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Old 12-12-2006, 07:49 PM   #21
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Quote from my dad: "Lock the doors and they'll just come down the @$#% chimneys, the $#@%$@s!

Dad had 5 or 6 guns, including a sawed-off shotgun. It used to make him feel good to refer to himself as being armed and capable of fending off "them", whoever they were (take your pick from a wide range of ethnic and racial groups.) After he passed, we got into the gun cabinet and inspected the arms. All were non-functional. Oh well, they helped him to sleep at night!
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Old 12-12-2006, 09:41 PM   #22
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Man, I sure do hear a lot of these folks call in on talk shows. Just LOVE to bellyache! I guess it's a favorite past time.

And aren't there a few "news program" hosts who fit the bill?

But I think most of them are WAY over 50!

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Old 12-12-2006, 10:31 PM   #23
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..All I know is that before I die I'm gonna get my gun and kill me some liberals....
An actual quote from a crazy old man I am related to....
Oh that is so scary! I think I'm related to him too!!!

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"Grumpy Old Man: I'm oooooold! And I'm not happy! And I don't like things now compared to the way they used to be. All this progress -- phooey! In my day, we didn't have ... that's the way it was and we liked it! "
we didn't have these newfangled telleephonneies that cause people to ignore each other and not talk, since they are listening to songs, watching moving pictures, and sending them text messages. Heck we had to say Hello, carry on a conversation with the operator to catch up on the neighborhood news, and then talk to our neighbor, before saying goodby and hanging up to allow someone else to use the line. And the telephone was sturdy enough to be used to hold down the newspaper and keep it from flying away.... and we liked it.
And speaking of moving pictures, we had family quality time, where we gathered after Mom made a home cooked meal from ingredients not a box, to listen to "the Great Gildersleeve, The Green Hornet, and other classics, ... and we like it
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Old 12-13-2006, 05:14 AM   #25
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Once I turned 50 I became afraid to leave the house because DH would change how everything was hooked up and I might never be able to turn the TV on or watch a movie. I was doing pretty good up until then.

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Old 12-13-2006, 09:54 AM   #26
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Thanks ladelfina, I had forgotten how hilarious that skit was.

I find that I have to make a conscious effort to embrace change... I think one of the hallmarks of being a curmudgeon (love that word) is expressing negativity at anything different from what you're familiar with, and I don't want to go there.

There was a Seinfeld episode where Jerry said he was looking forward to becoming eccentric in his old age. Elaine says it will probably be a real easy transition for him. That's probably me in a few years (if not already).
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Caroline, thanks for the compliment but that was a citation from a Dana Carvey skit. I put it in quotes but I guess it was not obvious. I had vaguely remembered these sketches and went to look them up.. I, too, had tears of laughter, so that's why I posted it.

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"In MY DAY a child would open up a gift, and within seconds he'd burst into flames or lose a limb."
http://www.danacarvey.net/snl_grumpy_losealimb.wav

We never had guns in the house, but my dad was one of "those" letter writers. He loved spending time crafting the most exquisitely pompous and sarcastic, yet succinct, rants using lots of CAPITAL letters. In "his day" he only had a typewriter, which limited his output. I don't think they were to newpapers mostly, but to politicians or to companies from whom he got bad service.
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I am beginning to say the crazy things to people that I supressed when I was young. Someday thay're gonna come for me. Creeping curmudgeonness, I guess.
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I'll know it when I start all my phrases with:

"You young whippersnappers"............

"Back in MY day"............
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Embrace the curmudgeon in yourself - man or woman - you will be happier.
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Is not there a new movie out "No Country for Grumpy Old Men"
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I'm so glad to see that it just isn't a phenomenon related to my father. He used to be such a reasonable & logical person and now he's a stark raving maniac who imagines offense in every statement and is totally unreasonable.
Made for a delightful Thanksgiving, that's for sure!
So if this happens to DH, I'm suffocating him at the first signs! Just kidding, I think...
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Stop into the coffee shop at 9 am on a tuesday - you might spot a gathering of old cranks sitting around complaining.
Not 9am! First shift starts at 7am. Personally, my shift starts at 930am and lasts 'til 1020am. Bob and his cronies run the roost from then 'til about 11am. Then EVERYONE of the normal folks leave before those $#^@ punks come in with their beepers and cellphones and iPuds and all the rest of the crap that you'd expect from those %&^$#@* 30-something hooligans.

We get in there and drink coffee, and work out solutions for all of the worlds problems......then we have to hightail it out of there before the place is over run by those ^&$% 30 and 40 year old complainers.
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I'm thinking it's some kind of natural self-defense mechanism. Yep, I'll most likely be a grouchy old bastard.
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