Did you know that another baby boomer dies every 36.6 seconds? Neither did I, and I think this is a clear case of ignorance is bliss. But a guy in Canada named James Love seems to think it’s a good idea, and he created the Boomer Death Counter, a website that is continually clocking the demise of our generation (He has U.S. and Canadian counters).
I find it unnerving to watch the counter tick away each time another boomer macrames their last plant holder. But don’t take my word for it; click the link above and take a look at this happy little site yourself.
Why would anyone create such a morbid website? Is this supposed to be some cautionary device or “sword of Damocles” to remind us boomers that we have wasted precious time and our lives are now slip, slipping away? Mr. Love sure seems to be trying to convince us it is:
We know intellectually that with each day the wheel of time seems to spin faster and we occasionally hear the bony footsteps of the Grim Reaper shuffling behind us. For all our bombastic youthful chutzpa, our collective fear of death seems out of place for us. We close our eyes and whistle in the dark; looking at the slow click of the clock and realizing each day that its “click, click, click” is speeding up.
Yowza! Are you shaking in your boots yet? So what does he want us dying boomers to do? Repent? Join the Peace Corps? Start jogging?
Nah! Take a closer look…the real reason he is scaring the hell out of us is to sell retirement plans! It right there, smack dab in the middle of the home page:
Now that you know how much time you have left don’t wait to plan for your retirement. Use a retirement calculator and know your money.
How cheesy is that?!?
Nice try, buddy…but this is one boomer who doesn’t scare so easy. However, you may catch me looking at my watch every 36.6 seconds and muttering, “Whew, it’s not my turn.”