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Five Loaves, Two Fishes and Six Chicken Nuggets by Barry Gibbons

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3. Time for reinvention

I am, of course, a definitive Boomer. I arrived at the ordering point of the drive-through of life in January 1946, the first full year of post-war peace. As it happens I arrived very early, weighed in at less than 4 lbs and was not expected to last the night. I survived, and immediately set about my life goal of putting on another 185 lbs.

Depending on which definition you use, I was followed by up to 100 million fellow-Boomers in the United States and Western Europe. From my deep research on the subject, I have one unchallenged observation about my peer group. We are all profound liars.

Here’s an example. At the drop of a hat, or at the remotest hint of a lull in a conversation, a true Boomer will regale you with a ...

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