It’s Been Breached. Now What?

It’s official. Fo’ bucks.

Some economists (I can’t remember which – there are so many) predicted that the $4 mark would be the tipping point.

What do you a call an economist with a prediction?”

“Wrong.”

I couldn’t agree more with that statement (not the “joke”). This is definitely a tipping point.

But what tipping point are we exactly talking about? Are we talking about gas prices? Or are we talking about the American people?

Are the American people ready for to change?

Remember the New Balance 992’s instead of the Mercedes Benz keys? The spacious backyard for the public green space? The 2-car garage for one assigned parking space?

Before we attempt to answer any questions, let’s take a brief look at post-WWII American history through the eyes of the generations sociologists spend lifetimes analyzing.

Baby Boomers

The first group to be raised with a television (1 set for the entire family), fought Vietnam, protested the draft, burned bras, witnessed the assassinations of Martin Luther King and the Kennedys, consumed heavy doses of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD or simply “acid” to those who never passed General Science 3), read Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, listened to Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Sly and the Family Stone, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and leave us with a “monumental preoccupation” for which we have to find some fixes (social security, mounting debt, etc.) fast.

Generation X

The first group to be raised by a television (at least 5 in 1 home), fought in Kuwait (and is fighting in Iraq), protests about the long wait to get a Miller Genuine Draft, burns JOB 1.25’s, witnessed the assassinations of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. (you think Puffy/P. Diddy/Puff Daddy had anything to do with it?), consumes methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or simply “ecstasy” to those who used to skip General Science 3), reads US Weekly, People Magazine, The Enquirer and Star Magazine, listens to what radio programmers tell them they should be listening to, is a product of Reaganomics, is filled with doom and disease, is totally lost, has absolutely no identity, stands for nothing, falls for anything and will leave a huge burden on Generation Y if the tipping point passes us by.

Sorry Gen Y. I really do like you guys. I try.

Generation ñ

See Generation X and multiply that by at least 50. That’s how lost this generation is. They can’t complain about their identity because it doesn’t even exist.

Generation ñ.”

I can’t even begin to say that without busting out hysterically. Especially when the image that comes to mind is of he who was born in Miami to Cuban parents who immigrated – excuse me, sought refuge – in the 1960’s and feels Cuban when he wears his guayabera, plays domino and smokes boutique cigars at “Cuban-themed” parties, but couldn’t put a sentence together in Spanish (or English for that matter) if his communication skills depended on it. He has no idea why Castro’s revolution came to exist either.

Don’t tell him he’s not Cuban, though. He likes the hyphen.

Credit Generation ñ with one major contribution to local society: the birth of a dialect. Allow us to overhear a conversation in the dialect known simply as Miami:

“Bro, tu sabes, outta hand. That chick was riquisima. Yo le tire la muela and she fell for it, bro. Fer sher! She’s a major heat-up, though. She knows Susy’s sister, Jacky. But la jevita is outta control, bro…”

Excuse me while I regurgitate.

OK, where was I?

Change. Right. Change.

Why the history/sociology lesson?

Well, as you can see, history has shown that Generation X (automatically include Generation ñ when I refer to Generation X, but don’t forget to multiply it by at least 50) has taken a back seat to cocaine, crack, AIDS, divorce, single-parent households, racial injustice, xenophobia, homelessness, the political process, economic hardship, ___________. However, the time has now arrived (whether Gen Xers know it or don’t is a whole ‘nother issue) for Generation X to step up to the plate and accept the challenge for to change.

We don’t need to swing for the fences. We just need to do the little things that produce W’s. Move the runner over. Square up and lay down the bunt. Go opposite field and move the runner to third. Hit the ball hard in the air if there’s less than two outs. Consistently make the routine play.

It’s OK to flash some leather every now and then. Just make sure you make the routine play first. That’s all.

It’s station to station, boys (and girls). That guy (or girl) in the dugout is depending on you. It doesn’t matter if you hit 4th or 9th in this lineup. There’s only one common goal – and that’s to play it hard, play it right and play to win.

Welcome to the game of life. It’s only the biggest game we’ll ever play.

The first pitch was thrown earlier today. You ready to play ball?

Adrian Salgado is a Realtor Associate with RED I Realty in Miami, FL and can be reached at 305-491-7179 or SalgadoA@gmail.com

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10 responses to “It’s Been Breached. Now What?

  1. Major13

    Dre, The best write up by far! Keep it coming! Who’s coming to relief and get us that big W..

  2. d-

    Sad. Disheartening. Embarrasing. Frustrating. Angering. Horrifyingly laughable.

    Hope for change. Then act on it…hard.

  3. Dre, my favorite so far.
    By the way, was $4.00 a gallon a response to the fact that Earth Day just passed? Why is the media still talking about glaciers melting while politicians are talking about the benefits of ethanol production? Meanwhile commodities and carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise and deforestation picks up the pace.
    Also, I thought people already decided to change. We now have a “green” tab on MSN homepage, eco-brokers in real estate, and eco-clothing. I think that many see this topic like just another trend or a way to make a buck- we have a long way to go kid!!!

  4. Juan

    Two stories come to mind:

    A father (accountant or something) is busy working when his five years old son asks him to come out and play.The old man is too busy trying to figure this really complicated “issue” but the kid won’t give up..”Dad..c’mon let’s play!”
    So the father sees a picture of the world in a magazine and rips it into several pieces and tells his son: “here, put this picture of the world back togther, and I’ll come out and play with you”.
    Thinking he got rid of his son for a couple of hours he goes back to work. In less than five minutes, the son returns with the picture all put back together.
    “Son!, how did you do it?”..the father asked.
    “Easy..he replied. On back of the page, there was a picture of a man. All I did was put the man back together”.

    —————————————————–

    Three birds are sitting atop a tree enjoying the day. One of them decides to fly away.
    What’s left? Three birds sitting atop a tree!

    ————————————————–

    The first story reminds me that life is not as complicated as we think it to be.

    The second tells me that life without action is nothing but a passing thought.

  5. great post. i think people aren’t truly aware of the wide-spread consequences that will effect our economy when something as simple as gas prices rise (food gets more expensive, transportation, utilities, and even entertainment).

    I applaud your desire to change, and I hope others in miami especially can pull their heads out of the sand and change too.

  6. Adrian Salgado

    Major13,

    There’s a K-Rod, Mariano and Trevor Hoffman out there somewhere. You’ll see.

    d-,

    I feel all that and much, much more. Let’s do it.

    Ralo,

    They made us in the 70’s, kid. Somos mucho pa’ eso. When you stand for something, you won’t fall for anything. La neta.

    Juan,

    I remember reading that first story years ago. I was left speechless.

    It reminds me of Antoine de Saint Exupery’s classic “Le Petit Prince” (El Principito) where he tries hard to understand adults, but is continuously let down and disappointed by their lack of wisdom:

    “If you were to say to the grown-ups: ‘I saw a beautiful house made of rosy brick, with geraniums in the windows and doves on the roof,’ they would not be able to get any idea of that house at all. You would have to say to them: ‘I saw a house that cost $20,000.’ Then they would exclaim: ‘Oh, what a pretty house that is’!”

    Thanks for sharing that with us.

  7. Below I share a couple of points from two books which I have read in the past. Hope it makes some sense.

    “Quantity demand reflects the consumer’s demand for a larger supply of an existing product.

    Quality demand reflects the appetite for a different or improved kind of product.

    For as the consumer begins to satisfy his or her desire for higher quality, quantity demand once again begins to work its magic.

    But as long as technology continues to advance, there never will be a best car or a best suit.”

    The Next Trillion: Paul Zane Pilzer page 49-50

    “If I’ve got a car that gets ten miles to the gallon and you’ve got a car that gets twenty miles to the gallon, the same amount of gasoline will get you twice as far as it will get me. In other words, even though we may both have the same number of gallons of gas, your effective supply is twice as big as mine.

    From this it should be clear that there are basically two ways to increase the supply of a previously defined physical resource:
    (1) we can improve our ability to find, obtain, distribute, and store it; and
    (2) we can improve the efficiency with which we use it.”

    Unlimited Wealth: Paul Zane Pilzer page 33

  8. Adrian Salgado

    Thank you, Gabriel.

  9. STEALTH

    At $4.75, I’m buying a Mini-cooper & at $5.50 I’m trading it in for a Vespa.

  10. STEALTH

    And WHEN it hits $6.00 a gallon…..well then I’ll be on my 21 speed TREK 990!

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