As a member of the almost forgotten “Beat Generation” much of my life has involved looking over my shoulder at the center stage generation that followed me like a heard of younger brothers and sisters. That generation appeared as a baby boom generation, the product of warrior men and women delighted to have something more fun to do than fight. It was named by less than brilliant social commentators “the Boomer” generation; and boom, boom, boom they have.
I married one of that breed, happily for me, and now in my retirement she encourages me to write poetry and blog and keep busily out of her way as she earns the living that allows me this luxury.
As we have watched the t.v. ads speaking to her generation (mine are diminishing in numbers, and if true to our origins would not be interested in most of what is being sold) we were both struck by the colorless, humorless presentation. That is the foundational motivation for this work; to bring some sense and non-sense to this experience of aging with all it’s promises, both wonderful and dreadful.
By the way, the name for this effort was her idea. It emerged over conversations, fittingly enough, in response to the advertising for adult diapers. We couldn’t stand them and she came up with the idea of our going into the adult diaper business and calling our product Stripee Dipes and designing a variety of colorful diapers to shield, not only what they are designed to shield, but against the embarrassment and shame that seems to stalk us as we age into fragility.
Well, I’m not really interested in going back into the world of traditional business and while I hope to turn a few dollars my way via this site, it’s not going to be as a manufacturer or distributor of products. On the other hand, my family enjoys a standing joke (why not a sitting or lying down joke?) whenever I say (which is often) “I have an idea.” So on another page you can find some of those ideas and if they happen to fit what you do, use them. I won’t charge you, or come back and demand some kind of “intellectual property rights”. But if you want to send something of value, verbal praise or gifts, or dollars, certainly, follow that impulse. More on that in the other section.