing old, but keeping a healthy figure is strictly included in my top priority list. For some individuals who have been too pre-occupied with their careers either in business, corporate or medical industry which is in great demand at the moment like the ultrasound technician positions, there are times that with our busy schedules, we do find it hard concentrating on our health, particularly the weight management issues.
So, as I’ve done a lot of researches, let me share with you these quick and manageable steps to maintain a healthy figure as we grow old. Let us together learn from this topic and try to apply it in our day to day activities:
Making a list of what would be our meals in a day sets a realizable direction in our diet mission. Try to make each meal a nutritious one with a combination of more fruits and vegetables. Strictly follow this diet plan and for sure you are one step higher to achieving a healthy figure.
In order for our metabolism to burn those extra calories faster, we need to enroll ourselves to a workout regimen that includes total body exercise. This will not only help us maintain a lovely figure but is also beneficial for the heart.
A well-rested night will give us the needed energy to perform our daily activities like the exercise, so try to set a standard time when your body needs to rest and sleep. A good sleep mostly requires 8-10 hours for our bodies to regenerate. Sometimes, people who lack sleep tend to eat more compared to those who had slept soundly.
Try to limit the alcohol intake. Remember any form of alcohol drinks do contain some sugar components, so it is advisable to monitor the amount of alcohol or other forms of drinks aside from water.
I hope you learned some vital tips from this topic. Let us all face growing old with positivity. A great way to combat the physical signs of aging is to stay fit and healthy. Years may add to our ages, but these are just figures. What matters most is how we live our lives to the fullest and how we contribute for the betterment of our community is that counts best.
Born in 1982
Turning 30 and starting to appreciate quality over quantity! Particularly in the wine and coffee catagories. The days of drinking cheap Portuguese rose are over. It’s Sancerre and Pouilly Fume all the way for me now – well when I can afford it;). Failing that a half decent Sauvignon Blanc will suffice. On the coffee front, I’ve finally given up the Nescafe Gold blend. Taking pride of place in my kitchen these days is a brand spanking new Gaggia Classsic. No more instant for me. Well occasionally I’ll resort to the only instant worth drinking IMHO – Kenco Millicano. But seriously, having a quality coffee machine is fab. I did a ton of research and just about all the Gaggia Classic reviews I came across were very favorable so I bit the bullet. Getting up in the morning is now a joy. Well perhaps ‘joy’ is pushing it a bit. I stll like quantity in the sleep department!
Born in 1991
I turn 21 years old this year and I plan on buying my first car. I am being very responsible about this decision and I have definitely done my research. I’ve used this interest calculator to figure out exactly how large of a loan I can afford and I have saved up a very healthy down payment.
It really means a lot to me to be able to purchase my very own car as I see many of my friends either get one given to them by their parents or go out and get the biggest loan they can qualify for and then end up not being able to pay for food and rent. People my age tend to make poor financial decisions, so it means that much more to me that I’ve taken the time and discipline to do this the right way.
I’ve been getting by until now by riding my bike, taking public transportation and bumming rides from friends. But after my recent contract acquisition my transportation requirements have gone up significantly. I was born in 1991, am 20 years old, and have made one of the wisest financial decisions of my life.
Born in 1979
I’m fed up with living in the United States-don’t you agree? We pay higher taxes, for less services than any other industrialized country. Oh I guess we have a better and bigger military, sounds a lot like North Korea right?
I thought of the Czech Republic again the other day, you know after a bunch of people thought that the guys involved in the Boston bombings were from the Czech Republic since they didn’t know that Chechnya was.
Anyway, my wife and I have seriously considered moving there for a couple of reasons. To start, she works at a high school and given that their schools are completely in English, we could move and she could do the same job there as she does here.
I work online, mainly in marketing for small start ups so I can really work from anywhere with an internet connection so I’m probably ready to go tomorrow!
I recently had a realisation of how many places I haven’t been too. Like many people I have a list of places I’d love to visit, I’m not talking about some morbid bucket list, just places that interest me. So now I’m in my forties though and the list doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller, in fact it grows every year. The problem of course is one many of us face, you have a family and suddenly travel becomes a lot more complicated (and expensive). So for years that list tend to get put to one side as you travel to family friendly places that are easier to reach and more affordable.
I’m not alone but thanks to Facebook I noticed how better travelled some of my single friends are. Someone sent around some application where you tick off the places you have been. To my surprise some of my friends had been to some really far flung and exotic places which appear on my list but in reality I never expect to make it to! But the worst was a realistion that some of my friends with families had taken them much further afield than I had. Looking around their photo’s there were pictures of backpacking adventure with small toddlers in tow, strolling down the streets of African cities with babies strapped to their backs.
I realised that sometimes I just use my children as an excuse not to go somewhere. I’m sure I’m not alone. But in reality children are completely adaptable and in some senses are much better behaved outside their comfort zone. My most memorable holiday was with an impromptu, self booked holiday to Egypt with a four year old. Where the lovel people of Luxor made such a fuss of my little son that he had a much better time than in DisneyLand!
So if you’re like me and you are always putting off these little adventures until the kids leave home, then perhaps it’s time to think again. It’s much easier to organise stuff like this using the internet than it was twenty years ago. A laptop or a tablet in your luggage can help you with organising activities and schedules that suit your children. You can even use your computer when abroad to let them watch their favorite TV shows back at home – like this site suggests.
Kids make travelling so much more fun, sure it takes a little more organising, costs a bit more but the rewards are far higher. Broadening your childs horizons when they’re younger has to be a good thing. You’ll certainly remember the experience more than travelling alone!
There is surely no more exiting prospect than getting a present of your other half at birthday. And here’s a funny thing. Most men I know love vouchers and just aren’t that fussed about grand gestures or big surprises. Yet most women think vouchers don’t ’count’ as a real gift. So I hate if I always got shopping voucher on my birthday. But I couldn’t do any protest. My husband was a busy man with a rush hour in his daily life and I knew I should have big understanding in this situation.
But that was so totally big different on my 30 years birthday, when my husband came back with the marsala wine for cooking dinner, he also pulled out another surprise. I was a bit surprised by this. He pulled out a bag from the bulk section at the grocery store. I never expected this before, usually he only gave me a voucher and let me to buy everything I want. But that night he gave me the real thing, the real bag that I really wanted. It was a freaking moment. He quickly said, “Trust me, you’ll like them” as he opened the bag. I’m already on the path to having my happiest Birthday yet to know my husband gave his time visited www.grosirtas.co only for getting a bag for me my wonderful husband had redeemed himself.
Is it just me or has the golden age of the stuntman died? I was brought up on the likes of Evil Knieval when young lads wanted to be astronauts, stuntmen or footballers, these days people want to be rappers or reality TV stars which is just awful. The good old days when a family would be sat around the TV waiting to see Mr Knievals latest death defying stunt seem to be long gone as the desensitized youth of today crave something else.
That was the reason I actually got into bikes and I have loved them ever since, I may not be a stunt driver but I like notn=hing more than getting the leathers on and going for a ride. I am like a kid on christmas day when I order new bike gear like motorcycle helmets and I can’t wait to get out in them.
I probably sound like an old man crowing on about the good old days but things really aren’t what they used to be. With computers, mobile technology and hundreds of TV channels to choose from the days of kids playing outside on a summer day, building ramps to try and catch some sweet jumps off appear to be a thing of the past, only time will tell as to where things will end up.
My slowing metabolism had never been quite as apparent as it is today, right now, at this very moment. A few weeks ago, I decided I was going to be Prom Queen for Halloween this year. The idea came to me as I was scavenging through my closet for my winter coat (but that is a completely unrelated story), and I saw my prom dress from 18 years ago hanging there. It was twinkling at me, with the blue beads and silver sequins. It was gorgeous then, but still pretty now.
A few minutes ago, I thought I was going to just slip into my little prom dress, and lo and behold, it is SO TIGHT I can hardly breathe. While I feel some satisfaction in knowing I can still get into my old prom dress, I know that I have suffered the effects of a slowing metabolism over the years. When I was 17, I could eat Burger King and drink Coca Cola every single day, and never gain an ounce. I stayed slim and trim and never thought twice about what I put into my mouth.
Now, I am meticulous about what I eat; yet I find myself still struggling with my weight. The only thing that seems to be my saving grace has been a good workout routine. I found some highly recommended workouts at http://www.workoutequipmentreviews.net/insanity-workout-review/, which have helped me ward off some of the unwanted pounds. While it isn’t the answer to my slowing metabolism, it will certainly help me stay as trim and healthy as possible. While I can still squeeze into my prom dress, I know I want to work harder so that I am back to my high school figure, and I know I can find plenty of those workouts at that website.
For many people there are certain drinks that they are not fond of and certain drinks that they love with some being seen as more manly and others more feminine but it has only been in recent years that Whisky has started to appeal to a younger market after being seen as a more seasoned drinkers drink for years.
The younger generations are now thinking a bit more about there drinks and tasting sessions are being frequented by a much more diverse audience than had been previously.
Whisky as a drink offers so much more than just the well known effects of alcohol and it could be this factor that is seeing a rise in people enjoying it. Though it has always been a tremendously popular drink the younger audience now growing to appreciate the different brands and flavours will ensure an even stronger position in the future. Click here for more whisky info.
This shift in culture could also be down to a backlash against the binge drinking of cheap poor quality alcohol. It is better that the younger generation are actually taking the time to learn a bit more about what they are putting in their bodies and hopefully this interesting new trend will continue.
The 70s was a great time in history, and it was a tragic time as well. Some of the very first video games were created in the 1970s, disco had a huge break through, and music was at, according to some, its height. But one thing that was not thought about very much at all in the 70s was the earth itself. We made leaps and bounds in the fields of technology and science, and yet we thought very little about nature. If you want to rectify some of the things you may have had a hand in damaging in the past, then getting a greenhouse and starting a garden may be one of the best things you could hope to invest in.
Why Plants Are So Great
Why are plants so great for us, and for the earth? Well first off, the earth, before we paved it over and built titanic cities upon it, was teeming with plant life. Unfortunately, we have majorly damaged most of the plant life on earth, and made many parts of the earth barren, meaning that they are no longer able to give life to plants. But we have not killed off all the plant life. In fact, more and more people are starting to buy greenhouses, to start their own gardens.
What Plants Do
Plants take in many of the chemicals in the air that we ourselves can not handle in our bodies. They filter these chemicals out, and produce oxygen, which allows us all to breathe. More plants means more oxygen, and all though we are not at risk of running out of air any time soon, we are at risk of completely polluting ourselves, which could have lasting consequences for future generations.
How You Can Buy a Greenhouse
Greenhouses for sale are nearly everywhere. You can buy one on the internet, or you can buy one at a physical store. If you want to save money, you may want to keep an eye on classified ads, and check classified ads online, as many people tend to sell their greenhouses once they have upgraded to larger structures. No matter what, if you want a smaller size greenhouse, you should not have to pay anything over a thousand dollars, and usually you can find one for a much cheaper price than that.
If you were in your teens during the 70s, there’s a very real possibility that you may be somewhat upset at how the media has portrayed that era in general. The mostly negative portrayal has led many of today’s youth to actually believe that it’s all bad—bad hair, bad clothes, bad movies, and bad music. Except the music of the 1970s—which for many of us who lived through those times tend to include the last years of the Sixties and the first years of the Eighties—wasn’t all bad. In fact, a lot of the music then was truly groundbreaking. Even some disco songs were rather catchy. You can prove all that by setting up your own website, if you have the budget to shoulder the web design cost.
Making the Music Available For Download
Many of those who lived through those times had vast collections of LP records, and if you are one of those then it may be your God-given duty to make it available to the ignorant masses. If you are setting up a website about 1970s music, you can ask your web designer about having your LP collection transformed into mp3 form and having them featured on your site. Better yet, you can perhaps just download them from the Internet if you can find them.
Selling Your LPs
However, setting up your own website may entail a pretty hefty web design cost, especially with the integration of various multimedia elements. But if you’ve already transferred your LPs into mp3 form, you can offset your expenses by turning your site into an ecommerce hub of 1970s music. You can sell your LPs to people who are either nostalgic about LPs, or to younger people who are fascinated by ancient technology. LPs have historical value along with their musical attributes, and by selling your LP you don’t just cover the web design cost but also help educate others about the wonders of the 1970s.
Born in 1967
I now have a 17 year old and let me tell you, things are different now than they were when I was a teenager. Aside from all the technology, something as simple as finding a job is a whole different picture.
Jobs for teenagers today are darn hard to find: I know because my 17 year old has had trouble finding work for more than a year now. When I was a kid, fast food shops and other stores were hiring all the time. Finding a job wasn’t that hard and if you showed that you were responsible and worked hard, you would keep that job for as long as you liked.
Now in 2012 it is a totally different scenario and today’s teens are coming face to face with what a poor economy really means. There aren’t as many jobs for their age group and some of the jobs they might have had in years past are now occupied by adults. Most of my kids friends are having the same difficulty and most of them are unemployed.
It is a tough situation for everyone I know but it really isn’t good for teenagers to be so discouraged right off the bat. They need to feel confident that they can find work and being rejected right from the start will probably hurt many of them down the line with a lack of confidence.
If you were at my age you will understand what you should do. There are many shitty things about being a grownup. You have to make money. You have to do taxes. You have to show up for your bail hearings. It’s all really fucking annoying. It’s not bad tradeoff for all the other piddling crap you have to deal with. I know I was happy with the arrangement. But that is life that should be faces .So I’m not complaining. But you know what I am doing? I’m wishing. I’m wishing I had started build my home with her five years earlier than I did, so that maybe, by 40 my house will be much more beautiful with my kids that has grown well. Now I am happy with my life, and I just want to treasure my life, I have a happy family and a large dog but we don’t need to be worry to feed it because we have automatic dog feeder for large dogs so whenever we are having a trip on weekend he still get his meal.
Born in 1968
When you’re younger, there is normally one over riding criteria for choosing a job – money. All the other aspects like holidays, location and job satisfaction are of course relevent but just don’t seem that important. However as you get older this changes for most people. For our parents generation, changing jobs wasn’t a very common problem but nowadays many of us change job every couple of years.
So how does the thought process work when you’re in your 40s and you need to find a new job. Obviously it will vary greatly with your circumstances, for many who are unexpectedly made unemployed just finding any job when you’re older is a challenge. For others who are luck to have marketable skills then what is the criteria for choosing a new job?
I change jobs frequently, partly because of the market I work in which has a lot of short term contracts. Now I’m older I definitely don’t look at the salary first, when you’ve started to notice your clock ticking all time is precious and being stuck in a job you hate just because it pays for a slightly better holiday seems like a false economy. For many people including myself self employment seems to offer more and more as I got older.
I’m a bit of a TV addict and I particularly enjoy watching TV from different countries. My favorite nations TV after the UK is the US and found this site which explained how to get a US IP address - http://www.proxyusa.com/usvpn. It was while watching the adverts on an American channel called ABC that I noticed just how many Americans work in different roles on a self employed basis. So many people set up and run businesses without a second thought.
It gave me the idea and I have been self employed for a couple of years now. I also do a variety of part time and short term jobs when things are quiet. I have skills that companies need and by being flexible they can pay me well for short term requirements like holiday cover. The best bit for me is that my work never gets boring or routine.
Born in 1981
So we’re not the hippy generation are we? I mean, our parents had Woodstock, Vietnam and more to protest. What I am proud of though is that we’ve taken ourselves beyond all of that. We’ve taken healthy living to the next level. We spent time with friends and family. We do Yoga. We drink good locally made organic wine. We live more within our means than our parents. We don’t believe in urban sprawl. We’re patient and we accept responsibility for our communities and neighborhoods through community gardens and much more than simply neighborhood watch.
As a generation, I am awfully proud of much of what we’ve accomplished! Even if I am writing this after a couple of drinks, don’t you agree?
The biggest problem that people have when it comes to problems with their money is the fact that they rush in order to make decisions. When you are responsible for an important financial decision, you want to take the time to make sure that your decision is in your best interest. Most loans that people take out come with a high rate of interest, this results in years of payments that can be very difficult to afford. Instead of putting yourself in this situation without knowing what you are getting into, you may want to use an interest calculator that would help you to get a clear picture. When you are able to understand the overall cost of the money you are taking out, it would be easy to decide if it is worth it.
An interest calculator may seem like something that would not be very helpful if you have not used it before. However, it would allow you to have a look at any loans that are within your means. Also, you would be able to choose the loan that best fits your financial needs based on the amount of interest that you will pay in order to get this money. It is impossible for you to compare loans unless you know the interest that each will charge you. After you have this information, you would be able to simply focus on getting rid of your financial problems through selecting the cheapest loans that are available right away.
When I was younger, I really enjoyed eating my mum’s cooking. Even now, there’s nothing quite like going back to see my parents and getting one of my ’favourites’ from when I was a boy. Of course, now that I’ve grown up myself, I’ve discovered all kinds of foods that my mum never used to make. Since I’m from the U.K, potatoes were a regular feature in the meals I had as a boy. We enjoyed all kinds of potatoes like, boiled, mashed and chips as well as dishes like Shepard’s Pie. All good stuff.
Now that I don’t live at home anymore, I’ve become accustomed to cooking my own foods. Sometimes I recreate dishes that are similar to what my mother used to make me. For instance, it’s really easy to make soups that don’t taste too dis-similar to my mum’s ones. To be fair, they don’t have quite the same ’home cooked’ feel to them. But I suppose that’s the price I pay for using stock cubes rather than making my own stock!
As a boy, the only time I remember eating rice was when my mum prepared a curry. It wouldn’t be until I went to university that I realized that an Indian curry was nothing like the version my mum made us! I like them both, but they’re totally different.
These days, I eat more rice than when I was a boy. For one thing, it’s pretty cheap. I’ve got a decent rice cooker too which means it’s really easy to make. All I have to do is turn the machine on and it takes care of business. Rice cookers are relatively environmentally friendly. The don’t use up too much energy – provided I don’t leave it on the ’keep warm’ setting all day. An article (http://www.mylilgreendress.com/rice-cooker-energy-consumption/) on My Lil Green Dress talks more about cooking rice using electricity.
Born in 1967
When I was younger, like everyone I had a list of interesting sounding occupations I wanted to try. Everything from Astronaut to surgeon to cowboy, unfortunately a combination of events meant I never really got close to trying any of these. It is with then some regret I am now in my fourties and still am not sure ’what I’d like to do when I grow up’ !!
However there are some advantages when looking for a new career when you’re a bit older. There’s a little more financial stability hopefully but a bigger advantage is that you actually have some skills that can be useful to employers. Sure there’s definitely some elements of ageism about, but in my experience it’s not quite as big a deal as is made out to be. The days of long term careers and ’jobs for life’ are pretty much gone and employers are happy to employ people who can be productive straight away whatever their age.
I’m sure there are some avenues of course that are closed due to age, anything very physical could obviously be a problem. However if you’ve been working in any area for twenty, thirty years there’s bound to be a whole host of skills you’ve picked up along the way. For me I was lucky enough to work in computers, so skills in that area are often in demand. But the real advantage was it gave me the opportunity to set up and run businesses online. Although you don’t need a lot of technical knowledge it certainly helps in understanding DNS, FTP and how to create a website.
My latest adventure is a new site dealing in silver antiques, which I have just begun to create. My skills in antiques are negligible however this venture is in partnership with an established silver dealer with many decades of experience. This is the beauty of the internet, you don’t need to invest heavily in property and infrastructure to get started. You can also use your skills to reach much bigger markets.
Born in 1979
It isn’t just for Berkeley any more. For so long many of us have considered alternative medicine like chiropractic care to be the realm of hippies and people too dumb to go to their regular job-no longer.
For example, my friend over the San Diego Chiropractor Directory (find it at http://sandiegochiropractordirectory.com) has said many times that he think we’re all going to start living longer not only because we’re learning as a culture to make healthier choices, but we’re also open to different ideas from other cultures.
As it turns out, when societies have opened themselves up to other ideas over history, they have not only experienced a dramatic increase in their ability to give their people a good and higher quality of life, but they also have shown to live longer in the process.
Who doesn’t want to do that?
As someone born in 1981 I am getting to grips with the fact that I might not be as hip or down with the kids as I used to be and one way I can tell that this is the case is because if I am on holiday and sunbathing and someone puts music on I look over the top of my book and tut. A sure sign that the ravages of old age have my scent and are pursueing me like a pack of blood thirsty wolves.
I now like to get a bit of peace and quiet and don’t even crave the sun. A bit of culture, some beautiful scenery and a chance to get the camera out. Gone are the days of partying every night I like to relax and actually get a break on my holidays. Follow this link to see the kind of places I like to go now, kick back with a good book and a drink in my hand and relax.
I love to get back from a holiday and tell stories about all the amazing things that I have seen and done opposed to saying how wasted I got and that I can barely remember anything. The main thing for me is that when I get back I am actually refreshed and raring to go when I used to need a holiday when I got back from my old holidays because I was so wiped out.
Growing up can be difficult and getting older is not easy, just tell my hairline, but there are some advantages to it and a better appreciation of history and culture is one of those.
Born in 1969
There’s a tendency for many people I know to think they were born just at the wrong time. The idea that you were just a bit too late to take part in some wonderful economic or social event. I was born right after the 1960’s and couldn’t help feeling I’d missed out on one of the most fun decades. Some people I know are annoyed that they missed out on the property boom arriving at a point in their lives when they needed a house to find a hugely inflated market full of overpriced houses.
There’s no doubt that this event can change your llife somewhat – I have a friend to played the property market to perfection. He bought right at the bottom, stretching himself with an absurdly huge mortage, ten years later this single decision made him an overnight millionaire as he sold his property and went off travelling. I never knew what happened to him, but in reality there are always opportunities available to each and every one of us – the secret is to take advantage of them.
I am hoping I’ve just made one of those monumentous decisions myself, however time will tell whether it’s successful or not. After a long career in IT Consultancy, I’ve quit my well paid job which rewarded me with a big salary. Unfortunately in return it sapped the life out of me, working 12 hours a day and rarely spending any of my time with my family. The reward was simply not enough, it wasn’t making me rich rather just able to afford more expensive ’stuff’ none of which was as valuable as my decreasing time left on this earth. So I’ve begun to make a career from my own home using the one invention that I have grown up with – the Internet.
Of course I know later generations have truthfully been brought up using the internet, but our generation is different. We have been brought up and seen the development, geeks of my ilk spent their earlier years connecting via telephones, 16.6k modems and even acoustic couplers. If you want to see how we accessed the internet in the early years grab a copy of the cult film ’Wargames’ and see how they get online. There is I hope the advantage, we understand more about the power and development of the internet. We can understand the technology better, simply because we’ve seen it mature. I know the advantages of having something as powerful as a suite of US and global proxy servers like this site - http://www.proxyusa.com/. With it I can from my office start a business using a UK, US or even a Canadian IP address without any problems at all.
Time will tell if my internet business provides me with a decent living with a reasonable quality of life. But one thing I do know is I feel the internet is the ’opportunity of my generation’ and I’m hoping I can take advantage of that !
Born in 1979
Medicare and Social Security are getting cut back to levels below what I actually pay in. I mean, I think taking care of aging Baby Boomers is important, but why should I have a negative return on my investment?
I mean, if I am asked to do that, I will likely have to cut down on a couple of my various wine clubs which I wouldn’t want to do, after all, I’m more likely than my wife to become the old bitter neighborhood resident. Some wine every day might actually save me from that fait, but after all we are all going to be on set incomes at some point in the future-so why should I have to take a back seat to those people who are getting a good deal on their social security investments?
Does that make sense to anyone? It personally makes me think voting Republican makes more sense as time goes on-
These days everything is attainable to quickly. If someone wants to see a fil they can go online and stream it, the same with music. Shopping can be carried out from the comfort of your own home with next day delivery often an option. The days of waiting for your favourite bands new single are a thing of the past and this has passed through to society.
Children in a hurry to grow up are being exposed to more and more music, entertainment and fashion that they shouldn’t see for years and there is also the effects that the media can have by portraying these rich, beautiful and more often than not slim celebrities as having the perfect body.
This can lead to people feeling inadequate and seeking quick fixes to long term problems and if money is not a question that can often lead to cosmetic surgery that somewhere down the line could be regretted. At the more reputable clinics people are made fully aware of what the procedure will entail and what the after effects and results will be like.
Sometimes though a small surgical procedure could be the answer to an issue that may have caused problems in confidence throughout a lifetime. You can look at things like http://www.snowberrylane.co.uk/treatments/mole-removal to see how they can help and in this respect these siimple procedures can actually help the person.
People looking for a quick fix are often people that are not aware of what the consequences will be and if something in life goes wrong they will not accept responsibility and try to pass the blame off elsewhere. If people started to take responsibility for their own actions maybe society would be a bit better and people would have a little bit more respect for one another.
What is your consideration before purchasing an automatic litter box? Do you need to read some top questions and a few basic automatic reviews before making your decision? What is one of the least favorite things about owning a cat? Taking care of the litter box, right? Nobody likes scooping, cleaning and refilling the box so can you imagine how nice it would be not to have to perform that particular things. People always think about the benefit they will get of buying something, especially for the lovely ones yeah their lovely pets.
Cat owners are always looking for ways to enhance the methods used to make life more comfortable for their pets. In the case of an automatic cat litter box, they may have wondered how a self cleaning or automatic litter box would benefit them or you can check automatic cat litter box for further information. .
If you are currently using the standard, plastic box, you certainly know how time consuming it can be when you have to clean out the litter box manually.Have you gotten your answer of how does automatic cat litter box can benefit you and your pets? You don’t require daily scooping or a lot of general maintenance which allows you to enjoy more free time with your pets. Here are some benefits you can by own the automatic cat litter box which may influence your consideration to grab it soon.
• Fully automatic cleaning
• The happy users really love it!
• Eliminates pet waste and litter from entering landfills and reduces clay litter strip mining demand
• Excellent noise performance
• Minimal recurring litter cost but recurring Sani Solution cost
• Hood available to reduce litter scatter
• Good for multiple cats but some large cats may feel the bowl is too small
The main thing the automatic cat litter box is designed to increase your satisfaction and comfortable in keeping your pet.
Born in 1969:
When I entered my forties, I was lucky enough to be in a very well paid contract working for a pharmaceutical firm. It was a very big IT rollout and was scheduled to take over two years, although it actually took three! Most of the people there were new to the firm, all hired for the specific project and we all pretty much joined together. There was lots of different people there, but I’d say the largest group by far were males in their 40’s. We all worked away from home so lived over, staying in a myriad of rented flats, hotels and bed and breakfast establishments.
It was a fun time, for me – normally working as a contractor you are the outside, everyone else worked there for years but not in this place. It was like starting a new school, nobody knew anyone else so there was a chance to make new friends easily. However one thing I noticed very early on that this age (40 something) combined with decent pay seemed to trigger the intense desire to waste huge amounts of cash on cars and motorbikes. The car park was awash with Sports cars and Harley Davidson bikes. Lunchtime would see an exodus of all the bikers for a fast burn around the countryside whilsts the car owners (worried about their parking spaces) would stand around admiring pain works and Trip computers.
This is where I felt left out, my mid-life crisis foudn no solace in cars or bikes. Cars I didn’t much like, purely a functional A to B tool, and could never conjour up more excitement that than. Motorbikes well to be honest, just scared the life out of me – the result of a teenage escapade involving a lambretta I suspect. No I instead developed a thing about power tools – mostly the Bosch Tools. So whilst my colleagues were doing something exciting I’d spend my lunch hour looking at a power lathe or new drill. Fortunately this sad obsession soon started to fade, primarily as my wife expected me to actually use these items productively. That was not part of the deal!!
Born in 1968
If you were born about the same time as me, you’ve probably had a pretty long working life. For the average person that’s quite a few 9 to 5 days, a load of interviews, a heap of departmental re-organisations. That’s not to mention the sages, the pay freezes or rises and the arguments with the boss. Perhaps, just maybe it’s now time to do something different. For me it’s happened about 2 years ago when I quit the normal working day routine and started making a living online. I claim no special talents or insights although I am quite focussed when I sense an opportunity.
My opportunity appeared to be online, I was reading one of the many websites concerned with people making money using the internet and suddenly tried to try it out. My master plan wasn’t very clever in retrospect but at the time it did work to some extent. I signed up for an Amazon affiliate account and a Google Adwords account and combined them. I wrote adverts and paid for them in Adwords for the top selling TVs on Amazon’s site. Each sale earnt me a decent commission and largely outwieighed the costs of the advertising – it was literally money for nothing.
But then the price of the adverts started to climb as more and more people did the same thing. Suddenly the profits fell and sometimes became losses when Amazon would raise the price or run out of stock half way through an ad run. My next revelation was to use social media to push people into my amazon sites – after reading this post - http://www.ngbconsult.co.uk/seoguide/2010/05/social-bookmarking-seo/ I tried some new techniques and they worked too. There are literally thousands of ways to earn money online, the internet is a huge opportunity for our generation.
Of course it’s not all plain sailing, the online world is perpetually in flux. Something will work one week and be completely pointless the next, money can be gained and lost very quickly. However you are your own boss and your fate is controlled by your own actions and not anyone else’s. That’s worth it for me – it might be for you – try Googling ’Internet Marketing’ to get started.
It amazes me how many experiences and tough experiences one must go through in order to mature and fully realize its potential. Well, I must say that my experience happened when I backpacked across Europe and Australia for 2 years. That trip taught me more in two years than I ever learned back home for ore than 25 years.
You see, when you leave your home and your precious belonging like clothes, gadgets, even maybe some fancy stuff like some kitchen stuff that you might have bought (I got a beautiful immersion blender that I bought through this site here and how I miss that one!), you realize that you don’t need all that stuff to survive out there.
I was recently speaking with a friend of mine about those issues and she happened to mention that she didn’t think she would have enough money to travel like that or even to live abroad for a long period.
Then I said that she was missing is that when you travel, you end up spending way less than you would back home. Not just because you might live in a cheaper country, but also because you simply can’t carry all those clothes and shoes that she loved to buy back home.
The road forces you to simplify everything – and there lies some of the biggest lessons in life!
Born In 1968:
I remember there not being so much of a taboo to smoking when I was growing up in the late seventies, early eighties. It seemed like everyone smoked and not only that but you could do it wherever you wanted! The local newsagent used to have a an ashtray next to his till that was constantly full and every time I saw him he always had a cigarette hanging out of the corner of his mouth. It didn’t really come as much of a surprise to me looking back that I tried my first cigarette at the age of 14, looking back it was quite a normal thing to do, all the kids were doing it.
What seemed so harmless at the time though did end up being a 27 year habit, one that thanks to The Safe Cig coupon code and electronic cigarettes I have now managed to kick the habit. It’s never too late to stop smoking and improve your health!
Born in 1990
Even with huge modifications in the way customers are performed nowadays, and the advance of whole new industrial sectors on account of technological innovations such as the web. 21st century possess remained on the whole reasonably the same since the coming of the non-public laptop or computer. Presentations need to have not be completed in flipcharts or black/white boards because laptop or computer presentations connected to electronic projectors offer you more visually produced along with rapidly recalled alternate options.
Although the typical 21st century office set-up may well be if at all possible fitted to several agencies, it’s not automatically the best option solution for most businesses, neither would it be in the slightest the case those corporations whose functions would likely prospectively operate much more efficiently utilizing a diverse work area design always need to cohere towards the classic place of work template. This specific open up prepare method of work place in addition has meant you’ll find a lesser number of cases of distinct managing office buildings in more forward-thinking offices- by having a number of levels of the firm hierarchy doing work in the same room, connection is a lot easier.
The growth of digital advertising offers triggered the development of a vast number of companies that utilize modern day technology: no matter whether that is the image design factor, web design templates, internet search engine optimization- or perhaps a variety of other new advertising oriented industrial sectors. Not just use a large number of these businesses distributed together with classic business dress, but in addition embraced a new new way of businesses itself. Certainly companies during these career fields need pcs and also other power computer hardware nevertheless they took any radical method of the other areas of the office, doing away with those obsolete fixtures and fittings which in turn elegance much more old offices as well as earning vivid variations as well as modern day arrangements.
I was born in 1975 and got married when I was 25 years old. Our wedding was very simple yet beautiful. There were only a few guests; only our close relatives and friends were invited. Unfortunately, the parents of my husband were not able to come because his father was ill. I haven’t met them before because my husband and I are so busy with our careers and don’t have enough time to visit. So you see I was really hoping I’ll meet them during our wedding but it did not happen.
A few months after, my parents-in-law decided to visit us. I was very happy that finally, I will be able to meet the parents of my husband. Before the day of their coming, I made sure that everything was clean and in place. I wanted to give a good impression. I even planned to cook something special.
On the day that they finally came, everything was going fine until my cat littered in the sofa. My mother-in-law was very angry and said that I don’t know how to prevent my cat from littering anywhere.
After they were gone, I called my friend and told her about what happened. Then she told me to use http://automatickittylitterbox.com and since then, I never had any problem.
Anyway, that is one post-marriage incident that I can never forget. I’m sure every individual has some or the good/bad memorable incident in his/her life. What matters is that I learned from it. As they say, experience is the best teacher.
Born in <1975>
I turned 37 on the 12th of January and made no plans to celebrate being a year older aside from turning off my mobile phone and taking a hot bubble bath. That’s where I was when the messenger arrived. Wrapped in a towel, water slithering down my back, a puddle forming below my toes, I stood at the front door and signed for the package. There was no card, just a small black box that looked a hundred years old. Inside were two rings – both hand-hammered silver bands, tarnished, almost black with age. I was wet and cold, but the shiver that ran through me wasn’t due to either one.
It was 1983. I was eight, he was eleven. I had lived in Grenada for two years, he had lived on the Caribbean island all his life, but he said the only ones that had mattered were the two we’d spent together, swimming, sunbathing, chasing sand crabs and lizards, collecting seashells, sharing bits of conch meat with lemon and salt, sucking on coconut popsicles and repairing our small wooden canoe. Every day after school we’d worked hard, filling holes, scrubbing, sanding, painting, and finally testing it on the sea. That’s where he held my hand for the first time, and where one sunny afternoon he asked me to marry him…someday…. When? He’d have to make his fortune first and that would probably take until he was forty, at least that’s what he said. I said that would make me terribly old because when he turned 40 I’d be…. 37. He kissed my cheek and asked me to wait. I hadn’t replied. A few days later we met on the beach to collect shells to decorate our canoe, but he hadn’t brought a bag for shells just a small black box. Inside were two hand-hammered silver promise rings. He said he’d traded them for work sanding a canoe. I said it was all for nothing because I wasn’t allowed to wear jewelry. It wasn’t for nothing, he said. We could hide them in our canoe and wear when them when we were together. But we weren’t near our canoe or wearing our promise rings when the island was invaded on the 25th of October. We suddenly found ourselves in opposite worlds. My family and I were evacuated. He remained and I never saw him again.
I stood there, still dripping, wrapped in my bath towel. The messenger had gone and I was alone, running my fingers over the tarnished silver promise rings. That’s when I noticed they were engraved. Inside each band was a roughly scratched date – January 12, 2012. Beside the date in one ring was the number 40. The other ring had a 37.
Born in 1978
For years I have watched parents, grandparents and their friends toiling away in the garden. To be honest I never really understood why anyone would waste their time when they could be doing something more interesting. Slowly though I began to appreciate a quiet glass of wine whilst watching the sun going down or the starlings circling over head.
Of course then came the children and my garden was transformed into an outdoor activity centre, goalposts were placed, bouncy castles errected and the shed filled with plastic toys and vehicles. Needless to say this was not a time to plant expensive shrubs or cultivate borders of delicate flowers of any sort. But it what it lacked in beauty it more than made up with laughter at least.
But now my garden is beginning to draw me in again. It has become a quiet, peaceful place again, the remaining child prefering his Xbox to a mad game of croquet. Unfortunately the garden is a bit of a mess and all my garden tools seemed to have disappeared. The only tools I seem to have left are bright yellow and made out of plastic.
Anyway I don’t have a huge budget so I had to minimize the cost of replacing all my tools. I shopped around for ages for a lawnmower, there seems to be hundreds of them now. My first instinct was to check out the hover type mowers which I used to see in the 70s and 80s – they looked a good idea but were always hopeless. After reading a few reviews I found that the general concensus was that they were still rubbish. In the end I managed to find a great little mower from the gardening review site – Best Lawnmower Reviews. As for the rest I settled for a spade and my gardening friend suggested that a great multi-purpose tool was the garden hoe. I bought one for ten bucks and that was me sorted.
I can’t say I’m going to spend as many hours gardening as my parents did, but it’s a great way to unwind after a stressful desk based job. And of course I can now enjoy my evening glass of wine in relative peace and quiet!
Born in 1979
It wasn’t easy to dig out data about wine that was grown back in the 1970’s. The modern vineyard chart wasn’t really born until much later, so we’ve been stuck with someone trying to fill in the data based on assumptions and inuendo.
That being said, a few things come to mind when we talk about wine in the year of my birth, 1979.
1) 1979 was a good year to give a wine gift
2) 1979 was not the most easily characterized vintage. It was overall a good vintage, but the wines from premier growing regions like Bordeaux were not considered to be truly age worthy. Instead they were ready to drink immediately.
That’s interesting and will continue to hold back wines from my birth year from being considered among the best ever. At the end of day, not every vintage can be 2009 in Bordeaux.
The 1980s featured a wide spectrum of music genres from Rock, Pop, Disco, Country, Blues, Punk, and New Wave Music. This era also marked the creative use of music synthesizers that added that certain identity that only the 80’s music era was able to capture. Music could be heard from homes, malls, and restaurants, giving that party feel. For the best nightlife tips and club reviews of Amsterdam, check this web site: http://amsterdamnightlifeclubs.nl/
The 80’s was the start of fusion and reinvention. It was the time when music evolved into a fusion of two genres, such as Pop-Rock and Country-Rock. About same time restaurants started including in their menus, fusion restaurant cuisine which a combination of influences from two traditional cuisines served as one dish. With the advent of fusion, came reinvention. By the late 80’s, music started to branch out to several genres giving birth to other types of music such as alternative, hip-hop, grunge, and techno.
Alongside came the change of themes on restaurants and clubs. Establishments once considered in the 80’s as restaurant and party clubs evolved into dance hubs that featured a new form of music that made use of synthesizers and gadgets to create techno music. Despite of the change, good food was still served, as always. Techno dance party venues still maintained that restaurant quality food that was once served.
I remember fondly the old retro refrigerators we used to have back when I was a kid. In our home we had this delightful lime green fridge, and back then that was considered perfectly normal! Youth today have only ever seen white or black or maybe stainless steel refrigerators in their homes, and often laugh at the look of old style vintage refrigerators.
It is funny, however, that many people – especially baby boomers – are willing to spend huge amounts of money to buy ’new’ vintage retro refrigerators that replicate the old school look with todays techologies. Brands like Smeg sell for thousands of dollars, and while they are definitely cute, they do not provide anything spectacular in the way of extra functionality.
As a matter of fact, true retro refrigerators may not even have features like water filters and ice makers – which are standard in most any high end fridge freezer these days. So it is clear that buyers of these refrigerators are buying for looks only!
While I don’t see myself personally paing the big bucks for one of these fridays – I was born in 1970 – I could see my parents buying one. To me these retro fridgs are just a fuzzy memory that I will occasionally stumble across a refrigerator review for, but to prior generations they are a strong reminder of better and simpler times!
Born in 1972
I went to college and straight after I got an office job. I really don’t want to write about the tedious job I did in an office for nearly 20 years. That is all behind me. Needless to say I was a fairly model citizen: I put down a deposit on a house, got a mortgage and after a few years up-graded to a bigger house and a bigger mortgage. I got married and I had a kid. That was the best thing I did during that phase of my life. I paid into a pension. I paid my taxes regularly. I drove a Japanese car and took my family to holiday in Spain or Italy. I sometimes played 5-a-side for my local pub team. I got meaningless promotions and small pay rises.
And then one day. Just like the movie, I woke up and decided that I didn’t want my life anymore. That day I went into work and handed in my notice. I took my entitled paid holiday so I effectively never went back to work. The thought of doing anymore mindless typing in front of a computer was enough to make me feel suicidal. It made me feel physically sick. I had some type of mid-life crisis.
My wife was very supportive. She also did part time work that she didn’t particularly like. We talked for a week before we decided to put our house on the market. Our daughter had just entered university so we didn’t feel like we were letting her down.
It was pre-2008 and we got a handsome price for our 3 bedroom detached house. I also sold my car. I took my work suits down to Oxfam. That was a satisfying moment.
In 2006 my wife and I took a flight to Thailand. We didn’t have much of a plan. We thought we might look for work eventually but we still had plenty of money. In the end we settled in an apartment on Bang Sak beach in Khao Lak. It was there that we started taking diving classes.
Within two years both of us were dive instructors. We worked on liveaboard boats going to the Similan Islands. Recently, we have set up our own small dive school in Khao Lak with a few bungalows to rent. We have a dog and a wonderful life. Our daughter visits us every holiday. That day when I quit my office job was the most important day of my life.
Born in 1967
Ever feel you were born in the wrong year? My father was born in the war years and worked for local government all his life. Ok he moaned a lot about the job, the hours and the pay but he happily retired when he was only 50 years old. We all said he’d get bored but he’s never been happier I suspect after approaching 20 years of ’boredom’.
Nowadays as the financial crisis hits, the chances of anyone retiring at that sort of age are becoming less and less. Of course there are the lucky few with enough money either made or inherited. But across Europe the retirement ages are rising, the stories of Greek civil servants retiring at 45 on full salaries haven’t helped of course. It comes as no real surprise to most of course, life expectancy has been rising, the population has been growing and our growth has been falling.
So I’m only a few years away from 50 and it doesn’t look I’m close to retiring! But in some ways I think our generation will have to accept that perhaps we lucked out on the retirement stakes. Still I don’t really mind, I work for myself and am able to scale down when I get older. Perhaps keeping working will keep my brain in better nick who’s to know.
Technology has enabled that we have lots more options than previous generations. Most of my business is online so at least my commute doesn’t really exist. I can work when I like and relax watch Hulu when I’ve had enough. I should mention that if you want to watch the shows on Hulu I discovered a way you can use software to obtain a US IP address to bypass their blocks. It’s definitely worth checking out even if I don’t think I’ll have quite as much leisure time as my father just yet!
My mom was born at 1967. She was married with my dad, who was younger that her by one year, when she was 20 years old. At that time, their life was very poor. After marriage, my dad took my mom out from her house and rented a small house at the small town.
My dad took a job as government officer at the local office. And my mom, who never worked for all her life was forced to be a good housewife. She had to take care of her house by herself without anybody to help her. My mom, who used to life very wealthy, was force to leave her comfortable home into four rooms house.
She bought her pet also with her but she still felt home sick. And so did her pet, Mougly. Mougly used to get very well treatment from her previous home and he did not get it in his new home. He used to have his own home and was being take care like a king but now he had to retrain to pee in the toilet.
So my great grandmother who pitied him bought him a cat litter tray to help him got well in his new home and also to help my mom to take care of him better because he was being difficult to handle when he uncomfortable with his new environment. Todays we can find automatic litter box reviews info all around the place, but at that time self cleaning litter box for cats has not discovered yet, so people use manual litter box. After a while my parents’ life become better and better so they could move to a better place.
She could get her past life back and so did Mougly. Then they had me after their life was stable and my dad had a perfect job to feed us. My family finally found the happiness after very long hard work that dad had been through. I think that the true happiness is, after a lot of struggling, my dad finally get his dream life.
Born in 1978
It still amazes me how much business and life in general has changed since my early days. I was born in 1978 and you can guess the way we did business back then was completely different than what it is today.
For example, just the other day as I was surfing the web I stumbled upon this site here http://www.empreendedor-digital.com where this guy was talking about a huge mess that happened in Brazil with one particular brand.
You see, one kid got the company’s name and created a “fun” facebook page where he would answer questions in an amusingly funny way – but you can well guess that the company did not like it.
Now, think back when we started: we didn’t have to worry about someone using our brand that way on the web did we?? Of course not! Our main concern was the customer and the customer only. And even that one couldn’t be much too far from our local town.
It is certainly a very different business environment right now. At the same time that huge problems that did not exist before can appear, also huge opportunities may show up where you don’t expect them to.
So we all must keep an eye for what’s coming because there is no way to tell if what’s coming is going to help or hinder our progress.
Born in 1968
I used to watch loads of TV when I was younger, even though there were nowhere near as many channels – TV was extremely important. Certain shows were an event – Tops of the Pops, Morecambe and Wise (especially the Christmas ones) and loads of others. TV was often the main topic of conversation the next day in work or school and if you missed it then you felt quite left out. This is one aspect that has changed greatly with the onset of hard disk drives and Sky plus – nobody watches the shows at the same time anymore.
That shared experience were we all waited to find out who Shot JR or what was happening in Tenko have gone. If you chat about the plot of a certain show you may be told to shut up as the person hasn’t watched it yet. The community side of television viewing seems much weaker now than it was in the 80s and 90s.
Now we can watch whenever we feel like it and there are even channels which stagger broadcasts of popular shows. Imagine in the 1970s being able to pause or fast forward passed the adverts – people would think you were crazy. You can even watch most programmes over the internet, applications like Hulu, BBC Iplayer and Channel Four on Demand have meant that you can watch from a computer. There is a slight drawback to this, most of these channels are only available in the home country so not so good for travellers or expats. However fortunately there are lots of ways to get Iplayer abroad nowadays – check out this site here for information - http://www.theninjaproxy.org/tv/how-to-use-a-bbc-iplayer-proxy/.
Overall though despite all the choice and channels I kind of miss the simple pleasures and shared experiences of the TV we used to watch when I grew up. My children look utterly horrified when they discover that we only had 3 channels for most of the time. Channel 4 was indeed a great even in our household.
Born in 1968
Finding a great Miami Chiropractic office really isn’t difficult for those of us born before 1970 is it?
Of course, many of us began working in the days when employers and unions negotiated solid, if unspectatular health benefits for us and our families. Unfortuantely, it seems like those days are largely gone both federally as well as locally.
With Mitt Romney selecting Ryan as his running mate, I think it is easy to say that the war on teacher’s union and employer sponsored health care has officially begun. It’s unfortunate, I personally believe that core services (with chiropractic care being among them) should be provided for a wide range of people, of course including teachers and their families.
Born in 1967
When I entered my 40’s I fully expected to have been left well behind in understanding technology. I thought I’d be well down the pecking order for solving IT related problems within my house, what with two teenage boys who seem to have been playing on their computers for years now. However surprisingly it doesn’t seem to be the case, I think mainly because the way computers have developed and kids are taught in school.
If you are about my age and interested in technology you’ll remember those first personal computers – the ZX81, Vic20, Commodore 64 to name but a few. You will also probably remember that they did pretty much nothing out of the box, you had to learn to use them. My first experience in computers was typing in hundreds of lines of code from computer magazines, it was boring but it taught us how to program. It also showed us how much code you could actually fit in with only 1k or 16k to spare. That is the problem I think kids have today – computers are just to easy to use. You can use a computer without ever understanding how they work.
My older friend suggested it was a little like the motor car, when they were new – you turned into a mechanic just to keep the damn things running but nowadays most of us have no idea how they all work. It’s sad to see so many kids who although spending hours on a computer are failing to develop skills that they can use later in life. I was showing my eldest how I can us a US proxy to watch Hulu, normally Geo-restricted to America over the internet. He seemed genuinely interested but admitted haveing never heard of these concepts before.
THe UK Government have promised to reassess the way our children are taught IT and I for one can’t wait. At the moment apart from a few who go on to specialise we are producing some very IT illiterate young people – they can use the gadgets but have no skills beyond that.
Born in 1972
Others have written in about finding wine from their birth year so I thought I should as well. I am lucky compared to a lot of people, my year (1972) was a great one for wine in both Burgundy and Bordeaux, which makes it relatively easy to find wine to purchase which is aged.
There is also some California wine available, but not a lot of California wine was saved until after the Paris tasting of 1976-even if most of the wine consumed on that day came from the year of my birth.
The real question is can you find cheap birth year wine? I am not an executive, so what are my chances of finding birth year wine I can afford?
Not good, although I am a member of a good cheap wine club which seems to help take the edge off a bit.
Oh well, right?
Any suggestions on cheap birth year wine?
Born in 1982
My friends are starting to turn 30. As scary as that is for my parents and how confused it seems to make them, it brings up a simple point-how do you give them an incredible wine gift from their bith year, if the year they were born happens to suck for wine?
As an example, 1982 was absolutely horrundous in both Napa Valley as well as in Bordeaux.
Given that situation I tend to try and find a current wine which fits well in one of the best gift baskets available. I always think that if I can get something really incredible now, that helps to make up for the fact that many of us were simply born in a poor year for wine.
It sucks, but what can you do?
Born in 1980
I guess I’m not typical in that my story is about my regrets about not conforming. I’ve been reading tthe stories on this website and many people have said that they had a boring existence of work and no play, and that they left there normal lives behind to look for adventure. While on their adventure they ’found’ themselves, and often they discovered the ideal life for themselves on a beach somewhere or in the mountains.
When I left university in 1991 I wanted nothing to do with work. I wanted to see the world but I had an overdraft and nowhere to live other than my parents. I opted to share with friends and go on the dole. I then made quick money doing various illegal things that I’m not proud of and that I won’t detail here.
Once I had cleared my overdraft and saved up I a few pennies I bought a ticket to India. The first thing I did in India was to falsely claim my travelers checks were stolen thus doubling my money. I proceeded to travel around not just India but also South East Asia, Indonesia and China. I often found work along the way – working in bars, in hostels, teaching diving, teaching English, selling illicit substances. I even got a job crewing on a boat to Hong Kong.
Life was exciting. I loved the facty that one day I could be living in a bungalow on Koh Phangan and the next I could be sleeping in a train station in Xi’an. I had a few scrapes and near misses along the way. Until bad karma caught up with me. I got done trying to smuggle charas out of India. I wound up in an Indian prison for 1 year. When I got out I went home.
Now I have no money, a stamp in my passport that stops me entering many countries and I am struggling to find a job, any job. I have less idea what I want to do today then I did in 1991. I wish I had been more sensible, more normal.
Born in 1968
’68 was a good year wasn’t it?
Unfortunately for those of us turning 50 (increasingly, frighteningly soon I might add) soon, there isn’t a lot of birth year wine left. I wanted to give a couple of ’68 style wine gift baskets to my friends from high school, but the wine selection from back then is pretty barren right now.
The problem has a lot to do with two main factors. First, I was born before the whole Paris tasting thing in the early 70’s where California beat France. Before that happened, no one really bothered to store or cellar much California wine.
Secondly, ’68 was a bad, bad year for Bordeaux. Evidently it rained all summer and harvest was among the worst on record, even sending a few notables into bankrupcy years later. Heck, I can’t find a single bottle available and an article in Wine Spectator speculated that most of the good wine from ’68 in Bordeaux was consumed and gone by the mid 1970’s. The magazine couldn’t get a sample!
I am now in my late 30s. During much of my 20s and 30s I’ve been traveling and working. I’ve had the traveling bug for a long time. With a modicum of initiative, luck and determination you can fund yourself by working abroad and then using the money to see new places. I’ve pursued this course to see a lot of Asia, Africa and South America. I never really wanted to waste money visiting rich countries such as Australia, Canada or the USA. The only wealthy places I’ve spent much time in are home (the UK) and Japan (where I taught English).
During my wondering I held to a philosophy of non-materialism. I just needed enough to get by and no more. I was happy to stay in the cheapest places and eat the worst food with those at the bottom of society. I hated getting on a bus with other foreigners, or being forced to stay in a hostel with drunken yobs.
Experiencing the beaches of Thailand was a turning point for me. The nature was spectacular, the people friendly and the prices really cheap. As fate would have it I was offered a plot of land next to one beach in Thailand. Rather than blindly rushing in I took legal advice and bought rather than leased the land.
Slowly over the years I’ve put money into building a house in Thailand. It hasn’t been easy. I made many mistakes that I had to go back and re-do. After 7 years I finished it. Every year I stay there for free for a month or so. I sit on my huge balcony and look at the sea view. I feel at these moments that I am home, that I could settle down.