Growing up, I vividly recall thinking my mom was a weirdo for bragging about the .3 error she corrected while balancing her checkbook. Sitting at the kitchen table, she’d take an impressively deep drag on her Kool Milds and marvel at her mathematical handiwork.

And Dad? He was a bigger weirdo than Mom in my kid-mind. Around the time Tiger Woods had risen to fame in the ‘90s, Dad took to collecting Wheaties boxes with the famed golfer’s face on them. Sitting atop the Toshiba TV with faux wood trim lived his trove of edible trophies.

God forbid one of us kids had to adjust the rabbit ears to get a clearer sound or picture of whatever was playing on The Box. Out of nowhere and from any distance, we could hear him yelling at us not to touch his Tigers.

Fast-forward 20-something years later, and my transition to true adulthood was benchmarked by eight bags of used and perfectly folded gift bag tissue paper in the guest room closet.

I'm not alone in this, friends. It's happening to you, too, just in a Boise way. Don't believe me? Check out the 10 signs that prove Boise millennials are turning into our parents.

1. Nothing—and I mean NOTHING—says you’re the boss like a monthly subscription to a local car wash like Epic Shine or Rocket Express.

Dirty cars? Phssst! More like child's play.


2. When you fill the refillable containers you brought from home at "the Winco."

Silly rabbit, plastic bags are for kids.


3. When you're first in line at Coffee Studio at 7am for French-pressed or pour-over coffee to sip while you catch up with your "programs" on your phone.


4. When you realize water aerobics at the West Y is all your body can handle after Crossfit injuries beat it into submission over the last 15 years.


5. You're growing collection of Costo carry-out boxes. They lack lids and come in the oddest assortment of dimensions that make them pointless in any other facet of your life, but you just can't part with some of them.


6. The electric feeling you get from buying a new appliance at Boise's Lowes or Home Depot. And then the urge to tell everyone in line about said feeling–don't forget to mention the savings and the sweet warranty you scored.


7. When you buy your pet vaccinations from Tractor Supply Co. and administer them to your dogs and cats at home.


8. When casually bragging about your Albertson's gas points becomes a flex.


9. The moment you realize you're squinting to hear better as you talk above the noise at a Steelhead's game.


10. The first time you pay it forward at a restaurant like Old Chicago for a nice young couple that reminds you of you and your spouse back in the day.


Just like that, my fellow millennials, we became our parents all over this Treasure Valley. With perks like cheaper auto insurance, better budgeting skills, and nifty little life hacks in our bag of tricks, getting older isn't so bad after all.

Power 105.5 logo
Get our free mobile app

7 Haters Who Don't Deserve Our Boise

Want the Best Spring Staycation? Check Out These Idaho Hotels!

Take a break from the holiday stress at these best-reviewed Boise hotels!

10 Hacks For Having the Best Yard Sale in Boise

Yard sale season is right around the corner! Here's how you can get the best bang for your buck.

Boise Yelpers, Please Stop Doing This.

TRUE OR FALSE: Can You Guess Which Idaho Laws Are Real?

Let's see how well you do at guessing which of these silly laws are true and which are false.

Why Are Idahoans SO Weird? 8 Moments That Will Make You Cringe

I'm actively embarrassed FOR these people as these are happening.

Beer n' Juice: 6 Boise Greenbelt Parks Parents & Kids Can Party In

Need a Break from Your Fur Child? Here Are Boise's Best Dog-Sitters

Here are the top five spots for dogs to relax while their humans are away.

How to Become a Plant Parent: The 10 Best Plants & Advice From Locals

Have you always wanted to own plants? Learn what the best plants are for beginners, where to find them, and advice from Boise locals on how to successfully keep them alive.

$30 a Night or Less: 5 Idaho Airbnbs You Can Book Right Now

How to Spot an Idahoan in the Wild

You might be from Idaho, if...

5 Places in Boise Where You Can Get Slapped in the Face

According to data at, here is where you're most likely to get slapped in the face in Boise.

Uh Oh! Locals Share Hilarious FAILS on the Boise Greenbelt

Excuse me, you were doing WHAT?!

These 7 Boise Bars are Completely Underrated & a Total Vibe

These bars are pretty lowkey, but some of Boise's BEST hangout spots, in our opinion.

Want a Psychic Reading in Idaho? Read These 8 Awful Reviews First

Idahoans share their most cringeworthy and painful psychic experiences... do you have an experience that beats these?

Dead-Honesty: 1-Star Yelp Reviews of Valley Funeral Homes

If We Lived in Idaho 100 Million Years Ago, We'd All Be Dead

What was really roaming the state of Idaho 100 million years ago and why would we be doomed?

Power 105.5 logo
Get our free mobile app



More From Power 105.5