Whenever I read or see (in movies, etc.) life of different eras I am always fascinated and some small part of me wants to experience it. Having grown up in the 70's and 80's I always kind of wanted to be born about 10 years earlier to experience more of the "free love" 60's and 70's. I've come to the realization though that being born in '66 has had some great advantages. Life was a lot simpler growing up with only a couple of TV channels, no computers, no video games and no internet. It also seemed a lot safer and more secure. We basically spent our days hanging out with friends, playing baseball and causing minor trouble. The point is that we saw each other IRL and were not role-playing on a computer. It was almost Mayberry-esque in a suburban kind of way. And through my early 20's we still enjoyed a lot of the "70's peace and love" and there was a lot more freedom than there is now. DUI and AIDS were things we did not worry too much about. Good jobs were easy to get and 40 hr work weeks were standard. We had time and money to enjoy young adulthood. We got to experience good financial growth in the 80's and when the 90's internet boom happened we were pretty well established and able to capitalize on it. And home ownership was (relatively) cheap for us...especially by todays' standards. But here's the catch...having graduated H.S. in '84 we had not been exposed to computers (at all!). There are some people I grew up with who are about as computer illiterate as my grandmother. Many of those people "got left behind" as far as technology goes and many have not been able to re-invent themselves in the "new" workplace. They're struggling. But I would have to say that there is probably no better time to be born than between 1955 and 1975. As the saying goes...it always looks greener.