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PostSubject: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:58 pm

I certainly don't mean to offend any of the members here who have previously reached curmudgeon status, buy suggesting that you need any help or advice on the matter. However, there are some members here who are on the cusp, and really just need a little fine tuning, to reach full curmudgeon status.

Here are a few helpful hints that will take you step by step, and allow you to be the curmudgeon you have always secretly wanted to be, but were too nervous about asking for tips from a real curmudgeon. ~




How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon in 14 steps

Have you finally given up on becoming a sex god, movie star, billionaire or genius during your life? You may be ready to become a curmudgeon!

Curmudgeons are falsely believed to be grumpy old men, along the lines of Walter Matthau or Andy Rooney. The truth is we can be any gender or any age. Curmudgeons are supremely independent thinkers, very wise, and have excellent senses of humor!

1- Curmudgeons are not pleasers! You must not care about being popular or liked. If that matters to you, go to therapy!

2- Curmudgeons are not crabby - that is a myth. We tell the truth, and some people don't like that. Tell Junior what you really think of his writing. Tell Aunt Ida that she's got bad breath. Don't be mean about it, but don't try to make everything sound pretty!

3- Curmudgeons do not follow 'trends'! You must learn to think for yourself! If a popular media figure says something is great, you don't care for it. If most of the people around you like a TV show, gadget or movie, it makes you yawn. You may need to try forcing yourself not to like what's popular until you learn to think independently.

4- Curmudgeons do not shop! Find something else to do with your time, like go for walks, garden, or take up a craft (it does not need to be a good or useful craft - it's the process that counts).

5- Curmudgeons do not like new things. Poke around the attic, garage or basement until you find that old thing you used to use, rather than buy something new. Or borrow it!

6- Curmudgeons dress for comfort! Women - throw out those tight clothes, restrictive underwear (thongs), high heels and pantyhose. Men - throw out those white button down shirts, ties and belts (try suspenders). Wear things that feel good and let you breathe!

7- Curmudgeons do not care for the latest styles. Throw away your fashion magazines. We read fashion magazines to have a good laugh.

8- Curmudgeons do not go to fitness centers to exercise. If forced to go by your spouse, go when the crowds die down and do not wear spandex! Spend a lot of time in the steam room or sauna.

9- Curmudgeons go outside to exercise. Try golf, playing with the dog or puttering around the yard.

10- Curmudgeons tend to own pets. If you do not already have one, get a dog, cat or parrot (that you can teach to curse). Pets give you something to talk to when you upset the ones you love by being you.

11- Curmudgeons are not angry people. Never yell at anyone or say things to upset them. Stupidity has its own rewards. Hold your tongue and you won't be the stupid one.

12- Curmudgeons do not argue. Let people believe whatever stupidity they hold onto and just walk away.

13- Curmudgeons do like to tell good stories. Work up some good short stories that tell about interesting experiences you've had or people you've known. Learn how to time them so they are never boring or repetitive. An ironic twist at the end is helpful.

14- Curmudgeons have excellent senses of humor. Find the humor in at least 5 things you see every day. Smile or laugh and catch someone's eye to share the moment.

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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:10 pm

OK Dutch, that made me chuckle. Guess I may qualify.

I've been accused of being the brewery curmudgeon on numerous occasions!

Rolling Eyes


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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:15 pm

mmmmm! Sounds like how I became when I turned 30 !!! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sat Mar 21, 2015 1:29 am

12 of 14 ain't bad.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:36 am

Man. I might have to print and frame this. I certainly fit the bill.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:54 am

"Have you finally given up on becoming a sex god, movie star, billionaire or genius during your life?"
So my past achievements are going to prevent me from reaching full fledged curmudgendom???   Wink
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:55 am

Dang near fits me to a "T!!" #4 especially!! I'd rather have a root canal w/o Novocain than go shopping Twisted Evil FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:57 pm

Nice list. I also rigorously practice #4. My aspirational curmudgeon is Bob Newhart. On his shows he was the guy who commented in a dry but not confrontational way on the people and events whirling around him. He rarely left more than a slight bruise on his cast members. And for a curmudgeon, he was always accompanied by a mighty fine example of the female persuasion.Suzanne Pleshette could qualify as a female curmudgeon, though somewhat sharp of speech and stylish of presentation:-) Very close, though.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:10 pm

That sounds an awful lot like me Dutch but, it's not.
I'm an arse hole, there's a difference. and proud of it.

Could I teach someone to be one? No, no....ya have to be born with the gift. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:17 pm

Cartaphilus wrote:
That sounds an awful lot like me Dutch but, it's not.
I'm an arse hole, there's a difference. and proud of it.

Could I teach someone to be one? No, no....ya have to be born with the gift. Wink

So you're sayin' it's in the jeans then? study
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:18 pm

Dutch wrote:
Cartaphilus wrote:
That sounds an awful lot like me Dutch but, it's not.
I'm an arse hole, there's a difference. and proud of it.

Could I teach someone to be one? No, no....ya have to be born with the gift. Wink

So you're sayin' it's in the jeans then? study

I reckon.........if ya don't wash them regularly.
I was just born with it and then worked hard to become the man I am now.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:40 pm

Chillingly accurate.

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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:12 am

I'm assuming the shopping restriction excludes pipes and tobacco. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:05 pm

juanmedusa wrote:
I'm assuming the shopping restriction excludes pipes and tobacco. lol!
That's not shopping, its hunting Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:45 pm

MichaelM wrote:
juanmedusa wrote:
I'm assuming the shopping restriction excludes pipes and tobacco. lol!
That's not shopping, its hunting Laughing
Understood and accepted.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:33 pm

juanmedusa wrote:
MichaelM wrote:
juanmedusa wrote:
I'm assuming the shopping restriction excludes pipes and tobacco. lol!
That's not shopping, its hunting Laughing
Understood and accepted.

I'm pretty sure the shopping reference has to do with going to a mall or large department store, looking for a parking spot, fighting the crowds, waiting and waiting, and waiting for someone to try on numerous pieces of clothing and the purse and shoes to match.

Going down to your local tobacconist, browsing pipes and tobacco, and making an intelligent purchase is a far cry from the standard "shopping" experience. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:08 pm

I do not recall the last time I was in a mall or department type store.

:shudder:
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:02 pm

DireWolf wrote:
I do not recall the last time I was in a mall or department type store.

:shudder:

I understand that in order to protect itself, the mind will occasionally block out traumatic experiences. afro
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:48 pm

Dutch wrote:
juanmedusa wrote:
MichaelM wrote:
juanmedusa wrote:
I'm assuming the shopping restriction excludes pipes and tobacco. lol!
That's not shopping, its hunting Laughing
Understood and accepted.

I'm pretty sure the shopping reference has to do with going to a mall or large department store, looking for a parking spot, fighting the crowds, waiting and waiting, and waiting for someone to try on numerous pieces of clothing and the purse and shoes to match.

Going down to your local tobacconist, browsing pipes and tobacco, and making an intelligent purchase is a far cry from the standard "shopping" experience. Wink

Good news because there's going to be a Baldo Baldi and L'anatra trunk show near my house next weekend.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:58 pm

Fumus wrote:
DireWolf wrote:
I do not recall the last time I was in a mall or department type store.

:shudder:

I understand that in order to protect itself, the mind will occasionally block out traumatic experiences.   afro

Luckily my wife is also a curmudgeon.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:19 pm

I can live with giving up the thong. But, under no circumstances will I give up my Dolly Parton wig.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Become a Full Fledged Curmudgeon!   Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:45 pm

JLKirk wrote:
I can live with giving up the thong. But, under no circumstances will I give up my Dolly Parton wig.

I'm not a fan of the all day wedgie feeling. Evil or Very Mad
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