Welcome to Grumpiest Grampa

Congrats!  Ya made it to Grumpiest Grampa.  Let’s talk!

Some simple rules:

  1. Keep it pithy.  Yea, if a picture tells a thousand words, post a damn pic and add a dozen words to contextualize it.
  2. Keep it on topic.  C’mon, ya know what I mean.  No wild tangents.  If your point is so far off topic, geez dude, start a new thread!
  3. Keep the ad hominem to yourself!
  4. Keep it clean.  Hey!  I may be grumpy, but this is NOT the place for you to curse like a drunken sailor.  (My apologies in advance to the drunken sailors!)  Look… Excessive F-words will get ya booted.  Okay?  Ya been warned!

 

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Difficult Topics Need Civil Discourse

You’ve probably heard people say don’t discuss politics and religion at work or at large family gatherings.  Humbug!  Discuss things!  But geez, keep things civil.  Too often we become emotionally vested in “our” side of a topic and we become very intolerant of opposing views.  (And no, this is not unique to one side of the ideological aisle or the other.  We’re all guilty of it!)

Soooo, just stop with…

…the ‘holier than thou’ attitude!

…the passive-aggressive voice!

…the angry outbursts!

Take time to understand.  Yes, listen to whomever you’re debating with.  Listen to understand, not just to answer.  Understand the other person’s feelings, point of view, knowledge base, etc.

I had a friend say once, “I’d rather be educated [in this debate] than be ‘right’.”  He had his point of view, his understanding of the topic, his emotional attachment, but he wanted to understand why I felt the way I did. (Thanks for that teaching moment, Eddie.)

Speed Bumps…

I hate speed bumps.  You know what I’m talking about… Right?  You’re diving down a road, the leaves are partially covering the road surface, and then BAM!  You feel like you just lost an axle.  Like, where’d that mountain range come from???

Ok, there’s lots of reasons for the speed bump.  To slow traffic on a ‘short cut’ road.  To slow traffic on the road in front of a rich sub-division.  Yea, generally, to slow us down.  Ok, I get that.  No problem.  They’re a fact of life.

But OMG can we all just agree upon what to call them?  I mean, I grew up when they were called speed bumps.  Then someone said, ‘hey, let’s make them wider’ and called them speed humps.  Not to be outdone, Villanova put in some which were wider yet, and called them speed tables.  Speed tables?  Really?  What’s next?  Speed mesas?  Speed plateaus?

Thank you :)

I just want to give a shout out to #DelawareBlogger @AntionetteBlake for inviting me to the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce meet-n-greet event this morning.  Great mix of interesting people 🙂

 

#GrumpiestGrampa @NCCCC

#TBT

My throwback for this Thursday is simply a view from the inside of a giant Saturn V rocket as a lower stage separates.  I’ll bet you didn’t know that inside those lower stages were upward-facing retro rockets which actually propelled the lower stage away from the upper ones.  My dad engineered those retro rockets when he worked at Thiokol Corp.

(That’s the company which later became Morton-Thiokol.  You might remember them from the first shuttle disaster.  During the Go-No Go checks, no one would say the O-rings were too cold which subsequently led to a fuel leak and the rest is history.  But I digress…)

I enjoyed growing up with my rocket scientist dad.  We really followed very closely the whole space race, from Sputnik to end of the Apollo program.

And for what it’s worth, I also enjoyed growing up in an era where we, individually and collectively, truly did ask not what my country can do for me rather what can I do for my country.

#GrumpiestGrampa #TBT #NASA

Thanksgiving Came Early

We had an early Thanksgiving feast this year.  We had a great time with family and friends and eating a Curry tiffin… Curried lamb chops, beef, pork, meatballs, chicken, shrimp, potatoes, carrots, asparagus, pearl onions.  And of course, we had plenty of sambals, those sweet, sour, or salty snacks to cool the burn of the curry.

Please, as you travel, locally or to far away places, to see your loved ones, take the time to reflect upon what you really do have to be thankful for.  Y’all drive carefully.  Be aware of your surroundings when out at public gatherings. Hug your loved ones. And give thanks.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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