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We have our resident blogger on the evils of racism, but I’m not going to put that much effort into it, so just a Discussion.  

 

For me to enter a club in Worcester means that I get stared at, at best, or sometimes threatened.  I am expected to join the other old guys in the cricket club and talk about cars, gardens or sports.  Apart from my daughters and a few of their close friends, topics of conversation with young people are very limited – they get uncomfortable and start looking at me strangely, and they are clearly not interested in my experiences or opinions.

 

In China I can go anywhere and not feel out of place.  I can talk with people of all ages, get listened to and argued with.  They are not uncomfortable with me and are interested in what I have to say.

 

Honestly now, how do you feel about being with and talking to old people?  What subjects are OK, and which taboo?  Do you believe that old people were young once and can remember what it was like?  

 

To make it more interesting you could add your nationality and your age [YCGs may subtract five years].

 

Younger Generation – Lovin’ Spoonful :

Why must every generation,
Think their folks are square?
And no matter where their heads are,
They know that mom's ain't there.

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I enjoy talking with the elderly, they are usually more interesting than younger people. Maybe I'm getting old myself, but I guess when you've been here long enough and lived a lot, you have a cooler view of what life is, and it's very relaxing.

 

Old people should not talk about hipsters though, they're too old to understand that wearing glasses without the glass and vintage clothing is a way to rebel against society. You guys don't even know what rebels are anyway, so stick to talking about how cool music was back in the 60's and how young people nowadays are stupid and lack opinions of their own.

I agree - no more teasing the kids.

 

My personal rebellion was wearing waist-length hair, which wasn't much of a rebellion in mid-60s Britain, but got me stared at greatly when I hitch-hiked down to Bavaria and Austria in the summer of '66.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’

 

Bob Dylan

So, like Pete Townshend, do you think that he still agrees with himself?

I would hope he still does I know I still do. That fact is we never go out to tease anyone here but comments are taken the wrong way and shit happens, more of a defensive nature then a tease.

The Dylan song was at the time of the Civil Rights movement in the early 60s, and refers much more to those issues than the age issue.  The older generation was perceived as opposing those rights, partially a fair feeling.  I was referring to Townshend's line "Hope I die before I get old" when I asked would they still say that sort of thing at their ages?

Wut, you're not married yet? Creepy!

Some people don't need to try to be stiff. You're one of them. 

:)

Sure I will, lovely!

:)

It's all good.

Toys back in the pram now?  Otherwise I'll have to strap you both in.

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