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Are You a Generation Xer?

I am often confused as to which generation I belong to (not that I care that much) but one constantly hears different dates for the Baby Boomers vs. Generation X. I was born in the early 60’s which could put me in either camp but depending on what dumb (or smart) thing each group is doing at the moment, I align myself with whoever seems the least ridiculous. But most of the time, I feel like I fell through the cracks and belong to neither group (I guess this makes me a a href=”http://www.tweeners.org/””tweener”/a). I got to thinking about all this after skimming over a new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0670018589?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0670018589″span style=”font-style:italic;”X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking./span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0670018589″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / br /br /The premise of the book is as follows: br /br /blockquoteWhile the pathologically nostalgic baby boomers are busy popping Viagra and clinging to their endless squat in the spotlight, and while their self-obsessed, lip-synching progeny, the millennials, are caught up in a perpetual hustle to take that spotlight away, the generation that is doing the hard, quiet work of keeping America from sucking is the one that still gets pegged as a bunch of slackers: Generation X./blockquotebr /br /Uh, okay. That sounds good, being part of some generation that is the backbone of America (don’t they all feel that way?) But anyway, the purpose of this post is to find out if you, dear reader, are a part of Generation X. Apparently, there is much disagreement on where the Baby Boom ends and Generation X begins. Some dates given for Generation X are 1965-78 or 1960-80 or 1961-81 or 1963-81 or 1960-1977. The author of the book, Jeff Gordinier, says that 1960-1977 makes the most sense to him because this group scores highest on the all-important span style=”font-weight:bold;”Generation X Aptitude Test (GXAT)./span Are you a Generation Xer? Take this in-depth test–I set it up as a poll–and see: br /br /form method=post action=”http://poll.pollcode.com/MGw”table border=0 width=150 bgcolor=”EEEEEE” cellspacing=0 cellpadding=2trtd colspan=2font face=”Verdana” size=-1 color=”Black”bDo you want to change the world?/b/font/td/trtrtd width=5input type=radio name=answer value=”1″/tdtdfont face=”Verdana” size=-1 color=”Black”Yes, and I’m proud to say we did it, man. We changed the world. Just look around you!/font/td/trtrtd width=5input type=radio name=answer value=”2″/tdtdfont face=”Verdana” size=-1 color=”Black”Yes, I promise to get back to doing that just as soon as interest rates return to where they should./font/td/trtrtd width=5input type=radio name=answer value=”3″/tdtdfont face=”Verdana” size=-1 color=”Black”Omigod, omigod, changing the world and helping people is, like, totally important to me! /font/td/trtrtd width=5input type=radio name=answer value=”4″/tdtdfont face=”Verdana” size=-1 color=”Black”The way you phrase that question is so fucking cheesy and absurd, I don’t want to continue./font/td/trtrtd colspan=2centerinput type=submit value=”Vote”nbsp;nbsp;input type=submit name=view value=”View”/center/td/trtrtd bgcolor=”white” colspan=2 align=rightfont face=”Verdana” size=-2 color=”black”pollcode.com a href=http://pollcode.com/font color=”navy”free polls/font/a/font/td/tr/table/formbr /br /Let me know which answer you think makes you part of Generation X (it’s pretty obvious).br /br /Update: So, according to the poll (92% last I looked) the majority of us on the Dr. Helen blog are either Generation Xers, contrarians, or both. I am betting on the contrarian theory.