I'm hearing a lot of talk about the current teenage generation labeled Generation Z, some good, mostly not so good. Simultaneously, I've been noticing in the news, basically, stuff's been happening that has never happened before in history. Back to the Z's, I know when I was growing up in the 60's, for example, sitting in the barbershop, everyone would complain about the younger generation. In Bye, Bye Birdie, Paul Lynde complained, "You can talk and talk till your face is blue! Kids! But they still just do what they want to do! Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way? What's the matter with kids today?" And I recall when I was 11, the question in the barbershop was, "Will they really make it to the moon?" Way back in 1865, Jules Verne wondered the same thing. So the typifying of a generation and all the new world happenings are really nothing new...or are they? Yesterday, it was rainy, and I couldn't do any of my outside work, so for exercise, I walked around the mall. I was thinking, what can I spot in the mall that hasn't been ever before in history. Round the corner after entering Walmart, it didn't take me long. I'm setting my comparison between when I was 11 and now that I'm 61. Cereal. I can scan a boxtop receipt with my phone for my school and they instantly have 10 cents added to their account. Oh, and I have a phone, in my pocket, that includes the Internet, in my pocket, that I can type a message to my brother, in my pocket, a caption that I put under a photo that I shot of a game in Walmart--in my pocket. When I was 11, that tiny computer (in my pocket) would have filled up an entire room, and still not have been as powerful. I walked past TV's. We thought a console black and white TV in the living room, (we only had one TV, no cable, 3 channels), was high tech. Today's TV screens are larger than the movie screen we'd set up to view my aunt's 8mm movies. Oh, and next to the TV's were the DVD's. And.... The drones. And I thought it was high tech when my dad and I would visit the shop where kids raced their toy electric cars on a track. Now I can look on my phone (in my pocket) and see an areal view of where I went to school shot from a drone. I walked the perimeter of Walmart since my goal was to get my walking in, but the aisle was crowded, so I shortcutted down a board game aisle. Next to Monopoly were role playing games with superheroes where the players secretly became either heroes or world dominators. Or another game was about death (???). Seemed like I'd entered a strange new world of board games. When I was 11, I was still playing the King Kong cartoon show board game with my brother. Or Hi Ho Cherrio. Then, there in the front of the store, is a gigantically huge floor-to-ceiling robot! (I always wanted a robot when I was a kid. After all, the Jetsons had one and so did the Adams Family). This robot is fixed in one place, but not so in our local market. There, a human size robot roams the aisles. I tried talking to it one day, but it just stood and stared at me with its bug eyes. How rude! So, I finally got in my car with the lights that turn on and off automatically and the automatic transmission with optional manual transmission that is still automatic even though it's manual, touched the TV screen on the dashboard for my favorite classical music station, and headed home.