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November 5th, 2008

Oh, hey guys, you're finally up. Yeah, it was a late night, wasn't it? But today: So totally exciting. America has a new president, who not only seems to know what he's doing, but who's also breaking down barriers to power that damn near everybody thought were rock solid 4 years ago. Also, you are now totally irrelevant.

What? Oh, that last bit.

Well, see, here's the deal. As we're all painfully aware by this point, there's an awful lot of you Boomers. Enough that, for your entire adult lives, y'all have been a massive cultural force. In general, shit has happened because you did it or because it happened to you. Trust us, we understand this bit of history. You have only told us all about it 5 million times.

But, as you may have noticed, this year was a little odd. First, those nutty kids got all excited about yet another long-shot presidential candidate. I mean, crazy, right? How many times have you told them that's never going to work because today's young people (unlike young people back when you were a young person) just aren't political enough or motivated enough or important enough to really shift a major election.

Except that, this year, the young people turned out in droves. Like, flooded the damn polls to the point that their guy won the primary. And the general election, too. It's been nuts. Like, dogs and cats living together, nuts. Like, enough students from Pittsburgh State University in Kansas showing up at the polls to turn Crawford County blue, nuts. That's a third blue county in Kansas. Three. THAT NEVER HAPPENS.

And that president-elect. There's something different about him, too. (No, not that.) Look at when he was born. He's not one of you. By some counts, he may even be part of your arch-nemesis, Generation X.

The sad fact is, guys, this shit doesn't go backwards. Historically speaking, you don't have much of a chance of ever getting another Boomer in the Oval Office. You got Clinton. You got Bush. That could well be it. Worse, even if another Boomer becomes president, he won't have to rely on you to get him there. We now know that people younger than you will vote in huge numbers for a candidate they like and that their votes can make a difference.

So I guess what I'm saying is this: Starting today, American presidential races are no longer about Vietnam or hippies.

The presidency is no longer a referendum on the culture wars circa 1971. You are no longer the king makers. You are no longer the Earth-shakers. There is something going on here and you don't have any clue what it is, do you, Mrs. Ferraro? 

Enjoy those AARP discounts, guys. They sure do sound swell.

Best,
Everybody Born After 1961
 



October 1st, 2008

Yummy Recipe

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Savory sweet potato, apple, and onion pies (Makes 2 pies)

You'll Need
2 deep-dish pie crusts
2 medium sweet potatoes
1.5 small sweet yellow onions
2.5 medium Honeycrisp apples
Sliced Cheese (I used muenster this time, but I think a good, smoky gouda would be even better)
sage
allspice
garlic powder
balsamic vinegar
2 cups veggie broth
salt
pepper

To Make
1. Peel and thinly slice sweet potatoes. Boil slices in 2 cups veggie broth. I did this in an uncovered dish in the microwave to cut back on time, but you could do it on the stove or steamed, depending on what you want. Either way, cook them until al dente, still a little crisp, but mostly done.

2. While potatoes are cooking, thinly slice onions and sweat them in a pan with about a tablespoon of olive oil. As they cook, add balsamic vinegar, sage, and allspice to taste. Cook until onions are translucent.

3. Core and slice apples. Add apples and cooked sweet potatoes to the pan and mix. Pour in about half the broth from cooking the potatoes and saute over medium heat. Add sage, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and allspice to taste.

4. Spoon filling mixture, including some of the broth "gravy" into pie shells. Cover the tops of both pies, including edges, with tin foil and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

5. Take pies out, remove tin foil, and top with slices of cheese, enough to cover tops. Return to oven, uncovered, and bake for 15-20 minutes more, until cheese has melted and edges of pie crust have browned.

DEeeeelicious!

September 1st, 2008

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