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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhabreath View Post
    Good on ya mate! I'm too washed up, lazy, complacent and cowardly for that. ooops, the bell's ringing - have to go back to my stall and silently await my turn at the abattoir...
    I'm also lazy, bro. And I have no entrepreneurial spirit whatsoever. I have a saying I often use: "I have not yet begun to procrastinate." But, fear is a great motivator.

    I should have pointed out that my wife did not (and still doesn't) have a regular day job. She was home raising the kids when I lost my job. So, now we're business partners. If she had a real job, there would be less pressure WRT healthcare benefits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    I notice the same thing, Steve, even in my industry, publishing, where people tend to stay in one place for a long time until they are streamlined out. We have many editorial assistants who are just out or a few years out of college and to whom the new technology and systems are a piece of cake; unlike me and some of the other oldsters here who are struggling with them. Once the systems become second nature it's fine, but then they change again. Where I've noticed almost exclusively young people is in the area of financial management. The wife and I have been talking to folks at Fidelity to get our accounts in order for my eventual retirement. Everyone we've met there is under 30, and they are bright.
    One other thing that I forgot to mention in my other post is that my current boss is about 20 years younger than me. He is a great guy with a brilliant mind and people skills and I enjoy working for him so far, but at the same time it is kind of weird with him so young, and makes me feel rather pre-historic.

    Regarding the financial people, we have Fidelity here at work for our benefits and a similar thing as they all are young. Our personal financial adviser is a guy we have been with for years (with Ameriprise) who is around my age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhabreath View Post
    I'm much in the same boat working in IT, except the company I woked in for many years was eaten by a bigger fish and nearly all the employees let go. Now I'm bouncing around and bit and counting the days. IT can be a cut-throat world between outsourcing and younger employees who don't mind being online and available 24x7. I'm just not very motivated or interested, in fact if I could make the same $ working in a record store, teaching guitar, brewing beer, picking apples or some other moderate manual labor I'd leave IT in a hearbeat. f@@k IT.
    My original company merged with another one...........then a few years later merged again.......then a few years later we got gobbled up by a really huge monster of a company (one of the biggest in the world) which is where things stand today. I have been very lucky to have been able to survive all that as I have many friends and co-workers who didn't. In some ways I have managed to just stay in the right place at the right time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    I notice the same thing, Steve, even in my industry, publishing, where people tend to stay in one place for a long time until they are streamlined out. We have many editorial assistants who are just out or a few years out of college and to whom the new technology and systems are a piece of cake; unlike me and some of the other oldsters here who are struggling with them. Once the systems become second nature it's fine, but then they change again. Where I've noticed almost exclusively young people is in the area of financial management. The wife and I have been talking to folks at Fidelity to get our accounts in order for my eventual retirement. Everyone we've met there is under 30, and they are bright.
    I do not for one second take for granted, Lou & SS, how freakin' lucky I was to be able to retire before I became bitter about all the (needed & inevitable) progress overwhelming my comfortably Luddite mind.

    My 33 year old adopted son (originally Romanian), who was diagnosed as an infant in Romania as "severely, irrecuperably cognitively impaired" and who has a B.S. in engineering and works for TDS Telecom as a troubleshooter has responded to 4 or 5 "my computer don't work-help!" calls from me in the last few years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progeezer View Post
    I do not for one second take for granted, Lou & SS, how freakin' lucky I was to be able to retire before I became bitter about all the (needed & inevitable) progress overwhelming my comfortably Luddite mind.

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    I am not really bitter, just tired of constantly dealing with human beings that can't get along with each other.

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    I got a taste of reality when Bowie died and a coworker in his late 20s (who I thought had some sense of pop culture) never heard of him.

    Needless to say I didn’t mention anything to him when Tom Petty left the mortal coil.

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    And I'm in a pub hanging with my millennial friends not understanding a damn thing they're yapping about.

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    And I'm in a pub hanging with my millennial friends not understanding a damn thing they're yapping about.
    Huh??
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    Burp....

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    And now they're yapping about Cardi B. Who?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    And now they're yapping about Cardi B. Who?
    Single worst live performance I've ever seen on SNL. (I've been watching since the 70s.) Embarrassing and cringe-inducing.
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    Cardi B can barely speak English even though it's her first language, and is a horrible stereotype for people struggling to escape a "ghetto" image.

    I think I read that she was a former stripper and sometime escort before her stardom.
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    The world is going to hell in a handbasket........

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Single worst live performance I've ever seen on SNL. (I've been watching since the 70s.) Embarrassing and cringe-inducing.
    I happened to catch that too and agree it was really bad. I know nothing much else about her though.

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    I give you guys some credit for watching SNL. Maybe I'm stuck in my ways, but that show hasn't made me laugh in 30 years. It might be funny now, but I wouldn't know since I gave up on it years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    I give you guys some credit for watching SNL. Maybe I'm stuck in my ways, but that show hasn't made me laugh in 30 years. It might be funny now, but I wouldn't know since I gave up on it years ago.
    Same here. I gave up on it when all the originals left to be replaced by Charles Rocket and other equally unfunny people. Nothing but sex and drug gags. I still have no interest in the show. I can't stay awake long enough anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    Same here. I gave up on it when all the originals left to be replaced by Charles Rocket and other equally unfunny people. Nothing but sex and drug gags. I still have no interest in the show. I can't stay awake long enough anyway.
    Not to totally hijack the thread, but what I saw as a big difference was that, instead of edgy humor built around interesting ideas and characters, many of the later skits were simply built around one gimmick. It's like comparing Tony Iommi's multi-riff-laden compositions to songs built around one repeating riff that takes on no life of its own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    I give you guys some credit for watching SNL. Maybe I'm stuck in my ways, but that show hasn't made me laugh in 30 years. It might be funny now, but I wouldn't know since I gave up on it years ago.
    Actually, SNL has a terrific cast right now IMO. It is the writing on the show that is not always up to par. If we happen to be home late on a Saturday night I will still catch it pretty regularly. It is not always funny, but they sometime still knock it out of the park. The two guys who do weekend update are quite funny most of the time too.

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    I do record SNL and watch it later. I agree that Jost & Che on Weekend Update are terrific (better even than Fey & Fallon IMO, and I love Fey), and as SS said, they do knock it out of the park @ times (at least one sketch each show IMO & often more). I fast forward past anything that doesn't grab me quickly.

    I also think that Kate McKinnon is as talented and hilarious as just about any other cast member going all the way back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progeezer View Post
    I do record SNL and watch it later. I agree that Jost & Che on Weekend Update are terrific (better even than Fey & Fallon IMO, and I love Fey), and as SS said, they do knock it out of the park @ times (at least one sketch each show IMO & often more). I fast forward past anything that doesn't grab me quickly.

    I also think that Kate McKinnon is as talented and hilarious as just about any other cast member going all the way back.
    Agree, McKinnon ranks right up there with the all time best of SNL cast members. She is an amazing talent and destined to be a star.

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    Quote Originally Posted by progeezer View Post
    I agree that Jost & Che on Weekend Update are terrific (better even than Fey & Fallon IMO, and I love Fey), and as SS said, they do knock it out of the park @ times (at least one sketch each show IMO & often more). I fast forward past anything that doesn't grab me quickly.

    I also think that Kate McKinnon is as talented and hilarious as just about any other cast member going all the way back.
    Yup, she is great!

    Who's watching this show?

    My 19 year old son and his friends never even heard of it, and fans of the 70s era seem to fall asleep at 10:00!
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    I've been saying since the '70s, if I'm up that late, it's because I've got something better to do than watch tv.
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