My generation of latter-day Baby Boomers takes up a lot of space in this country, substantially more than the generation that followed. Statistically speaking, that means outnumbered younger generations will either be supporting most of us or we'll be living out our final years in cardboard boxes down by the river. Sure, our retirement incomes are still steadily accruing -- ideally, from multiple sources -- but our generation, in addition to being huge, is also the heartiest on record. That means we will be living a long, long time -- long enough, I'm afraid, to outlive most of our inflation-depleted retirement eggs.
Sorry about that, kids.
By the time we're done, we tail-end Baby Boomers will have had front-row seats for the most rapid-fire sequence of technological advances in human history. Our parents were front and center for color television, push-button telephones and two moon landings, but over the course of our half-century of life thus far, science-driven innovation has come much more quickly. Nanotechnology. Nuclear chemistry. Imaging techniques that have scientists evaluating far-distant planets for human survivability.
I remember the day email was introduced at my office. It was heady stuff. Now I can communicate with almost anyone in North America in any of a half-dozen ways. (Not that they'll all reply).
My kids' generation will experience everyday technology unlike anything I can imagine now, and the iterations will come more rapidly, but their lives won't see the leap my generation has encountered in terms of distance covered -- analog to digital, microscopic to subatomic, Ford Mustang to Elon Musk's hyperloop.
For the second year in a row, Centennial High School won the We the People regional championship, which was held Saturday at Golden Valley High School. The northwest Bakersfield school will go on to represent Kern County at a state competition to be held in Bakersfield in February.
Friday night's relief from freezing temperatures that threaten the county's $620 million a year citrus industry was only temporary.
LANCASTER -- Robert Terrazas has strong opinions about the cafeteria food at CLC-Tech, an alternative school run by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office.
The California Highway Patrol has closed State Road 58 for a second time.
For more than a decade, Kern County has prepared for January 1, 2014, the landmark date when the country's health care system will undergo major changes decreed by the Affordable Care Act.
A few random things that caught my attention this week.
SACRAMENTO -- California high-speed rail officials sought to allay concerns about the future of the project after a series of legal and regulatory rulings that appear to jeopardize some parts of the $68 billion plan.
The California Highway Patrol has reopened Interstate 5 over the Grapevine and Highway 58 through Tehachapi after closing them Saturday morning due to snow and ice.
A sex offender was reported to be at large Friday night by the Kern County Probation Department.
Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.