The Angry Generation-Xer. Copyright© T. Riggs 2016
If I had any alter-ego that fulfilled all the animosity of my psyche not being addressed by the bitchy 15 year old that forever resides in a quiet corner of my brain – it would be The Angry Generation-Xer. Juxtaposed, the two give balance to my anger. The 15 year old is the thinker, re-watching old movies, re-reading books, and providing a running commentary when she finds something particularly annoying or amusing. The Generation-Xer is the drill sergeant.
I remember in my early-twenties, first hearing the term “generation-x” and wondering, first; why the heck we needed to label it, I mean real 1980’s recession survivors took a seam-ripper to their Members Only jackets to remove the logo. Kids in the 80’s refused to be labels and walking advertisements. Anarchy was the way… we were too cool to have labels.
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Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after US Thanksgivingduring one of the busiest shopping periods of the year
First observed on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. Small Business Saturday is a registered trademark of American Express corporation.
In 2010 the holiday was conceived and promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. That year Amex bought advertising inventory on Facebook, which it in turn gave to its small merchant account holders, and also gave rebates to new customers to promote the event.
American Express publicized the initiative using social media, advertising, and public relations. Many local politicians and small business groups in the United States issued proclamations concerning the campaign, which generated more than one million Facebook “like” registrations and nearly 30,000 tweets under the Twitter hashtags #smallbusinesssaturday and #smallbizsaturday
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YEAR: 1982 GENRE: Sci-fi/fantasy COOL THINGS: Finger-pointing stranded alien, Speak and Spell, flying BMXs KUDOS: Steven Spielberg / Melissa Mathison DERIVATIVES AND PROMOS: Please read on…
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As always, thank you for looking.
As a kid,
I’ve always wanted to capture
but I wondered what
would I’ve done
if I actually caught one?
So day in
with a smile on my face
just for the chance to write
my own story.
Because isn’t that the only reason
why we do anything?
Why we abuse
until we are halfway to our graves.
We want to be remembered.
We want our words
to live on past the afterlife
making us immortal.
We are tired of not being the narrative
because we want to stand out.
We want to become heroes
in our own story.
So, I remain steadfast
with my pen
waiting for the opportunity,
still chasing that dragon.
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I have never aspired to seek political office. Such striving wouldn’t suit me, and the work itself would likely bore me; my competitive and my reformatory energies both, I have expressed in other ways. But many nevers permit at least one aberration, and mine came in fourth grade, when at the last possible moment, I ran for class president. My platform? The ignorance of misogyny.
The otherwise unopposed candidate was a tall, somewhat stocky boy whom I remember to this day for his brush cut and his brash remarks belittling my gender. Be it classroom banter or playground bullying, he was unrelenting in his hateful attitude. I couldn’t stand it, and I couldn’t let it stand.
So I presented myself in front of my class, by the overhead projector, and made an impassioned, impromptu speech denouncing his language and behavior, asking my classmates in the most rhetorical tone, “Is this really what you want?”
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