Generation Gap???

  1. To start off . . . I love my father. We have our differences of opinions, different tastes in things. We also agree on a lot of things too. "Dad" is a kind man. I respect him and his tastes.

    However . . .

    He recently told me a story that made me just shake my head and realize the "generation gap" between us.

    My father is a priest . . . an Episcopalian priest (they can marry and have children, but that's another story and another thread). Years ago he met and established a close friendship with a minister from Ireland. He's gone to Ireland several times to visit his friend, so they are close friends.

    This minister buddy of his also happens to be the "spiritual counselor" for the band U2. In my mind, this is way cool. My father knows someone who know U2!!!!

    Well, dad's close minister-buddy gave him FREE tickets. FREE tickets to see U2 !!! When dad told me this, I practically pissed my pants!!! When I asked him how he liked the concert, he told me this:

    "I had to walk out of the concert about 30 minutes after it started. The music was too loud for my ears! I have tender ears you know."

    "DAD!!!" , I shrieked! "You walked out on a U2 concert?!?!?!? . . . with FREE TICKETS?!?!?!? . . . . "DAD!!!"

    I almost crapped my pants when he told me what he had done. I was stunned. I couldn't understand. I was embarrassed! I guess I'm 26 years younger than my father?!?!?!?

    Dad did say that he enjoys listening to U2's albums where he can control the volume better. :stone

    I did mention to him that he could have purchased special ear plugs for the loud concert. He didn't know that at the time.

    He did meet up with his minister-buddy, after the concert, though. His minister-buddy introduced dad to . . .

    U2!!!

    Yep, my dad met U2.

    (He didn't tell them that he walked out on their concert, though.)

    Generation gap??? Maybe, maybe not. I don't like loud concerts either (hurts my tender ears!) But walk out on a FREE U2 concert. . . . never!!!!

    Cheers,

    Ted
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   jevans
    GENERATION GAP IS................
    When I explained to a student that in the early 80@s we used to use egg white and oxygen for pressure sore treatment. She replied I wasn't born then

    OR

    My daughter looking in the attic asking what these big black discs were for????????
    Yes you guessed it. They were vinyls

    I must be ancient
    j
  4. by   mattsmom81
    Ah, yes...I see the generation gap so evident between me and my depression era parents. I had it so easy compared to them....

    And now I look at my own child and sigh...such an entitled young man as are all his friends...doesn't want to wait for anything...doesn't mind being late for work. It makes me crazy!!! He says, "Mom, it's a new generation......"

    LOL!
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by jevans
    GENERATION GAP IS................

    My daughter looking in the attic asking what these big black discs were for????????
    Yes you guessed it. They were vinyls

    I must be ancient
    Naaaahhhhh...

    I'm only 26, and I rememebr vinyl. Your daughter must be pretty young!

    While we're at it, I remember switching 8 tracks for my mom

    Heather
  6. by   LasVegasRN
    Heck, I remember when FM radio was first put in cars. And when there was no such thing as a remote to a TV - you had to wait for the TV to WARM UP. If a tube blew, you took out the tube out, took it down to the pharmacy and tested it on a machine. Our TV was the size of a twin bed. :chuckle

    Gee, doesn't seem like I'm that old. :wink2:
  7. by   Tookie
    Generation gap - is when the kids you took to kinder/ prep get marreid and or have kids -
    Generation gaps is when the polimen look sooooooo young
    Generation gap is remmbering when the beatles drove down the main highway and l saw tham through the window.
    Generation gap is going to your nices 21st - great party
    I could go on and on
    Ted what is your dads normal choice of music
  8. by   ageless
    I remember being the first kid in my circle of friends to have a color TV set...boy was I popular!

    I remember "party lines" and having to wait for what seemed a lifetime to use the phone.

    ...and milk in glass containers tasted so much better!
  9. by   aimeee
    Originally posted by Sandra m. Took
    Generation gap is remmbering when the beatles drove down the main highway and l saw tham through the window.
    You SAW the Beatles? Really? *dreamy sigh* Wow.

    I remember the astonishment of watching the Wizard of Oz on a COLOR tv for the first time....Wow, the horse of a different color actually changes colors! My son sometimes takes all the color out just for the novelty of watching TV in b/w.
  10. by   micro
    generation gap
    communication style.....
    hey, my parents would have said yoohoo?????

    hehehehehe.....love dad and mom.....

    as a "baby boomer".....i feel the gap from both sides.....
    gap...........................micro............... ............gap
  11. by   caroladybelle
    My mother forced me to see Elvis Presley with her - about a year before he died - at Lakeland Civic Center. I was surrounded by thousands of housewives and mothers, screaming and fainting, fighting over the scarves that were being thrown to the audience. I just didn't get it.

    I got even, I made her go to see Shaun Cassidy with me - okay, okay I was really young.

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