The Older Generation

Not happy unless there’s something or someone they can complain about.

And I’m probably showing how I’m entering that older generation now.

What Do They Think?

My recent rant about people who can’t read brought a member of the older generation out of the woodwork to comment on the post. He/She apparently took offense at my request that people follow my instructions and not bother me for information about Wickenburg.

Apparently, this person thinks I should devote my life to maintaining my Web sites and serving the people who find and read them. I seriously doubt whether this person has used the Donation link to help support the site, which takes time and money to run. Instead he/she wants my services for free. And damn me if I don’t want to give it out!

I’ve seen this over and over at People can’t take the site for what it is: a many-authored blog related to the town and life in Wickenburg. They seem to think that it’s some kind of service that should do nothing but write glowing articles about the town and its surroundings, to paint a rosy picture of the retiree heaven they want it to be. A service run by someone who’ll drop everything — including work she does to make living — to get them the information they seek.

I don’t know where the hell they got that idea. I guess it’s because they can’t/won’t read.

This Ain’t the First Time

In my recent rant, I didn’t list the e-mails and nasty comments I’ve gotten from this group of senior whiners. Frankly, I didn’t think it was worth giving it attention. But since this recent whiner has joined the pack, I figured I’d take a moment to whine back.

Why is it that these people can never find something to be happy about? Why is it that they take offense so easily when something they know so little about is revealed to be a little less perfect than they thought? And why, oh why, is their attitude always “I don’t agree with you so I’m going to stop reading what you write and I’m going to tell you about it because I want to hurt your feelings.”

(Mommy! The mean man doesn’t like me! Waaaaa!)

A person with some guts or brains might attempt to start a reasonable debate on why I’m wrong or why I should look at things their way. A person who truly cared about the town might volunteer to join its content creators and write the articles they think belonged on the site to get their point of view out there.

But all that would take effort. It’s so much easier to say something they think is mean and walk away. (Heaven knows, their time is so limited now that they’re retired.)

Well, as my mother would say, “Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.”

One thought on “The Older Generation

  1. Guess my point is made about offending the webmaster. Little did I know that it would be so soon. Didn’t know that the few words I had written could evolve into such a long essay that did not reflect my thoughts.

    You have the right to say anything you wish about topics and people. In no way did I suggest you shouldn’t. Likewise I don’t advocate anyone expecting you to get information for them.

    I asked to unsubscribe because of the amount of content that was coming to my e-mail box with the subjects of Macs, software and copywrite information, etc… This content was coming due to the statement on this site ‘Get new content from this site automatically via e-mail. Enter your e-mail address:’. I am not a Mac user and not an author and consequently thought that rather than have this content hit my e-mail daily , I would simply unsubscribe and visit the web site when I chose and then pick and choose which topics to read. My interests are in learning more about Wickenburg. I did think that the rant was a little lengthy.

    So, not seeing a button that said ‘click here to unsubscribe’, I simply added the comments and the request.

    I don’t believe that my earlier comments should be considered ‘whining’ and don’t believe that retirees or seniors or whatever you choose to call them should all be categorized as you did in the response – or maybe you were just targeting me.

    What would I have to gain by trying to ‘hurt your feelings’ as you suggest. Life is much too short for that.

    As mentioned in my original post, I have enjoyed several of your articles in the past. Not sure that will continue as you have so eloquently suggested “Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.”

What do you think?