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Old 12-19-2012, 09:17 PM   #21
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My dad didn't, so clearly it's not predestined for all. There is hope!
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:36 PM   #22
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I think, at least for me, that my grumpiness and short temper are the results of aches and pains that seem to plague me most of the time. I'm also to the age where I don't suffer fools well--especially bosses and coworkers. Fortunately I was at the stage in my life and with my finances where I could walk away--and I did.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:50 PM   #23
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majority of retirees here have been kind and helpful. however, there has been a couple that seemed irritated with some of my questions.
I once asked my closest friend that same thing, work related. He looked at me, smiled, put his arm around my shoulder, and said "dude, it's not the questions that irritate them, it's you".

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Old 12-19-2012, 11:09 PM   #24
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My awful commute to work made me grumpy so simply getting rid of that by ERing made me less grumpy.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:37 AM   #25
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I am just as grumpy as I have always been. Less patient with fools.
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Anyway, what you think of me is none of my business ...
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:03 AM   #26
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I'm no grumpier than I've ever been, but I do seem to be getting more protective of the grass outside my front door.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:03 AM   #27
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I am not sure if people get grumpier but I recently read an excerpt of a study that asserted that people (Americans were surveyed I believe) are happier/more content as they get older despite increasing physical impediments.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:47 AM   #28
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I think that FI, gives you a little latitude in your behavior. I do as I please, so get out of my way.

I use to live near a Leisure World, I hated grocery shopping. The old folks would just run you down with their shopping carts, no sorry, FU or nothing.

My world now is shopping with a culture other than mine. I smile, talk to the children and Hola everyone, and I am very patient.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:49 AM   #29
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I think I was getting grumpier the last few years I was wo*king but now that I've retired, I seemed to have more patience and tend to ignor the the little stuff.

Just keep off my lawn.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:51 AM   #30
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:52 AM   #31
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:51 PM   #32
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I'm not sure the last time I lost my temper, but it must be several years. I don't even get a burn on very often at all. My former wife wonders where I was hiding this me all the years we were married. I don't believe I ever lost my temper at my kids more than 2 or 3 times in their entire lives. And I did very little of the middle class nagging or social/worker/teacher/ manipulation that for many of us replaces anger with kids. I think I perhaps should have been more directing, but I wasn't and that is that

I got mad quite a few times at my wife. That is a very important and heavily loaded relationship.

But why get mad at someone you date? You can always stop calling. I think we mostly get mad at people we depend on, or need something from that cannot be easily replaced by others. I believe that is one reason why unmarried people may at times get along better than married ones. If you are unmarried and not getting along, there is no real reason to wait very long before leaving. Everybody knows this, and perhaps for this reason we try to be pleasing to someone we hope will stick around. No girfriend avoids intimacy for months, like a few wives (and husbands) have been known to do.

I still am intellectually critical of most of what is going on socially and politically, but I rarely mention it in direct conversation because my goal with direct interaction is pleasure, not "being right".

I am not politically active, as I think very little will ever do any good, and if there were something, I likely would not recognize it.

I get most of my pleasure through direct interaction, which is usually ruined by attitude; and by looking sideways at events which I am likely to distort if I get very involved. It is true however that sometimes I cannot resist a bit of sparring. Life often appears to be mostly a crazy movie, occasionally interrupted by tragedy.

I think the best thing that has happened to me in the attitude department is that I have become convinced that living is a WIP, for all of us, and we can always do a bit better.

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Old 12-20-2012, 05:55 PM   #33
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I got mad quite a few times at my wife. That is a very important and heavily loaded relationship.
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...and the reason you are so against marriage? Just wondering Ha. You know I like you.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:11 PM   #34
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I always got cranky when I got tired; that hasn't changed.

I seem to make people laugh more than ever, just by being me. I was at the doctor's yesterday. The assistant greeted me and took me back into the Doctor Area, and I needed the bathroom, so what came out of my mouth? "If you need a urine sample, I'm ready." She cracked up and then I did, too.

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Old 12-20-2012, 06:27 PM   #35
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...and the reason you are so against marriage? Just wondering Ha. You know I like you.
I am not against marriage, only remarriage for a man who has no desire to go the build a life, have children route all over, no matter how good it was before. I was very happy with my married life, though as I said above i did not enjoy finding myself in a postion where I felt I almost had to change the terms of engagement, but I had no real power to do so.

I hope my little vignette above gives at least some hints why I prefer single life.

And I like you too, ma chèrie.

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Old 12-20-2012, 06:43 PM   #36
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Oh my dear Ha. There you go. Talkin' French to me.

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What a dumb question! Bah Humbug! Go away kid you bother me and GET OFF MY LAWN!!!
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:25 PM   #38
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Very shy growing up which lent itself to being 'pushed around' in various contexts. I learned a long time ago to stand up for myself, which might come across as grumpy to someone who knew me from back when.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:49 AM   #40
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No!

For me as I age...life gets better! No worries about money like I used to have when younger. I will retire in one year! 54 now. No worries about work. Life at home is great and will be much better in a year! Our health is good. And I will be financially independant from having to work. And there's a whole world out there waiting!

You guys are a bunch of sour-pusses! I might just come over and stomp on your grass you bunch of old farts...
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