It’s arrived, the ultimate boomer website, HuffPost50, jam-packed with celebrity takes on turning 50 along with a plethora of blogs from no-name boomers who, together, make getting old sound like – well, just what turning 25 felt like.
For these people, passing the half century mark is “incredible” and “cool.” They are “reinventing” themselves, becoming “independent,” feeling “alive,” being “active,” “celebrating” themselves and having the “most passionate” sex of their lives.
Crabby Old Lady nearly strangled on all the self-regard, particularly the parts explaining how none of these people are anything like their parents at the same age. Actor Tom Hanks’ wife, Rita Wilson, is HuffPost50’s editor at large:
”Dad golfed and he and Mom, together, did their Victory Laps of Parenting, taking care of everyone’s grandchildren’s needs,” writes Ms. Wilson. “My parents didn’t question what their future held.
“The future for Boomers is different. Our parents were winding down at middle age; we are winding up. There are so many options available to us. Our generation is Go, Go, Go, Go, Go, Do Do, Do, Do, Do…My parents were cool with how simply they spent their time. But for us, there’s so much to do, so little time.”
Oooh, we are so amazingly cooler, incredible, sexier and alive than our doltish parents, dontcha know. Crabby wonders how many of those parents are alive to read what their ungrateful boomer kids think of their parents’ choices to help care for the grandchildren while they’ve been busy being so awesome.
The headlines in the Love Post50 section of HuffPost50 appear to have been stripped straight from a dusty, 40-year-old Cosmopolitan magazine: “Five Sure-Fire Dating Tips for Frog-Kissing Boomers,” “For Better or for Worse – But Never for Lunch,” “Why Second Marriages May Be Doomed,” “That Wedding Bell Could Have Been Mother-in-Law Hell.”
Come to think of it, Crabby sees those headlines on rags at the supermarket checkout counter every week.
The nearly empty Health Post50 section bears no resemblance so far to anything real – baldness, stamina, incontinence, arthritis or any of the minor afflictions elders deal with every day, let alone larger medical problems.
There is only a whiny piece from a woman who believes she is too young to have osteoporosis and another from an “expert” whose major health recommendation is to stay healthy. But if something does go wrong, you can – oh, wow – become a medical tourist at, perhaps, Johns Hopkins hospital in Singapore or the soon-to-be-completed Cleveland Clinic branch in Abu Dhabi.
Crabby is supposed to know this guy’s an expert because he’s got a book about international health travel. But that’s hardly a useful benchmark when just about everyone with a blog post at Huffpost50 is flogging a book.
Huffington Post is a phenomenally success news aggregator with millions of readers. Crabby had hoped this new section would be a serious undertaking to investigate and educate readers about the culture, politics, latest news and most compelling thinking related to aging and what to expect as the years pile up.
Instead, HuffPost50 is lightweight celebrity venture without even the pretense of addressing what getting old is really like.
What a disappointment.
At The Elder Storytelling Placce today, Terry Hamburg: My Mom, the Star