Did you hear? Millennials will overtake Baby Boomers in Population this Year

Just when we thought we knew everything and owned the world by demographics, someone came along and said it ain’t so.

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Did you hear? Millennials will overtake Baby Boomers in Population this Year

The folks at Pew Research say that Baby Boomers, what we always thought to be the largest generation, peaked at 78.8 million in 1999.

Pew says that last year there were (a projected 75.4) million Boomers. By midcentury, the Boomer population will dwindle to 16.6 million.

As far as a ‘living generation goes”

Pew says that in this year, the “Millennial” generation is projected to surpass us Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation. This is according to the population projections released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Millennials are defined as being between ages 18 to 34 in 2015. Boomers are now ages 51 to 69.

Census data says that there are a projected 75.3 million Millennial’s this year. This year Millenial’s are surpassing the 74.9 million Gen Xer’s (ages 35 to 50). Millenial’s are projected to outnumber us Boomers by 2028.

So what is growing the Millenial Generation?

The Millennial generation is growing thanks to young immigrants. Boomer numbers are shrinking as we move on from life at a pace faster than the immigration numbers of boomers.

The Millennial population is projected to peak in 2036 at 81.1 million. By 2050 there will be a projected 79.2 million Millennials.

Happy Birthday Woodstock?

Happy Birthday Woodstock?

Happy Birthday Woodstock?

This week marks the 45th anniversary of Woodstock.
Did you notice?

The event, originally marketed as a ‘Music and Art” fair, took place in 1969. In case you forgot.
We know hot the three day event actually turned out.

Around 500,000 people showed up despite only selling 186,00 tickets in advance.
There were problems from the start from heavy rains just before to the event to less than stellar numbers of facilities and first aid for the concert goers.

A ticket for the three day event were $18 in advance and $24 at the gate.
Thanks to inflation, that’s about $118.16-$157.55 today- still a bargain for three days.

Creedence Clearwater Revival was the first act to sign.
They were paid $10000. That would be about $65,647.60 today- a really low fee today as you can imagine.
Jimi Hendrix was the last to perform, despite a rain delay.
The crowd was relatively small by this time. Oddly enough, it was probably this performance that is best remembered with this event.

Everything about this event was groundbreaking.

Today there would be multitudes of permits, people, precautions, lawyers, caterers, police, and so much more to put on an event like this one. Woodstock was the first of it’s kind, kind of naive in many ways. Concert goers were more about escaping the stress of the war and parents striving to give them a better life than they had.

Could an event like this one take place today?

Probably not. Commercialism and making a buck have grown exponentially since then. You would have all kind of money making ways to get your money- enough to make you not relax so much. Modern marketing methods and ideas would probably defeat the whole anti-establishment ideology of the original event. There is an unpopular war now just as there was then. We just don’t seem as focused on it as we were then- probably just accepting that wars will happen no matter how wrong they may be.

And quite frankly, we are more interested in our retirement and the effects of old age than we are in spending three days in a dream.

Where were you 45 years ago on this memorable weekend?

 

Manopause? Really?

Manopause? Really?

 

Just when we thought Menopause was our right of passage, it seems the men had to claim their own version of it.

There is something about menopause that bonds us women. It could be the complaining to one another about the ‘changes’ while secretly we  are somewhat happy to be done with out monthly visitor.  The bonding can also be because we women know that menopause is a kind of a ticket or hall pass for those days when we don’t feel good or just want to feel bitchy. Someone gets on your nerves, you forget what you entered the room for or you break out into a sweat and you can just tell the world it’s menopause and everyone believes you.

Manopause on the other hand…

The ‘definition’ or ’cause’ of ‘manopause’ has something to do with declining testosterone between the ages of 40 and 65.

I know, women are all thinking ‘here we go again…the testosterone thing…’.

Manopause

Naturally, there is a big money earning industry thanks to the whole manopause phenomena.
Time magazine says its a $2 billion dollar industry.

Time equates many of the symptoms of manopause, if not all, to the effects of growing old. You know, the slowing down of metabolisms and slowing down of anything that has to do with the male genital.

And, because there is a multi billion dollar industry to help treat manopause, there is interest in keeping the idea going.

Mensjournal has their opinion on Manopause

Take a hard look at these influential lifestyle factors, make some positive changes, and you can top off your testosterone levels without stepping foot in a low-T center to get injections, gels, patches or sprays that, once you start taking, you may need to keep taking indefinitely for continued results. (Along with potentially serious side effects.)
The Bottom Line: “Manopause,” or “Low-T” is a very real, but hard to define, phenomenon — and like the symptoms, the fix isn’t always clear. It might be you need to take a pill, or, just as likely, get more of the stuff you want anyway — sleep, good food, exercise, and some time to relax. In other words, talk it out with your doctor.

Here is what I know.

Every time I put the nightly news on, I am bombarded by commercials selling something to boost testosterone levels.
You can’t read a weekend paper or a magazine without seeing a two page spread warning of the possible effects that a certain drug may bring to you.
Hef says he is still active.
And, I’m still getting those flashes of sweat.
That’s what I know.